The Christmas Shoes (Christmas Hope Series #1)
by Donna VanLiere
Kindle Edition-

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 ...

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  "very sad but thought provocking" by suemoros (see profile) 12/06/07

This was very sad for a Christmas book but very thought provocking.

  "A chance encounter with a little boy who has a terminally ill mother, changes a selfish man's life." by pmurphy93 (see profile) 12/06/07

Enjoyed the book. Very sad though. It was a quick read, which worked out well for this busy time of the year. Would have liked it if the author had developed the characters a little more.

  "Six Tissues" by Diane860 (see profile) 12/06/07

This book is a tear jerker that's for sure. Once you get mid-way through the book, get your tissues. Our book club said that this was a six tissue book. Very short and quick to read...most people read it in one sitting (about 2 hours). Our book club always tries to pick a quick, holiday theme book for December when we have our Holiday party. This book had a nice holiday story but everyone agreed that the characters were not developed enough to really get to know them. On the other hand, maybe that was the intent and we were just suppose to read the story of two families and how their lives change and how people interact in each others lives even if only for a very short time.

We did enjoy the story and this reader will definitely read the sequel (Blessings) to see what happened to the families later in their lives.

  "Good tear jerker but needed more character development" by phembrook (see profile) 12/06/07

Although the storyline made me cry (it was a 5 Kleenex book for me), I was disappointed that the characters did not interact more.
If you are looking for a good Christmas book, but don't want it to be too deep, this would be a good book for you.

  "If you need a good cry, read this!" by karenannmoore (see profile) 03/28/08

This was an easy read and I would have finished it much quicker if I didn't have to keep stopping because I was crying and needed another tissue! It's a sweet story and makes you appreciate the love of family and friends. I would have liked it better though if the characters had been developed more.

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