The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere

christmas secret“When a struggling young mother saves the life of an elderly woman, she sets into motion a series of events that will test her strength, loyalty, and determination – all the while setting her on the path to finding true love. Life isn’t easy or simple for Christine Eisley, the hardworking mother of seven-year-old Zach and five-year-old Haley. Her ex-husband goes out of his way to make her life extremely difficult. She works long hours as a waitress to make ends meet, and because she’s behind in the rent she needs to find another place to live. When Christine saves the life of a woman who works in Wilson’s department store, the owner of Wilson’s wants to find her, to thank her, but Christine has disappeared, losing the job she depended on to feed her kids. Marshall Wilson sets his grandson, Jason, to the task of finding the mysterious “Christy.”It’s the last job Jason wants… but is finding Christy the one thing he really needs? To protect herself from being hurt yet again, Christine holds her secrets close, but in the end it’s the discovery of a safely guarded secret that will change the course of her life forever.”

The fifth novel in the Christmas Hope Series, The Christmas Secret is full of twists, surprises, and miracles. I really enjoyed this novel. It was so realistic and when you thought that life could not get any worse for Christine and her family, Jesus swept in and restored her faith. Without all of the heartache, Christine wouldn’t have been able to see what was waiting for her at the end of the path in her life or the joy and happiness that God had in store for her. One of the things I greatly enjoyed about this novel was how the author was able to show us how Jesus works through people. It’s true that we physically do not see God but we see Him in every aspect our lives. He is the Creator of all we know and His love for us is greater than any human love that we can possibly give or receive. The way God worked through the characters in this book was truly uplifting and inspiring. Proving to us, once again, that He will always be by our sides in thick and thin. I absolutely loved this novel and I hope that it becomes one of your favorite novels as well!

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