The Christmas Angel Project

The Christmas Angel Project

by Melody Carlson

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493405145
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 369,988
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with combined sales of more than six million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas at Harrington's, The Christmas Cat, and The Christmas Joy Ride. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over 200 books with sales of more than 7 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at

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The Christmas Angel Project 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet Christmas Story, and I'm happy to have found a new author to love!
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
An inspirational story about four friends whose mutual friend encourages them even after her sudden passing. Gifting them each with an angel ornament that she made and a personal Bible verse, Abby helps her book group to grow and spread their wings, filling needs all around them, and use their gifts to help others. After each person is introduced, their stories are told alternately, and then together as they help each other grieve the loss of their friend. Good things come from the difficult time, and each one has something positive happen in their life. Representing all stages of life, there is something for every reader to relate to, from young, single Cassidy to the older widow, Louisa. A good example of how we are all part of the body of Christ as believers, and each one has a gift for building others up. A tender, meaningful Christmas story, perfect for reading over the busy holidays or anytime. 4.5 stars (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings When I think of a Christmas novella this is the book that comes to mind. Short and super sweet and just a joy to curl up with for an afternoon. The book opens up with a book group made up of 5 very different women and one of them unexpectedly dies. The remaining 4 come together and realize that they will honor their friend during the Christmas season and make an effort to help others in their own unique ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
An absolutely delightful Christmas story! The cast of characters is wonderful. They are very different from each other, but each one is extremely well developed. Each of the four women who make up the book group goes on a personal journey of emotional growth after their mutual friend dies suddenly. I thoroughly enjoyed the way they worked together to figure out what they could do to honor their friend’s memory. I was fascinated by the very special projects that they became involved in. Four very different projects that were tailor made for each of them. I received a free eBook copy of this story through NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
133 pgs
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
Melody Carlson is the queen author of Christmas novels! They are the cozy snuggle up and read stories even when it isn’t Christmas time! Abby has a special way of touching people’s lives personally and for the Lord. When she dies suddenly, her monthly book club which consists of her and 4 other ladies is devastated, even lost. None of them had much in common other than their friendship Abby. Even more so they each depended on her greatly for emotional support and spiritual advice. They decide to meet one more time before disbanding the club. Her husband delivers sack filled with gifts for each one for the next meeting. Opening their presents bring tears as they are beautiful handmade angel ornaments that looks exactly like the one receiving it. Included for all of them was a personal hand written note about how grateful she was for their friendships, and how they were all her “angels”. The certainly never saw themselves as angels, just Abby. They decide in honor of their friend, to keep the club together but in a different way. Inspired by her message they would each become a Christmas angel, working to make miracles come true in the lives of others. They depart excited but perplexed. Each lady had been so wrapped up in her personal life, problems, and career, they hadn’t thought much about serving God and the needs of others. Individually the ask themselves question, what could they do, what were they capable of doing, and how would be do it? As the story unfolds all 4 ladies choose very different plans to accomplish their goal. Deeply buried God given talents emerged as they found ways to bless others. The women also found a new awakening in their relationship with the Lord. Their personal lives began to change in ways they never imagined. There were so many wonderful life lessons in this book! When you have only one person to depend on for your deepest needs and that person is taken, you are lost. That is why it is so important to have God as number one in your life. He will always be there Also just was with the club members, life and all its drama and business can consume us. Unknowingly we shut God out of our lives and struggle along alone. This backslidden condition also tends to make us very self-centered, unable to see or care about those around us. This book was so inspiring! I received this book free from Revell Publishing.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
