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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna VanLiere Narrator: Donna VanLiere Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781427213273
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Donna VanLiere's Christmas books have enthralled millions of readers. Now she delivers a new inspirational novel about an unlikely friendship between two women—a friendship that will change each of their lives forever.

Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into a condo with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. As they build a life together in their new community, they notice a mysterious young woman, Melissa McCreary, who lives next door. She has few possessions, little personality, and keeps 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 in the coming weeks the landlord needs Melissa to empty her mother's apartment. Gretchen reaches out and offers to help Melissa, but the apartment is a gut-wrenching shamble of a home. There is little worth saving except for a few photos and a note that is discovered on the crate beside the bed. It is unfinished, but in the two scribbled lines, Melissa discovers secrets about her family that she never could have imagined. Can two very different women embark on a journey that explores a long-buried need for forgiveness, hope, and redemption?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[The Christmas Note] is perfect to pop in the car for a holiday road trip. It's read by the author, an accomplished dramatist who pulls off a variety of voices and accents with ease. Crosswalk.com

  • This little book gets off to a slow start, but soon, if you are amenable, hooks you into its sentimentality. Lots of praying in this story, where the characters believe (or come to believe) that things happen for a reason. Simple and sweet. Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
  • While this story certainly has a holiday setting, the emphasis is on love and generosity which will warm hearts at any time. The audio edition is especially affecting as read by the author, Donna VanLiere, who also gave us the Christmas Hope series…Many will be adding this audio to their list of favorite holiday stories. All Things Good and More
  • Author VanLiere does a wonderful job narrating the story. She gives warmth and compassion to the characters… THE CHRISTMAS NOTE is a heart-warming story perfect for the holidays Thoughts in Progress

  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 blmagm | 2/11/2014

    " Listen...is that a finger snap from Heaven I hear??? A good read for a train ride to DC and back home, especially this time of year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Cannon | 2/11/2014

    " THis is the first of Donna VanLiere's books I've ever picked up -- but I really enjoyed it and will read more of her Christmas stories. It was a nice story that left me feeling quite good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/7/2014

    " A fun, fast read with Christmas surprises for all involved! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Sides | 2/2/2014

    " I read The Christmas Note last year when it released. When I notice the audio edition, I had to "read" it again. To truly experience a Donna VanLiere novel, one must listen to Donna read the novel. I would not encourage most authors to do this; however, Donna VanLiere is a gifted storyteller. Some of the audiobook performers are gifted at multiple voices while Donna can not only do multiple voices, she can create a personality through her voice. I enjoyed the book when I read it, but I loved it when I listened to it. My only complaint is I wish it were longer. I didn't want to say goodbye to the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 2/1/2014

    " Even though I cried throughout the book I really enjoyed the development of the characters and their evolving relationships - which of curse leads to several surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/30/2014

    " I really enjoyed this adorable (if a little bit predictable)story. A warm-hearted, cozy read. The perfect book to get you into the spirit of Christmas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 1/28/2014

    " A short Christmas story about a woman getting over her bitterness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanna_redwind | 1/25/2014

    " This was a nice, uplifting story of friendship and joy through trying times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 1/12/2014

    " During the Christmas season I like this type of book -a happy ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna Cantino | 1/8/2014

    " Cute Christmas read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Winslow | 1/8/2014

    " I enjoyed this charming little book very much, and I'm totally on board with the idea that "coincidences" are often actually "god-incidences". My main quibble with this book is that the author pushed the concept a little too far, the last amazing coincidence overstetching even my credulity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 12/24/2013

    " I loved this book. Great plot and story. I couldn't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy Compton | 12/6/2013

    " I laughed, Icried, I love her books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorna | 11/14/2013

    " The people in the library thought I was crazy because I was crying while reading this. Yes, it's that touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Hellige | 11/3/2013

    " Easy read, predictable but charming enough to be the Hot chocolate on a cold wintry nite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 9/13/2013

    " Very sentimental...very obvious, you know what's going to happen all along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Oleszczuk | 4/27/2013

    " A quick read with a happy ending, perfect for the holidays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 3/7/2013

    " Just a nice story (a bit too coincidental in parts....) but a nice little read. The author lives in Franklin....makes her special! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edb | 2/28/2013

    " A very moving story by the author who wrote The Christmas Shoes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Johnson coffey | 2/12/2013

    " Enjoyable...easy read...more twists than I expected. Ties together a bit too neatly, making it a little far fetched, but that's okay for a Christmas book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niza | 2/9/2013

    " Feel good light read about two women who become neighbors, then friends and the sisters. Good for anytime not just Christmas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 8/21/2012

    " This was a quick read and a sweet Christmas story. I didn't get pulled into the story as much as I would have liked, but it was still enjoyable -definitely a feel-good story for the holiday season. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beate | 7/14/2012

    " A sweet story, quick read. Would give it a 3.5 if I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 7/11/2012

    " What a wonderful Christmas story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 4/20/2012

    " Great little story....got so involved, I read it in a day. A good start to the Christmas season...Sweet with some sadness, and a lot of twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephany G | 4/10/2012

    " What a great Christmas read! It was predictable and the dialogue was choppy in sections, but I enjoyed the story and how it played out. The sweetness didn't overwhelm me. This was given to me as a gift and I called and thanked the sender when I finished the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fedora | 3/30/2012

    " A charming read about friendships and family; does require a bit of suspension of disbelief in terms of coincidences or rather the hand of God working, but isn't that true in real life as well? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/4/2012

    " This was a great Christmas book. A thoughtful story with believable characters and, of course, a happy ending. I really enjoy this author's annual Christmas tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 10/30/2011

    " Enjoyable little Christmas book. Nice and clean with a somewhat predictable but enjoyable plot. A few unrealistic things but overall a book worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 10/18/2011

    " I liked it. Did not think it was as good as her others in the Christmas story line. "

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About the Author
Author Donna VanLiere

Donna VanLiere is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eight books, including The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing, The Christmas Hope, and The Angels of Morgan Hill. She has earned a number of awards for her writing, including a Retailer’s Choice Award for Fiction and a Silver Angel Award for Inspirational Book, and she has been nominated for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year.