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'The Christmas Shoes' by Donna VanLiere

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'The Christmas Shoes' by Donna VanLiere


Robert is a successful lawyer who seems to have all life could offer. But in reality he has nothing at all. He is focused far more on career achievements and material possessions than he is on worrying about his marriage and family. Meanwhile, eight year old Nathan has a beloved mom named Maggie whom he is losing to cancer. His family is building a simple but awesomely full life while struggling to grasp every moment they have left together. And then a random meeting occurs between Nathan and Robert, while Robert is shopping for his family that he barely knows, and Nathan for his mother whom is soon to leave them. Both of their lives are greatly changed through this one moment. Even the smallest things can make a whole world of difference in someone’s life.

I had never read this story, just heard the song and watched the TV movie quite some time ago, which goes pretty well with the book from what I can remember. Some usually just cut out a lot of parts, but the plot of this book was pretty short and to the point to begin with. It was a very sad book for sure, but it was also very good. Seeing people take hold of those precious moments of life and not taking it all for granted was really amazing. It is very well written - Donna Vanliere really knows what she is doing! And the cover is adorable. All in all it was a good read, not too sad, but just the right amount of everything you'd want in a novel!



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