The Christmas Table by Donna VanLiere
Christmas Hope #10
St Martin’s Press (October 6, 2020)
Inspirational Religious Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Holiday Fiction (Christmas)
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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Family, friends, faith and love
A wonderful, beautiful, story woven around a table, recipe cards and two families going through life changes. The family treasured recipes card inspires two women, from two different time periods, to learn to cook. They’re not just recipes, each card is filled with family memories and stories. Wonderful writing, interesting characters, and the storyline captured my heart. I hope this inspires you to write your favorite recipes and memories down to be handed down to future generations. A new to me author who has quite a few books out that I’m eager to read.
(Bonus – recipes from the story are included at the end of the book)
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (September 9, 2020)
ARC provided by Publisher
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 Madeline Stowe) and premiered it December 2009 to stellar ratings as well. Donna’s non-seasonal novel, The Angels of Morgan Hill, has captured the same warmth as her Christmas books and continues to please loyal and new fans alike.
Donna 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, a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and was recently inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John Glenn. Donna is an in-demand conference speaker having appeared at countless women’s and family events, including select Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women conferences.
The Library Journal says of Donna’s latest book, “The Christmas Star“ (2018), “Second chances abound in this story, resulting in a Christmas gift worth waiting for… This sweet tale of love and overcoming obstacles offers a festive atmosphere readers will savor.”
Donna lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Troy, and their children, Grace, Kate and David.
Learn more at www.DonnaVanLiere.com
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