The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere

Christmas Shoes

“Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life and nothing at all. Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his marriage. He has lost sight of his wife, Kate, their two daughters, and ultimately himself. Eight year old Nathan has a beloved mother, Maggie, whom he is losing to cancer. But Nathan and his family are building a simple yet full life, and struggling to hold onto every moment they have together. A chance meeting on Christmas Eve brings Robert and Nathan together – he is shopping for a family he hardly knows and Nathan is shopping for a mother he is soon to lose. In this one encounter, their lives are forever altered as Robert learns an important lesson: sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference. The Christmas Shoes is a universal story of the deeper meaning of serendipity, a tale of our shared humanity, and of how a power greater than ourselves can shape, and even save, our lives.”

Since Christmas is around the corner I decided to put my other books on hold and get out the Christmas novels. I have to say that The Christmas Shoes is my utmost favorite Christmas book. I discovered it when I was in middle school, right after I watched the movie and memorized the song, and fell in love with the book. A few months later I realized that this was a series and I immediately read the next two novels, and watched the movies. If you read the synopsis of this book then you know that Nathan loses his mom. Even though you know that fact in the back of your mind, when the event actually takes place it feels as though you were punched in the stomach. Donna makes Maggie’s character loving and kindhearted that you, as a reader, cannot help yourself but grow extremely fond of the character and hope against all odds that she lives. Yet life sometimes does not have happy endings. Bad things do happen to good people. My favorite part of the book is when Maggie explains to Nathan that God isn’t taking her from this world, from him, but that God is receiving her into His kingdom. People rarely ever say that a loved one was received into Heaven by God, usually they say their loved ones were taken by God. I really liked that saying, it was honest and simple. The Christmas Shoes is a great novel and, in a way, inspiring. I hope you enjoy this book!

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