It is always fun to read novellas set during the Christmas season. Some have a magical "Christmasy" feel and some are simply good stories that occur during the Christmas season. Melody Carlson is an author whose novellas are always a joy to read. In The Christmas Angel Project I was anticipating something perhaps dealing with folks finding a tree decorated with paper angels which has the name, gender, and age and size of a child for whom folks can purchase and provide a gift for Christmas. This was definitely not the case in this story. As you can see from the back-cover intro to the book, it is about four ladies in a book club who lose a beloved member of the group quite suddenly and just before the holiday season. What I found interesting is that each of the ladies comes from a different walk of life, a different stage of life, and has different perspectives. They all have quirks of personality and emotional and societal needs quite different from each other. While a short little read, it had a longer-book feel to it. Of the four ladies, I found it difficult to pick the one I liked best. I felt that Cassidy and especially Grace were somewhat complainers. I liked Louisa but she kind of had to grow on me. Belinda might be my "most favorite" of the four ladies. I liked the fact that two of the ladies connected with a gentleman for a potential romantic relationship. Very above board and clean. And one of the ladies' rocky marriage seems to have a lift. But perhaps I'm giving too much of the story away. A good read. I received a complimentary copy as a participant in the Baker Publishing Group's review program.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
My review; "The Christmas Angel Project" by author Melody Carlson is a beautiful story. Abby Wentworth is a very important person with the women of the book club. Of all times to pass away it is Christmastime. Abby has left them each an angel ornament to open when they are all together. They are going to have to discuss their feelings and there will be a lot things that happen that are a surprise to all of them. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are mine.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
I love Christmas stories and always look forward to adding Melody Carlson’s books to my collection. Once again, she has crafted a heartwarming and hope-filled holiday tale. I really enjoyed this close-knit group of women, their friendships, and their book club gatherings. When tragedy strikes, angel ornaments and special notes encourage them to celebrate life and each other and reach out to those around them. Sharing a lovely message, The Christmas Angel Project is sure to touch readers’ hearts and inspire them to find their own Angel Projects! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL PROJECT is Ms. Carlson's newest Christmas novella. I look forward to reading these every year, and this one, THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL PROJECT, was one of her best. The idea of the four ladies becoming Earth Angels after the death of their best friend was unique. Grace is married, but her marriage is struggling. Her children are flunking out of college, her husband is a slob, she wants her house showcase ready and he wants it lived in. When offered a chance to decorate Habitat homes for Christmas she jumped at the chance, not realizing that she'd have to supply the furniture and decorations herself. Financially, she can't afford that, but she decides to trust God for the details. Louise is mourning two losses, both her husband and now her best friend. She is an artist and decides to be an artist therapy instructor, getting people, through art, to talk about their losses. An unique idea I love. Cassidy is a part time vet. She discovers her angel mission when she learns a lot of pets belonging to people on fixed incomes don't get medical care. She pays for the care of one cat herself, and discovers a whole opportunity. However, her boss wants nothing to do with it and threatens to fire her. Answers come in unexpected ways for Cassidy. Belinda is a bitter divorced lady who owns a swanky second hand store. She is offered the opportunity to volunteer as a fashion adviser for middle school girls. She discovers she has amazing opportunities there, both as a volunteer hairstylist, a makeup artist, and a body type fashion adviser. Plus a hot middle school principal is a plus. These four ladies, all best friends to the deceased, connect with each other. I loved all four of the individual stories, and not sure who I connected with the most. Maybe there's a part of me that is a portion of all of these ladies. I'm married with a few children not living up to their potential. I am mourning the loss of very dear family members. I understand fixed income retirees. And I can find amazing clothes for the family at thrift stores though none of them offer the services Belinda does! If you love Christmas stories you will want to read THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL PROJECT. Maybe it will inspire you to find your unique, God-given gift, and use it to bless others. For Melody Carlson, it's writing heartwarming Christmas stories. Don't miss this novella -- a great gift for yourself, the church or city library, and a friend.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Some Christmas stories can be sappy but this one wasn't at all. It made me laugh and cry. This story starts with a group of 5 women who are in a book club together. Abby Wentworth is the one who keeps the group together. Right after Thanksgiving she dies unexpectedly from an aneurysm. Right before she died she had made angel ornaments for the other 4 women. Her husband takes them to the women and these bring the women closer together and encourages them to come up with a Christmas project they must each complete. I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
