To think that just a few years ago I was completely unaware that Melody Carlson releases a Christmas novella each year and now her newest one is simply a MUST to help get my heart prepared for the season. I have even managed to find a few of her previous ones that I missed. “The Christmas Pony”, the 2012 offering, did not disappoint. It was a nostalgic delight featuring 8-year-old Lucy whose heart’s desire was a pony for Christmas.

Times were hard so a pony for Christmas was pretty much an impossibility but Lucy could still dream and when her prayer for paying guests at her family’s boarding house was answered, her expectations were raised. Maybe her mother might smile again or even a pony might be possible!

Carlson packs a lot of meaning into such a small book. “The Christmas Pony” is a beautiful story about the faith of a child and the very real possibility of Christmas miracles. It is one that will leave the reader with a touch of hope despite the evidence to the contrary that surrounds us. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy ASAP. You may very well become a fan like me.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


The queen of the Christmas novella, Melody Carlson pens another magical tale of expectation and excitement as one little girl dreams big and the impossible becomes possible.

Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony that Christmas in 1937. Her mother had assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony was the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they needed at their boarding house were the paying kind. But when an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, Lucy starts to believe her Christmas wishes might just come true after all.




Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, The Jerk Magnet,and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books in 2010 and won the award in 2011. She and her husband live in central Oregon. For more information about Melody visit her website at

Praise for Other Melody Carlson Christmas Titles

The Christmas Shoppe:  “This magical Christmas story is filled with anticipation, holiday traditions and delight.  What happens … is a true gift to readers.”  4 Stars – RT Reviews

Christmas at Harrington’s:“Melody has unforgettable characters.  It was heartbreaking and fascinating all at the same time.  This author has a way of writing a story readers can connect with.  This is a meaningful, touching story that will become your families’ favorite.  You’ll want to read it again and share it with friends.” – Novel Reviews

The Christmas Dog:  “Whether you’re struggling to find that perfect gift or just craving a cheery story to put you in the mood for Christmas, this book is for you.” – Faithful Reader