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“A heartwarming story.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Christmas Shoes

“Heart-tugging...an inspiring Christmas story.” ―BookPage on The Christmas Shoes

“Has precious gifts for all of us.” ―The Washington Times on The Christmas Shoes

“Sweet and emotional...A perfect holiday gift.” ―BookReporter.com on The Christmas Blessing

“A story of tragedy and, of course, ultimate triumph.” ―New York Daily News on The Christmas Blessing

“…a sweet story that celebrates love and generosity of spirit.” ―The Boston Globe on The Christmas Secret

“Tired of sugar plums and impossibly perfect families? Consider this tale with its appealing heroine who struggles against losing faith in herself and in God.” ―USA Today on The Christmas Secret

“Touching and uplifting...This emotional holiday treat will warm...souls and hearts.” ―Library Journal on The Christmas Hope

About the Author

DONNA VanLIERE is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Dream, Finding Grace, The Angels of Morgan Hill and eight Christmas books, including the perennial favorites The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope. She travels as a speaker and lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband and three children.

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Product Details

  • Series: Doubleday Large Print
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250010659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629532158
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Smart Blonde VINE VOICE on September 1, 2014
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While many parts of the story were predictable this novel was very enjoyable—I read it in a weekend. Two of my favorite characters are Gloria and Miriam and the dynamic friendship they have. Much of the dialogue between them made me laugh out loud! Most of the other characters are well developed, too. And there were a few twists—like the letter from an angel—that both surprised and pleased me. I was a little surprised that it took to the end of the story to discover exactly how Michael died; it would have been fine to know that earlier instead of keeping me guessing every time he was mentioned.

The Christian messages throughout this book are subtle and not preachy—it would be a great book for anyone looking for a warm-hearted story without foul language, sex, or violence.

Buy it--you won't be disappointed. I will try more of Doona VanLiere's books.
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I firmly believe that you shouldn’t go through a Christmas season without reading something from Donna Van Liere. Her books are short and sweet, with a light romance. They’re clean, and always bring people together in unexpected ways. Small little connections turn into big ones, and heartstrings are always pulled. I’ve yet to make it through one of her books without tears.

I’ve read (and enjoyed) almost everything VanLiere has written. My momma has, too, and she’s not even a big reader. This book has characters and connections from her other Christmas books, but it’s been so long since I’ve read them, that I didn’t recognize everyone like I would have liked. That means I need to spend this Christmas catching up with some re-reads!

In this particular story, the focus is mainly on 4 groups of people, though we DO get to know many more, both old and new. Jennifer has a 6 year old daughter that can’t move past her dad’s death. Ryan and his daughter are looking for a new place to live, while still learning to deal with his divorce. There’s also Kaylee, who is pregnant at 16, and feeling guilty at the changes happening to her family. Stephen and Lily befriend Kaylee and try to cheer her up with all jokes, but she soon learns that the have their own heartbreak happening.

I can easily recommend this book. Add it to your Christmas line-up, for sure!
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Jennifer DeLuca is a single mom, struggling to raise her daughter Avery after the death of her husband. Her struggles are made harder because six-year-old Avery is having a hard time accepting the fact that her father is gone. Ryan Mazyck is a single father who is raising daughter Sophia after his divorce. Sixteen-year-old Kaylee is pregnant and trying to decide what to do with her baby when it is born. Steven and Lily are ready to start a family but have had no success in getting pregnant. These five people are struggling but during doing their best. Little do they realize that a Christmas pageant will bring them all together and forever change their lives.

“The Christmas Light” is exactly what I'm looking for in a Christmas romance novel - the romance is sweet, the book is a bit light and fluffy, happy yet sad at times, and totally predictable. This is the type of book where you know what is going to happen so you just sit back and enjoy the ride. While the book features five characters the main story is about Jennifer and Ryan. This story is heartbreaking at times (keep tissues nearby!) and very realistically done. You may think you know where their story is going but there are a few surprises along the way. The Kaylee/Stephen/Lily story is again predictable but also has a surprise or two. Also mixed in with all of this is the story of the Christmas pageant run by Miriam and Gloria - these two are a hoot and add some much-needed laughter to the book. If I have a complaint about the book it is the writing style – the present tense is a bit jarring and takes some getting used to.

“The Christmas Light” is the first book I've read by Donna VanLiere but it won't be my last. Well done.
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I love a good fluffy Christmas tale about as much as anyone. But while this is certainly holding a fair amount of sweetness, I did not find it memorable. An entertaining and cute story, but the characters weren't much beyond their own individual tragedies and dramas.

A various cast are dealing with their own uncertain futures and become involved the somewhat chaotic Christmas pageant put on by two charming older women. The pageant goes go despite crazy children and the characters... well, they just sort talk about their lives with each other.

So I suppose it's nice enough with its fair share of pleasant moments, but nothing about it makes it stand above the rest while it depends on the fame of its author. A pleasant holiday read, however, that should appeal to those looking for just that.
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This is a sweet and fluffy Christmas tale--a quick "feel-good" read about redemption and love at Christmas time. The lives of many people in a town overlap and intersect and predictably, romance ensues. We must know darkness in order to truly appreciate light. Overall I enjoyed many parts of the book, but would hesitate to recommend it for the following reasons:

(1) There were so many characters, and each was given a name--even the inconsequential characters like receptionists at doctor's offices and salespeople. It was so hard to tell who was important and who was not and to remember all of the names. I actually drew a chart in the book to tell the difference between everyone--57 different characters in all. It was an extremely difficult book to figure out and remember how everyone was related to each other--even worse than historical novels about dynasties with genealogical charts. That drove me crazy.

(2) The tense the book was written in "present tense, third person omniscient". I had to look that up to figure it out, and I did because it drove me crazy. What this is, is writing as though the action is happening now, but not to you...as though you're an all-knowing Being watching the action. For example, instead of writing: "She ran up the stairs as fast as she could" or "I ran up the stairs as fast as I could", the writer will write "Jennifer runs up the stairs as fast as she can. She sees her son and embraces him. She tells him, "No Bobby, we can't go now." Bobby cries." If you can stand that, you will enjoy the book more. It apparently is how screenplays are written. But for books like this, it really doesn't work and is irritating.

(3) Most of the characters are not fully developed.
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