The author of the successful novels The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing returns with yet another warm Christmas tale. Social worker Patricia Addison provides care and support to the young children she rescues from difficult family situations. But that doesn't help the conflict in her own life. Her marriage is on the rocks and she has disdained the Christmas season ever since a Christmastime tragedy occurred several years ago.

This Christmas, though, Patricia meets 5-year-old Emily, a beautiful orphan. Soon Patricia discovers that beneath the icy wall of her heart lies hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Poignant and deeply emotional, VanLiere's latest blends tales of sorrow and hope, resulting in a novel that is both moving and believable. The author never fails to entrance readers, who will become glued to this novel from the first page until its climactic conclusion. (Nov., 224 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick