Heartwarming Christmas tale

The Christmas Table: A Novel (Christmas Hope Book 11)

By: Donna VanLiere

Rating: 5 of 5

I have read several other books in this series. While it is a series, it can absolutely be read stand-alone. The books are lightly interconnected, with backstories of some of the individuals. It took reading a bit of it for me to actually remember the prior books and their plots.

This is a Christmas table that interconnects two times and the struggles that individuals are and have been going through. The tale of the past is woven into that of the present with a set of recipe cards and a handmade table. How the stories converge surprised me and delighted me as well.

The recipes, themselves are lovely and the introductions to them are exceptional reading. I had a wonderful time reading through them and plan to try some myself.

I don’t want to give away the plot, so I will limit myself to how I felt reading the book. It made me want to get to know the people, both now and in the past, because they seemed to be real individuals with struggles just like me.

The author did a great job with her characters and in describing what individuals go through in the midst of health crisis. I have been there myself, repeatedly, over the years. I cried and laughed right along with the individuals whose stories are portrayed.

I will be looking for more of the books in this series to read.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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