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The Christmas Hope (Christmas Hope Series #3) Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2006

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Nathan Andrews, who at eight bought shoes for his dying mother (The Christmas Shoes) and as a medical student fell in love with a young heart patient (The Christmas Blessing), takes a backseat in Van Liere's latest Christmas confection. The focus this time is on Patti and Mark Addison. Patti is a devoted social worker, but she can't seem to feel anything for her handsome pilot husband (they sleep in separate bedrooms), and she can't understand why anyone could feel happy during the holidays. Leave it to a child to teach Patti the meaning of Christmas. Emily—who believes in angels and is possibly the gentlest, sweetest child to ever cavort across a novel's pages since Little Nell—quickly insinuates herself into the Addison hearts. Another child's illness introduces the Addison gang to Nathan, now a doctor expecting his own first child. Too much coincidence binds their stories together, but Van Liere serves up another heart-tugging holiday tale. (Oct.)
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Praise for The Christmas Blessing
“A cozy, inspirational holiday tale.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Christmas Shoes
“Heart-tugging...an inspiring Christmas story.” —BookPage
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (November 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312334508
  • ASIN: B001O9CFPY
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and gifted conference speaker. She has published ten titles including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies (starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris) and garnered big ratings for CBS television. LifetimeTelevision adapted The Christmas Hope (starring Madeline Stowe) and premiered it December 2009 to stellar ratings as well. Donna's non-seasonal novel, The Angels of Morgan Hill, has captured the same warmth as her Christmas books and continues to please loyal and new fans alike.

Donna is the recipient of a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction, a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and was recently inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John Glenn. Donna is an in-demand conference speaker having appeared at countless women's and family events, including select Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women conferences.

Donna's latest book, The Christmas Journey (October 2010) is a retelling of the story of the Nativity told through Donna's signature voice and accompanied by moving and beautifully rendered watercolor illustrations throughout. The eighty-mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl is one of the most powerful stories in history. As books go out of print and stories fade from memory, the journey of Joseph and Mary and her delivery inside a common barn continues to bless and inspire hope in people around the world.

Look for her brand new novel entitled "The Christmas Note this fall (2011).

Donna lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Troy, and their children, Grace, Kate and David.

Learn more at www.DonnaVanLiere.com

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In spite of their love for one another the death of their son Sean at eighteen threatens to kill the marriage between social worker Patricia and pilot Mark Addison as she has not been able to move on and he can no longer take it as he has grieving to do too. He is leaving her, but she fails to even react to that missive.

Five years old Emily Weist's mother died in a car accident; currently she resides with nice foster parents, but they are leaving town to say their good-byes to his dying father. With no place to put Emily except in a group setting, Patricia decides to bring the little girl to her home for Christmas breaking every rule of the Department of Family Services. Instead of leaving as he planned at that time, Mark pitches in with caring for the little girl. Soon the miracle of Christmas brings these three lost souls together along with an adopted newborn as a loving family with hope for the future.

Donna Van Liere always provides an uplifting tale and her fans will celebrate her latest holiday good cheer. The people starring in THE CHRISTMAS HOPE seem genuine as each struggle in their own way in a world that seems so filled with misfortune at least for them until they connect over on Yuletide season. As with the CHRISTMAS SHOES and THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING, this is an inspirational tale that gives hope for all even when life seems out of control and so dark that no light is imminent.

Harriet Klausner
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
No other time of year is as filled with hope as Christmas. With this, the third book in her inspiring series, Donna VanLiere reminds us that faith can overcome the greatest heartbreak and that love does, indeed, conquer all.

Patti Addison, a social worker, is married to Mark, a pilot. Their marriage, if not broken, suffers due to the loss of their only son in a car accident four years ago on Christmas Eve. Joy is no longer a part of their lives, and the holiday season is especially painful.

Well trained, Patti knows that social workers should not become personally involved with those they help, but Patti forgets this and brings home Emily, a sweet five-year-old who has no place to live. It is through Emily, who has a firm belief in heaven and angels, that Patti and Mark find happiness again, the joy that a true Christmas can bring.

VanLiere, joined by Oliver Wyman, gives a poignant reading to this tug-on-your-heartstrings story.

- Gail Cooke
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on December 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
New York Times bestselling author Donna VanLiere's THE CHRISTMAS HOPE is a heartwarming story that is sure to become a holiday favorite for fans of the seasonal sentimental novella genre.

In the first tearjerker of the series, THE CHRISTMAS SHOES, the young, impoverished Nathan Andrews buys a pair of shoes for his dying mother. The second, THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING, follows Nathan as an adult in medical school, and coming to grips with his bitterness over his mother's death.

In THE CHRISTMAS HOPE, Nathan plays a minor role. The focus is on social worker Patricia Addison and her estranged husband Mark, a pilot who is ready to leave their marriage. Grief over the loss of their college-aged son has created an impassable gulf between the two. Can anything bridge the gap?

Patricia is called to help with five-year-old Emily, whose mother has been killed in a car accident, leaving her an orphan. She takes Emily home with her for the holidays, although technically it breaks the rules of her employment. With the almost impossibly sweet Emily in the house, Mark and Patricia find the coldness between them start to thaw, and soon it appears that their marriage --- and healing from the grief and bitterness over their loss --- is possible.

This is a tug-at-the-heartstrings, break-out-the-Kleenex kind of story. Readers will weep over the feisty two-year-old Mia, found in her crib by police after her drug-addicted mom leaves her in an unheated apartment for days without food or water while selling drugs. Muses Patricia, "How many times did I drop a child off at a foster family's home a few days before Christmas because his mother was arrested or put back into rehab? I've traveled these roads many times...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jeanne-scott on February 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Donna VanLiere brings a wonderful and heartwarming tale to life in her third book in her "Christmas" series.

When a family tragedy becomes a wall between Patricia and Mark Addison and their marriage slowly and quietly disintegrates. It takes a small, desperate child and the mysterious hand of God to gently weave hope and meaning back into their lives.

This is a story of people perceiving their prayers as going unanswered and their lives become void of meaning.

Donna VanLiere shows us that God is always talking and guiding us, but often we are not really listening from inside our cocoon of sorrow and disappointment.

This a touching story of love and hope and finding faith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Gonzalez on January 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Christmas Hope is an inspirational story and a tear-jerker. The belief that God is there for all to turn to and that miracles do happen is the theme of the story. I cried almost throughout this whole book. It is heart-breaking to lose a child (it is painful to watch a child when he/ she is sick). The way that the author depicted how Sean was when he was a little boy, running everywhere and so excited about Christmas, brought my boys to mind. The gentle way that Emily was showed the difference between boys and girls. I prefer the rowdiness of boys. Also, when Sean told his mom that he would love her always even once he was in high school again brought fresh tears to my eyes. Sons tend to put moms on pedestals. Because of the love I have for my sons (and the pain I have felt because my youngest was so sick in the past months), I could understand Patricia's 'lost hope'. I've felt that, too. However, with this little book, 'The Christmas Hope', I could see how faith and belief in God can bring a person through the darkest night.

I would recommend this book to everyone, especially ones who have lost hope.
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