Date: 18th October 2016
Genre: Christmas Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Lauren Gabriel spent many years of her childhood in foster homes, wishing her mother would come back for her and be the family she needs. Now twenty-years-old, she still longs for a place that she can truly call home. Her work as a cashier is unfulfilling, and at Christmas it’s unbearable with the songs and carols and chatter of Christmas that she hears throughout the day.
When Lauren ends her shift one night, she finds herself driving aimlessly in order to avoid returning to her lonely apartment. And when she witnesses a car accident she is suddenly pulled into the small town of Grandon, first as a witness but then as a volunteer for the annual fundraiser for Glory’s Place, a center for single mothers and families who need assistance. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for.
The Christmas Town is a heartwarming Christmas story of someone - Lauren, who has really never experienced the love and warmth of family at Christmas, until one fateful year when she stumbles into a town that seems to have the spirit of Christmas wrapped about it.
The people of the town are varied and not perfect. But they are caring and thoughtful and they want to reach out to others. Especially Miriam and Gloria who when they hear of a young woman looking for a family for Christmas decide to do something about it.
The best character in the story is Ben, a young man who works packing groceries. At Christmas time he packs along with the groceries a special wish or piece of Christmas wisdom that is unique and suited to the person.
There a number of town characters, not least of all the children that Lauren comes by most days to help prepare for a Christmas sing along.
Filled with Christmas spirit and offering hope and pointing out the best side of all things Christmas related, this was an enjoyable and quick read.