Monday, October 24, 2011
The Christmas Note -- A Heartwarming Story
The Christmas Note is the latest of Donna VanLiere's heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) Christmas stories, and it was another great one! Her previous books include The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing, and The Christmas Hope.
Gretchen Daniels and her two young children move to Grandon to be near her mother after her husband, Kyle, is the victim of a tragic miltary incident in Afghanistan. Living in the condo next door is Melissa McCreary, who seems to have no desire to make any connection with her new neighbors. When Gretchen is asked to pass on a message to Melissa concerning her mother's death, she really has no desire to get involved. Somewhat reluctantly, though, Gretchen finds herself driven by Kyle's "voice" to reach out to Melissa. The discovery of a note that Melissa's mother started, but never finished, sets off a search for a brother and sister Melissa never knew she had. Neither Melissa nor Gretchen has any idea of the twists and turns they will face as their lives become more intertwined.
Ms. VanLiere skillfully drew me into the thoughts and actions of her characters. I came to care about each one and anxiously awaited the resolution of their troubles and challenges. Some of the elements of the plot were predictable, but others caught me by surprise. I would recommend that you spend the couple of hours or so that it takes to read this story of Christmas miracles, forgiveness, and restoration.
This book was provided free from Book Sneeze for my honest review.