Preview - The Christmas Table by Donna VanLiere


Hi everyone! Donna VanLiere is another author who releases a Christmas story each year and I really look forward to each of them. In fact, this book is the tenth in her Christmas Hope series. Each book in the series has a special message: one that I appreciate especially in the holiday season. The books can all be read as a standalone, but I bet once you've read one of her books that you'll come back to read more of them.

Synopsis: 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 sounds like such a beautiful book and I can't wait to start it. Look for my review the first week of October.

Have a great day!

16 comments:

  1. It is always fun to get into the season by reading some Christmas stories. The Christmas Table sounds like an interesting book. Pretty cool that the recipe cards were rediscovered by someone else and they get to connect with totally different lives in the past! Such a lovely story.

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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    1. Thanks Nancy! I’m looking forward to starting this soon!

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  2. This sounds like a great book - I will check back with your review as looking forward to hearing what you think! Emma

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  3. Another wonderful preview. Curious to know if Lauren get to meet the real owners of the recipe cards!!

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    1. I’m wondering the same thing! Thanks for your comment!

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  4. So the table Lauren bought was the one John built? What happened to John and Joan that they got rid of the table? How does Christmas fit into it if John's trying to get the table built for Thanksgiving?

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    1. This is a Preview. You will notice in this post that we are looking at two time periods. The mystery of the table is at Christmas time.

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  5. Interesting! I've never read a Christmas novel. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! They are the perfect thing for a sense of cozy!

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  6. This sounds like a lovely read. I still haven't read anything Christmas themed but this sounds like it would be a nice one to start with (and not too festive either) x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  7. I think I will really like this book. It's a holiday story with lots of love and yummy food. Thanks for sharing this preview!

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  8. It's always nice to have a book to look forward too, this sounds great too. Thanks for sharing!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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