Monday, December 20, 2010

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere is exactly what I expect a Christmas book to be.  Sentimental and emotional, full of Christian references, with just enough schmaltz to bring a tear to the eye.

Am I saying that this is a good book?  Well, it's not bad.  Would I recommend it?  Probably not.  The story shifts between a first person and third person point-of-view, which was mostly effective.  But there is one first person part where the narrator leaves his family behind and yet the reader hears all about what happens while the narrator is not there.  I lambasted another writer for doing this and I won't forgive VanLiere for doing the same thing.  It's careless and lazy.  I can understand something like this in a rough draft or even through a phase or two of revision but an editor or a really good writer should have caught this rather glaring impossibility and corrected it.

So if you really can't get enough of Christmas, have watched all of the holiday movies and need something to fill the holiday void, you might find this little book a good choice.  It isn't as bad as some but it could have been better.

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