The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans
(Simon & Schuster, 2014, 251 pages)
One day in November Elise Dutton is approached in the food court by a man named Nicholas Derr. They have never met but she recognizes him because he works in the same building as her. He has a crazy proposition for her, he would like her to be his pretend girlfriend through Christmas. They would attend all of their holiday parties together so neither of them would have to go alone. Elise has had a life filled with tragedy that has caused her heartache and guilt but she surprises herself by agreeing to go along with his proposal. During this fake relationship she is finding love and joy again. While their relationship is progressing, the truth of her past as well as his is slowly revealed. Will their relationship be able to withstand the struggles they have in dealing with life’s difficult circumstances?
Evans does a nice job of building the characters along with the relationship between Elise and Nicholas. The story tugs at your heart while pulling you in. There are so many life lessons in this heartwarming story including the importance of not only forgiving others but also being able to forgive yourself. This is a wonderful Christmas story for the holidays.