Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson

By Melody Carlson

Occasionally the simplest reward is a moment chanceChristmas is drawing close, and Lena Markham unearths herself penniless, friendless, and approximately hopeless. She is attempting to restart her lifestyles, yet task possibilities are virtually nonexistent. whilst a secondhand crimson coat suddenly lands her a task as Mrs. Santa at a division shop, Lena ultimately thinks her success is altering. yet can she continue her earlier a mystery?

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If she’d been honest, she would’ve told this woman that she did indeed mind – that this seat was hers and to just move on, thank you very much. Before doing time, Lena had considered herself to be scrupulously truthful. The kind of person who followed the rules. ” Almost painfully honest. But prison had taught her how and when to lie. Nearly always for the sake of self-preservation. Now she wondered if it would be a hard habit to break – or perhaps a habit to hold on to. The old woman sighed as she eased herself into the other seat.

Mrs. Stanfield cleared her throat. ” “Yes. I can choose what I think would be a suitable town for you, make your living arrangements, set up some temporary employment, get your transportation worked out. ” Lena slowly nodded. ” Mrs. Stanfield smiled as she closed the folder. “Then we’ll do our best and trust God with the rest. ” Lena forced a smile, but as she thanked the woman, her voice sounded flat and lifeless to her own ears. When she returned to her cell, she decided not to think about her upcoming release anymore.

Lucy leaned forward until her nose was inches from Lena’s. ” Lena blinked and backed up. “Yes. ” “That means no hot plates. No microwaves. No toasters. No crock-pots. No toaster ovens. No electric teapots. ” Lucy rolled her eyes dramatically. “Besides blowing out the electrical fuses, this place could be a real firetrap. So I will absolutely enforce this rule. Anyone who breaks it will be thrown out. ” “Yes. ” Lucy smiled. ” Lena smiled back. ” Lucy sighed. ” Lucy pulled her robe more tightly around her.

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