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  1 The Noel Letters
Author: Evans, Richard Paul
    Series: Noel collection, #4
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Class: Fiction
Age: Adult
Language: English
Demand: Hot
LC: PS3555.V

Print Run: 200000
ISBN-13: 9781982129606
LCCN: 2020942029
Imprint: Gallery Books
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Pub Date: 10/27/2020
Availability: Available
List: $21.99
Physical Description: 368 pages ; 19 cm H 7", W 5", D 1.3", 0.9 lbs.
LC Series: Noel collection
Noel collection.
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TIPS Subjects: Christmas
Christian Fiction
Domestic Fiction
BISAC Subjects: FICTION / Holidays
FICTION / Christian / General
FICTION / Family Life / General
LC Subjects: Christmas stories
Family secrets, Fiction
Inheritance, Fiction
SEARS Subjects: Christian fiction
Domestic fiction
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Brodart's TOP Adult Titles | 07/01/2020
Publisher Annotation: Richard Paul Evans returns with a heartwarming, and inspirational new story that explores faith, love, and redemption during the festive Christmas season. Noel collection series, 304pp., 200K
Journal Reviews
Booklist | 10/01/2020
After losing her marriage, apartment, and job in New York, the last place Noel Books wants to land is back in Utah managing her late, estranged father's estate. When she takes ownership of the family bookshop, Noel dives into the world she escaped years ago and discovers her father may not have been the man she remembers. Then a series of anonymous letters addressed to Noel start arriving. Their mysterious encouragement about her inner worth, hope in darkness, and how much she is loved forces her to revisit her own stories from the past and reconcile them with the truth of her father's legacy. Evans returns to his holiday-themed Noel Collection, following Noel Street (2019) with a fourth standalone novel. The Noel Letters is a cozy yet poignant portrait of personal awakening amidst the complexity of grief in estrangement. Evans' seasoned finesse with his characters' emotional growth makes Noel a relatable protagonist whose struggles with self-worth and unexpected change feel familiar and validating. A lovely read that beautifully contrasts the mistruths of memory and the redemptive power of new beginnings. Kate Campos. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2020.
Kirkus Reviews | 09/15/2020
The latest addition to the author's Noel Collection is chock-full of holiday spirit. Noel Book is a New York City book editor who's named after her birthday. She flies to Salt Lake City to visit her estranged father, Robert Book, before he dies of cancer and stay with him until his passing. Sadly, he dies hours before her arrival. "He tried to hold on for you," her father's friend says. "His last words were 'Tell Noel I'm sorry.' " She desperately wants to return to New York, but then she's fired from her job while still in Utah. Meanwhile, she inherits Dad's beloved bookstore and $1 million of life insurance along with his house and everything in it, "including all his personal belongings, which includes his automobile, his Lladro and rare book collection." Now "he'd created roots to keep me here. Roots or chains?" She is an angry woman who thinks God (if such there be) hates her. She'd rejected her father's love after her mother's death in a car accident years earlier, and in "the last two months I'd lost my marriage, my apartment, my father, and now my job." Next, she breaks off a budding romantic relationship and alienates Dad's devoted friends. "You spread pain everywhere you go," she's told. In a word, she's being a jerk. Luckily, Dad's love was unconditional. He'd had a thriving business, a life surrounded by the books he loved, and friends who loved him deeply. In his final days, he wants his daughter to be happy. Throughout the story, she receives a series of wisdom-filled anonymous letters, handwritten in feminine script and signed "Tabula Rasa." Who could be sending them? The reader will guess, but Noel guesses wrong. There's a Dickensian arc that will make readers break out the eggnog and Christmas cookies. It evokes Tiny Tim's exhortation: "God bless us, every one." This enjoyable Yuletide tale deserves a place under many a Christmas tree. 304pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2020.
Library Journal Prepub Alert | 03/25/2020
The standard bearer for Christmas fiction, Evans keeps on glittering with The Noel Letters (200,000-copy first printing), which adds to the pleasures of the three previous "Noel" books gathered in The Noel Collection. Barbara Hoffert. 304p. LJ Prepub Alert Online Review. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2020.