THE CHRISTMAS NOTE
VanLiere fashions a charming tale for the holiday season. The alternating points of view add to the relatability and help demonstrate ways in which our belief in others can be empowering, especially when we cannot believe in ourselves.
With her husband overseas, Gretchen Daniels and her two children move closer to her mother, Miriam. Her new neighbor, Melissa Summit, seems reserved, yet she allows Gretchen to help her clean out her mother Ramona’s apartment after she dies. Melissa had a strained relationship with Ramona and is surprised by what she finds at the apartment. Ramona had kept a shocking secret that may change Melissa’s life. While they seem an unlikely pair, Melissa and Gretchen work together to uncover the past. (ST. MARTIN’S, Dec., 224 pp., $14.99)