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Publisher's Summary

This holiday season, the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Noel Collection returns with another heartwarming story of secrets, heartbreak, forgiveness, and the true meaning of Christmas.

On the night of her high school graduation, Richelle Bach’s father gives her and her identical twin sister, Michelle, matching opal necklaces. “These opals look identical,” he tells them, “but the fire inside each is completely unique - just like the two of you.”

Indeed, the two sisters couldn’t be more different, and their paths diverge as they embark on adulthood. Years pass, until - at their father’s behest - they both come home for Christmas. What happens then forever damages their relationship, and Richelle vows never to see or speak to her sister again. In their father’s last days, he asks Richelle to forgive Michelle, a deathbed promise she never fulfills as her twin is killed in an accident.

Now, painfully alone and broken, caring for the sickest of children in a hospital PICU, Richelle has one last dream: to be an author. The plot of her book, The Prodigal Daughter, is a story based on her sister’s life. It’s not until she meets Justin Ek, a man who harbors his own loss, that a secret promise is revealed, and Richelle learns that the story she’s writing is not about her sister, but about herself.

©2021 Richard Paul Evans. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Richelle

I have all of Richard Paul Evan’s Christmas books. I look forward to a new one every year and I listen to the old ones each Christmas. I can’t finish this one. I HATE Richelle. She seems to be one of the rudest, self-entitled and selfish people I have ever read about. Justin has too much grace and patience for her and it is completely undeserving.

She has an amazing life but can’t seem to do anything but feel sorry for herself. I don’t have time for people like that or the one-hour left of this book. Please, no offense to the author. I adore all your books, except for this one.

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Predictable

Not his best book. I was disappointed. Story is predictable fairly close to the beginning. Good narrator.

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Here I am again having my heart come alive I this book.

Richard Paul Evans has an amazing gift to help activate love and forgiveness in people’s lives (myself included). My Christmas will be sweeter this year as I feel that this book has helped activate the Christmas spirit within my heart.

Thank you God for this man and his amazing legacy of the heart!

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Amazing Story

Such a thought provoking and stirring story from one of my favorite authors. I especially love that his books have such deep life lessons that cause one to re-evaluate the things in life that matter most.

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I thought it was a little weird...

I absolutely LOVE all of RPE's books. This one was weird for me. I can't elaborate without ruining the story for those who haven't read it, I can only say I think it's weird.

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Nice!

I enjoyed the story very much. Kind of had it figured out early, but it was still great.

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Another Winner For Richard Paul Evans

I really liked this Years Christmas Story. I have read and enjoyed all of RPE books except the Michael Vey Stories.
This is one of the best in recent years. Thoroughly enjoyed the plot and great Narration.
Too bad we have to wait another year for the next Christmas Offering!

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Loved this read!!!!

What a beautiful story. Didn't see the twists coming but it literally made my eyes water at times. A beautiful feel-good story. Probably one of the best or even THE best Christmas story I've ever read! A must!

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not sure i liked the premise of the story

great writing and narracting, as usual. i did not like the story line. not aure how i felt about blame and deceit.

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another exceptional book!

I loved this story. all of Richard Paul Evans books teach us a remind us of basic lessons in life and I look forward to them each and every holiday. being an identical twin I can relate to the characters in the book and the story and I would highly recommend this book. it is not sappy or smutty , it's a story about family forgiveness and moving on.

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