by Melody Carlson

October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1925-8
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Lena Markham has recently been released from serving an eight-year prison sentence for a crime she didnít commit. She wants a fresh start in a new town, and the social worker set her up with a few ill-fitting second hand clothes, an apartment in the bad part of town, a job, and a bus trip to Minnesota.

But when Lena arrives, she finds out that all is not perfect. Her apartment is a single bedroom in a boarding house with a shared bathroom. Her job is at a business that is going under and the owner refuses to hire her. She is down-right snotty.

Finally, Lena lands a job as a Ms. Santa due to a red second-hand coat. But can Lena keep her past a secret?

Christmas at Harrington's is a beautifully written Christmas story that is sure to warm your heart this holiday season. I read through the book in one afternoon, and I know this will be a story that will stay with me, and one I will want to read each holiday season.

Ms. Carlson is a prolific author who knows how to write about characters who come alive on the pages of the book, and plot lines that will stay with the reader for a long time after finishing the book. If you are looking for a Christmas book to give a loved one, or one to read for yourself this season, then Christmas at Harrington's is a book that you will want to pick up.

Reviewed in November 2010 by Laura.

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