Book Review: The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson

thechristmasangelprojectOfficial Synopsis: Perfect for readers who want a heartwarming and hopeful Christmas story.

Five women from different walks of life have become close friends through their book club–enjoying one another’s company even more than they enjoy the books. So when the leader of the book club unexpectedly passes away on the cusp of the Christmas season, the four remaining friends are stunned. They relied on Abby for inspiration and motivation. She was the glue that held them together, and they’re sure that without her the group can’t continue.

When the group gathers “one last time” to open a bag Abby’s husband gives them, they find Abby had made each of them an angel ornament for Christmas, crafted especially for each woman and accompanied by a sweet and personal note. Inspired by their beloved friend, together Cassidy, Louisa, Grace, and Belinda decide to commit themselves to becoming Christmas Angels to others in need. Each woman will use her life situation and talents to reach out and help others in her own unique way–little knowing that her own life and her relationships will be changed forever.

Fan favorite Melody Carlson is back with another touching Christmas story sure to grip readers’ hearts and perhaps inspire them to become Christmas Angels themselves.

 ***I received an eARC copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

 Review: Sweet, heartwarming, and full of holiday cheer!

The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson is a kind, happy book. Set in Minnesota, it tells the story of a book club that loses one of its members, and the remaining members go on to do good deeds during the Christmas season.

The story is told from the perspective of each woman in the book club, and they are all unique, interesting voices. There is Belinda, who runs a popular thrift shop, Louisa, an artist who hasn’t painted since her husband died a year ago, Grace, a designer struggling with her family and her business, and Cassidy, a young veterinarian who is looking for her place in the world. All four of these characters were fun and kind. I was drawn to all four of their stories, and wanted good things for each of them.

Inspired by Abby, the book club member who passes away, each woman uses their strengths to serve their community, and while serving, they each undergo personal growth.

Set during Christmastime, this was a fun book to read as it made me excited for Christmas. This would be an excellent book to read if you are looking for something to put you in the Christmas spirit!

I first started reading Christmas themed books last Christmastime, and my first book was another Melody Carlson book, The Christmas Joy Ride. I enjoyed the Christmas setting so much, that I decided to go on to read other Christmas themed books, as they are generally sweet and encouraging with a dose of holiday cheer, and The Christmas Angel Project follows suit.

I read an eARC version of the book, but the hardcover is listed as just 176 pages long, making this a quick, easy, fun read. I was able to read it in one sitting, which was very refreshing.

The Christmas Angel Project was clean and sweet, and while it may be a tad predictable, sometimes you just need to read a book that is predictable and good and heartwarming. And who doesn’t love books that inspire the reader to do good in their community?

Bottom Line: Perfect for those looking for a fast, sweet, holiday read that inspires personal growth.

I rated this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

***I received an eARC copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Links to The Christmas Angel Project on   Amazon   and   Goodreads

Do you enjoy reading Christmas themed books? Do you love watching the Hallmark channel at Christmastime?



9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson

    1. 🙂 You’re welcome!! This is really a cute Christmas read, and I enjoyed it more than The Christmas Joy Ride. It didn’t seem to be as cutesy as that one was. Or it may be that I connected more with these characters and plot. I am really liking these feel good Christmas books. They are quite fun to read! I need to go back and read her older books.

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    1. I hadn’t read a Christmas-themed story until last year, and it was really a lot of fun! Plus, the books are usually on the shorter side, which is nice.
      Several years ago I started watching the Hallmark channel at Christmastime and got hooked! The movies are so sappy, but there’s just something about the predictability that is nice around the holidays. I don’t typically go for sappy at all, but there’s just something about the movies & books that focus on the holidays that I just love.

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      1. I guess that is a good point…like bubble gum for the brain?
        I have (I’ll admit) watched one or two if they’re in progress on tv…but I get too embarrassed to watch them for long. They all remind me of The Santa Claus, you know?

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