The Christmas Hope

The Christmas Hope

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by Donna VanLiere

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Perennial New York Times bestsellers and Audie Award finalists The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing have become inspirational holiday classics, and THE CHRISTMAS HOPE is poised to become a seasonal favorite in its own right Patricia and Mark Addison have long given up the hope of having a meaningful Christmas. But this year, Patricia’s

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Perennial New York Times bestsellers and Audie Award finalists The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing have become inspirational holiday classics, and THE CHRISTMAS HOPE is poised to become a seasonal favorite in its own right Patricia and Mark Addison have long given up the hope of having a meaningful Christmas. But this year, Patricia’s job as a social worker will lead her to a very special five-year-old. Against her better judgment, Patricia bends the rules and takes the little girl to her own home. Through the presence of Emily in their house, and her penetrating questions about heaven, the Addisons learn that there is no sorrow so great that faith cannot help you find your way through. And Christmas will once more be a time of joy in their home. THE CHRISTMAS HOPE is a story of love in the face of loss, joy when all seems hopeless, and how light can shine into the darkest places.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Nathan Andrews, who at eight bought shoes for his dying mother (The Christmas Shoes) and as a medical student fell in love with a young heart patient (The Christmas Blessing), takes a backseat in Van Liere's latest Christmas confection. The focus this time is on Patti and Mark Addison. Patti is a devoted social worker, but she can't seem to feel anything for her handsome pilot husband (they sleep in separate bedrooms), and she can't understand why anyone could feel happy during the holidays. Leave it to a child to teach Patti the meaning of Christmas: Emily is a beautiful five-year-old who, against the rules, Patti brings home rather than take her to the local orphanage. Emily-who believes in angels and is possibly the gentlest, sweetest child to ever cavort across a novel's pages since Little Nell-quickly insinuates herself into the Addison hearts. Another child's illness introduces the Addison gang to Nathan, now a doctor expecting his own first child. Too much coincidence binds their stories together, but Van Liere serves up another heart-tugging holiday tale. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Van Liere adds a third title to her "Christmas Hope" series with the story of a couple who find meaning restored to the holiday by a needy five-year-old. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another schmaltzy holiday tearjerker from Van Liere (The Christmas Blessing, 2003, etc.) brings children back into the life of a hardened social worker whose teenaged son died in a car accident. The author spares no narrative ploy in pulling her readers' heartstrings. Days before Christmas, in the falling snow, as Mel Torme sings "The Christmas Song," 43-year-old Patricia Addison is shuttling yet another unwanted child to foster parents, all the while resenting the holiday hoopla. The death of 18-year-old Sean four years earlier has placed a splinter of ice between Patricia and husband Mark, an airline pilot who has his bags packed to leave her. The product of a family broken apart when her own father vanished from the house, she has no intention of stopping him. Patricia's current cases involve two-year-old Mia, who needs a home because her mother is in rehab; and five-year-old Emily, whose mother perishes in a car accident. When Emily's current caretakers have to attend to an emergency over Christmas, Patricia steps in and brings the girl to her own home, against all the rules of social work. Still, Mark warms to her instantly, Patricia's co-worker Roy, a kind of "jolly black Santa," appears with a tree for the house, and soon there seem to be many good reasons to keep the child. Mia, meanwhile, needs hospitalization for a flawed heart. Who happens to be Mia's surgeon? The doctor who tried to save Sean four years before. Moreover, Sean left a present for his mother, along with a heartfelt note, which Dr. Nathan Andrews only just now recalls pocketing. No problem: He'll slip it to the happily reconciled parents as a secret Santa gift. Even old Norma Holt, who has been decorating the towntree since before anyone can remember, is laid up this year with pneumonia. Boo-hoos on every page.

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DONNA VAN LIERE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series, which includes The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing. Her husband is the manager for the group NewSong; NewSong’s Billboard hit “The Christmas Shoes” is played on radio stations across the country each holiday season.

