The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere

“In christmas blessingThe Christmas Shoes, young Nathan Andrews was a child who lost his mother to cancer. Now his deepest wish is to become a doctor. When a stranger named Robert gave him the money to buy his mother a pair of shoes for her last Christmas, both Robert and Nathan learned the deepest lessons of love and giving. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from Meghan Sullivan – a young woman born with a hole in her heart that has nevertheless not kept her from becoming a champion runner. And lessons learned from a young boy named Charlie, who teaches Nathan how to live a life of true courage. Together, they will help Nathan through the most difficult period in his life.”

This novel, the second book in the Christmas Hope Series, is one that will not disappoint you. It is just as good as the first one. It was really nice to see Nathan later on in life and which direction his choices had led him. The trials that life put him through, the doubt and uncertainty, was definitely something that most people can relate to. It’s hard to make a choice when your feelings cloud your judgement or when you feel as though you have made a mistake. In Nathan’s case, we know from the start that his choice was the correct one for him, even when he doubted himself. I was so glad that he found someone to love and someone who motivates him to be the person that his mom always knew he was. I can’t imagine what he went through after loosing his mother. It’s something that no child should ever have to experience, especially at such an early age. Yet even though she was not with him physically she was still with him, especially in the letters. Just like the first novel, this novel was a great book! Definitely as inspirational and uplifting. There was a twist in the end that I had not foreseen. I don’t want to give away any spoilers so, all I am going to say is, I hope you read the book and find the ending out for yourself!

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