Oct 29, 2011

The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere

From the author of The Christmas Shoes comes a new inspirational novel about an unlikely friendship between two women, but one that will change each of their lives forever.

Gretchen McCray has recently moved into an apartment with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. She and her children are building a life together in a new community when a mysterious young woman, Melissa Summit, moves into the apartment next to them. She has few possessions, little personality, and keeps to herself.

One day, a local landlord who is looking for Melissa knocks on Gretchen’s door for assistance. Melissa’s mother has died and in the coming weeks the landlord needs Melissa to empty her mother’s apartment. Gretchen reaches out and offers to help, but the apartment is a gut-wrenching shamble of a home.

There is little worth saving except for a few photos and a note that is discovered on the crate beside the bed. It is unfinished but in the two scribbled lines, Melissa discovers she has a brother and a sister that she never knew about. Even more shocking, she begins to uncover family secrets that show her who she really is.

Can two very different women embark on a journey that explores a long-buried need for forgiveness, hope, and redemption?

Check out the author's website at http://donnavanliere.com/

One of my favourite things to do during the holidays is to read Christmas stories of hope, forgiveness and reconciliations. The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere has all this and so much more.

In a nutshell, this story is about two neighbour women who are complete strangers and polar opposites. Melissa had a horrible childhood, and she is estranged from her only living relative, her mother.  Gretchen has two great children, her husband was recently injured in Afghanistan, and she has moved to her hometown to be near her very supportive and loving parents.

When Gretchen learns that Melissa's mother has died, she extends a hand of friendship, support and love towards Melissa. Her involvement in Melissa's affairs even comes across as pushy and interfering at times, at least in Melissa's mind.

Eventually these two totally different women are able to form a bond that surprises even themselves.  I add this book to my list of Christmas favourites and highly recommend it.

Disclosure: Book received through Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Me too :) I love how warm and fuzzy Christmas books can be. Great review.