Christmastime 1939 by Linda Mahkovec

christmastime 1939

3.5/5 stars


Fiction – Holiday

Goodreads Summary

CHRISTMASTIME 1939 introduces the reader to the world of Christmastime. Set in Brooklyn, we meet the young widow Lillian Hapsey and her two sons, Tommy and Gabriel. Even though the Christmas season is just around the corner, Lillian has no Christmas spirit. Alone, unhappy with her job, and plagued by financial concerns, Christmas has become a burden to her. 

Overshadowing everything is the war in Europe. Despite the setbacks, Lillian is determined to give her sons a happy Christmas. Can she rekindle her girlhood love for the holiday season? Rediscovering her touchstone just might be the key to unlocking the excitement and magic of Christmas.


Christmastime 1939 is a sweet, wholesome story centered on the Christmas season and all that it entails. I really enjoyed this as a quick read as Christmas approaches. This book contains a little bit of something for everyone: talk of World War II for history lovers, holiday traditions and festivities for Christmas lovers, and struggles of expectations and loneliness for heartfelt readers. While being a rather short book, the author still did a nice job of establishing the characters and storyline without it feeling rushed in the least. I really connected with these characters and was hopeful that they could overcome their difficulties. This is a prequel to Mahovec’s Christmastime Series, which I now look forward to reading sometime soon. If you are looking for a Christmas book to read in December, I suggest picking this one up!

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