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New York : St. Martin's Press, [2018]
226 pages ; 19 cm
9781250163905 (hardcover)
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Author Notes
Donna VanLiere has written numerous books including The Good Dream, Finding Grace, The Angels of Morgan Hill, and The Christmas Light. The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing were both adapted by CBS television into movies. She has received a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, and an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction. She is also a popular conference speaker and has appeared at numerous women's and family events. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Amy Denison (Female), Volunteer, Teacher, Single, Lonely, Volunteers at an after school program
Maddie (Girl), Student, Precocious, Student at Grandon Elementary School; spent her childhood in foster care; considered a mini-matchmaker
Gabe Rodriguez (Male), Maintenance man, Friend of Maddie; responsible for the building maintenance at Grandon Elementary School
Single women
Foster children
Romantic dilemmas
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Gabe Rodriguez has a checkered past but has found a real sense of belonging at the elementary school where he's responsible for the building's maintenance. Maddie, a seven-year-old foster child facing significant personal and educational challenges, has a friend in Gabe. After meeting new teacher Amy Denison, Maddie decides to play matchmaker for Amy and Gabe; she remains committed to the task even after discovering they've already married and divorced. Second chances abound in this story, resulting in a Christmas gift worth waiting for. -VERDICT This sweet tale of love and overcoming obstacles offers a festive atmosphere readers will savor. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

In this ninth installment in VanLiere's Christmas Hope series (after The Christmas Town, 2016), a woman who volunteers at an after-school program finds that she gets much more out of it than she expects. Amy Denison's life is changed when she meets seven-year old Maddie, who has spent the majority of her life in foster care. Though Amy has known heartbreak, Maddie is convinced that she's found her the perfect man: the school custodian, Gabe, who is dealing with his own personal struggles. Can Maddie (and the magic of Christmas) bring these two together? This heartwarming tale is the perfect gift this holiday season. A must-add addition to any public library collection where readers enjoy uplifting romantic tales.--Nanci Milone Hill Copyright 2018 Booklist
<p> From the New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series comes another heartwarming, inspirational story for the holidays. </p> <p>Thirty-two-year-old Amy Denison volunteers at Glory's Place, an after school program where she meets seven-year-old Maddie, a precocious young girl who has spent her childhood in foster care. Unbeknownst to Amy, Maddie is a mini-matchmaker, with her eye on just the right man for Amy at Grandon Elementary School, where she is a student. Amy is hesitant - she's been hurt before, and isn't sure she's ready to lose her heart again - but an unexpected surprise makes her reconsider her lonely lifestyle.</p> <p>As Christmas nears and the town is blanketed in snow and beautiful decorations, Maddie and the charming staff at Glory's Place help Amy to see that romance can be more than heartache and broken promises.</p> <p>In The Christmas Star , Donna VanLiere delivers yet another sweet, joyous story that is sure to capture readers' hearts.</p>
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