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“A fun little book to make you believe!”Becky Gibson wrote this review Monday, December 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nice heart-warming story!!! ”Danita B wrote this review Saturday, December 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Belmont Library Book Club Selection, December 2012 ”Susan H wrote this review Friday, April 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Uplifting, although not totally believable in parts.
“A warm Christmas story of coincidences, friendship and family, The Christmas Note will touch your heart with the spirit of the season. This is a lovely Christian read that ties up just a bit too neatly in a huge red bow of love and family.”Hooked on Books wrote this review Saturday, December 31, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Cute story. A little far fetched at times but still a feel good story. Quick and easy to ready.”Sylvia W wrote this review Friday, December 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great Christmas story! I've read her other Christmas books and loved them. Her stories make me laugh and cry so easily! This one was the same. She is an excellent storyteller and I was instantly transported into the main characters' lives. I appreciated how the author tackled the issue of military families dealing with war injuries and missing relatives during the holiday season. I also enjoyed that her characters had backgrounds that were not picture perfect but loving. I loved reading about what seemed like two separate characters but turned out to be part of one big picture. I loved that surprise! Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down, read it in one night! ”Erika T wrote this review Tuesday, December 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into a condo with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. She and her children are building a life together in a new community. A mysterious young woman, Melissa McCreary, lives next door 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 Melissa, but the apartment is a gut-wrenching shambles 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 secrets about her family that she never could have imagined. Can two very different women embark on a journey that explores a long-buried need for forgiveness, hope, and redemption?
This is a beautifully written Christmas story that will be sure to make your heart flutter. I was drawn in from the first page to the last and read it in one sitting. I didn’t want the book to end and hope Ms. VanLiere will publish a sequel as the ending was left up to the imagination of the reader. Highly recommended.
“Another sweet, predictable, and somewhat unbelievable installment in the Christmas Hope series. I'll keep reading these as long as she keeps writing them. These books make me smile.”Dianne J wrote this review Friday, November 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Gretchen and her children move into a condo to be closer to her mother. While moving in Gretchen and her children meet their neighbor Melissa. Melissa doesn't seem very friendly, but Emma and Ethan still try to make friends.
Shortly after moving a man shows up at Gretchen's door. He is Melissa's mother's landlord. Melissa's mother Ramona has died and her landlord is trying to find Melissa. He leaves it to Gretchen to tell Melissa about her mother. Gretchen doesn't know why, but she is compelled to go over and offer Melissa her assistance in helping clear out her mother's apartment.
Melissa has never felt love from her mother. Ramona went from one boyfriend to another and from one apartment to another Melissa's entire childhood. She doesn't know why she accepts Gretchen's offer of help, but she is grateful for this neighbor who insists on becoming part of her life. While cleaning the apartment Melissa discovers a note that her mother started to write to her. It indicates that Melissa has siblings that she never knew about. This is both exciting and devastating news for Melissa. She is angry that her mother never told her this while she was alive.
Gretchen has her own problems. After her husband was involved in a bombing while serving in Afghanistan she has moved her children to be closer to her mother. While starting over and trying to keep their family together she doesn't understand why she feels the urge to help Melissa. With the help of Gretchen's mother and her quirky friend Gloria, Melissa finds the love of friends that she has never known before.
This was a heart-warming, feel-good story that I thoroughly enjoyed. It had the "Happily Ever After" ending that I crave so much in stories. This is the perfect book for a cold winter day curled up on the couch with a fire going and hot chocolate by your side! ”