I thought the story was a bit predictable, but I liked the general theme of people "saving" one another. It was a very quick read. I thought a couple of plot points were not very well thought out, but others really tugged at the heart. Overall, a very sweet book, just the right amount of mushiness for the holiday season without being bombarded with it.
This was my first book that I received from PaperBack Swap! Richard Paul Evans has once again brought to life a story that tugs at the heart strings. The story revolves around hope and love and believing in your dreams. Once you begin to read it you won't be able to put it down! Happy reading!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was, admittedly, an easy read but an engaging one that was perfect for reading with a cup or tea or coffee in front of the Christmas tree lights. I definitely think it is as good as the Christmas Letter and the Christmas Box two of his other books that are my perennial favorites. I can't repost this quite yet, as my mom wanted to borrow it.
I loved the book Finding Noel! It was a wonderful book and now my husband is listening to it. I loved how this book was put together, it had everything that makes up a great book. I now have ordered more books from this author!
Engaging plot was easy to follow. Evans writes a good story but he should stick to his day job and pay someone else to read his work for audio. He reads with the emotion and inflection of a Triscuit. But don't let that deter you from listening to or reading the book. I enjoyed it and will continue to read his other stories.
From Publishers Weekly:
On the night that Mark Smart has decided will be his last, his car dies in a blizzard. He enters a closing coffee shop and finds Macy Wood, who literally offers him a shoulder to cry on. The two forge a deep friendship, and after three weeks, Mark proposes marriage. She declines, but waitress Joette, who has taken care of Macy since she was 13, orchestrates a reunion as Mark tries to smooth over the rifts dividing what remains of his family. Mark's stepfather's advice"sometimes it's the fight that makes a thing worth having"serves as the defining aphorism of Evans's yuletide offering.
Evans' latest offering is a charming holiday story about two strangers who change each other's lives. Mark Smart thinks he has hit rock bottom when his car dies on a snowy evening in Utah. He stumbles into a coffee shop and meets Macy Wood, a young woman he connects with immediately. She gives him a ride home and over the next few weeks, the two swap their life stories. Mark is reeling from his mother's death and his estrangement from his father, while Macy, adopted at age seven, longs to find her younger sister who was taken by another family. Mark encourages Macy to look for her sister, and with his support, she ventures first to the adoption agency and then to the house she and her sister lived in with their troubled father. Mark wants to marry Macy, but his unresolved family issues give her cause for concern, and she pushes him away, forcing Mark to confront his own demons. Evans' many fans will want his latest, and this heartwarming tale is perfect for every reader who loves sweet and uplifting fare.
This is a VERY quick read (started it Christmas Eve, finished it Christmas night...that's with all family activities and things in the middle there). I think part of it has to do with the fact that the story is very captivating, and partially to do with the fact that the chapters are short with a title page for each which makes for a lot of pages that only have the chapter number on them and nothing else, so it's really not the 300+ pages that are listed, but rather somewhere around 200 something pages since there's 36 chapters which means you lose at least 36 pages to just titles, not even including the half-pages and quotes that take up a whole page even if they are only a sentence long. Anyway, this is a story that does tug at the heart strings. It's about a young man named Mark Smart who is down on his luck. In rapid succession, his mother died, his girlfriend dumped him, and he lost his scholarship to school. He has no intention of returning home to Alabama (he's currently in Utah) because he hates his father for the way he treated him growing up. He considers ending his life when his car ends up getting stuck during a blizzard, but then he meets a young woman named Macy Wood who helps him feel better. He learns that Macy had a very difficult life (separated from her sister and given up for adoption when she was little to an adopted family that was very abusive). Together, Mark and Macy try to find Macy's sister, despite not knowing her name. The only clue they have is a Christmas ornament Macy's birth father gave her before she was adopted.
This one will make your eyes tear up a bit. Although certain parts are predictable, I found that I couldn't put this book down. It's a great read during the holiday season!
Endearing story of sisterly love and the life changes of two young children separated before they knew each other's destination. A young man from a troubled family adds much to the outcome and this story. Noel is Interesting and worth listening to. Inspiring, admirable youngsters were a joy to root for. Richard Paul Evans is a sensitive and compassionate author. Loved each chapter and the ups and downs of all their lives. There were saviors and villains to muddle through as well as young love and heartbreak.