Review: THE CHRISTMAS STAR by Donna VanLiere






The Christmas Star
Author: Donna VanLiere
Genre: Christmas Novel
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Blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Hopeseries comes another heartwarming, inspirational story for the holidays.
Thirty-two-year-old Amy Denison volunteers at Glory’s Place, an after school program where she meets seven-year-old Maddie, a precocious young girl who has spent her childhood in foster care. Unbeknownst to Amy, Maddie is a mini-matchmaker, with her eye on just the right man for Amy at Grandon Elementary School, where she is a student. Amy is hesitant – she’s been hurt before, and isn’t sure she’s ready to lose her heart again – but an unexpected surprise makes her reconsider her lonely lifestyle.
As Christmas nears and the town is blanketed in snow and beautiful decorations, Maddie and the charming staff at Glory’s Place help Amy to see that romance can be more than heartache and broken promises. 
In The Christmas Star, Donna VanLiere delivers yet another sweet, joyous story that is sure to capture readers' hearts.


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Review:
I have read all of Donna VanLiere books and they always put me in the Holiday spirit.  Her books are heart-felt and charming and The Christmas Star is no different.  

This book can be read as a standalone, but there are a lot of characters from her previous books in The Christmas Star.  In the first few chapters, those older characters are thrown in pretty quickly and while Donna VanLiere gives you a bit of a refresher, it was a bit much all at once.  Once you get past the first chapter, you’ll be familiar with all the main and secondary characters. 

This book has a great storyline and moves at a good pace.  The characters are likable and I love how all of their lives are interconnected.  The author has this way of pulling on your heart strings.  This is a story of kindness, forgiveness, and second chances.  

The Christmas Star is a wonderful, clean, heart-warming Christmas book that would make a great gift and put one in the holiday spirit.

I received this book as an ARC and I voluntarily leave this review.


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About the Author:

Donna is...

..a mom, a wife, an animal lover, and a closet comedian at home. She's passionate about cooking (...and eating), reading, movies and teaching, inspiring, challenging and encouraging dreamers! She doesn’t like watching sports on TV but is a huge fan of athletes under five feet tall who call her Mom. Donna also loves to write books. As a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, her 14 titles include The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing - both of which were adapted into movies starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Neil Patrick Harris. Both movies garnered stellar ratings for CBS.  The Christmas Hope starring Madeline Stowe was adapted by Lifetime Television, and her movies The Christmas Secret and The Christmas Note were among the highest rated movies in the history of the Hallmark Movies and Mystery channel. Donna's non-seasonal novel's, The Good Dream, Angels of Morgan Hill and non-fiction works like Finding Grace and High Calling - the biography of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband - capture the same warmth and poignancy as her Christmas books.
Donna has won a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, two Audie Awards for best inspirational fiction, has been a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and is an inductee in the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John Glenn. She also serves on the board of directors for National House of Hope, a residency program that is offered in several states for abused and at-risk teens. (By the way, if you’re looking for a place to give or to serve, look no further than here… www.NationalHouseofHope.org)
Donna's mini-van is staring down 200,000 miles as she runs her kids to school, softball and baseball practices, Tae Kwon Do, church, and the grocery store all while promising her editor to meet her book deadlines (...which occasionally does happen). She loves to spend her summers with her family around the swimming pool or doing lots of camping.
One of Donna’s great loves is teaching and speaking. She has appeared at countless events around the country including keynote addresses at the prestigious Patricia Adams Lecture Series at Heidelberg University, Women of FaithAmong Friends Conferences and Extraordinary Women.
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