Sunday, December 23, 2018

Advent Reads Day 23: The Christmas Light by Donna VanLiere

Read for: Recently Added

Previous Books in the Christmas Hope Series

Synopsis: "In the small town of Grandon, five very different people discover the true meaning of Christmas. Jennifer and Ryan are both single parents, struggling with their own losses and heartache as they attempt to move forward in the present while still holding onto the memories, joy, and heartache of the past.

Sixteen-year-old Kaylee is faced with a life-changing situation that has affected her whole family. Stephen and Lily are happily married and ready to start a family. All of them are facing their own struggles, and all are finding their way through the dark. When they are brought together for a rather unconventional church Nativity, they will learn that with strength, courage, and love, there is always hope.

The New York Times bestselling author of the beloved The Christmas Hope series returns with this new heartwarming, inspirational story about the power of love and faith to reveal the possibilities that lay right in front of you."

My Review: I didn't think any book would be able to have quite the impact as the first book in this series, Christmas Shoes, but boy this one came awfully close! I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Of course Gloria and Miriam had that great back and forth that brings a bit of humor to a pretty difficult story. I really loved Ryan and the way he interacted with his little girl and the other characters on a whole, and Jennifer's dedication to her daughter and her mental well being is very touching. But the best part is the background story of Lilly and Stephen and Kaylee, that was the most touching part and even though you could see it coming, it was still so wonderful to read.

My Rating: Next to the first book in this series, this might be my favorite one! I was sobbing, sad tears, happy tears and all the tears in between. I really loved this one and give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!

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