The Christmas Secret: A Novel

by Donna VanLiere | Women's Fiction |
ISBN: 9780312558369 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 11/20/2009
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, November 20, 2009
Amazon Editorial Review:

When a struggling young single 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. Christine Eisley is the mother of seven-year-old Zach and five-year-old Haley. Her ex-husband provides little, if any, child support and makes life difficult for Christine by using the children as pawns. She works long hours as a waitress to make ends meet, but her job is in jeopardy because she’s often late to work due to the unreliable teenaged sitters she’s forced to use. 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 another job once again. He sets his grandson, Jason, to the task of finding the mysterious “Christy.” Jason, an accountant by trade who has lost his job to downsizing, thinks he is “above” working at Wilson’s. Soon, he discovers that this new task gives him more than he bargains for. The Christmas Secret is a novel for anyone who wants to see how love is a gift that keeps giving back; that hope is a treasure that never runs dry, and that faith is a miracle that is reborn with each new day.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, November 20, 2009
Christine Eisley is a single mother of two small children. She works as a waitress trying to make ends meet as her ex provides little child support. Her ex is not above making her life difficult with his demands to see his children when he wants to use them against her.

When an elderly woman suffers a heart attack at the end of Christine's driveway, Christine helps her and makes sure she is okay before going to work late once again. The inconsistency of baby sitters and this latest incidence causes her boss to fire her and it is just before Christmas. Later that day her landlord decides Christine will never make good on what is owed and tells her to vacate by the end of January. Christine's world just keeps getting worse and worse.

Jason has been down-sized as an accountant and with the holidays right around the corner firms are just not interviewing. He goes back to his small hometown to work with his grandfather who owns Wilson's department store. Jason feels the job is far beneath him and his grandfather sets out to try to teach him the department store is all about the people who work there. The elderly lady Christine (Christy) saved happens to be Jason's grandfather's assistant. One of the tasks is for Jason to find the Christy who helped but she has vanished.

Christine gets a job at Betty's Bakery and be-friends all the local customers. They all help each other and they are the ones that end up giving Christine the greatest gift of all.

I enjoyed reading this very up-lifting book. This is a book of friendship, loyalty, love and hope with a generous dash of miracle thrown in.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, February 18, 2010
mailed to Potok-fan who got this in a Holiday swap

Journal Entry 4 by potok-fan from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sorry - I got behind in journalling books this month. Just to say that this has arrived safely... and I'm probably going to squirrel it away to save for next Christmas. Thank you!

Journal Entry 5 by potok-fan at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Thursday, January 13, 2011
I read this shortly after Christmas this year, on our New Year holiday. It's a real feel-good read, although with so much extolling of the virtues of small-town life, hard work in "honest" jobs like waitressing, and returning to your roots, I wondered whether it was subtly putting down folks like me with post-bachelor's-degree education, living in cities, and even (gasp!) having emigrated to other countries.

You'd think the author would be a roly-poly grey-haired grandmother, but in fact she's a young mother of three (her photo makes her look about 23). I hope her answer to me would be that as long as I know the names of (some of?) my neighbors, and greet the cleaners at work like I mean it, I'm all right. ;)

Once again, I'm going to squirrel this away - and plan to release it next December.

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