Trade Ed. Audio Renaissance 2005
CD ISBN 1593977905 $19.95 Three CDs
DD ISBN $13.97
Donna VanLiere does a superior job dramatizing her story in THE CHRISTMAS HOPE. She is professional, but her Midwestern and Southern roots slip into her delivery from time to time (mostly in the thoughts of the female lead character), adding background to the characterization. Her writing isn't as good as her acting--the plot is predictable, the story unfolds slowly, and a number of the phrases are clichéd. But the core story of a child healing a broken family at Christmas is still heartwarming, and she has a fine eye for realistic detail in her descriptions. Sentimental listeners will enjoy evident VanLiere's affection for her characters. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 06]
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