The Christmas Hope by Donna VanLiere

Christmas Hope“Patricia and Mark Addison have long given up the hope of having a meaningful Christmas. But this year, Patricia’s job as a social worker will lead her to a very special five-year-old: Emily. Against her better judgment, Patricia bends the rules and takes the little girl into her own home. Through the presence of Emily in their house and her penetrating questions about heaven, the Addison’s will learn that there is no sorrow so great that faith cannot help you find your way through. And Christmas will once more be a time of warmth in their home.”

The Christmas Hope is the third novel in the Christmas Hope series. I found the first two novels to be captivating with sad endings. But this novel has the happiest ending out of all three novels so far. Both of the first two dealt with loss at the end while this one dealt with loss throughout the story but, in the end, came out with an ending that everyone would have preferred. The grief and pain that Mark and Patricia went through was heart wrenching. I could just feel the pain that they experienced. Reading about their coping process, and how they eventually were able to move on after, made me think about loss. I cannot image being able to move on after a loss as great as theirs. Losing a loved one is something that nobody ever wants to experience, unfortunately in life we do. It makes me glad that through Jesus we are able to, one day, see all of our loved ones again. That they are not lost to us forever. That we will see them again in Heaven. The hope that Jesus gives us through faith is one of the greatest gifts that anyone could ever give us and it truly is remarkable. I hope that you enjoy this novel as much as I did!



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