A wonderful Christmas story that really gets you in the holiday spirit! It's a bit of a twist on the Mary and Joseph story as a young couple end up stranded in their bus at a town called Christmas Valley, and of course the young couple are expecting. But along comes a grumpy old woman named Mrytle who turns the town upside down and changes the town's way of thinking. A rather easy book to read as the story line flows smoothly and it keeps you entertained. A perfect read for this Christmas that reminds us that it doesn't matter how much money we have, what matters is what's in our hearts, and what we're willing to do for others, be it opening up our home or just inviting someone over for a meal.
This is a short but nice read. It is about people in the small town of Christmas Valley. A couple opens their bed and breakfast to total strangers over the holidays. They find themselves helping out others and finding the true meaning of biblical "angels" and doing God's work. It includes small town humor, an awnry house guest, and a young couple in need of love and companionship.
Melody Carlson has written a delightful story for the holidays in "The Christmas Bus". The books opens by introducing us to the small Oregon town called Christmas Valley. In an attempt to save this fledgling town, the town's people have decided to promote it as a Christmas all year long destination. Edith and Charles Ryan own the town's bed and breakfast. Edith eagerly anticipates each holiday season when their four grown children come home. This year however, the kids and their families can't make it. Edith moves from feelings of holiday sadness to holiday gladness with a plan to celebrate the season. She opens the inn up to guests at a time when they are normally closed to visitors. The guests who arrive and the threads of their lives shared, all weave together to make this a wonderful holiday read. We are left with gentle reminders of the one true meaning of Christmas.
A very nice story about the true meaning of christmas-giving and being true to others
This was a sweet, little story that I enjoyed very much.
No big twists or suprises here, but nice Christmas tale. I recommend it.
A completely beautiful story about the possibility of "angels among us". What if the next person you decide to help is an angel? I love this book! Melody Carlson writes an extraordinary story!
Cute and funny perfect read
This was a great holiday book about a couple who owns a bed & breakfast, a cantankerous old woman, along with many other quirky characters, and how they all get along to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. It's a book that should be passed around to others during this season. I highly recommend this book. It's fast-paced & you won't be sorry that you took the time to read it.
Sweet Christmas tale, quick read.
Amy and Collin are traveling cross-country in their converted old school bus. Hoping to get to San Diego before the birth of their child, the bus has mechanical problems forcing them to stop in Christmas Valley.
Edith and pastor husband Charles have the only bed and breakfast in the small hamlet town of Christmas Valley. As Edith listens to her husband's sermon about entertaining angels unaware, she decides to open the bed and breakfast during Christmas week since none of their children will be coming home this year.
Of course there are town's people not too pleased to see a brightly painted bus on the streets of their quaint town. Very nice story to remind us of the First Christmas.
Good story to read during the Christmas season. I loved the characters. I would highly recommend reading this book.
This brief story is a little bit predictable--but in a feel-good way. The story made an enjoyable warm-and-fuzzy Christmas read in between longer books on my list. I recommend this story to folks who are looking for a relaxing read to help them find their Christmas spirit.
Enjoyable and entertaining story illustrating the true spirit of Christmas.
Wonderful Christmas read. Unconventional characters that give a fun twist to the Christmas story. Enjoy!
Delightful read. Looking forward to another book by this talented author.
very good book...fast read...
Mine is LARGE PRINT edition. EXCELLENT holiday read!