In the heartwarming sequel to the beloved "New York Times" bestseller "The Christmas Shoes," Nathan Andrews is now a man and his greatest wish is to be a doctor. But beyond his studies of medicine, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, giving, and sacrifice.In the heartwarming sequel to the beloved "New York Times" bestseller "The Christmas Shoes," Nathan Andrews is now a man and his greatest wish is to be a doctor. But beyond his studies of medicine, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, giving, and sacrifice.Read Less
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I was a first time reader of this author and enjoyed the story line,character presentation and relationship development so much I went searching for the rest of her work. I read them all and gave them out as Christmas presents. I thought her 2007 offering, The Christmas Promise, the best so far.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-11-17 Van Liere's sequel to the bestselling The Christmas Shoes catches up with Nathan Andrews (the eight-year-old who bought sequined shoes for his dying mother's walk into heaven) in his third year of medical school. Doubting his ability as a doctor and still bitter about his mother's death on Christmas Day years before, Nathan falls for Meghan Sullivan, a young woman in his cardiology rotation who may be suffering from a terminal heart defect. As she languishes, she renews Nathan's faltering faith and sense of purpose in life. He learns again through love the wisdom his mother shared before dying: "each of us is destined for something, a purpose that often seems muddy"; and even when life brings more pain than it should, in the end there is always joy. Van Liere's warm prose transforms what would otherwise be a cliched tearjerker of a Christmas miracle into a cozy, inspirational holiday tale. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-09-22 This much-anticipated sequel to The Christmas Shoes-which was a popular TV movie, #1 hit song and bestselling book-will delight fans of the original. Although there are some small writing problems, such as abrupt transitions and an occasionally preachy tone, the overall effect is warm and sincere. Nathan Andrews (the boy who pulled at heartstrings in The Christmas Shoes) is now a third-year medical student, wrestling with whether he is supposed to be a doctor. As he falls in love with a college freshman with an apparently terminal disease, Nathan learns about loss and the precious nature of life. Readers will need a whole box of tissues for this one (what else should we expect from a novel set in a pediatric cardiology unit?), particularly during Nathan's touching reunion with Robert Layton, the principal character from the first book. (Oct. 28) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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