Welcome to Advent Reads!
This is an event I have had on my blog for several years running now. Each evening I feature a different holiday themed book. Think of it as your Book Advent Calendar! I post a variety of holiday books including romance, children's, middle-grade, mystery, paranormal, and I try to find some that are other holiday celebrations than Christmas too. I hope you will stop by each evening to see what new book I have for you!
Read for: Recently Added & Love this series
Synopsis: "Donna VanLiere, New York Times bestselling author of the timeless The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope, is back with this moving and uplifting story about finding love, hope, and family in unexpected places.
Lauren Gabriel spent many years of her childhood in foster homes, wishing her mother would come back for her and be the family she needs. Now twenty-years-old, she still longs for a place that she can truly call home. Her work as a cashier is unfulfilling, and at Christmas it’s unbearable with the songs and carols and chatter of Christmas that she hears throughout the day.
When Lauren ends her shift one night, she finds herself driving aimlessly in order to avoid returning to her lonely apartment. And when she witnesses a car accident she is suddenly pulled into the small town of Grandon, first as a witness but then as a volunteer for the annual fundraiser for Glory’s Place, a center for single mothers and families who need assistance. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for?"
My Review: I have been following this series for a few years now but it has been nearly a year since I last read one of them, so it did take me a while to get back into the setting and remember the characters. Once Gloria & Miriam were introduced back into the story, I quickly settled back in, I absolutely love their banter. This was a sweet story and I really enjoyed Lauren's backstory and the development of her character. But the shining star of this one is definitely Ben, I adored his character even though it was such a minor on page roll, he still plays such a big part in the whole Christmas feel of the story and town. This is definitely another great book in the series and I am so glad I have stuck with it for so long.
My Rating: I have really enjoyed this whole series, starting way back at Christmas Shoes. If there is anything that really brings on the Christmas spirit, it is these books and this one was no different. I give it a rating of Four Paws!