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Chaz McConnell realizes that his life is empty–and he’s made it that way. He goes home at night to an empty, bare apartment. Trying to reach out, he befriends four-year-old Donovan, whose mother has fallen on hard times.

Gloria Bailey finds it easy to care for families in need and when she sees a single, pregnant woman in distress, with no place to live, Gloria provides h


Chaz McConnell realizes that his life is empty–and he’s made it that way. He goes home at night to an empty, bare apartment. Trying to reach out, he befriends four-year-old Donovan, whose mother has fallen on hard times.

Gloria Bailey finds it easy to care for families in need and when she sees a single, pregnant woman in distress, with no place to live, Gloria provides her own home.

Although their personalities remain night and day, they eventually realize they have more in common than they ever thought.


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    Staci

    Dec 14, 2015

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    really liked it

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    It took me a bit to get into this one, but I’m so glad I kept reading. Once I got hooked on the story, I was hooked in a major way. This was a very good Christmas story!

    Julianna

    Dec 13, 2012

    rated it
    it was amazing

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    Fans of Heartwarming Holiday Stories

    Reviewed for THC Reviews
    The Christmas Promise was another great Christmas story from Donna VanLiere. The first three books in the Christmas Hope series embodied a sense of sadness with death taking center stage in each of them. While I loved all those books, it was nice to have one with a more whimsical tone where no one dies or is struggling mightily with someone else’s death. There are some heavy themes, such as loneliness, alcoholism, domestic abuse and a missing child, but there was enough h

    As with the other books in this series, The Christmas Promise is written in alternating first and third person POV. The first person narrator this time is Gloria aka Miss Glory. She is a retired widow whose adult son has been missing for seven years. He left home just before Gloria’s husband, his father, died, and she hasn’t seen or heard from him since. She somewhat recently moved to the unnamed small town that has been the setting for all the Christmas Hope books. In an effort to keep busy and to help others in lieu of helping her son, she collects and sorts donations of food, clothing, household items, and even the occasional car, which she them redistributes to the needy in the community. I have to say that Gloria has my dream job. Being a philanthropist is something I’ve always longed to do. Gloria is a very kind-hearted and loving woman who cares about everyone she meets and helps, maybe a little too much, as it takes her a while to figure out that she can’t always help everyone in the way she would like to. Still she is generous to a fault with the only possible exception being her next-door neighbor Miriam. The woman is something of a snob, who always threatens to call the city on Gloria each time someone leaves donations in her driveway. Even Miriam has her own story though. Gloria just hasn’t heard it yet. They’ve spent so long as rivals, she hasn’t really taken the time to get to know the other woman, but that all changes when an unfortunate incident leaves the two of them living together temporarily. It was really fun to see these two develop an appreciation for one another and a deep friendship after feuding for so long.

    Then there is Chaz who just moved to town and got a job as a security guard at Wilson’s Department Store. At first, he’s very much a loner and a drifter, who only intends to stay long enough to earn a little money. He obviously harbors some secrets he doesn’t want anyone else to know and on top of it all, is a functioning alcoholic who spends all his free time at the bottom of a bottle. He isn’t exactly the most likable character initially, but things begin to slowly change for him as he discovers a caring side to himself he didn’t realize existed. He works the night shift, and the turnaround starts with him caring for the little boy of a cleaning lady, who had nowhere else to take him and so brought him with her to work. Chaz develops a strong friendship with the little boy, Donovan, and to the extent she will let him into her life, the boy’s mother, Carla, who is being abused by her boyfriend. Chaz also begins to feel a connection to Mike, the homeless man who sometimes stands outside Wilson’s, and worries when Mike is hit by a car. Last but not least, Chaz falls in love at first sight with Erin, a pretty but very pregnant young woman who Gloria is helping.

    What impressed me most about The Christmas Promise is how the author manged to seamlessly weave together all the lives of these characters until it was like they became one family unit. She even brought back a few favorites from past books like Robert Layton (The Christmas Shoes) and Jack and Nathan Andrews (The Christmas Hope). The Christmas Promise was very much a story of new beginnings. Each one of the characters in the book received some sort of second chance after life had thrown them a curveball. This time they chose the right path, but it wasn’t without the help of strangers. The one thing I loved most about this book is the serendipitous nature of the characters’ meetings which underscores the It’s a Wonderful Life principle that each person’s life touches so many others in ways that we often don’t even know. The Christmas Promise is simply a warm, feel-good story that was a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
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    Pamela

    LOVELY <> LOVELY <> LOVELY!!

    FESTIVELY LOVELY…..

    “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia, as quoted in The Christmas Promise

    Absolutely delightful, like a comfy quilt on cold winter’s day. And humorous….

    “When I was young I always envisioned myself being fit and lean at this age in the middle of a race with runn

    FESTIVELY LOVELY…..

    “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia, as quoted in The Christmas Promise

    Absolutely delightful, like a comfy quilt on cold winter’s day. And humorous….

    “When I was young I always envisioned myself being fit and lean at this age in the middle of a race with runners half my age. Who was I kidding?”

    And sometimes painfully honest….

    “He stopped planning and dreaming a long time ago because all he could see was the gaping wound of his life, which hit him square in the face day after day. Maybe that’s what truth does, it beats the living hell out of us until we do something about it.”

    And inspirational…..

    “Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr.

    Yes, a wonderful little Christmastime story filled with just the right amount of wisdom, honesty, humor, charitableness, eccentricity and sappiness to be festively endearing. And yes, as typical with this genre, the ending is neatly tied-up in a conspicuously tidy, happily-ever-after bow. Ah, but everyone needs a bit sappy indulgence from time to time; it cleans the biblio-palate.

    Four **** Delightful Christmas ***** Stars
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