The Mistletoe Promise: by Richard Paul Evans
(Simon & Schuster, 2014, 272 pages)
Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful.
Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks—until the evening of December 24—he suggests that they pretend to be a couple. He draws up a contract with four rules:
1. No deep, probing personal questions
2. No drama
3. No telling anyone the truth about the relationship
4. The contract is void on Christmas Day
The lonely Elise surprises herself by agreeing to the idea. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again, her long-held secret threatens to unravel the emerging relationship. But she might not be the only one with secrets.
I really enjoy reading Richard Paul Evans novels. He writes with great passion and his books just draw you into them. This was one that I wanted to read over the Christmas Break. A couple of my co-workers had read it and said how good it was. They were so right. This book delights the heart and is so full of love, grace and forgiveness. His “Walk Series” was wonderful. If you get a chance to read them, please do!! So was this. He has such a way with words that it makes you feel what his characters are feeling. This book was truly amazing and so powerful! It was all about wanting to change the past and trying to move on from the mistakes that you have made. But it’s also about forgiveness. This book had me happy and in tears all at the same time. This is a Christmas story but I love that it wasn’t so over taken by the holiday but the holiday brought the characters together in a way that Elise never saw it coming. It was an enchanting & magical story of hope, pain, romance, forgiveness all in one! I could not put it down! A quick read. If it wasn’t on your list of Christmas books to read in 2014, put it on your list to read for Christmas this year. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed! A beautiful story for Christmas!