The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere

christmas note“Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into a condo with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. She and her children are building a life together in a new community. A mysterious young woman, Melissa McCreary, lives next door to them. She has few possessions, little personality, and keeps to herself. One day a local landlord who is looking for Melissa knocks on Gretchen’s door for assistance. Melissa’s mother has died and in the coming weeks the landlord needs Melissa to empty her mother’s apartment. Gretchen reaches out and offers to help Melissa, but the apartment is a gut-wrenching shambles of a home. There is little worth saving except for a few photos and a note that is discovered on the crate beside the bed. It is unfinished, but in the two scribbled lines Melissa discovers secrets about her family that she never could have imagined.”

The Christmas Note is the sixth novel in the Christmas Hope Series. Just like the first five novels this one will not disappoint you. Even though all of these books had similar topics, loss and renewed faith, this book is different. It starts out one way and by the end everything that you had assumed about these characters and their situations changes and leaves you completely stunned. I will admit that once I found out that Melissa had siblings who were given up for adoption I kind of had a hunch as to who her sister was (and I was correct), but I would have never imagined her brother to be who he turned out to be. One of the things that I loved about these books is that they were like Hallmark movies except in print. So, if you enjoy watching Hallmark movies then I am sure that these books are a great fit for you! Another thing that I really enjoyed about these books is that characters from previous novels reappeared. It was nice to see where life had taken them and what they were up to. One of the things that makes this particular novel intriguing is the added mystery within. Even though I would have preferred to knowΒ what had happened to Gretchen’s husband in the beginning I’m glad that we didn’t. Otherwise, I’m not sure how the plot would have been able to unfold or if Melissa would have even uncovered her family secret. Happy reading to you all!




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