The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere
Published: October 18, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: via NetGalley
Lauren Gabriel spent many years of her childhood in foster homes, wishing her mother would come back for her and be the family she needs. Now twenty-years-old, she still longs for a place that she can truly call home. Her work as a cashier is unfulfilling, and at Christmas it’s unbearable with the songs and carols and chatter of Christmas that she hears throughout the day.
When Lauren ends her shift one night, she finds herself driving aimlessly in order to avoid returning to her lonely apartment. And when she witnesses a car accident she is suddenly pulled into the small town of Grandon, first as a witness but then as a volunteer for the annual fundraiser for Glory’s Place, a center for single mothers and families who need assistance. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for?
I fully enjoyed this tale of Lauren who after spending years in foster care finds herself on her own and wanting a real Christmas for once with a real family. She decides to put up an ad online and see if there are any takers, hoping someone genuinely wants to open up their family to her for the holidays.
One day an accident brings her to the small town of Grandon and while there she is soon swept up in this magical town and is accepted with open arms. She finds herself falling for the town and soon finds herself helping with Christmas festivities. She doesn’t know why she is so pulled to this town but in heart, it simply feels like home.
I love that this is a tale of hope and how Lauren while she has had a rough life still believes in it. All she wants is to belong and feel the unconditional love of a family and that no doubt touches your soul. You feel for her and want her to have all that and more. This is one read that confirms you should never give up.