The Christmas Town

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Lauren Gabriel spent many years of her childhood in foster homes, wishing her mother would come back for her and be the family she needs. Now twenty-years-old, she still longs for a place that she can truly call home. Her work as a cashier is unfulfilling, and at Christmas it’s unbearable with the songs and carols and chatter of Christmas that she hears throughout the day.

When Lauren ends her shift one night, she finds herself driving aimlessly in order to avoid returning to her lonely apartment. And when she witnesses a car accident she is suddenly pulled into the small town of Grandon, first as a witness but then as a volunteer for the annual fundraiser for Glory’s Place, a center for single mothers and families who need assistance. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for?

The New York Times bestselling author of the timeless The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope is back with this moving and uplifting story about finding love, hope, and family in unexpected places.

Hott Review:

What a book! The Christmas Town put me right into the loving, compassionate, Christmas Spirit I needed to start this year off right!

At times I did feel that the point of view was awkward, but within sentences, I was back in the groove of The Christmas Town and was able to dismiss those feelings.

I truly appreciated Lauren. There is just something about her that’s so very real. She’s been so hurt by the ones that were supposed to have loved her yet she responds to others in such a loving and compassionate way.

This town of Grandon is something I think about year-round. I wonder how I can emulate that hope and love to those around me. How can I be what they need? How can I be what HE needs me to be? And I pray, I pray that HE’s using these wonderful words to speak to the hearts of others, and that they be more than just a story in my life.

Thank you, Ms. VanLiere for giving us hope and a picture of love again this year.

Two of my favorite passages from The Christmas Town are:

Some things may never change but other things can be so completely different that they make the things that don’t change bearable. Somehow, that’s just enough to get her into tomorrow.

Miracles occur in the most unlikely places and in the most unusual ways. Sometimes, we just need to get out of the way and let them.


Author: Donna VanLiere
Source: The Christmas Town was loaned to me by NetGalley.
Publisher & Date: October 18th 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Christmas Fiction
ISBN: 1250010675 (ISBN13: 9781250010674)
Pages: 240
Grade: A+
Ages: 16+
Steam: Nada
Setting: Georgia
Series: Christmas Hope

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 Town

Donna VanLiere’s Bio:

Donna VanLiereDonna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and gifted conference speaker. She has published ten titles including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies (starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris) and garnered big ratings for CBS television. LifetimeTelevision adapted The Christmas Hope (starring Madeline Stowe) and premiered it December 2009. Donna’s non-seasonal novel, The Angels of Morgan Hill, has captured the same warmth as her Christmas books and continues to please loyal and new fans alike.

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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