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The Christmas Secret

Narrated by: Donna VanLiere
Series: Christmas Hope, Book 5
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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When a struggling young single mother saves the life of an elderly woman, she sets into motion a series of events that will test her strength, loyalty, and determination, all the while setting her on the path to finding true love.

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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  • Lolasark
  • 14-12-2016

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.

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  • Debbie
  • 02-05-2013

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.

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  • Andrea
  • 16-12-2011

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.

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  • Scott
  • 21-07-2010

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!!

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  • Michelle
  • 12-12-2018

Excellent book








I truly love the story it was realistic just like reading about my life at points in the story very well done rear

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  • MDJeepGirl
  • 12-01-2018

Pick a point of view from which to write or leave the reader confused...

The switching back and forth from first person to third person was very confusing! There were so many times I had no idea what was happening to who. Sometimes I felt like I was listening to a mystery just because I had to figure out what was going on. And since it wasn’t an actual paper book I couldn’t flip back through the pages. And I don’t think that the actual author narrating the book was helpful either. She certainly didn’t add anything to any of the characters at all to make them stand out. I was so confused at remembering which characters were who. I think this might be better as a movie instead of a book.

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  • Nan
  • 01-01-2018

A Very good book

Very good. It kept me involved I had trouble stopping it. Would make a good Christmas movie.

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  • Kaejae
  • 29-12-2017

Wonderful picture of what community means!

So enjoyed all the different characters and all the different little side stories. Realistic people with everyday life problems, but the promise of HOPE - given and received as people opened their hearts to one another.
Watched the movie rendition but loved all the other characters that are included in the book!
Wonderful!!

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  • marcella deckard
  • 15-10-2017

The Chre Secret

I love any book from Donna VanLiere, I enjoy her reading her books, her tone of excitement and she brings the story to life.

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  • WeRLoved
  • 18-01-2017

Love In Action

What a delightful Christmas story where we can see true love and caring in action! The characters are charming!