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My New Release Review of

The Christmas Star


(Christmas Hope #9)

by Donna VanLiere

File Size: 3181 KB

Print Length: 221 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250163900

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: October 16, 2018

Sold by: Macmillan

Language: English

ASIN: B079DV747P

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Publisher’s Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series comes another heartwarming, inspirational story for the holidays.

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.

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.

In The Christmas Star, Donna VanLiere delivers yet another sweet, joyous story that is sure to capture readers’ hearts.

My Thoughts:

This delightful second chance at romance story is well written and a Hallmark like story for the ages.

I loved the character of Maddie and enjoyed reading the second chance story of Amy and her ex-husband Gabe, Mr. “G” as Maddie fondly calls him.

Our matchmaking Maddie is a delight. She, alone makes this story.

I certainly could see Hallmark buying the rights to produce this one as a holiday season movie.

This book contains no physical intimacy, not even sweet kisses therefore is suitable for any age group.

I gave this sweet/clean title 4.75 of 5.0 stars for plot, characterization and storyline.
I received a complimentary digital copy to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.




Sprinkle a little Christmas magic into your life with 26 ALL-NEW, never before released romances. Each title – exclusive to this set – is inspired by a favorite holiday movie, spun into a fantastic love story by a NY Times, USA Today, and/or award-winning, bestselling author and delivered to you in this wonderful collection full of cheer for the coming season.

Mimi Barbour – A Wonderful Life – Though Mary works with troubled teens, can she and an angel help a man living a nightmare? 

Leanne Banks – A Royal White Christmas – Can a secret prince be a Christmas wish-come-true for a small-town girl?

Joan Reeves – Brianna’s Season For Miracles – Her seductive persona hides what she’s ashamed of… What will happen if the man she’s fallen for discovers her secret?

Mona Risk – Jingle With My Princess – The doc and the princess… He saves lives, but she may save his heart.

Rebecca York – Can She Get Home for Christmas? – Will a killer stop her from getting home for Christmas?

Jacquie Biggar – Mistletoe Inn – A grieving man finds the greatest gift is love.

Alicia Street – Miracle on Christmas Tree Street – A single mom discovers her business partner is more than he seems.

Nancy Radke – The Holiday (Christmas) – Jodi’s house-swap to Maui came with a small dog and a shipwrecked sailor.

Katy Walters –Letters from the Snowman – The snow revealed a precious love.

Stephanie Queen – Holiday Affair – Melissa goes from riches to rags but will she find gold in a holiday affair?

Aileen Fish – Almost Christmas in Connecticut – Can a wounded warrior learn to trust her celebrity chef crush after discovering his secret?

Rachelle Ayala – A Christmas Creek Carol – A reclusive writer is given a one-star review on her life by characters from her past, present, and future.

Dani Haviland – The Polar Xpress – She prefers dogs to men…until she rescues the doctor.

Traci Hall – Love, Actually (By the Sea) – Two strangers. One intimate night. Reunited a year later, can it actually be love?

Taylor Lee – The Ref-er-ee – With a family this discombobulated, it will take a referee to save their Christmas.

Donna Fasano – Her Mr. Miracle – It’s Christmas Eve and Veronica is stuck in a nearly deserted seaside town… She needs a miracle. 

Cynthia Cooke – A Christmas to Remember – A Christmas storm. Wedding plans in peril. Has a lost love been found? 

Susan Jean Ricci – A Joyous Holiday Inn – Can Twigg restore the joy of Christmas to Chloe’s indifferent heart?

Tamara Ferguson – Two Hearts Home for Christmas – Can a long ago promise of love bring two lonely wounded warriors home for Christmas?

Suzanne Jenkins – Christmas with the Clouds – Tracy isn’t interested in love until an unexpected Christmas visitor changes her heart.

Natalie Ann – How Gavin Stole Christmas – Can Jolene help Gavin find the Christmas spirit when he’s the epitome of Mr. Bah Humbug?

Ev Bishop – A Sharla Brown Christmas – For single parents Sharla and Jake, Christmas is the loneliest time of the year…until it’s not.

Alyssa Bailey – In the Spirit of Christmas – Chase can protect Tara from danger, but can he protect his heart?

Stacy Eaton – Finding Love on Christmas Vacation – Christmas isn’t the same for Lucy without her father…until she meets his friend Maverick.

Jen Talty – The Christmas Getaway – A mix-up in reservations leaves a mother and her son to share a cabin with a broken-hearted stranger.

Melinda De Ross – Boyfriend Wanted for Christmas – A thirty-something singleton’s desperate yet humorous quest to find a boyfriend in the seven days before Christmas.

Regency Christmas Collection


Historical Romance Collection

by Caroline Johnson, Eleanor Swan & Emily Williams

File Size: 2663 KB

Print Length: 651 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publication Date: October 4, 2018

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English


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Twelve sweet Regency Christmas romance stories to make you fall in love this holiday season. 


Christmas Mystery of the Heart
Escaping her past, Lady Sarah Sayers seeks a simple life as a governess. Her world is turned upside down when she meets the Duke of Huntington. Together, they must solve a mystery, but will they also find love in this troubled time?

A Duke for Christmas
Isabella did not want to end up on Charles’ doorstep, but it might be exactly what both of them need… A clean, Regency romance to warm your heart

Christmas Masquerade Ball
A Christmas tale of mystery and love from the Regency era to warm your heart!

Christmas Mystery of Love
Lady Amelia does not believe in true love, even when the dashing Earl of Swinford tries to win her affections. Will a dire situation help Lady Amelia open her heart to the possibility of romance? 

A Duke’s Heart for Christmas
Are second chances at love truly possible?

A Dance at the Christmas Ball
Miss Madelene Blackmore has mixed emotions about Lord Langley. Will her feelings change at the Christmas Ball?

Christmas Wedding
A Regency Christmas tale of love to make you swoon.

Christmas with an Earl
A Regency Christmas romance to warm your heart.

Conflicted Heart
Lady Jane is the envy of many. As the beautiful daughter of a duke, she has never had an absence of suitors. The Marquess of Greenshire has seemingly won her heart, but Jane is surprised that she cannot keep her thoughts from wandering to a certain baron with a questionable reputation. 

A Lady’s Christmas Wedding
Lady Lucy Fitzwilliam has been promised to the Duke of Selby, but after a daring rescue, her heart belongs to someone else. 

Christmas Wishes
Will Lady Charlotte be forced to marry the man of her family’s choosing, or will she follow her heart?

Christmas Journey Home
A historical Christmas western for the holidays!

Authors note:

All stories included in this historical romance collection are stand-alone romances. 

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