2¢ Worth: This is one of those great character driven stories where all the characters don't really realize, until the end, how serendipitous their coming together is. Each person plays a roll in helping the other find their way. By the end you're completely invested and you can't wait for them to put all the pieces together and realize how blessed they really are. This tale is full of wonderful thoughtful quotes that I often had to replay, pause, and ponder. Ultimately this story is like hot chocolate with a friend after a long day of Christmas shopping. It's comforting and reminds you of what is important and what some people go through all year round.
Words aloud: The Christmas Secret is read by the authoress herself. Donna does a great job with the voices of her characters and the pace. The only thing I had trouble with is that sometimes the point of view changed and it took me a few seconds to catch up. It would have been nice if she said the character's name before switching to that character's POV.
Whisper: The book seems to say, be kind and generous because you never know what someone has gone through, the difference your kindness can make, or how they're connected to you.
Whippersnappers: The characters in The Christmas Secret have all been through something. So expect some mentions to drug abuse, infidelity, premarital sex, sex, child neglect, illness, and a few minor curse words.
Wind-up: The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere is read by the authoress and consists of 5 discs (6 hours and 20 minutes). But don't let the prologue deter you. It really does get much much better. Audiobook rating: 5 stars. Narrator rating: 4 stars.
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