When worse comes to worst, there’s very little that can intervene to make things right again. However, sometimes faith and believing in a greater good can get things off to the right start. This is exactly what The Christmas Hope by Donna VanLiere is about.
Patricia and Mark Addison have a meaningless marriage. It used to be good and perfect, but in the years after a tragedy, they’ve simply grown apart. And now Mark is making the move in the direction of leaving – right in the midst of the Christmas season. But Christmas doesn’t mean anything to this couple anymore. It hasn’t in a long time. However, Patricia’s job as a social worker is about to change that.
When Patricia bends the rules and brings a five-year-old foster child to her own home, things begin to change in the Addison household. All little Emily needs a good Christmas after experiencing her own tragedy and Patricia has sworn to give her just that. And whilst pepping up her own Christmas spirit, it seems Mark is ready to join the cause too. Can this angel in the form of a little girl mend their fences? Can they mend hers?
This book embodies everything that is Christmas. I’m sure we can all remember what Christmas was like when we were little. The tree, the gifts, the family. Mostly, childhood Christmas was a good thing. I don’t think this book would have been the same if it didn’t have the setting it has. If it had been set in any other month, it would have just been bland. But by setting this story during the Christmas season, it lets it sparkle. You can see everything in a new light because your own heart is filled with their Christmas joy. It’s what supports the story and makes it lively.
I really enjoyed this book and it was a fairly quick read. It was quirky and beautiful seeing the Addisons and little Emily working through their struggles together. They all became supportive and real. This is exactly what Christmas should be to me. We should all be there to support each other and enjoy the company of family – even if it’s a makeshift family. The only flaw I found in this book – and it isn’t really a flaw – was the way the ending shocked me. I thought it would end one way, then it seemed it was going to end another. Then it ended perfectly. It was back and forth and had me a bit worried by time the last five pages rolled around. But that’s the work of a good author giving you a suspense factor. Overall, I’d give The Christmas Hope by Donna VanLiere a 5 out of 5.