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The Christmas Note (Christmas Hope #6)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,739 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
Donna VanLiere's Christmas books have enthralled millions of readers. Now she delivers a new inspirational novel about an unlikely friendship between two women—a friendship that will change each of their lives forever.

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 comm
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Jean Coldwell
Dec 12, 2015 Jean Coldwell rated it really liked it
What do a mother of two young children whose husband is in a military hospital in Germany after being seriously wounded and an anti-social divorced woman who works two jobs to make ends meet have in common? Not much, it would seem. Gretchen Daniels has just moved into a condo with her two kids to be closer to her mother. Soon after they get settled, Gretchen must be the bearer of bad news. Melissa McCreary’s mother has passed away, according to the mother’s landlord. Gretchen offers to help her ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Tima rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 11, 2016 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming Holiday Stories
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The Christmas Note is another gentle, heartwarming Christmas story from the pen of Donna VanLiere. This one has a little more of a women's fiction vibe, as it primarily follows the growing friendship of two very different women who are next-door neighbors. It is written in first-person POV, alternating between the two main female protagonists. As with all of Ms. VanLiere's books, this one has a touch of serendipity in the form of unexpected – perhaps even miraculous – con
Nov 14, 2011 Mason rated it it was amazing
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 Marie {#thebookishmama}
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
Nov 16, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it
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
Dec 14, 2011 Lesa rated it liked it
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
Dec 16, 2011 J rated it liked it
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
Sharon Huether
Dec 12, 2015 Sharon Huether rated it it was amazing
I won this Freebook from Goodreads First- reads. When Melissa and her neighbor were cleaning out her mother's apartment she found a note her mother deceased mother had written "you have 2 siblings". This news gave Melissa hope.

Her neighbor helped her in so many ways. She was like a life coach to her.

Melissa asked her boss to help her find her missing siblings . They had been adopted . It turns out her neighbor is her younger sister and she made phone contact with her brother . A wonderful story
Oct 10, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this audio book very much. It's a feel good novel. I have done some searches for people looking for their birth parents, and this was a fun and perfect reunion of sister's with the same birth mother. There were positive changes in the lives of all those who were involved in this story.

I found this book on CD at the library, and listened to it last night and this morning. This is my second time to listen to this book. It's just four CD's long. It had me crying at the end. This is a swe
Nov 11, 2011 Rhonda rated it liked it
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
Reggie Billingsworth
Grabbed a bunch of smaller books from a display stack at our local library to fill time in the post Christmas hangover period of recuperation. This little novella is a pleasant tale with a modern setting that speaks of the author's firm belief that co-incidences are a finger-snap from heaven. Well that's a blunt way of naming this rather twee statement but VanLiere does use that imagery and should own it I guess. Surprisingly, I wasn't put off so much by the rather convenient serendipity of the ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, 2014
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
Deb Diem
Nov 28, 2015 Deb Diem rated it really liked it
The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere is an emotional holiday read. Ms VanLiere has gifted us with a well written book that will make you sad but at the same time hopeful. Two women, one raised in a loving family, the other by a single unfit mother, discover friendship neither was looking for. When I first started this book, I thought I wasn't going to like it, but by chapter two, I was captivated. The Christmas Note is a fairly short read, so a good choice for those with limited time for reading ...more
Beckie Burnham
Jan 07, 2016 Beckie Burnham rated it really liked it
My last Christmas read spilled into the New Year due to a full house, travel and limited walking time (I listen to audiobooks on my morning walks). But soon after January 1, my house became eerily quiet, there were no more road trips and the rains here in the South ended, all leading to time with The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere. What a perfect ending to the holiday season!

VanLiere again revisits old friends (that’s how her characters feel) in The Christmas Note. This time two women are brou
Dec 12, 2014 Merceda rated it really liked it
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
Nancy Brady
Nov 02, 2015 Nancy Brady rated it really liked it
An unlikely friendship between two women, Gretchen and Melissa, turns into something much more when a note is found at the home of Melissa's mother, Ramona. This is a touching tale that defines family in a different way. A bit of a tearjerker that is perfect for the holiday season.
Jan 05, 2014 Mel rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 05, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I always like to read 2 or 3 books at a time. A good work of fiction, Always reading the bible, bible study book and theology books. This was a quick read and it was perfect for the Christmas season because it was short. It was a great story, reminding me of myself in a lot of ways. Don't want to give a way any content. I like a book that deals with relationships with all sorts of people. Everyone needs Jesus and a loving ear. It's up to us to hear God's voice and follow his leading on who we ar ...more
Mary Ann
Nov 22, 2014 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 26, 2012 Marie Evans rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 29, 2011 April rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
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
May 16, 2012 Boof rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2011 Louise rated it it was amazing
Story Description:

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
Jan 10, 2012 Annalisa rated it really liked it
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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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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