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Book Review: The Christmas Bus

A Literary Christmas: 2017 Reading Challenge //

The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson (4 star review)

The Christmas Bus

written by Melody Carlson

176 pages // published in 2006 // Christian fiction


The people of Christmas Valley always celebrate Christmas to the fullest extent. The mayor plays Santa, every business is holiday themed, and there's a nativity for the kids each Christmas Eve. This town knows Christmas. But this year nothing goes according to plan.

My Review

4 Star Rating

A charming Christmas-themed story. It's a delightful holiday read, with a cozy small-town feel. There's barely any romance. It stays right on track with a lot of festiveness, faith, and fun.

I really connected well with the main plot of how this December is so different for Edith and Charles, not being with family like usual. Instead they're booking up their inn, entertaining strangers for Christmas -- in a way, giving up something of themselves -- and they may just receive back some gifts they didn't expect. They just have to put up with a wildly-colored bus stranded in front of their inn, a cantankerous old lady for a guest, and all the thrills and surprises of the Christmas season.

I loved everything about how the Shepherd's Inn is described... I'd just love to visit it myself. Christmas Valley seems like a lovely town to drive through and visit all the special stores and holiday-themed places.

Looking for some Christmas cheer and warm hospitality? Take a stop at the Shepherd's Inn, and read "The Christmas Bus".

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  1. Anonymous12/07/2017

    I love Melody Carlson's books.

  2. cute book cover