by Richard Paul Evans
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.
- 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.
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