The Christmas Promise (Christmas Hope #4)
Chaz McConnell realizes that his life is empty--and he's made it that way. He goes home at night to an empty, bare apartment. Trying to reach out, he befriends four-year-old Donovan, whose mother has fallen on hard times.
Gloria Bailey finds it easy to care for families in need and when she sees a single, pregnant woman in distress, with no place to live, Gloria provides h...more
The Christmas Promise was another great Christmas story from Donna VanLiere. The first three books in the Christmas Hope series embodied a sense of sadness with death taking center stage in each of them. While I loved all those books, it was nice to have one with a more whimsical tone where no one dies or is struggling mightily with someone else's death. There are some heavy themes, such as loneliness, alcoholism, domestic abuse and a missing child, but there was enough h ...more
There was, however, a lot of hope and very real, flawed characters. A great little study of God's grace and how He never gives up even when we do. Yet not overly "christiany".
The author did a very good job at slowly revealing the little mysteries of the characters without dragging them (and my patience) out. This wasn't your typical sappy holiday book by a cheesy author.
This is an au ...more
Gloria spends her day helping people. She t ...more
It was good a feel good book. A very quick read though. And I might have teared up once or twice.
Seven years ago Gloria endured a family tragedy that almost shook her faith entirely. Each Christmas she places a card in an envelope on her tree, restating a promise she made to her husband before he died. Now, having moved from her small town and all the painful memories it held, she is building a life by caring for people in need. Wh ...more
Chaz is a loner who goes from job to job, dwelling to dwelling. He takes a job in security at a department store to pad his wallet until he decides to move on. During this job he meets and works with several people whose lives have him looking at himse ...more
So, this December I was looking forward ...more
Donna VanLiere writes well. Her prose flows and she does a good job with dialogue. She filled thi ...more
I liked Gloria. She was a kind, selfless woman who thought of others as better than herself. Because of something that happened in her past, it was important f ...more
I have read and enjoyed other Donna VanLiere's books from the Christmas Hope series. Yes they may be a little sentimental but they always have a great Christmas message of family, faith and hope in Christ; this book is no different.
This book has two separate story lines that merge at the end to miraculous ending that helps heal tattered lives. One story line is about a young man who drifts from area to area, job to job and relationship to relations. The other story line is about an elderly woman ...more
I really liked the characte ...more
I kept thinking of the scripture Matthew 25:40 “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” as I read.
The story takes place in the same town as the others, though the only recurring character is the doctor, Nathan. Gloria is a great character, she’s a good neighbour, kind to everyone and extremely loving. She’s lonely, though, since her husband died and youngest son disappeared. But, since it’s a Christmas story, everything works out for Gloria in the en ...more
Chaz is work in the aparment, because there ...more