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The Christmas Note (Christmas Hope #6)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  1,480 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into an apartment with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. She and her children are building a life together in a new community when a mysterious young woman, Melissa McCreary, moves into the apartment next to them. She has few possessions, little personality, and keeps to herself.

One day, a local landlord who is looking
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Throughout the year and especially around this time, we look for hope.

THE CHRISTMAS NOTE by Donna VanLiere is an enchanting story of hope, forgiveness, and redemption. It’s a reminder we never know what’s around the next corner for us or how our lives can impact others.

Greetchen Daniels and her 2 children move into an apartment to be closer to her mother, Miriam. Moving in, the family encounters one of their neighbors, Melissa McCreary. Melissa is a loner and has very little to say to the noisy
Jasmine Ko
If it were up to me, I would celebrate Christmas all year long. In a way I do because there is no discrimination in our home of when we play Christmas music and when we don't (never). Now that Halloween has passed and we find ourselves in November, not only am I ready for the holiday songs, movies, decorating and gift planning, I am definitely in the mood for feel-good Christmas stories.

This was my first Donna VanLiere book. I have been curious about her books for years and constantly find mysel
This was my first book to read by Donna VanLiere. I have always heard
good things about "The Christmas Shoes" so I chose to get this book
when it was offered for a free review. I had high hopes but simply
couldn't get into it.

This book is written in journal format yet the voice and writing
completely betray the feeling of reading a journal. When the chapter
opener sets up for a journal you expect first-person, past tensed
writing. Instead, for example, one character explains where she works
to her jou
Bluerose's  Heart
4.5 stars

I just cried all the way through The Christmas Note! If you are emotional, make sure you grab some tissues before you sit down with it. My momma loves the Donna VanLiere books, so I've read several of them. It has been a few years, though, so apparently I forgot just how emotional her books are. My memory of the characters in Donna's other Christmas books is very vague, but I did recognize several of them. Like the other books, we get new characters as the main focus, but the previous m
This year, Donna VanLiere, author of The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope, brings us The Christmas Note. To be honest, the note actually has nothing to do with Christmas itself. The note sparks a change in a number of lives, though, and the book is set during the Christmas season, so I guess that makes it a Christmas note.

The day they move into their new condo, Gretchen Daniels could tell her new neighbor, Melissa McCreary won’t welcome her and her two children to the neighborhood. Melissa
I loved that the book had a holiday theme and involved the military. I also liked that the author was from Franklin, TN. I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't the expected sugar sweet story I expected, at least initially.

I didn't like how "Southern" it was - i.e. white trash and overly invasive/co-dependant characters. Almost all the women in the book had been divorced at least once. One main character didn't know who her father was because her mother was transient and promiscuous. The "st
The Christmas Note is one of several books in a Christmas series. It doesn't have to be read with the other books, although after reading this one you are likely to go looking for the others.

Gretchen and Melissa become next door neighbors right before Christmas. Both are dealing with their own brand of grief and loss. But neither would have imagined that the other could be of any help.

If you like predictable, but sweet Christmas stories (and I do) than this book is great. There were several unex
I have read many of the author's other works and had high hopes for this one. Don't know why I couldn't connect and get emotionally connected to the story, perhaps it was the voice and tone, didn't work for me. The story is a heartfelt, emotional story, however,there was no passion for me, normally I would be in tears over such a tale, but not with this one. I also felt as if the story was too quickly and easily resolved. I believe in God's hand with circumstances but this one had too many, too ...more
The Christmas Note (Audio DC) by Donna VanLiere is difficult to rate. Some parts were very enjoyable and there were other parts that I thought should be deleted. There are four discs to this set. I was ready to quit listening to this story after I finished disc number one. The main characters are two women.

