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    Excellent

    If you don't currently believe in Christmas miracles this book might just change your mind. It's a beautifully written quick read that will touch your heart and make you smile. It's a story of forgiveness, second chances, love, and hope for a future you never thought possible. The characters are all fantastic especially little matchmaking Maddie. Gabe and Amy have gone through the hard stuff and perhaps only good lies ahead. Maybe, just maybe. I highly recommend this one.
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    Christmas Miracles

    This book will make you believe in Christmas miracles. A Beautiful written book of the magic of Christmas, second chances and forgiveness. Amy and Grant had a hard time and now little Maddie, will play matchmaker and bring them back together. This is a heartwarming romance that will leave you smiling at the end. It is faith based. Loved little Maddie, the star of the book. This is part of series but can be read as a stand alone. I always look forward to reading Donna's Christmas story every year.
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    A wonderful way to get into the spirit!

    The Christmas Star, the ninth novel in the Christmas Hope series by Donna Van Liere, is a perfect story to give you just what this series is about: hope. It has all the necessary ingredients to fill your heart in the Christmas season – a beautiful precocious child, Maddie, Gabe, who seems like a good guy but has such a cloud of sadness and regret hanging over him, and Amy, who is full of love to give and is moving on but is protecting her heart because it’s already been shattered once. I had not read any of the previous books in this series, but just a couple of paragraphs in I got a warm pleasant feeling that stayed with me through the entire story. I felt like I already knew many of the characters and will be going back to read the previous books to learn more about their stories. The Christmas Star tugs at your heart. Maddie is a foster child with physical limitations who longs for a forever home. Both Gabe and Amy have much to give but at the same time feel like life has dealt them hands they must now be satisfied with. The rest of the marvelous characters have fascinating stories of their own. I started smiling as soon as I started reading. Even through adversity, faith and love and the spirit of giving shine through. You can’t help but be in the Christmas spirit. The Christmas Star is a wonderful read. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher St Martin’s Press via NetGalley. I was not required to review it but I recommend it without hesitation. Read The Christmas Star and the entire Christmas Hope series; you’ll be glad you did.
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    The ninth book in Christmas Hope series!

    The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere is the ninth a Christmas Hope Novel. It is November 2011 in when Amy Denison volunteers at Glory’s Place in Grandon. She meets the precocious Maddie who is a foster child with cerebral palsy. Maddie has decided to play matchmaker and has the perfect man for Amy. Amy, though, was hurt by her ex-husband and she is not sure she is ready to let another man into her heart and life. Amy is pleasantly surprised by the man Maddie has matched her up with and it has her reconsidering her stance. Lauren Gabriel, a volunteer at Glory’s place, is thrilled when her boyfriend, Travis Mabrey proposes. They want a simple Christmas wedding at the gazebo in the park which has a beautiful new star above it this year. Miriam has her own ideas for their wedding and it will be up to Gloria to rein her in. Can they pull off a wedding in one month? The staff, children and volunteers at Miss Glory’s are busy preparing for the annual fundraiser. This event provides the money to run the center for the next year. It is a busy time of year and it will be all hands on deck. Magic and romance are in the air at Miss Glory’s place. The Christmas Star is a sweet Christmas story. After I started reading The Christmas Star, I discovered that it continues the story of the characters in The Christmas Town (which I had not read). It also features characters from other novels in the Christmas Hope series (Miriam, Ben and Gloria for example). While The Christmas Star can be read alone, I felt I was missing key details on the characters. The Christmas Star is nicely written with steady pacing. It is a shorter story with only 221 pages (perfect for reading in front of a fire on a snowy afternoon). I did feel the characters lacked development and depth (but you can only do so much in such a short book). I did like the friendly people who volunteer their time to help children. Ben, the bag boy, returns in The Christmas Star. The slips of papers he puts into patron’s bags of groceries provide inspiration and hope. I like that Amy and her match are getting a second chance at finding love and getting their happily ever after. However, the romance between them was rushed. I like the happy ending of The Christmas Star even though it is anticipated (easy to predict how the book will end). Maddie is the highlight of the book. She is a bright and happy child despite her circumstances. Some of the elements featured are faith, hope, love, second chances, friendship, redemption, kindness and forgiveness. The Christmas Star is a feel-good Christmas story that will leave you with a smile on your face.
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    a heartwarming story

    I have read all of Donna VanLiere books and they always put me in the Holiday spirit. Her books are heart-felt and charming and The Christmas Star is no different. This book can be read as a standalone, but there are a lot of characters from her previous books in The Christmas Star. In the first few chapters, those older characters are thrown in pretty quickly and while Donna VanLiere gives you a bit of a refresher, it was a bit much all at once. Once you get past the first chapter, you’ll be familiar with all the main and secondary characters. This book has a great storyline and moves at a good pace. The characters are likable and I love how all of their lives are interconnected. The author has this way of pulling on your heart strings. This is a story of kindness, forgiveness, and second chances. The Christmas Star is a wonderful, clean, heart-warming Christmas book that would make a great gift and put one in the holiday spirit. I received this book as an ARC and I voluntarily leave this review.
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