The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
Published: November 9, 2001
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: audiobook via Overdrive
Sometimes, the things that can change your life will cross your path in one instant-and then, in a fleeting moment, they're gone. But if you open your eyes, and watch carefully, you will believe...
Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life and nothing at all. Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his marriage. He has lost sight of his wife, Kate, their two daughters, and ultimately himself. Eight-year-old Nathan has a beloved mother, Maggie, whom he is losing to cancer. But Nathan and his family are building a simple yet full life, and struggling to hold onto every moment they have together. A chance meeting on Christmas Eve brings Robert and Nathan together-he is shopping for a family he hardly knows and Nathan is shopping for a mother he is soon to lose. In this one encounter, their lives are forever altered as Robert learns an important lesson: sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference. The Christmas Shoes is a universal story of the deeper meaning of serendipity, a tale of our shared humanity, and of how a power greater than ourselves can shape, and even save, our lives.
Talk about the feels!! I won't go into what the novel is about I mean the synopsis basically explains it all but I will talk about how emotional this read was. I found this one night I was looking on Overdrive and figured why not since it was a very short listen. I’m so glad I did it was basically a one night listen and I really enjoyed the message of the read. It shows you not to take life for granted and to appreciate the people in your lives since you never know what can happen. It also shows us that material things aren't the most important things but its your family and loved ones that matter the most.
I have basically read all of the books in this series, but all out of order which I found not to be a problem. Some characters do cross over but nothing that makes that much of difference. So if you want something Christmasy and something with a great message I highly recommend to pick up this read it will definitely make you see things differently.