The Noel Stranger

The Noel Collection, Book 2
Narrated by: Erin Mallon
Series: The Noel Collection, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)

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From “The King of Christmas”, Richard Paul Evans, the next exciting holiday-themed novel in his New York Times best-selling The Noel Collection.

Sally Walther feels like her world is imploding. Publicly humiliated after her husband, a local councilman, is arrested for bigamy, and her subsequent divorce, she has isolated herself from the world. When her only friend insists that Sally climb out of her hole and embrace the season to get her out of her funk, Sally decides to put up a Christmas tree and heads off to buy one - albeit reluctantly. She is immediately taken by Andrew, the kind, handsome man who owns the Christmas tree lot and delivers her tree. She soon learns Andrew is single and new to her city and, like her, is also starting his life anew.

As their friendship develops, Sally slowly begins to trust again - something she never thought possible. Then, just when she thinks she has finally found happiness, she discovers a dark secret from Andrew’s past. Is there more to this stranger’s truth than meets the eye? 

This powerful new holiday novel from Richard Paul Evans, the “King of Christmas fiction” (The New York Times), explores the true power of the season, redemption, and the freedom that comes from forgiveness.

©2018 Richard Paul Evans (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Interesting Plot but not my favorite Evans Book

I am a big fan of R.P.Evans...I have read everything by him except the McVey Series. However I was a little disappointed in this book.The plot was different and interesting but I did not like the over the top descriptions of the ultra rich lifestyle. Too much luxury and high end dining. I found it annoying and pretentious. I really enjoy his "down to earth " regular characters so
It was hard for me to relate to the indulgence of a "Spa Day" and the delivery of food to the poor. The stark difference made
.the characters seem selfish , ostentatious, and unlikable.
The narration was good. I hope his next Christmas Book will not use the same ultra rich details in the plot.

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Stupid plot

I’ve read many of Richard Paul Evans books, and while predictable, have always been enjoyable. I don’t know what happened with this one. I could not wait for it to be over. I kept expecting an arc to the story but never really happened. Also utterly devoid of charm and Christmas spirit. Avoid this dud.

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Great!

The story is uplifting! The narrator is exactly right for the character. A well done production!

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perfect romance novel

the narrator was perfect, the story was easy to listen to. I love Richard Paul Evans details of imegary. always a happy ending. with out all the crub, I 've read every single one of this authors books. I look forward to his Christmas books every year.

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5 star sappy

I always read and look forward to the new Richard Paul Evans Christmas novella. This one was extremely unsatisfying. Mostly predictable. I did not enjoy the narrator. She had a lovely voice but there was always this strange sort of I don’t know how to describe it but something annoying at the end of her sentences. A downward lilt? Much of the book was descriptions of luxury vacation, food, etc and it became tedious and boring. There was a nice underlying story/lessons but it got lost in the tedium. I will hope for better next November!

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Stranger Than Fiction

This Book grabbed me from page one and didn’t let go! I have read every Christmas Book by Richard Paul Evans over the years and each year I declare after reading the page; This was his best book to date! And Indeed he has done it again!!! I highly recommend it!!! I will be stuck in this Story for weeks if not months!

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Enjoyable, but...

Easy, enjoyable, feel-good story for listening during the Christmas season. I didn’t care for the narration, however. While narrating for the female main character, I found the narrator’s style to be somewhat whiny. A small distraction, I suppose, in the overall scheme.

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Not my favorite. But ok.

It was ok. But not my favorite RPE book. I'm glad it wasn't very long because I probably wouldn't have finished it. Also in the book summary this lady's name is listed as Sally so I was confused when I started this book because the girl's actual name in the book is Maggie..
Second I wasn't a fan at how this woman kept chasing this man all over. I like strong woman characters & this lady seemed very desperate & pathetic in my opinion. I'm a female reader & let's face it, us women sometimes like the big strong & burly men to chase us too. Never once did he chase her. He seemed like a very emotional crybaby in my opinion. I get it's a romance but this woman states she was strong from her upbringing but cowers away for most of the book.

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So SO SOOO Good

I liked even better than the first! I can’t wait for the next one. Awesome series.

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Not as other Richard a Paul Evans Christmas Books

First of all. I am a guy, so view this review with that in mind.
I have listened to many Christmas books by Richard Paul Evans and this one is a huge disappointment. This book is more of a PG rated romance novel than a Christmas story. While he kept it clean, as expected, it’s lacks a plot to drive the story. One has to listen almost all the way through the book before an idea of a plot develops. In the mean time, the romance drags on and on. This is not a guy type of book in my view.
I love Christmas. I love the story themes Richard Paul Evans incorporates into his books. This one, however, seriously lacked the Christmas plot and theme. The only reason I kept listening was to see when, and if, the main element showed up. It finally did, but it took far, far too long to arrive. If you want a clean romance novel, go for it. If you’re looking for a Christmas novel as his other books, this one is not it - in my view.