The Christmas Hope

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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. ...

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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.

Against her better judgment, a social worker bends the rules and takes a little girl to her own home at Christmas. Through the warming presence of Emily and her penetrating questions about heaven, the Addisons will learn that there is no sorrow so great that faith cannot lead the way through.

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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
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.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598590944
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 4
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

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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