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17th December 2018

Apple Angels & Pear Stars – Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes

Welcome to day 17 of my Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Apple Angels & Pear Stars Tomorrow’s recipe is for White Chocolate & Plum Cookies.

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The Christmas Note By Donna VanLiere – Book Review #50

The Christmas Note is the sixth book in the Christmas Hope series of books by Donna VanLiere.

The Christmas Note

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

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?

My Thoughts

This book has also been made into a movie and I enjoyed both the book and the film. As with previous movies made from this book series, I knew what the twist was before it came. I do wish I’d have known about the series before seeing all the movies!

It’s another feel-good Christmas story and I love seeing characters pop up from previous books. It makes you feel like you’re a part of this charming little town!

The Christmas Note By Donna VanLiere book cover

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