Gretchen Daniels is a wife of a soldier who fought in Afghanistan, she has two children and has just moved into a new neighborhood to get settled. She came off several times in disc one as be
I enjoyed this story about Gretchen, Ethan, and Emma moving to be closer to Miriam, and with Kyle in Germany since his accident in the war. And Melissa lives next to them, and she is more than weird, but she came from a very dysfunctional mother, who died, and both Gretchen and Melissa clean out the apartment that Ramona had lived in. Well,Gretchen found a note that told Melissa that she had a brother and a sister. Melissa worked part-time at a lawyer's office, and he helped her track down her b ...more
Donna VanLiere writes a story about two individuals who have suffered different losses in their lives. When you meet Melissa, she is a very bitter, reclusive individual. From the very beginning, my heart went out to Melissa. Ms. VanLiere, depicts Melissa’s life in the past so descriptively that as the reader you will understand how Melissa became the individual she is when you meet her. Gretchen is Melissa’s, new next door neighbor. Also suffering from somewhat of a loss herself, she soldier’s o ...more
SUMMARY: Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into a condo with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. As they build a life together in their new community, they notice a mysterious young woman, Melissa McCreary, who lives next door. 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 mo ...more
This book was recommended to me earlier in the month, and being a little Christmas story, I thought I'd give it a try. I had never read anything by this author before, and found this was a sweet story, humorous and sad at times, and maybe a bit predictable, but still an enjoyable read. A sad, lonely woman somewhat like Scrooge (Bah Humbug!) comes to terms with loss, reconnects with a very special person from her past, makes a few friends, discovers family in the most unexpected of places, & ...more
Mary Ann
When I pick up a Christmas book, I expect to be filled with happiness and positive feelings. Not so with this book. It caught me completely off guard with the drama that unfolds but it is a book that I could not put down. This yarn ends the way you expect a Christmas book to end so don't stop because of the beginning. I'm so glad I bought more books by this author when I found them on sale. I'll get started on the next one tomorrow. I also enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I w ...more
Marie Evans
This is the first book that I have read by Donna VanLiere and I really enjoyed this book. The book is part of a Christmas series but can be read on its own. It was easy to read and beautifully written. The story is told through the two main characters Gretchen and Melissa. At first I disliked Melissa as a character but as the story unfolded I began to warm to her. Straight away I fell in love with the characters and loved the friendship between Miriam and Gloria.

Great heart warming holiday read
I just finished my first book of the Christmas season, The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere. What a wonderful, uplifting story to usher in the Advent season!

Gretchen Daniels and her two young children have just moved into a condo near her mother to build a new life for her and her family. On her second day in her new home, a wearied and impatient man knocks on her door looking for the daughter of one of his apartment tenants who has died. He leaves the information with Gretchen and leaves it to
Donna VanLiere is one of my very favorite authors. I have happily sank within each and every one of her tales with absolute abandon and eagerly await the next release. When I saw The Christmas Note, I quickly grabbed it and put it in my happy little hands. I can honestly say that this title has now been added to my list of favorites!

In The Christmas Note, we meet two very different women - Melissa, a not-so-happy single woman living on her own, without family or friends. Her mother was never wha
A delightfully warm read about 2 neighbors and how their worlds collide. Gretchen, the new neighbor, who moves next door to Melissa, she tries to befriend Melissa, whom seems not very friendly at all.
Gretchen has two small children, and if a husband, we do not know in the early stages of the story. Melissa, we don't know much about, except she's always working, and when she comes home she hurries to shut the garage door behind her.
The story leads the reader, from chapter to chapter from the poin
These books aren't on sales in the UK shops (not that I have seen anyway). The first time I came across a Donna van Liere book was on a visit to the USA a few years ago in December; we were at a little village in New Jersey with my American family and browsing in a Christmas shop when I saw a pile of these little books on a table and I just had to have them - they looked so welcoming and delicious. I read the first three while in NYC over the next 2 days and I have read them several times since. ...more
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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 Meliss
I love to read holiday stories that inspire. This book takes a look at forgiveness, hope, family, friends and love in a simple way that makes you want to cherish what you have and not take anything for granted. It is a relatively short book as well so when your busy this season and need a little break its a great read.

