From Donna VanLiere, the New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series comes another heartwarming, inspirational story for the holidays, The Christmas Table.
In June 1972, John Creighton determines to build his wife Joan a kitchen table. His largest project to date had been picture frames but he promises to have the table ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Inspired to put something delicious on the table, Joan turns to her mother’s recipes she had given to Joan when she and John married.
In June 2012, Lauren Mabrey discovers she’s pregnant. Gloria, Miriam, and the rest of her friends at Glory’s Place begin to pitch in, helping Lauren prepare their home for the baby. On a visit to the local furniture builder, Lauren finds a table that he bought at a garage sale but has recently refinished. Once home, a drawer is discovered under the table which contains a stack of recipe cards. Growing up in one foster home after another, Lauren never learned to cook and is fascinated as she reads through the cards. Personal notes have been written on each one from the mother to her daughter and time and again Lauren wonders where they lived, when they lived, and in a strange way, she feels connected to this mother and her daughter and wants to make the mother proud.
The story continues to from 1972 to 2012 as Joan battles breast cancer and Lauren learns to cook, preparing for the baby’s arrival. As Christmas nears, can Lauren unlock the mystery of the table, and find the peace she's always longed for?
This is a delightful holiday story.
The story takes place in two different years, 1972 and 2012. The situation in each on is very different. They are both incredibly easy to immerse yourself in. The characters in both years were easy to connect with. At times throughout the book my heart broke for what was going on. Other times I was filled with joy.
The story makes we wish I lived in a small town like Grandon. It is wonderful how everyone works together to help whoever needs it.
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The Christmas Table
A very emotional story. It really pulls at the heart strings. I cried more then once reading this story. But I also laughed too. It’s full of family, friends and life lessons. It’s about never giving up!
The Christmas Table
ARC for honest review with no compensation received from St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley 4.5 stars
The Christmas Table is book 10 in the Christmas Hope series by Donna VanLiere and a new to me author. I will certainly be looking for more of her books!
What a heartwarming story that involves two families from 1972 and 2012 about a handmade table with a hidden drawer. This intertwining story will keep you wondering what’s around the corner for each family...tears, laughter, second chances and how this table brings them all together during the holiday season!