It was a shock when each of the remaining four book club members received the call that their friend, Abby, had died in her sleep. She had been the glue that held the book club together and the confidante for each of the other members. As each of them is mourns her passing, they agree to meet. What they didn’t expect was that Abby had left behind a gift for each one of them, a delicate angel ornament resembling each of them. From that simple and heartfelt gift, births the idea of the angel project. With only weeks before Christmas, Belinda, Cassidy, Grace and Louisa decide to create their own unique angel project in honor of Abby. As they embark on this unusual endeavor, each woman learns something new about themselves but also their relationship with one another grows deeper. This story was such a sweet tale about friendship. I liked how each woman’s life changed for the better because of their connection with Abby and one another. And how each is challenged to face their insecurities and flaws. It even inspired me to think about how I could have my own angel project. The author did a nice job of creating four very distinct and memorable characters and then creating a plot around their uniqueness. It didn’t have a lot of depth or a compelling plot. But it did create a feel good ending even if it wasn’t completely realistic. It reminded me of a Hallmark movie where the conclusion is perfectly orchestrated and everyone is content and happy at the end. I would recommend it if you wanted to read a light upbeat story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Five women regularly getting together for a monthly book club, when one of them suddenly dies, Abby it seems was the glue that held them together. Would the remaining four friends be able to form some kind of bond to keep the group together, seems rather small for a book club, maybe something else. Abby being gone seems to answer them with a gift of homemade angel ornaments, and surprisingly each one looks like the receiver, but there is more to each ornament as they are about to discover. The four remaining decide to get together and grieve, but they begin to discover a personal note to each of them, how did she know? She was taken unexpectantly and yet! This book will make each one of the look deeper into yourself, and as these women found their strength from each other, you will be surprised at the outcome of this short, page-turner book. A great message here and your going to love this story! I received this book through Revell Publishing and their Blogger tour and was not required to give a positive review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and moving story perfect for Christmas and ALL year... The Christmas Angel Project By Melody Carlson You just know Christmas is around the corner when Melody Carlson's new Christmas book comes out. And one can be assured of a delightful story that tugs at the heartstrings. Abby Wentworth is an angel, everyone who knows her agrees and she's the friend that keeps her friends together. But when Abby unexpectedly passes away her friends are sure nothing will ever be the same again. Without Abby who will they turn to when they need a sympathetic ear or shoulder to cry on or a boost of encouragement? But Abby has last gift for her book club friends, one that she had just finished getting together for them. And this gift may be the needed incentive to inspire her friends and give them a reason to continue on for a little longer. Fans of Melody's annual Christmas stories will be delighted with this newest addition. Tragedy could tear them apart or help them find life's greatest moments are still ahead. Everyone needs something different and somehow Abby knew just what they would need to get through the holidays without her. Melody's books are ones that family and friends enjoy as a yearly Christmas staple as they leave the reader with a warm feeling at the end. These are Christmas stories that leave you in a proper Christmas mood - joyous with a hopeful spirit that looks forward to what comes ahead. No the characters don't have perfect lives but they have a contentment that is uplifting. This is a perfect afternoon read with a favorite cup of coffee, tea, cocoa, or cider and a few Christmas cookies to go with. Would be an excellent book club selection for November or December. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I absolutely NEVER miss one of Melody Carlson's Christmas books! They are the most heartwarming and engaging holiday stories ever. She creates believable characters, and plots that are just made to melt your heart. I always wonder what she'll write for us each year. *I was provided with a copy of this book via Net Galley for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
sgreene01 More than 1 year ago