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Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into a condo with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. As they build a life together in their new com
Julie Graves
Gretchen and her children move into a condo to be closer to her mother. While moving in Gretchen and her children meet their neighbor Melissa. Melissa doesn't seem very friendly, but Emma and Ethan still try to make friends.

Shortly after moving a man shows up at Gretchen's door. He is Melissa's mother's landlord. Melissa's mother Ramona has died and her landlord is trying to find Melissa. He leaves it to Gretchen to tell Melissa about her mother. Gretchen doesn't know why, but she is compelled t
This was such a cute story! And very appropriate for Christmas and veterans day :)
This was such a sweet story! When Gretchen moves into a new townhouse to be closer to her mother, after her husband’s tragic accident, she is unimpressed with her anti-social, stoic neighbor, Melissa. Trying to be the good person she knows her husband would want her to be, Gretchen reaches out to her surely neighbor when Melissa is faced with cleaning out her alcoholic mother’s apartment after she passes away. Mel
Sometimes I don't understand myself. On the one hand, I am a total Christmas freak. Just standing in the holiday section at Wal-Mart makes me happy. I've nearly worn out my new Michael Buble' Christmas CD, and it's still November. My DVR records anything containing the words Christmas or holiday without even asking me.

On the other hand, I'm a cynic. I punch holes in every conspiracy theory. I don't believe good always wins over evil (at least in this life). Dreams don't come true. The glass isn
It's the week between Christmas and New Year's and I'm taking time to relax and enjoy the time off. A quick trip to Barnes and Noble to find sale books--and what I stumbled across was a treasure, a delightful little book written to make you feel good. It's a story of God's providence (without mentioning God) in leading and directing our lives. It was an interesting story that held unexpected twists, yet seemed actually believable. I found myself engrossed in the book from the moment Gretchen and ...more
Joan Arning
Another touching book by Donna VanLiere! Gretchen's husband has been injured in Afghanistan and she and her young children move to a condo near her mother while he recuperates in Germany. Gretchen (a Christian) tries to be friendly and supportive to her neighbor, Melissa. Melissa has never had a friend and doesn't know how to react. You will be amazed at the relationship that develops between the two women and Gretchen's mother.
An uplifting, tear-inducing story that reinforces your faith in human beings and their innate goodness is all found in this book. The characters are continually growing and creating new impressions as they develop and grow through the difficulties and experiences in the book, and while the importance of God and faith is never downplayed, it also does not become just a testament to Christianity. With two major points of view, and two very different lives that collide in the most providential of w ...more
Bonnie Walker
I loved this book. This is one of those books that you don't want to put down. I wanted to keep reading and reading and seeing what happened with the family. I was so bummed when it ended and we didn't find out what happened with... I don't want to say too much because I want you to read it. I recommend this book, and the other book I read of hers, which is the Christmas shoes. This is a really sweet story, with a very happy ending.
Though coincidence plays a big role in this story, and it seems as if some liberties are taken with reality, this was a heart-warming tale of families. It gives a sweet look at adoptions and how they bless people's lives. It gave me a new perspective on adoption and how the ones who are adopted feel. Like some of the characters in this book, I, too, believe in the influence of a Heavenly Father who watches over us and allows people, circumstances, and events to intervene in our lives giving mor ...more
This continues a series of books written by VanLiere that are set at Christmas time and include Wilson's Department Store and Glory's Place in each story along with some of the same characters. This one started out slowly for me and took awhile to get into it. Once I did the story took off with tears, laughter, twists and turns - some predictable but others a total surprise. The ending was great and will lead into next year's storyline (or so I'm predicting). If you haven't read VanLiere's books ...more
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Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and gifted conference speaker. She has published ten titles including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies (starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris) and garnered big ratings for CBS television. LifetimeTelevision adapted The Christmas Hope (starring Made ...more
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Christmas Hope (7 books)
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