The Christmas Table
by Donna VanLiere
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher : St. Martin's Press (October 6, 2020)
Genre: Holiday Theme
Print Length : 240 pages
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?
The Christmas Table by Donna VanLiere
Two families, separated by time and circumstance become connected through a simple kitchen table made with love for a wife and mother dying of cancer. Forty years later, a young wife, pregnant with her first child becomes the table’s new owner and discovers a hidden drawer filled with recipe cards filled with personal notes to someone’s daughter, someone who didn’t plan on being there to watch her grow.
Lauren is left wondering about the woman, the family and where they were now, knowing she must return these treasures of love. Spanning 1972 to 2012, the cards tell a beautiful tale of the love of a mother for her child and family. She is now determined more than ever to find this lost family, return the cards and thank them for the unwitting gift.
Donna VanLiere’s THE CHRISTMAS TABLE will melt even the coldest of hearts with the shining power of love and family. Beautiful, endearing and magical, this tale will leave readers better for reading it! (Not to mention a better cook, with the recipes at the end!)
I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Press! This is my honest and voluntary review.