The Christmas Note

The Christmas Note

Book - 2011
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Relocating to an apartment with her two children to be closer to her mother, Gretchen offers to help clear out the home of a reclusive neighbor's recently deceased mother and discovers that the neighbor, Melissa, has two siblings and an identity that she never suspected.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312658960
Characteristics: 208 p. ; 19 cm.


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Apr 22, 2019

Yep, after a long, exhausting Easter Day 2019, I finally read ‘The Christmas Note’, and it was just what I needed to wind down from the busy day.

In the beginning I was having a difficult time trying to like the over-burdened, overly self involved main characters. But then one reluctantly stepped out her comfort zone and the other cautiously blossomed because of it. Of course much of ‘The Christmas Hope’ is heart-warmingly predictable with wisdom and surprises thrown in.

Today I will begin (and probably finish) ‘The Christmas Light’.

My favorite aspect of the ‘Christmas Hope’ novels are the quotes Donna VanLier includes with such precision and thoughtfulness to her stories. Disclaimer: I am a quote collector: I absolutely enjoy researching them, finding them, reading them and using them.

My favorite quotes found in ‘The Christmas Hope’:

"I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances." - Martha Washington

"We make our friends, we make our enemies; But God makes our next-door neighbor." - G. K. Chesterton

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." - Blase Pascal

"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see." - C. S. Lewis

Jan 11, 2015

Light cheerful Christmas romance. Not deep, a one evening read.

Nov 17, 2012

There is a lot going on in this book: war, injury, single parenthood, adoption, family dynamics etc. A good, quick read with a happy ending - of course.


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