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The Noel Diary: A Novel (The Noel Collection) Hardcover – November 7, 2017
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Praise for THE MISTLETOE SECRET
***A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***
***A WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER***
***A USA TODAY BESESTSELLER***
***A PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY BESTSELLER***
***½ stars out of four
"A sweet story of working through challenges to finding what seems like an elusive and impossible relationship. Evans also includes a cast of quirky and entertaining supporting characters."
"Count me in."
"A great re-interpretation of a classic romance."
—Roswell Daily Record
"This novel fits beautifully with the holiday season as two people, both dealing with loneliness, find that love can be found in unexpected places, and it is worth the effort to find it."
—Dayton Daily News
"For a short and sweet seasonal read, pick up The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans... Filled with holiday cheer, this story is marketed to audiences who enjoy Hallmark movies.”
—St. Lawrence Plaindealer
About the Author
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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“More than once, in the hazy dreamscape between slumber and consciousness, I’ve had a vision of a young woman with long black hair that glistens in the sun like obsidian. In this dream I am small next to her and she is holding me close to her breast, singing to me, looking lovingly into my face with her soft almond-shaped eyes. It’s always the same young woman I see. I don’t know who she is or why she haunts the passages of my consciousness. I don’t even know if she’s real. But she feels real. And something inside of me longs for her. Whoever she is, she loves me. Or she did. And I love her.
“This is the story of how I found that woman. And, on that journey, found love.”
Like most of Richard Paul Evans’ stories, this isn’t so much about the celebration of Christmas as a holiday, as it happens to take place during the season of holidays, but the theme of this story, the search for, the need for love, for forgiveness, and that grace of second chances we seek that to fill those empty holes in ourselves.
There’s simplicity to Evans’ prose that I enjoy, a sense of immediacy to his words, as though this story was meant for you to read, as though he’s telling you the secrets of his soul. Baring his soul to you alone. That being said, a steady diet of it would not work for me, but there are times when it is just right. A lovely, feel-good novel, much like some holiday movies, maybe a bit too sweet, but the season is filled with sugar, what's a little more?
I had a four hour stay in the dermatologists office this morning where I read 99% of the book.
I left the office with a large bandage on my face, covering the multiple stitches from the removal of skin cancer. I was feeling so self conscious, but wanted to drive through of my favorite restaurant. When the order taker approached, I told her I had just come from the doctors office. She said, “You look beautiful.” I felt like I was part of the Noel Diary story. We all want to be loved and acknowledged. Thank You Richard Paul Evans for helping me to recognize goodness in the world.
They set out to try to find her mother. The neighbor told him where his father was living because he hadn't seen his father since he abandoned him as a young child. They went to see his father and his father told Rachel who her mother was and where her last known address was.
Both Jacob and Rachel was searching for the same thing, why they weren't worthy of their mothers love. That hit home to me, because I searched until the day my mother died for her love and never got it. His neighbor told him, what is more important than what your looking for, is why you are looking. It is because deep down inside there is still the little boy who is afraid he is unlovable.
Rachel was engaged to a man who treated her horribly. Jacob tried to show her he didn't respect her and treat her the way she should be treated. She got angry because I think it is like the neighbor said, the little person inside you doesn't think your loveable.
Thank heavens, they were each able to heal themselves and believe they were worthy of love. Now they all have a family. Because of this book, I am healing and am learning I am worthy of love. I also learned it had to be more than reading or learning, I had to believe just like they did. Thank you for this amazing story.