Friday, November 20, 2015

MISTLETOE PROMISE by Richard Paul Evans

Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful. 
Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks—until the evening of December 24—he suggests that they pretend to be a couple. He draws up a contract with four rules:

1. No deep, probing personal questions
2. No drama
3. No telling anyone the truth about the relationship
4. The contract is void on Christmas Day

The lonely Elise surprises herself by agreeing to the idea. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again, her long-held secret threatens to unravel the emerging relationship. But she might not be the only one with secrets. 

Why I LOVE this book!
When I grow up as a writer I want to be like Richard Paul Evans. He not only tells amazing stories, I am a better person for having read his books. His messages of love, compassion, and mercy are clear, yet subtle. Never preachy. This skill probably comes from overcoming a tragic childhood and learning to live, even appreciate, Tourette's Syndrome. What a beautiful accomplishment it would be to instill in my readers the hope and insight as this author does for the millions who read his books! 
The central theme of Mistletoe Promise is forgiving others as well as yourself. It is a magical story of giving, trusting, and love. A perfectly delightful holiday read, however, Elise's secret is heart-wrenching. So be warned about that. Fingers crossed in hopes that Hallmark to make Mistletoe Promise into a movie! 
Evan's newest holiday offering, Mistletoe Inn, was just released this week. I have it downloaded and my Kindle charged! I'm sure I'll be reviewing it as well. 

 Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than twenty-five novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than twenty million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages.
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