Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Christmas Town

Welcome!  I hope everyone has had a happy Wednesday.  We are halfway through another week. This year is quickly marching towards the end.  My daughter was trying to take a picture last night for me and Doozy kept getting into the frame.  Doozy, as many of you know, is my half St. Bernard and half English Pointer dog.  He will be three years old next month.  He is such a ham!  He just loves getting his picture taken (almost as much as he likes peanut butter cookies)!  

The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere is a novel that will linger with you long after you finish reading it.  The novel starts in November of 2010.  Lauren Gabriel (20) gets off work from Gordon’s Grocery in Whitall where she is a check-out clerk.  She does not wish to go home and deal with her roommate.  Lauren decides to take a drive and ends up about an hour away in Grandon.  She stops at Clauson’s to get something to eat when she realizes she has not had anything to eat in a while.  Lauren heads for the check-out and notices that one line is significantly longer than the other.  The manager is trying to encourage people to move to the short line, but they want to wait for their slip from Ben.  Lauren was going to get into the short line until she heard the comment.  She decides to wait and see what the other are talking about.  The check-out boy bags her groceries and then puts a slip of paper into her bag.  Lauren exits the store and reads her message.  It states it is a great day because Lauren is a part of it.  Lauren was astonished.  No one had ever told her such a thing in her whole life.  Lauren goes back into the store to talk to the young man.  His name is Ben.  Ben gives each customer a different message based on the person.  Ben felt the message he gave Lauren was for her.  Lauren had a rough childhood.  Her father, Victor left when she was four years old.  Lauren’s mother was arrested when Lauren was eight.  Lauren ended up in foster care bouncing from home to home until she was eighteen.  After receiving Ben’s message, Lauren decides to advertise on Craigslist for a family for Christmas.  Lauren soon ends up back in Grandon.  After witnessing a car accident, Lauren meets Stacy Engler.  Lauren ends up volunteering at Glory’s Place, a center for single mothers and families who are having a hard time (a place of hope and help).  Read The Christmas Town to see how Lauren gets her family for Christmas and a new take on life.

The Christmas Town was a delight to read.  I did not want this story to end.  The writing is masterful.  Donna VanLiere does a wonderful job at weaving the people and events together into one heartwarming novel.  It is very clever how everything fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.  The Christmas Town has engaging characters.  It also has a small town where people help each other out (they care for each other).  I give The Christmas Town 5 out of 5 stars.  One line in the novel is very special (and my favorite).  It read “miracles occur in the most unlikely of places and in the most unusual ways.”    This is one of the novels that you will continue to think about long after you finish it (you will also be left with a smile on her face)!   This is by far my favorite novel by Donna VanLiere. The Christmas Town is a part of the Christmas Hope series which includes The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing, The Christmas Hope, The Christmas Promise, The Christmas Secret, The Christmas Journey, The Christmas Note, and The Christmas Light.

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The Avid Reader

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