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The Christmas Note | [Donna VanLiere]

The Christmas Note

From author of The Christmas Hope series, which has enthralled millions, comes a new inspirational novel about an unlikely friendship between two women, but one that will change each of their lives forever. Gretchen Daniels 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 McCreary, moves into the apartment next to them.
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Publisher's Summary

From author of The Christmas Hope series, which has enthralled millions, comes a new inspirational novel about an unlikely friendship between two women, but one that will change each of their lives forever.

Gretchen Daniels 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 McCreary, 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 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 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?

©2011 Donna VanLiere (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-02-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-02-13 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Warm Christmas Story of Hope"

    Someone who reviewed this book said it was like a Hallmark movie, to which I say, so what? This is a great listen for the holidays, full of faith, joy, and hope. I love Donna VanLiere's books, because they always give us a glimpse into everyday flawed lives that are in need of grace and love . . . as are we all. If that is off putting, then her books are not for you. Her stories are wholesome, family friendly, funny, quirky, and faith affirming. In my estimation, that makes them priceless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 11-16-12
    Jennifer 11-16-12

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    "Like Watching a Hallmark Movie!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy light, fluffy stories with predictable endings, this is for you.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The author tries to imitate a British and a Southern accent, and both are bad. Sometimes they run together and become even worse. Authors shouldn't narrate their own books if the stories require voice acting skills.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It should become a movie on the Hallmark or Lifetime channels for the holidays.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Las vegas, NV, United States 02-23-13
    Melanie Las vegas, NV, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Became a Fan Reading this Book"

    This is the first time of read Donna VanLiere. While I found the story a little far-fetched I did appreciate the spirit of the book, and look forward to reading more VanLiere titles. I enjoyed reading about the depth of feeling between the characters and enjoyed reading such an uplifting story during the holiday season. I could easily recommend this book as a good read to any friend or family member, especially if they were looking for a feel good read.

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    Michelle Chesterfield, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 01-01-12
    Michelle Chesterfield, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 01-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Really moving story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would definitely recommend this book -- it's easy to listen to via audiobook and a really moving Christmas story.


    What about Donna VanLiere’s performance did you like?

    She brings the characters to life and keeps you wanting more until the next time you can listen.


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    Nancy Bressan Walsenburg, CO USA 12-10-11
    Nancy Bressan Walsenburg, CO USA 12-10-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Another great story from VanLiere"
    Where does The Christmas Note rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It is a favorite story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the continuation of the life story of the different characters in her Christmas season.


    Have you listened to any of Donna VanLiere???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have. It is the same great quality as the others.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not sure what a tag line is but maybe, Giving to others gives more back to you


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