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On the night that Mark Smart has decided will be his last, his car dies in a blizzard. He enters a closing coffee shop and finds Macy Wood, who literally offers him a shoulder to cry on. The two forge a deep friendship, and after three weeks, Mark proposes marriage. She declines, but waitress Joette, who has taken care of Macy since she was 13, orchestrates a reunion as Mark tries to smooth over the rifts dividing what remains of his family. Mark's stepfather's advice—"sometimes it's the fight that makes a thing worth having"—serves as the defining aphorism of Evans's yuletide offering. (Oct.)
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Evans' latest offering is a charming holiday story about two strangers who change each other's lives. Mark Smart thinks he has hit rock bottom when his car dies on a snowy evening in Utah. He stumbles into a coffee shop and meets Macy Wood, a young woman he connects with immediately. She gives him a ride home and over the next few weeks, the two swap their life stories. Mark is reeling from his mother's death and his estrangement from his father, while Macy, adopted at age seven, longs to find her younger sister who was taken by another family. Mark encourages Macy to look for her sister, and with his support, she ventures first to the adoption agency and then to the house she and her sister lived in with their troubled father. Mark wants to marry Macy, but his unresolved family issues give her cause for concern, and she pushes him away, forcing Mark to confront his own demons. Evans' many fans will want his latest, and this heartwarming tale is perfect for every reader who loves sweet and uplifting fare. Kristine Huntley
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Thoroughly enjoyed yet another creative story by this author. I'm never disappointed!Published 5 months ago by Nonny
This makes a god Xmas gift. The recipient loved and and told me how much re enjoyed reading it.Published 6 months ago by kate
I love all of his books. This one touched on reunion of family members. Which hits home with a lot of people.
I hope he has another book coming out soon.
The book though sad puts everything together and ends very good. It is a Christmas story to be remembered and treasured.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Yes, wow. Seems a bit caddy, but I just couldn't find a word or words to adequately describe Richard
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