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Finding Noel: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 3, 2006
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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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I read through descriptions, book covers, and countless reviews
to try & find the best (I bought 7#) Christmas novels for my enjoyable Christmas reading.
I especially dug The Mistletoe Promise by same author; showed depth, originality, suspense, warmth . . .
I started reading this one, & it was DARK right off,
so I put it aside (&picked up A Nantucket Christmas--Nancy Thayer), which was fluffy and silly-light Holiday family reading :P
So back to this book I went (because one can use a break from the business of Happy Christmas
I'm perusing in Stephanie Barron's Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas) --
immediately, I recalled why I'd set it aside.
Fortunately, I was not in a spot of depression, or else this book would have pulled me right into one! (or, pushed!)
This book is
* * * SPOILER ALERT ! ! ! * * *
about dying moms & child abuse/neglect.
Yes, there's some great touching sentimentality, feelings . . . more feelings . . . don't cry . . . bring tissues . . .
+ impressive existential musings by Evans,
and P - L - E - N - T - Y of narrative polite conversation between characters & strangers alike :
'Hi, I'm So-and-so' I said.
'Hi, I'm So-and-so' she replied.
'Nice to meet you, ma'am.' I said.
'Nice to meet you, too, sir' she said.
'How was your drive?' she politely asked me.
'Uneventful' I murmured.
'Can I take your coat?' she politely offered.
'Please' I gratefully replied.
I handed her my coat.
'Thank you' I expressed.
'Oh, that's quite all right' she responded, laying my coat across the sofa.
-There's a LOT of this ~~ just skim it over, along with the lengthy attire descriptions,
& you'll save yourself some time & stick to the meat .
I offered profusely.
Big 'ol hat-tip to the (?!Mormon!?) author for his nod to unexplainable Phenomenon:
Macy's Dreams, an NDE(near-death-experience), + Alien abductions and human death by spontaneous combustion ! ***
It added to my respect for his ability to weave deep & original stories.
And this WAS a great story; undeniably moving; inspirational, even,
tying in the (harrowing/dreadfully melancholy) plot to Noel seemlessly.
(Oh, yeah-- this is a CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY novel . . . he sort of has to remind you in the end,
because, let me assure you, you'll most definitely have forgotten about The Joys of The Holidays
by the time the End rolls around ! ! )
He also knows knows good characterization, as throughout the book, one comes to know the characters well
through their personal stories, and understand why they make the choices they do, take subsequent actions,
and wind up in the dramatic predicaments in which they find themselves
* * * S P O I L E R A L E R T * * *
Another nod to Evans for his admirable ability to move a story along . . . because I wanted to get out of this
seemingly-bottomless self-pitying depressing Christmas-slush whirl-pool
before it dragged me to the depths of Scrooge-dom . . .
in fact, that's a good idea: I need a pick-me-up: something a little lighter . . . like, It's A Wonderful Life !
Has no consideration in the court ruling. The social worker seems to have too much say and not enough experience . A terrible tragedy could have been avoided for
Noel and Macy. The promise to the mother should have been kept. It was a clever way the Author of this story made the mother's , love of her two girls reunite after
So many years apart... with not even a name. A miracle for sure. What is so sad is a family adopts a little child and treats them so horrible. A family! NOT just 1 person.
But, the family. A sweet child. This story was filled with emotions. It wasn't a story about one persons tragedy... But, how it effected others lives and childhood
Memories. It's a nice story how Mark and Macy meet their challenges ,work through their childhood memories and face the world with love instead of revenge.
It could have ruined them forever. And sweet Joette..what a sweet angel. Good story Mr, Evans.