Book Review – Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans
November 29, 2014
The Christmas season is supposed to be full of joy, but not for Mark Smart. Life had dealt him one blow after another until one snowy November night, when he finds a beautiful young woman who will change his life forever. Macy Wood has little memory of her birth parents, and memories she’d rather forget of her adopted home. A Christmas ornament inscribed with the word “Noel” is the only clue to the little sister she only vaguely remembers, a clue that will send her and Mark on a journey to reclaim her past, and her family.
I love a good holiday read, and I decided to maximize my review opportunities by listening to this story on audiobook. When I saw that the author would be the narrator, I was excited. Who better to read his own story than the author? Apparently not Richard Paul Evans. Talk about a flat and unemotional reading style. I almost turned it off because I found the monotony of his voice almost put me to sleep!
Fortunately, I hung in there, and the story is a short, heart-warming holiday tale. I was drawn into the developing relationship of Mark and Macy, as well as the search for Macy’s biological sister Noel. There is nothing earth shattering or life changing about the novel, but if you are looking for a quick read to get you into the spirit of the season, this book will be a winner for you. Filled with love, tension, death, and healing relationships, you will find yourself in tears on more than one occasion.
What holiday books do you recommend?