Christine Eisley is the mother of seven-year-old Zach and five-year-old Haley. Her ex-husband provides little, if any, child support and makes life difficult for Christine by using the children as pawns. She works long hours as a waitress to make ends meet, but her job is in jeopardy because she's often late to work due to the unreliable teenaged sitters she's forced to use.
When Christine saves the life of a woman who works in Wilson's department store, the owner of Wilson's wants to find her, to thank her, but Christine has disappeared, losing another job once again. He sets his grandson, Jason, to the task of finding the mysterious "Christy". Jason, an accountant by trade who has lost his job to downsizing, thinks he is "above" working at Wilson's. Soon he discovers that this new task gives him more than he bargains for.
The Christmas Secret is a novel for anyone who wants to see how love is a gift that keeps giving back, that hope is a treasure that never runs dry, and that faith is a miracle that is reborn with each new day.
©2009 Donna VanLiere; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio. A Macmillan audiobook from St. Martin's Press.
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"Sweet Story for Christmas Time"
I love this story of single mom meets young know-it-all who comes home to the family store and has to "work for a living". The characters are like the ones all of us have met and know. That is what I like about Donna VanLiere's books. They are filled with people you could actually know. This is a great Christmas listen for families.
"I wish the Christmas Secret were still a secret"
Ugh, this was a silly, schmaltzy book. I didn't care for the main character, which set the book off on a bad note for me. There were many highly unbelievable elements to the story, like the single mom who kept complaining about how old and worn down she was (she was 27!) and the 24 year old accounting hot shot who was was being hotly pursued by top level firms. The whole thing seemed to pander to a sentimental simpleton.
That said, I was hoping to like this book. I like to "read" sweet and sentimental Christmas books during the holidays, but this one was not for me.
"Perfect for Christmas"
I loved this listen. I am not even a fan of this genre but at Christmas things are different. Kept me interested all the way through. The way the lives of the people come together in the end is great. Highly recommended!!
"Love In Action"
What a delightful Christmas story where we can see true love and caring in action! The characters are charming!
"This was my first"
Years ago, I bought this book as a hard cover. It was my first book Donna VanLiere. I'd been looking for heart warming. She delivered in spades. Stories of rich millionaires falling in love with modern Cinderellas are fun, but this story shows true struggle & kindness. It's definitely not just fluff. Maybe it's because I've been there, but I was pulling for all of these characters throughout the & cheering them on. I'm so glad to have gotten it, and many more, in audio. Either read or listened to, you won't be disappointed.
"Enjoyed every moment of this audiobook!"
I have totally enjoyed each of Donna VanLiere's books! I find them to be inspiring. and uplifting ! They make me be a better, more giving, thoughtful person. THANK YOU DONNA for your beautiful writting and heart waming stories! The added bonus....You are the best narrator I have ever had the pleasure of listenin to! Keep being amazing and humble! A beautiful and God giving combination :)
Yes ( I already have!) The story is unusual with just the perfect mix of Christmas and everyday plot. The characters are people you want to get to know and are believable, real people.
Marshall - everyone wants a friend like him in their lives; wise, kind, and patient.
There were times it made me cry, laugh, or simply smile.
Such a feel good book with quite an unexpected ending. My husband and I listened on a trip from Ohio to Colorado and it made our day fly by!
"Well-intentioned, but ick!"
This story might kind of get you in the Christmas mood, but there are better choices than this earnest, humorless piece of banality. The heroine is not very likeable and the plot depends upon many, many untenable coincidences. Plus there are some distracting grammatical errors such as a dangling participle and subject-verb agreement issues. The strongest aspect of the writing concerns Jason and his work with underprivileged children, which was believable and moving and _showed_ us a change of heart rather than telling us.
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