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🎁The Christmas Table🎁

By
Donna VanLiere

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Genre:  #Fiction #WomansFiction #inspirational #HolidayElements

POV:  Third person alternating perspectives

Kindle:  240 pages

Read:  August 10th 2020  *Review copy provided by NetGalley via St. Martin’s Press

Publication:  October 6th 2020

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Synopsis:

From Donna VanLiere, the New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series comes another heartwarming, inspirational story for the holidays, The Christmas Table.

In June 1972, John Creighton determines to build his wife Joan a kitchen table. His largest project to date had been picture frames but he promises to have the table ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Inspired to put something delicious on the table, Joan turns to her mother’s recipes she had given to Joan when she and John married.

In June 2012, Lauren Mabrey discovers she’s pregnant. Gloria, Miriam, and the rest of her friends at Glory’s Place begin to pitch in, helping Lauren prepare their home for the baby. On a visit to the local furniture builder, Lauren finds a table that he bought at a garage sale but has recently refinished. Once home, a drawer is discovered under the table which contains a stack of recipe cards. Growing up in one foster home after another, Lauren never learned to cook and is fascinated as she reads through the cards. Personal notes have been written on each one from the mother to her daughter and time and again Lauren wonders where they lived, when they lived, and in a strange way, she feels connected to this mother and her daughter and wants to make the mother proud.

The story continues to from 1972 to 2012 as Joan battles breast cancer and Lauren learns to cook, preparing for the baby’s arrival. As Christmas nears, can Lauren unlock the mystery of the table, and find the peace she’s always longed for?

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My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was nothing I expected and everything I loved! First, let me say this book is not a romance. It’s about love, hope, faith and inspiration. I wanted to read something a little different from my usual genres and this book was perfect for that.

There is nothing I love more than small-town stories. The loyalty, love and friendships between everyone is rarely something I ever see in real life. In fact, I haven’t seen small towns, or neighborhoods in my experience, come together since I was a child. This world we live in has changed so much in the past thirty years. When a book like The Christmas Table comes along, I feel like I’ve just taken a long overdue breath of fresh air.

There are three main characters in this book and many secondaries that are prominent in carrying this story along. Without them, there is no story. Everyone has a particular part to place. The book is written with two time elements, jumping back and forth every chapter or so between 1972 and the present. At first, I was not a fan of the switching back and forth so frequently because there was not enough focus on one particular character in order for them to grow. But I quickly realized that this book is not about character growth and development. We are simply being told a story. A story we need to pay particular attention to. Among these characters is a mystery. A Christmas table is the main focus, and one that brings the climax to completion. I am not going to give away any details on the plot. This was a lovely, refreshing and endearing story and I want you to experience it on your own.

I do want to add that there are quite a few moments of sadness, and even more of humor. There is a bit of mystery but no angst. This was a well-balanced novel; one I will not soon forget. While I read a lot, and enjoy most of what I read, it isn’t frequent when books as refreshing and endearing as The Christmas Table come my way. When they do, I’m smiling for days, remembering moments in the book, fondly.

One more thing I’d like to mention is after selecting this book to read, I realized I had read this author years before with The Christmas Shoes which was turned into a movie. That story had me in tears. This author is talented when it comes to pulling heartstrings. She has written
quite a few other Christmas themed books that I am planning to read and am looking forward to the holiday season to do just that.

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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