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A man receives the best Christmas present he could ask for: the chance to rewrite 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 reruns 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 that 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 understands 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.

©2017 Richard Paul Evans (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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  • Teresa
  • Olney, IL, United States
  • 12-31-17

Typical Evans Christmas story

Each year I enjoy reading a mushy Richard Paul Evans at Christmas time. This one is not a Christmas story, but the present day portion does take place around Christmas. It’s a short, typical boy meets girl, boy looses girl.... with a feel good ending. Enjoy!

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Not Enough Noel!

Absolutely loved this book from start to finish! I was sad when the story concluded and will be re-reading this one for sure!

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Great read

I enjoyed every minute of Noel’s Diary. I was happy it was read by the author. Made it more special.

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Love RPE books

love this book like I have loved all of his books. great story. ..highly recommend.

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  • Claudine
  • HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States
  • 01-13-18

I am in Love with Mr Evans -

I Love his Characters and their beautiful Stories - It is a Place worth going , especially at C- mas Time -

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I could really relate to this story...

Thank you for speaking the truth about life and love! Forgiveness and loving yourself is so important.

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Things that were wise and ideas for thought.

A well written book of issues that are sometimes hidden and never faced. A sweet ending to a difficult situation.

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What a story

As usual, Mr Evans has told a beautiful story. As you read or listen, you become part of the life pictured in the beautiful imagery. I will not only listen to this again, i will purchase the book.

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Intriguing and Wonderful!

This story is so well written that I found it difficult to pause from. I simply had to know what was going to happen next, and how everything was going to resolve or not resolve. I also liked that not all was a mystery. The author gave enough clues to keep me intrigued, but not enough to spoil the conclusion(s). It was fun to see how the parts inter played and came together. I was entertained, but there was also room for self-examination and wisdom to be learned.

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Great Christmas story

This is a feel-good quick-read by a favorite author who never fails to enraptured me with a beautiful story!