The Christmas Shoes (Christmas Hope, Bk 1)
The Christmas Shoes - Christmas Hope, Bk 1 Author:Donna VanLiere 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 ... more »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 Even 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.« less
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What a wonderful book! I read it in 95 minutes. Couldn't put it down. I loved how the characters weaved in and out of each others lives. Being 8 y/o when my Dad died on 12/31 I remember what a sad and confusing time it was. And how I was shifted from one relative's home to another for 2 weeks. People whispering. No one talking directly to me. Hearing my Uncle tell his daughter while I was playing on her sunporch that my Dad had died. I went back to playing with my doll. How I sat at the head of his coffin just knowing I would catch him breathing. And still not one soul came to me. No comfort, no hug, nothing. Mother craved and received all the attention. I don't want another child to ever go through that horrible experience alone. I really loved this book. Especially the talk Maggie had with Nathan about her going to Heaven. And how Jack handled her death with Nathan.