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3.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 5 3.66 (38 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 2007 ISBN: 9781427201904
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Donna VanLiere’s books movingly portray ordinary people reaching for more meaningful lives. In The Christmas Promise, she follows two seemingly separate individuals and shows how their lives intersect. Chaz McConnell realizes that his life is empty-and he’s made it that way. He goes home every night to a bare apartment. For the first time in his life, he’s working at a job that will last more than a few weeks, as security for Wilson’s Department Store. Trying to reach out, he befriends 4-year-old Donovan, whose mother is part of the janitorial team at Wilson’s. Gloria Bailey finds it easy to care for families in need but just can’t seem to bridge the gap with her cantankerous neighbor, 60-something widow Miriam Lloyd Davies. When Miriam goes away for a week and a pipe bursts she comes home to a house under water. Gloria, in an act of kindness—or maybe insanity—invites Miriam to stay at her house until a hotel room becomes available. They eventually realize they have more in common than they ever thought. In this beautiful, deeply poignant novel, we are reminded that the past is never far behind and all of us are longing for a place to call home.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/12/2014

    " A seasonal plot about multiple characters whose stories eventually weave together. Amusing, moving, and well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Ippoliti | 2/11/2014

    " Who doesn't love a book with a happy ending. I love Christmas books !!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tinker | 2/10/2014

    " This was a total waste of time. I kept trying to find a reason to read it. Never did "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mars Edding | 2/9/2014

    " Right from the beginning, it has been established that this novel is set out to be a feel-good Christmas story. It has succeeded in that, but it also sacrificed effective, could-have-been-better storytelling in the process. The plot and characters were too convenient, in my opinion, and would've probably worked in a medium (say, a movie) other than a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/7/2014

    " Excellent book! I've read VanLiere before and liked her writing style. It was a reflective book with a good story line. Made me want to be more altruistic. The ending was a "miracle" so a little far fetched, but what the heck - it's a Christmas book. Nice quiet read before Christmas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/27/2014

    " OK, a little less uplifting than the other two The Christmas Shoes & The Christmas Blessing. A bit predictable and it seemed to jump around for no good reason at times. Still a good quick Christmas read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 1/26/2014

    " This on was okay. I don't care to read anything that has "not nice words" the first 3 books did not need any bad words to make them great to read and neither does this one. It was disappointing. They are a spiritual up lifting novels and they need to stay like that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/23/2014

    " These are sappy and predictable. But good and heartwarming and sometimes that's what you need. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 1/22/2014

    " Good magical feeling about it. The characters were good. It had the feel of a Hallmark TV movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Hurwitz | 1/17/2014

    " Feel good spirit of Xmas kinda book. Good quick Xmas read! "

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

    " Lots of interesting characters and story lines that converge in the end. A very heartwarming and satisfying novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 11/28/2013

    " Great story line, good message but the way it was written had me confused at times, always in first character but switching from one character to the next and leaving you wondering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Story | 11/1/2013

    " I read this book just this past Christmas. It's a quick, easy read, but really reminds you the true meaning of Christmas. I love how VanLiere develops her characters and how the story finally comes together! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 10/19/2013

    " I really do like this author, even though I usually cry somewhere in her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 8/18/2013

    " A great, quick holiday read. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 8/12/2013

    " Good book. I like the way it shows the caring of others. Finally finding her son was a nice surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 7/18/2013

    " We never know the blessings that may come into our lives by helping others. While set in the Chrismas season, it's a good reminder about how much we can get by looking beyond ourselves even though at times it can be rather overwhelming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/6/2013

    " So far very traditional... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy T | 11/5/2012

    " So who knew there were 2 books titled The Christmas Promise but different authors? Leave it to me to get the wrong book. Will be starting the correct book soon, before Monday book club! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsi Peterson | 9/1/2012

    " Great heartwarming Christmas book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 8/19/2012

    " Wholesome story, great christmas story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 6/11/2012

    " Very good As always has a reality check to life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 3/30/2012

    " Just like Donna VanLiere's other books I adored this one as well. Lovely story, that really makes you think about life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 1/16/2012

    " Okay, so it was a Christmas book, and those tend to be a tad predictable. But predictable or not, I liked it pretty well. It had interesting characters, and a good showing of Christmas spirit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 heather mc | 9/23/2011

    " Quick 1 day read. Sappy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorine | 6/4/2011

    " Reader's Digest Condensed version. Really good book, moral, inspiring and fun to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Genevieve | 2/26/2011

    " I didn't enjoy this book as much as the earlier books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 2/20/2011

    " What a GREAT series! THANK YOU KRISTY FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY GIFT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/18/2011

    " I read this book just this past Christmas. It's a quick, easy read, but really reminds you the true meaning of Christmas. I love how VanLiere develops her characters and how the story finally comes together! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/9/2011

    " this book tell you not to give up. All things are possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 1/16/2011

    " This was a pretty good book, it got kinda confusing in a few parts but other than that it was good. I was happy when Chaz found his mom but that part was really confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/6/2011

    " We never know the blessings that may come into our lives by helping others. While set in the Chrismas season, it's a good reminder about how much we can get by looking beyond ourselves even though at times it can be rather overwhelming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/30/2010

    " Another quick enjoyable read. Nothing too unpredictable, but still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy (amyb2332) | 12/28/2010

    " I like this type of cheesy predictable holiday story this time of year. I don't think I'd want to read more than one or at any other time of the year but around Christmas I always enjoy this kind of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clacie | 12/16/2010

    " so far, this is my fave out of this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tinker | 12/13/2010

    " This was a total waste of time. I kept trying to find a reason to read it. Never did "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 12/8/2010

    " A seasonal plot about multiple characters whose stories eventually weave together. Amusing, moving, and well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eomicheli | 11/22/2010

    " Nice to read a "feel good" book during the holidays! Definitely on the light side, but enjoyable just the same. "

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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.