Beth Cardall has a secret. For eighteen years, she has had no choice but to keep it to herself, but on Christmas Eve 2008, all that is about to change.
For Beth, 1989 was a year marked by tragedy. Her life was falling apart: her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was suffering from an unidentifiable illness; her marriage transformed from a seemingly happy and loving relationship to one full of betrayal and pain; her job at the dry cleaners was increasingly at risk; and she had lost any ability to trust, to hope, or to believe in herself. Then, on Christmas Day, as she rushed through a blizzard to the nearest 7-Eleven, Beth encountered Matthew, a strikingly handsome, mysterious stranger, who would single-handedly change the course of her life.
Who is this man, and how does he seem to know so much about her? He pursues her relentlessly, and only after she’s fallen deeply in love with him does she learn his incredible secret, changing the world as she knows it, as well as her own destiny.
My Review: Ever since “The Christmas Box,” I can’t let the season pass without reading the newest book by Richard Paul Evans. This book, as the others is an excellent read, although quite unrealistic. I suppose we look for that somewhat in Holiday books – unrealism and happy ever after in the form of a Christmas miracle. I enjoyed this book quite a bit until it took an unexpected turn. I still liked it, but wonder where these ideas come from which seemingly change the course of history and could never happen in real life although I suspect sometimes we dream that they might. If you want a good escape and a great read with a feel-good happy ever after tone, this is your book!