The Noel Stranger

The Noel Stranger

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Still reeling from a scandal that ended her marriage, Maggie Walther finds renewal in a relationship with the kind man who owns the local Christmas tree lot and is also starting his life over, but just as she begins to trust him, she discovers a dark secret from his past.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501172052
1501172050
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 19 cm

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DW_kcls
Mar 17, 2019

I usually just love RPE's Christmas offerings. The Noel Stranger not so much. The Noel Stranger was a like a tangled skein of yarn the kitten pulled all over the house: knots upon knots that tangle more as you try to untangle it.

I found the heroine to be utterly vacuous, steeped in and seemingly enjoying her own misery. In my opinion RPE missed what could have been golden opportunities with her friend and her loving neighbors, instead he has her falling in love with a complete stranger after just 2 days and then running off to another country with this virtual stranger ... who ends up being a liar because of a convoluted a scheme in which he is involved, albeit for altruistic reasons. Yikes! Of course, RPE wraps it all up in a very pretty if exceptionally trite and contrived package and, as expected, it all ends well.

I wish RPE would have translated more (all!) of the Spanish for us. It was disconcerting not knowing what was being said. If those conversations were important enough to include, they should have been important enough for us to understand.

<3 stars because after the Alan Christoffersen/Walk series and the Charles James/Road series I (we) know Richard Paul Evans is so much more talented than this little book and have come to expect it from him.

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1_Great_Book
Mar 05, 2019

Reading a Nicholas Sparks Christmas Story during the holidays has become an annual event. Wrap up with a good blanket by the fire.....girl falls for guy working the Christmas tree lot. Awwww!

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nawchem
Feb 22, 2019

I enjoyed the writing style and characters. Expected sappy romance, but got a little more than I bargained for.

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writermala
Dec 27, 2018

Every Year Richard Paul Evans comes out with a Christmas novel and every year it is the same formula - girl faces a terrible Christmas after her marriage breaks down; meets a stranger, falls in love, only to discover this lover is hiding secrets too. Will there be a happy ending? Well it is Christmas after all. This novel is no different as Maggie discovers her husband has been hiding another family! What follows is true to form and you won't rest till you have finished the novel.

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mjk236sb
Nov 22, 2018

Wonderful read whether for Christmas or any time. Interesting story about families and the relationships with spouses or others. Never disappointed in Evans books - always some lesson to learn and great characters to meet.

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