The Christmas Town: A Novel (Hardcover)
Donna VanLiere, 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.
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?
About the Author
Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. Her much-loved Christmas Hope series includes The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies for CBS Television, The Christmas Secret, The Christmas Journey and The Christmas Hope, which was adapted into a film by Lifetime. She is also the author of The Angels of Morgan Hill and Finding Grace. VanLiere is the recipient of a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction, and a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year. She is a gifted speaker speaks regularly at conferences. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband and their children.
Praise for the Novels of Donna VanLiere
The Christmas Shoes:
"A heartwarming story." —Publishers Weekly
"Has precious gifts for all of us." —The Washington Times
The Christmas Blessing:
"Sweet and emotional...A perfect holiday gift." —BookReporter.com
"A story of tragedy and, of course, ultimate triumph." —New York Daily News
The Christmas Secret
"…a sweet story that celebrates love and generosity of spirit.” —The Boston Globe
“Tired of sugar plums and impossibly perfect families? Consider this tale with its appealing heroine who struggles against losing faith in herself and in God.” —USA Today
The Christmas Hope
"A magical story of second chances that will stay with readers long after the ornaments have been put away."--Bookpage
The Christmas Light
“Full of heartache and promise...VanLiere touchingly induces Christmas spirit and tears that will satisfy her many readers.” —Library Journal