In June 1972, John Creighton determines to build his wife Joan a kitchen table. His largest project to date had been picture frames but he promises to have the table ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Inspired to put something delicious on the table, Joan turns to her mother’s recipes she had given to Joan when she and John married.
In June 2012, Lauren Mabrey discovers she’s pregnant. Gloria, Miriam, and the rest of her friends at Glory’s Place begin to pitch in, helping Lauren prepare their home for the baby. On a visit to the local furniture builder, Lauren finds a table that he bought at a garage sale but has recently refinished. Once home, a drawer is discovered under the table which contains a stack of recipe cards. Growing up in one foster home after another, Lauren never learned to cook and is fascinated as she reads through the cards. Personal notes have been written on each one from the mother to her daughter and time and again Lauren wonders where they lived, when they lived, and in a strange way, she feels connected to this mother and her daughter and wants to make the mother proud.
The story continues to from 1972 to 2012 as Joan battles breast cancer and Lauren learns to cook, preparing for the baby’s arrival. As Christmas nears, can Lauren unlock the mystery of the table, and find the peace she’s always longed for?v
Wow. I am still in awe. The Christmas Table is going to go down as one of my most favorite books. Ever.
Though this series can be read as stand alone books, and in any order, I’ve re-read the set several times and have found that living this inspirational and emotional journey with the town of Grandon is unmatched. These books are about real life, real people, and a real God. It’s a very poignant yet wonderful reflection of how He works in our lives.
In particular, The Christmas Table is wonderful. There are so many profound sentences, I found that I needed to force myself to put it down and reflect, instead of devouring it as I was wont to do! It was worth it.
Also, as a side-note… even though I do obtain these from NetGalley to review… I also purchase a hardback of each. These books are keepers!
|Source:||I borrowed The Christmas Table from NetGalley because I’ve read the rest of the series & I thought the synopsis sounded good and I wanted to share my thoughts of it with my blog & SM readers.|
|Publisher & Date:||October 6th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press|
|ISBN:||1250164672 (ISBN13: 9781250164674)|
|Series:||Christmas Hope #9|
The Christmas Shoes
The Christmas Blessing
The Christmas Hope
The Christmas Promise
The Christmas Secret
The Christmas Journey
The Christmas Note
The Christmas Light
The Christmas Town
The Christmas Star
The Christmas Table
Donna VanLiere’s Bio:
Donna is the recipient of a Retailer’s Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction, a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and was recently inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John Glenn. Donna is an in-demand conference speaker having appeared at countless women’s and family events, including select Women of Faith conferences.
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