On the other hand, I'm a cynic. I punch holes in every conspiracy theory. I don't believe good always wins over evil (at least in this life). Dreams don't come true. The glass isn't half full or half empty - it's just all you get.
Given these conflicting traits, I suppose it's hardly surprising that I pre-order the latest Christmas, feel-good, pretty cover, sentimental story and then whine because it's sappy. I don't know . . . I'm an enigma.* But here are my thoughts on The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere.
It has everything a Christmas novel should have - family, forgiveness, and a happy ending. But problems aren't solved that quickly except in thirty-minute sit-coms. It gives you a warm feeling of Christmas cheer and hope. But the real world doesn't work that easily.Well . . . regardless of which side you're on in the Christmas feel-good/clap-trap debate, take that information and proceed accordingly.
Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into an apartment with her two children to be closer to her mother. Next-door neighbor Melissa McCreary prefers to keep to herself. One day, a local landlord who is looking for Melissa knocks on Gretchen’s door for assistance. Melissa’s mother has died and the landlord needs Melissa to empty her mother’s apartment. Gretchen reaches out and offers to help, but the apartment is a gut wrenching shamble of a home. There is little worth saving except for a few photos and an unfinished note discovered on the crate beside the bed. In the two scribbled lines, Melissa discovers she has a brother and a sister that she never knew about. Can two very different women embark on a journey that explores a long-buried need for forgiveness, hope, and redemption?
*West Wing quote alert