Really, I wanted to save The Christmas Light to read in December because I find VanLiere's books fun to read when life is really busy and the Christmas lights are on. But for the sake of the review, I made myself read it (and found something else to set aside and read later). Despite the fact that I was reading this Christmas story in October, I still found myself quite able to enjoy it. It is, as every other book of hers that I have read, easy reading with a festive feeling about it.
The Christmas Light is something of a Christmas romance. The heart strings are tugged on a bit as you meet widow Jennifer who is struggling to raise her daughter all by herself. She meets divorcee (not by his choice) Ryan who is also raising a daughter on his own. There is relational tension between them throughout the book which keeps you wondering exactly how long it is going to take for them to get together. Throw into the mix an unplanned pregnancy of one sixteen-year-old girl and a hopeful story of the building of family and you have yourself a Hallmark Happy Ending. This "neat and tidy" story is not off-putting to me because sentimental happy stories are precisely what I hope for from VanLiere and it is nice not to be disappointment.
As previously mentioned, I like reading VanLiere's Christmas stories in December because they aren't deep reading but are happy distractions in the midst of busyness. It takes just about as long to read one of her books as it does to watch a Christmas Chick Flick - only in this case my husband doesn't necessarily have to give up his time to it. (grin) I don't necessarily enjoying re-reading VanLiere's works but pick out one new one each year to read. (I also don't have to re-read them because they are memorable. Especially when songs and movies are made out of them.) It is nice to spend it reading something purely for entertainment sake during the flurry of Christmas activities. I also like these books because they are squeaky clean. You do not have to fear that you will stumble across bedroom scene or foul language and that helps me to further relax and just enjoy the story for what it is. All in all, these are quick pleasant reads.
If you are looking for clean Christmas fiction, check out VanLiere. Any title will do.
Here are some of her other titles which I have read in the past:
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Many tanks to St. Martin's Press for sending a copy of the above title in order to facilitate this review. I received no additional compensation for this post and all opinions are my own.