Wednesday, December 7, 2011
THE CHRISTMAS NOTE (DONNA VANLIERE)
Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into a condo with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. She and her children are building a life together in a new community. A mysterious young woman, Melissa McCreary, lives next door 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 Melissa, 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 secrets about her family that she never could have imagined. Can two very different women embark on a journey that explores a long-buried need for forgiveness, hope, and redemption?
This is a beautifully written Christmas story that will be sure to make your heart flutter. I was drawn in from the first page to the last and read it in one sitting. I didn’t want the book to end and hope Ms. VanLiere will publish a sequel as the ending was left up to the imagination of the reader. Highly recommended.