The Christmas Shoes By Donna VanLiere – Book Review #45

KayCee and I love The Christmas Shoes, movie. We watch it every year and every year it makes us cry!

The Christmas Shoes

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Sometimes, the things that can change your life will cross your path in one instant-and then, in a fleeting moment, they’re gone. But if you open your eyes, and watch carefully, you will believe….

Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life-and nothing at all. Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his marriage. He has lost sight of his wife, Kate, their two daughters, and ultimately himself. Eight year old Nathan has a beloved mother, Maggie, whom he is losing to cancer. But Nathan and his family are building a simple yet full life, and struggling to hold onto every moment they have together. A chance meeting on Christmas Eve brings Robert and Nathan together-he is shopping for a family he hardly knows and Nathan is shopping for a mother he is soon to lose. In this one encounter, their lives are forever altered as Robert learns an important lesson: sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference. The Christmas Shoes is a universal story of the deeper meaning of serendipity, a tale of our shared humanity, and of how a power greater than ourselves can shape, and even save, our lives.

My Thoughts

There were a few things different in the book compared to the movie, but that’s always the case so I was expecting it. It didn’t ruin the book or the movie for me, I love them both!
This is the first book in the Christmas Hope series by Donna VanLiere. I bought them all for KayCee last Christmas. I’m going to read them all and I’m not worried about getting fed up of them as I did with some of the Harlan Coben series I read earlier in the year because each book is set in the same town, but is about different characters.

They’re not very long books either, I read half of this on the Monday night and the other half on the Tuesday morning before work!

This book was inspired by the song of the same name by a group called Newsong.

The Chirstmas Shoes By Donna VanLiere

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  1. Catherine @ Story Snug 13th November 2018 at 7:40 am

    I haven’t heard about the book or the movie but it sounds like a story I would like. One to add to my Christmas wishlist 🙂


  2. Kate on thin ice (@kateonthinice) 12th November 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Sounds very tempting this one – never heard the story at all so all new to me and a story I think I would like partly because I have a multi-millionaire lawyer friend whereas I am skint ish but in some ways have a richer life so I get it #ReadWithMe

  3. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 12th November 2018 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve never heard of the book or the movie before! Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

  4. mumjd 12th November 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Just listened to the song. Beautiful. I’ve not heard of this movie. Think I’d like to read the book and see the movie too #readwithme

    1. shelllouise 12th November 2018 at 2:12 pm

      The song makes KayCee cry every time. She’s already watched the movie 3 times and it’s not even December yet!

  5. sarahmo3w 12th November 2018 at 8:34 am

    I don’t read Christmas books, but this does sound like a lovely story. How unusal for a book and a film to be based on a song.

    1. shelllouise 12th November 2018 at 2:07 pm

      I think this is only genre we differ on; I’m a sucker for a shmaltzy Christmas book or movie!

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