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The Christmas List: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 6, 2009
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Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than thirty novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than thirty million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, two Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website, RichardPaulEvans.com.
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Saturday , Three Weeks Before Christmas
James Kier looked back and forth between the newspaper headline and the photograph of himself, not sure if he should laugh or call his attorney. It was the same photograph the Tribune had used a couple of years earlier when they featured him on the front page of the business section. He had worn a silver herringbone-weave Armani over a black silk Tshirt for the photo session, the corner of an ebony silk handkerchief peeked strategically from the breast pocket. The black and white photograph was carefully posed and lighted to leave half his face in shadow. The photographer, a black-clad young Japanese man with a shock of bright pink hair, chose to shoot in black and white because, in the photographer's words, he was "going for a yin-yang effect -- to fully capture Kier's inner complexities." The photographer was good at his craft. Kier's expression revealed a leaky confidence.
While the photograph was the same, the headline could not have been more different. Not many people get to read their own obituary.
Local real estate mogul dies in automobile crash
Utah real estate developer James Kier was pronounced dead after his car collided with a concrete pylon on southbound I80. Rescue workers labored for more than an hour to remove the Salt Lake man's body from the wreckage. Authorities believe Kier may have had a heart attack prior to swerving off the road.
Kier was the president of Kier Company, one of the West's largest real estate development firms. He was known as a fierce, oftentimes ruthless, businessman. He once said, "If you want to make friends, join a book club. If you want to make money, go into business. Only a fool confuses the two."
Kier is survived by his son, James Kier II, and his wife, Sara. See page 1 of the business section for more on James Kier.
Kier put the paper down. Some idiot's going to lose his job over this, he thought.
He had no idea what the article was about to set in motion.
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Top Customer Reviews
His efforts to gain some redemption met with mixed success but he continued on the path and he did make a difference. I imagine this might be a hard story for some people to read, especially if it makes you review your life choices. A great read.
Oh well... collateral damage is bound to happen.
But now, James is reading a newspaper that is announcing his death. Apparently he had crashed his BMW in the snow storm the previous night and was pronounced dead at the scene. Clearly a mistake and no doubt a costly one for some poor reporter, James thought as he dials up his lawyer... but then he has second thoughts about so quickly announcing the mistake. Perhaps this would be a way to find out what people really think of him...
and find out he does.
Following some painfully harsh comments on the internet, James is quick to learn that some he thought were his allies are clearly not... and perhaps someone he wrote off too quickly surprisingly comes to his defense.
In this new light shed brightly on his true character, James decided to take a real hard look at those he has hurt while building himself up and seeing if in this season perhaps he can make some changes to who he was and take this "resurrection" as a new chance at life.
I wish I would have been able to get this review up a week ago because this turned out to be a wonderful read for the season. Never a big fan of holiday reads as I find them usually too mushy and dull... I admit I went into this book club read a little "dragging of the feet." I was surprised to find not only did this book have a backbone, I could hardly put it down as page by page I wanted to know what would happen... would James be able to make amends or was it too late - beautifully, it turns out to be a little of both.
James is not a likable person. He has done things so terrible that I think even I would slam the door in his face. Throughout his building of fame and fortune he destroyed careers, families, and lives. As he tries to make amends you get a Dickens "Christmas Carol" feel to the book, James seeing for the first time what his decisions had cost others.
The book was a quick read, in a matter of a couple of hours I had it finished, but it was not finished with me. It really made me think about decisions I make and the people in my life. After reviewing this with my book club for our December read I think it is safe to say that none of us came out of the last page unscathed, we all had been emotionally touched at one point or another in the book.
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