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Christmas Hope 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
GHott More than 1 year ago
This is a re-read for me. I read it every few years to remind me to enjoy Christmas and life for the right reason instead of allowing myself to get caught up in the drama that so frequently unfolds.
compster1 More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Donna VanLiere books before, but this one was my absolute favorite! I became totally engulfed as I follow a couple whose marriage was falling apart find the true meaning of Christmas while adopting a foster child named Emily. This heart warming story has a great blend of comedy, tragedy, and romance. My favorite part was watching how one small child could draw a family back to together without even realizing it. I also loved how Donna VanLiere's descriptive writing was able to pull me into the book and make feel as if I was living right next door to Mark and Patricia. This is a must read for anyone who is looking an inspirational story.
ammaof4 More than 1 year ago
Donna does a super job of captivating you, hold your interest and keeps me from sleeping. Family love, interaction, powerful but gentle and a reasonably new "favorite author" of mine. Thanks for touching my life!
lovetoreadAR More than 1 year ago
It's so hard to think of what kids in foster care have gone through. Love the DHS staff, they had such humor even when the job is such a strain on the spirit. I also loved that Nathan and Meghan were back and happy in their new life together.
Loss is always sad, but especially around the holidays. It was awful how the son was lost so young. It shows how grief can set up a chain reaction. It's amazing what others can be moved to do for each other, shoving aside their own pain to ease someone else's. And having some joy in return for having done it. What beautiful, magic gifts were unexpectedly recieved that holiday. I laughed, I teared up, I loved it. Great read. I'm hoping she does more in this series because four books just aren't enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. I wish I could give it more than 5 for the rating!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No doubt this book is an outstanding christmas book, but its a great book to read reguardless of the season. It's so touching and so many life lessons are involved in it. Once you start reading it, its very hard to put down. It's also an easy read so you can get threw it very quick!! Awesome and highly reccommened!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great continuation from the The Christmas Shoes. The story picks up from the main character in his third year as a medical student. All the sage wisdom that his mother would give to him as he grew up began to make sense. Life doesn't necessarily get easier as we age, but we get stronger from those who supported us and never gave up on us. One can get wrapped up in this book!
Ilovemister More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I was sad it ended. Please read it. Very inspirational
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ElizabethLynne More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book by Donna VanLiere.It hit close to home.I had a friend who fell asleep at the wheel and it was a devastating hit.My Mom woke me up,and she asked if I remembered my friend from camp.I said yes.She said that he died in a car accident.I cried.We went to his funeral.As we were waiting,there was a procession of cars with my friends name engraved on the back of their cars with In loving Memory...Plus blasting the remake song by P.Diddy in Memory of Notorious B.I.G."Every breath I take".Every time the song comes on the radio,I think of my friend. In the story,when Patti and her husband is listening to the answer machine that her son left before the accident.Over and Over again.I cried because made me think back when my mom left her last message on the answering machine before she passed away.I cried and cried when they were talking about their son and reminiscing.They were finally talking and letting it out by their son.How much he's missed and that there's still one empty place at their table after adopting Emily and Mia.I enjoyed the part where they are talking to Emily about her mother passing away.Emily asks if the clouds are parted so her Mom can see her.I think of that and I wonder if my Mom parts the clouds to see Us.Death is so final but when it's our turn,we'll be reunited with our Loved Ones.It justs takes longer for us right now and we have to wait.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book! it was so good. it gave so much hope for people.i really enjoyed it i often think of adopting and this book tought me that it is not bad if you cant get a baby that a 5 yr old will bring just as much joy to you! i really loved this book! read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
3rd in the series - First Was Christmas Shoes and 2nd Christmas Blessings which will air on t.v. tonite. This is an emotional read that will tug at your heart. A perfect story for the Christmas season. Patti, a social worker brings home Emily who has just lost her mother before the holidays. This is a no-no but Patti feels sorry for the little girl and cant find an appropriate temporary place to put her. Patti's heart is broken as her own son died during the Christmas holiday and finds no joy in her life and her marriage is severely damaged due to the loss. Little Emily will tug at your heart - she is such a sweet little girl that you cant help fall in love with her. She truly is an angel. Can she help heal Patti's broken marriage? Another secondary plot involving a little baby will have you grabbing for those tissues too. Nathan from the Christmas Shoes has a small part in the story but an important tie in. You wont regret reading this wonderful tale during the holiday or any time. It will warm your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that I have lost the world of hope and this book brought it back to me. It is so well written and it really hit the spot were I was with the lose of faith and hope. Thank you ever so much for writing this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In spite of their love for one another the death of their son Sean at eighteen threatens to kill the marriage between social worker Patricia and pilot Mark Addison as she has not been able to move on and he can no longer take it as he has grieving to do too. He is leaving her, but she fails to even react to that missive................... Five years old Emily Weist¿s mother died in a car accident currently she resides with nice foster parents, but they are leaving town to say their good-byes to his dying father. With no place to put Emily except in a group setting, Patricia decides to bring the little girl to her home for Christmas breaking every rule of the Department of Family Services. Instead of leaving as he planned at that time, Mark pitches in with caring for the little girl. Soon the miracle of Christmas brings these three lost souls together along with an adopted newborn as a loving family with hope for the future.................. Donna Van Liere always provides an uplifting tale and her fans will celebrate her latest holiday good cheer. The people starring in THE CHRISTMAS HOPE seem genuine as each struggle in their own way in a world that seems so filled with misfortune at least for them until they connect over on Yuletide season. As with the CHRISTMAS SHOES and THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING, this is an inspirational tale that gives hope for all even when life seems out of control and so dark that no light is imminent............... Harriet Klausner
DK4 More than 1 year ago
It's Louis Lamour. Nothing more needs to be said!