The Noel Diary

The Noel Diary

From the Noel Collection

Book - 2017
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"In this new holiday-themed novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mistletoe Promise and The Walk, a man receives the best Christmas present he could ask for: the chance to re-write the past. Jason Chercher is not doing well in love or life. Just two weeks after his wife leaves him he receives a phone call that his estranged mother has passed away, days before Christmas--leaving her home and all her belongings to him. Frankly, he would like to see everything just burned. But curiosity about his past and anxiety about his future fuels him to make the drive from Salt Lake City to her home in Medford, Oregon. Maybe cleaning out her house will be slightly less depressing than spending the holidays, alone, watching re-runs of Christmas classics. While going through her things he comes upon her diary and the record of his childhood. He learns that his mother suffered from severe depression and during that difficult time he was taken care of by a young, unwed mother who was living with his family. The only clue he has to the woman's identity is her name: Noel, which is an eerily fitting discovery on Christmas Eve. As Jason reads the diary he begins to uncover the source of his pain in relationships and understand that what he believed to be the truth of his past was actually a lie. That's when he begins a journey to find Noel, wondering if she might hold the truth he needs to bring him peace and love"--
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781501172038
1501172034
Characteristics: 283 pages ;,19 cm.

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writermala
Jan 04, 2018

I am a huge fan of Richard Paul Evans and even read his Young Adult series. While "The Noel Diary" was good I would have to say it was not great.The plot had potential but was not very well executed. Jacob Churcher is a highly successful author - one wonders if the story is autobiographical-who is estranged from his mother. He only goes back home on her death and secrets are revealed. He meets Rachael there and the rest is predictable. All in all a good book but not up to Evans' standards.

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darladoodles
Dec 26, 2017

I can always count on Richard Paul Evans to write a Christmas story that requires tissues to read. This was a lovely story of love and grace which he says is somewhat autobiographical. I notice in about the middle of the book that he mentions doing research on Route 66 to write a book -- an obvious reference to his Broken Road series. In this book he defines the difference between a love story and a romance. His books are definitely love stories and I have loved all of them.

AL_KATI Dec 18, 2017

Give me some family drama, secrets and an old diary and I am sucked in. While not a particularly strong novel in terms of plot and character development, I still read it in one day.

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karenjm1962
Dec 13, 2017

It didn't engage me and therefore I will return it early. I LOVED "The Mistletoe Promise", which I found captivating from the first sentence. This one... not at all, sadly.

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Reads_A_Lot
Nov 19, 2017

I read RPE's annual holiday novel every year. This is a simple, quick, feel-good story that can be read in few hours. The themes include overcoming painful childhoods, forgiveness, grace, and love. This could be read any time of year. It takes place in the winter but doesn't really focus on the holidays.

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mjk236sb
Nov 17, 2017

This was as good as the Mistletoe Series and unfortunately we have to wait a year for the next installment. Enjoy these books and they are always a one sitting read as you want to find out the ending of the story once you open the book and start reading. He draws you into the stories and the characters of his books and always leaves you wanting more.

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glenbush
Oct 19, 2017

I hope this one is as good as "The Mistletoe Promise ". !That one is a 5Star !! ( ***** ).

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