The Christmas Table by Donna VanLiere

 Release Date - October 6, 2020


In the 1970s, Joan and John Creighton are in the midst of raising their children and doing things to grow together as a couple and on their own. John's goal is to put his novice woodworking skills to the test to build Joan a family dining room table. Joan is learning how to cook by following her mom's recipes and tips.

Skip forward to 2012. Lauren Mabrey is a new wife and cooking is still something she's getting used to. When she learns she's pregnant, she wants to turn their house into a home. A dining room table is on her list. In the refinished table she comes across, she finds a stack of recipe cards and becomes intrigued by the recipes and stories they tell. She becomes determined to track down the family.

The Christmas Table is an inspirational holiday story that takes place in the past and present. It shares the stories of two growing families and the challenges and joys they face. The recipes are an added perk. Some are included at the end and others aren't. I highly recommend finding a recipe for Hummingbird Cake. It's one of my favorites.

I enjoyed the stories within this book. While they connect to an extent, they're really two separate stories. They're light and heartwarming and perfect for the holidays and a rather turbulent year of being separated during quarantines and social distancing.

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