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text 2015-12-30 23:58
The Tree of Hope

By:  Darcie Chan

A Mill River Christmas Story

Publisher:  Darcie Chan

Date:  12/2015 

Format:  e-book sh

My Rating:  5 Stars


What a pleasant surprise, a special Christmas gift from Darcie Chan,THE TREE OF HOPE, a Mill River Christmas Story (a short story), available on DarcieChan website. Easy to download and send to Kindle or other formats. 


Nicely packaged and presented. I missed this book during Christmas; however, a nice special treat to read before the New Year. The stunning cover draws you in. Darcie always has the best covers. I am a huge fan of gray, white, black and I continue going back to the white Christmas snow scene--mesmerizing! (In South Florida, of course no snow or look of winter --all sunny summer year round). We live vicariously through books or travel in the winter. 


If you have read any of The Mill River series, you will enjoy revisiting with characters from her previous books: Josie DiSanti, her two daughters Emily, Rose, son- in- law (Matt), grandson (Alex), and of course Aunt Ivy. They are gathered together, putting up a Christmas tree. A fun creative way to put up a large tree, infused with gratitude, reminiscent of their first Christmas when coming to town back in 1984.


The times were not easy back then with all the tragedy and trials--Josie was starting over with nothing but her two girls. However, she was grateful to have aunt Ivy, who had been loving and supportive, even though they were virtually strangers, when she had first arrived in Mill River with the girls. 


A witty, heartwarming, nostalgic holiday story of a tree as it relates to life and reinvention. Problems can be overwhelming at times. It takes drive and determination. A woman who had her mind and heart set on making a success. Starting from nothing; overcoming tragedy, staying strong and determined. For the first time she could see a path after their father had died and building a life for them, even if it seemed impossible at times. 


She still thinks of the tree as her special "TREE OF HOPE!" Thank you, Darcie for this nice holiday gesture. Looks like we may be seeing another upcoming book in The Mill River series! 


Highly Recommend, The Mill River Series: Landing on my Top Books of 2015 “Best Women's Fiction/Suspense Series of 2015".


The Promise of Home 

The Mill River Redemption 

The Mill River Recluse 



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review 2015-10-01 18:18
The Promise of Home - Darcie Chan

I have been a fan of Darcie Chan since reading The Mill River Recluse, and I loved the second book in the series (The Mill River Redemption) just as much.

This third book was enjoyable, although I did not love it as much as the first two. The main plotlines are about Claudia and Kyle's upcoming wedding, and Father Michael's time growing up during the Depression.

Things I loved: learning more about Father Michael O'Brien's backstory. The elderly priest is a fixture in the little town of Mill River, with a special dispensation to stay in the town instead of being moved. He's more than just a spiritual counselor to the residents; he's a friend.

I also love how Chan incorporate primary characters from the other books as secondary characters in subsequent books. In a small town like Mill River, it makes sense that one would run into familiar people all of the time.

I loved seeing more with Emily DiSanti, one of the main characters from "Redemption," too. Seeing her open up more about her life, and how she got to where she is was great.

Things I didn't love: Claudia. Her relationship with Kyle felt too cookie-cutter to suit me, and I really got sick of her internal boasts about losing weight and how much she worked out. I realize that Chan was trying to get across that how Claudia came to love herself from the inside, but instead it felt like Claudia was very shallow and focused on people's outsides more than their insides.

I love Chan's writing, and can't wait to see what she does next ... I can only hope Claudia is a minor character next time.

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review 2015-09-22 12:40
The Mill River Redemption: A Novel - Darcie Chan

I became an immediate Darcie Chan fan with The Mill River Recluse, the story of how an agoraphobic woman in a small Vermont town spent her time helping those in need. This book is the sequel, and again finds the people of Mill River in a tough situation.

Rose and Emily come back to Mill River after their mother, Josie, dies. The two have been estranged for years (we find out why toward the end of the book). Their mother's dying wish is for the two of them to become close again, and so she has arranged a very unusual will that requires the two of them to work together in order to find the key to her safe deposit box.

In the mean while, school teacher Claudia is feeling very insecure about her relationship with police officer Kyle, who seems to be spending a lot of time with the glamorous Emily.

The people of Mill River feel very real to me; there aren't any flat characters among the main population. Even the priest, Father O'Brien, has his foibles.

This is not a short book, but it felt like a fast read. I simply didn't want to put it down. That's just how good it is.

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review 2015-08-25 02:21
The Promise of Home
The Promise of Home - Darcie Chan

The Promise of HomeDarcie Chan

Paperback, 400 pages

Published August 4th 2015 by Ballantine Books      

ISBN 0345538242 (ISBN13: 9780345538246)                 



I think I enjoyed this installment better then the first two. 3.5 stars for this one. Many of the characters from the first two books and a few new ones are included. Some of the characters who were introduced in the 2nd book were given a little bit more time in this book. Father O'Brien gets a lot of time in this one in the form of his back story. I did like the closure given many of the characters. A very easy weekend read.                       

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review 2015-08-17 02:30
OK Plot and Characters
The Promise of Home - Darcie Chan

**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**

Claudia Simon's fiance was Kyle Hansen. Kyle's daughter was Rowan. Claudia and Kyle are engaged to be married at Christmas time.

I read the book. It's not really bad but I don't particularly for books that go back and forth from past to present. I did see how the parts connected pretty on, for the most part. The story was fairly good, as was the plot. The characters were ok. I liked seeing Michael's growth throughout the book.

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