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Book Review: “The Christmas Note”

Now that I finally have things mostly unpacked and have somewhat settled in to a bit of a daily routine, I have finally been able to tackle my stack of books to read!

"The Christmas Note" by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere,  is a delightful little read for not just the Christmas season, but for anytime during the year.

Here is the book’s description:

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?

I found this book to be a nice, easy read and enjoyed the ending the best.  I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone, only because at times it seemed to drag on a bit. I think the author was mainly able to keep my interest via the writing the story through the eyes of either Melissa or Gretchen with each new chapter.  After sticking with it and reading this book over the course of a few evenings while relaxing with a nice cup of tea, some of the – what others might consider to be – “boring” details showed their significance once the story came to a close. If you are stuck in the house due to a snow fall and want to curl up with something to read and a cup of something warm to drink, I would recommend this book.  If you are looking for something that will keep you on edge with the constant questioning of “what’s going to happen next?” — then I suggest you read something else. Otherwise, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this book either a 6 or a 7.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Book Nook


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Book Review: The Christmas Sweater

I am VERY excited to share this book with you!! Not only because it is fitting due to the fact that Christmas is just around the corner, but most importantly because of the message  behind it!!

     Ever since it’s release, I have wanted to read and add “The Christmas Sweater” by Glenn Beck to my home library, and let me just say that I was not disappointed! This book as everything in it from heart-wrenching sadness and joy, to episodes and events that that promote thought and personal reflection in self and Faith. Each of the character’s in Glenn’s book are so well thought out and portrayed in the story, each a reflection of “characters” we are likely to find in our own lives as well as in ourselves. What a truly magical and wonderful story to read during the Christmas season as well as anytime throughout the year!  It’s amazing how a sweater and the events and people surrounding it can cause a person to have so much reflection. I’m sure many of us have (or have had) a special home-made gift with a similar special meaning as Eddie learns his sweater has. No, this is not a story about a magical sweater by any means, but instead I choose to use the word “magical” in the sense of what it represents in the story.   The message on the inside of the book jacket says it best: “Glenn Beck delivers an instant holiday classic about boyhood memories, wrenching life lessons, and the true meaning of the gifts we give to one another in love.” ~ New York Times

So, this holiday season, or any time during the course of the year for that matter, I encourage you to read this book! And if you have read it already, think about sharing it with a friend! I know I am!

* There is also a children’s picture book of the same title by Glenn Beck that is based on this book. I’m hoping to get this at some point to read to my son.

** Please note, I was in no way influenced by Glenn Beck, Simon and Schuster Inc., or anyone else when writing this book review. I wrote this review based on my own opinions, beliefs, and thoughts after reading this book that was purchased for me by my husband as a gift.

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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Book Nook, Uncategorized


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