Book Review: Noel Street (The Noel Collection, #3) by Richard Paul Evans #Christmas #BookReview #NoelStreet

Noel Street

by Richard Paul Evans


My thoughts:

Elle is a single mom living in Mistletoe, Utah. The year is 1975 and her husband has passed away in the Vietnam War. She struggles financially while trying to raise her son, Dylan.

The people in Mistletoe are kind, but when Elle meets a local mechanic named William, he puzzles her. After a kind gesture, the two connect, and Elle discovers that William is a Vietnam POW who’s still living with demons.

I’m in the minority here. This turns into such a an emotional story, but I couldn’t connect to the characters and it was a bit dramatic for me. The book does touch on some difficult, important topics.

Rating this lower would be wrong because the writing is good and it was neat how the characters connected in the end. The ending was predictable, but it’s beautiful. I just simply didn’t enjoy the story; however, the message of hope, faith, and forgiveness is lovely.

Better luck next year.


Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads:

  • Series: The Noel Collection
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (November 5, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1982129581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1982129583


In this new offering from “the king of Christmas fiction” (The New York Times), #1 bestselling author Richard Paul Evans shares a story of heart, loyalty, and hope as he explores the deeper meaning of the holiday season and asks what it truly means to love and forgive.

The year is 1975. Elle Sheen—a single mother who is supporting herself and her six-year-old, African-American son, Dylan, as a waitress at the Noel Street Diner—isn’t sure what to make of William Smith when his appearance creates a stir in the small town of Mistletoe, Utah. As their lives unexpectedly entwine, Elle learns that William, a recently returned Vietnam POW, is not only fighting demons from his past, but may also have the answer to her own secret pain—a revelation that culminates in a remarkable act of love and forgiveness.

Thanks for reading my review! Have you read this book or other books by Richard Paul Evans? Let’s chat!

♥️ Mischenko

24 thoughts on “Book Review: Noel Street (The Noel Collection, #3) by Richard Paul Evans #Christmas #BookReview #NoelStreet

    1. Thank you, Janie! How are you? I haven’t seen you and I suppose WP kicked your blog off my following list because I haven’t been getting notifications. Just refollowed you! Hope you’ve been well! ♥️♥️♥️


  1. Thanks for the honest review Mischenko. I read his “The Walk” series and enjoyed it very much, but some did not care for it at all. I also have all three of The Christmas Box Trilogy, but have not read them. Perhaps this might be a good year to give them a go.

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    1. Thank you, Carla. My mom enjoyed The Walk series as well. I read The Christmas Box trilogy and enjoyed those. It seems I’m always in between 3 and 4 stars with these. It’s hard not to look forward to reading another every Christmas. Thanks, Carla. ♥️

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    1. It was before my time, but it’s not like I don’t understand the seriousness of it. I had two uncles in Vietnam and my husband’s father too; in fact it’s very possible the cancer one of my uncles developed was due to exposure to chemicals when he was there. I wasn’t feeling the emotion with the characters at all. It happens. But, this book actually inspired my last Music Monday and all because of Vietnam. You might enjoy that. I don’t have the link, but it’s Monday’s post. Thank you ♥️


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