Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#46: Comfort and Joy (Kristin Hannah)

Joy has lost everything. Her marriage has fallen apart because her husband and sister have had an affair. To make matters worse, Joy’s sister announces that she is pregnant and the two will be married the following summer. What a horrible Christmas gift! Joy decides to set out on an adventure for parts unknown, leaving her tragic life behind. Before reaching her destination, her flight crashes in the middle of the woods. Mildly injured, Joy walks away from the crash site and finds herself at a lodge run by Daniel and his precocious son, Bobby. Or does she actually walk away? Comfort and Joy is an intriguing story filled with Christmas magic as Joy searches for her comfort away from the heartache that the holiday brings.

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#45: The Christmas Note (Donna Van Liere)

I’m a sap for a good Christmas story. The Christmas Note is a charming story from the author of The Christmas Shoes. Gretchen and her two children are moving into a new condo when they meet Melissa, a grouchy neighbor who doesn’t want to be disturbed by life. Gretchen is quickly put in the awkward position of relaying a message to Melissa regarding her mother’s recent death. The relationship that develops is both unexpected and life-changing….and it all begins with an unfinished note that Melissa finds in her mother’s apartment.

Sprinkled with funny and heart-warming characters, The Christmas Note reminds us that there are no coincidences in life and encourages us to listen carefully for those “snaps of Heaven” that guide us daily.  Such a charming book!

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