Sometimes, you’ve just gotta read a thoroughly predictable Christmas story because Christmas. Just because it’s predictable doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable, though (this is probably the only area where I don’t mind predictable). Donna VanLiere is a good author for the heartwarming (or wrenching), Hallmark-y holiday stories about discovering family and love.
The Christmas Light is set in a small town preparing for its Christmas nativity play. Jennifer and her daughter are still trying to come to terms with life without a husband and father. Ryan and his daughter, visiting family for Christmas and choosing where to move, are in a similar boat, trying to find normal after the divorce. Lily and Stephen desperately want a family but have to wait for things to fall into place. All their stories are woven together through the Nativity play, reminding them that there’s more out there than just this moment, and patience pays off when you’re waiting for the light.
The Christmas Light is a much lighter book than The Christmas Shoes, another of VanLiere’s books that I read almost every year. Though, as I said, you generally know how everything is going to play out right from the start, somehow the story still grabs you and draws you in.
The characters feel like individuals, the writing is clear enjoyable to read. And, let’s be honest, sometimes it’s nice to have a story play out exactly how you want it to or think it will. It’s nice to have everything right in the world, even if it isn’t our world.