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The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere, Book Review

Hello fellow booklovers I have a Christmas story to add to your list of festive reads. It is a story which reflects the true magical spirit of Christmas. Every Christmas we want to set aside our fears and believe in the Magic of love, friendship, generosity and hope. We just want to forget the negative for a moment and hope that good things will happen and for atleast a day we will have all the things we wished for. That’s what The Christmas Town is about, it’s characters will show you how it’s done with songs, gifts, friendship and laughs. 

The Christmas Town

Title: The Christmas Town

Author: Donna VanLiere

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Published: October 2016

Format reviewed: eBook

Rating: 4/5

Time period: Contemporary

Cities based in: Grandon – USA.

Profession of main characters: Grocery store Cashier and rest of the cast is a jolly bunch of good Samaritans of a small town. 


Lauren Gabriel spent many years of her childhood in foster homes, wishing her mother would come back for her and be the family she needs. Now twenty-years-old, she still longs for a place that she can truly call home. Her work as a cashier is unfulfilling, and at Christmas it’s unbearable with the songs and carols and chatter of Christmas that she hears throughout the day.

When Lauren ends her shift one night, she finds herself driving aimlessly in order to avoid returning to her lonely apartment. And when she witnesses a car accident she is suddenly pulled into the small town of Grandon, first as a witness but then as a volunteer for the annual fundraiser for Glory’s Place, a center for single mothers and families who need assistance. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for?

The New York Times bestselling author of the timeless The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope is back with this moving and uplifting story about finding love, hope, and family in unexpected places.

My thoughts

Lauren Gabriel, the heroine in the story is a young woman desperate for family after being out of the foster care system. While getting on her feet after finally growing out of the foster system owing to a dead beat, jailbird mother and runaway father, all Lauren wishes for is a family. Come Christmas time her yearning for a proper family Christmas is painful enough to make her put out an advertisement seeking a family for Christmas. What follows is how things fall into picture for Lauren leading up to the best Christmas of her life. 

What I love about this story is the spirit of generosity and Faith the people of Grandon have. Lauren happens to be in Grandon not under the best circumstances but it works out for her. She meets some amazing, funny and warm hearted people.  Every person she meets is very welcoming which only makes Lauren more aware of her loneliness. With every passing day in Grandon, volunteering for the town’s Christmas parade, Lauren starts healing and feeling at home. 

Like every story there are obstacles in the way of happiness and poor Lauren braves that too with some flirty nudging from the town’s handsome Parks & Rec. officer. 

Another character which spreads (the highlight) Christmas magic in the story is Ben. You will love his part and his notes 🙂

The humor comes from 2 very funny, sassy ladies who run a welfare centre in town. Their conversations and shenanigans will make you laugh out loud. Then there are the kids from the welfare centre who will give you the smiles and giggles. The situations and reactions of characters will give you a lesson or two on having faith and believing in the good hidden in some people. 

Togehter the Christmas town characters make for a magical story representing the spirit of Christmas. Miracles are not a matter of luck but it’s some people between us working as angels to make the world a better place especially around Christmas time.

So download a copy of this book, grab a cup of eggnog, put on the Christmas hat and fairy lights – sit back and enjoy. 

Book buy link: Kindle India.


Donna VanLiere is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good DreamFinding Grace, The Angels of Morgan Hill and several Christmas books, including the perennial favorites The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope. She travels as a speaker and lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband and three children.

Connect with Donna via her website or her Twitter.

Reviewed by Bharti.

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