Melody Carlson always gives us a great Christmas novel. This one is another sweet, poignant Christmas story. I loved this one and read it in one setting. Five women have been in a book club for many years. Abby, the “leader” they all look to for advise and who has basically kept the group together, dies unexpectedly right before Christmas, leaving the other four to work through their grief in ways they never expected. Abby had made a special angel ornament for each lady. As they meet to grieve together, they open their gift of the angel and feel led by the note that Abby had written, to each become a Christmas Angel by taking on a special project of giving to others. As each woman works to be an “angel”, they find that Abby’s last words to them, along with a special scripture she had given each lady, helps them not only work through their grief, but to find special meaning to their lives. Each one’s story is so special and a joy to celebrate as she comes to terms with her grief and special development that takes place in her life because of her gift of angelic actions. I recommend this book to anyone loving sweet Christmas stories. I was given a copy of this book by Revell on NetGalley for my unbiased review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Angel Project is this year’s Christmas story by Melody Carlson. Abby Wentworth lives in Pine Grove, Minnesota with her husband, Clayton. Abby belongs to a book club (that she organized and created fifteen years prior) with her friends. Abby is actually what holds it together (the glue). It is Thanksgiving evening and Abby is working on ornaments to give to her friends. She wanted to do something very special for them. They were there for her when she went through her cancer treatments. The next day Belinda receives a call from Clayton, Abby’s husband. Abby passed away during the night from a brain aneurism. Abby was a gentle soul with a good heart (her husband and friends called her an angel on Earth). Abby will be sorely missed. Clayton gives a package to Belinda for the group. At the next meeting, each member opens her gift from Abby. They are angel ornaments created to look like each one of them. Grace, Belinda, Louisa, and Cassidy decide to become angel’s this Christmas. They will do something special to honor Abby and to help others. But what will each of them do? Cassidy is a veterinarian and the idea comes to her the next day. Mrs. Morgan brings in her sick cat even though she cannot afford it. Her little baby (her cat) is ill and needs assistance. Cassidy finds out that other people in Mrs. Morgan’s building are in the same predicament (they are all on social security). Cassidy starts offering her services to them (at no charge), but her boss does not approve. Cassidy really gets to know the residents and enjoys spending time with them. What if Cassidy has to make a choice? Louisa is an artist and finds out that the local community center needs someone to teach an art therapy class. Maybe this would help her too. Louisa is also dealing with the loss of her husband, Adam (passed away the previous year). Grace is an interior designer and Habitat for Humanity Homes is doing a special project for Christmas. They need to someone to furnish the living rooms of three homes for their new owners. Grace did not read the whole letter and thought they needed Christmas decorations. But there is no turning her back. Grace will need the help of her friends to fulfill this wish. Belinda owns Glad Rags in town. She offers unique fashions (upcycles items). Belinda receives an email from the new McKinley High School principal. The students are fashion challenged (dressing like street walkers). Casey, the principal, wonders if Belinda can help them. Belinda ends up organizing a fashion show with the proceeds going to charity. But she is in for a shock when she meets the principal! Join Louisa, Cassidy, Belinda, and Grace as they start The Christmas Angel Project. I always look forward to Melody Carlson’s Christmas novel each year. I was so delighted when I received an advance copy. I enjoyed the overall story, but I did not like the amount of romance in the book. Two of the characters end up having romantic encounters while doing their angel projects. I wish there had been less romance in the novel and more about the woman (and their angel projects). The book really did not need the romantic element. I love the descriptions of the angel ornaments that Abby made for her friends (wish there had been pictures). The book is well-written (as usual) with engaging characters. I give The Christmas Angel Project 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The book was lacking the normal Melody Carlson magi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. I love all of Melody's Christmas-themed books, and this one was no exception! Each of the four 'angels' left with a hole in their life from their own personal angel is looking for a way to fill that void. They decide to pay it forward and fill the void with love for those around them, rather than wallowing in their grief. The transformation happens quickly, a little too quickly to be believable, but it works with the story line. Other than that, it's another flawless Carlson execution, as she prepares your heart to accept, and give forth, the Christmas spirit! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.