The Noel Diary
Just in time for the holiday season comes THE NOEL DIARY from New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans, the redemptive tale of a man receives the best Christmas present he could ask for: the chance to re-write the past. Since the publication of Evans’s #1 bestseller The Christmas Box in 1995, readers have flocked to his holiday novels, and this new novel will be no exception.
Bestselling romance author Jacob Churcher hasn’t been home for almost twenty years– not since his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was just sixteen. When a lawyer calls, days before Christmas, to inform him that his estranged mother has passed away and left her house to him, Jacob returns not just to settle the estate but to try and reconcile with the past and the pain and abuse he experienced as a child. Also, maybe cleaning out her house will be slightly less depressing than spending the holidays alone, watching re-runs of Christmas classics. But as it turns out, the house holds more than just difficult memories, Jacob’s mother had become a hoarder and he must excavate through two decades worth of clutter. As Jacob digs through the detritus, like an archaeologist, he uncovers many puzzling items including a diary left by someone named Noel, a young woman he has no recollection of, who stayed with Jacob’s family during her pregnancy. That’s not the only echo from the past. Jacob has an unexpected visitor, Rachel, a woman looking for the mother who put her up for adoption thirty years before. United by their quest to make sense of the past and rewrite their futures, Jacob and Rachel begin a search for Noel. Along the way they find more than they possibly imagined, including grace, forgiveness and a chance at love.
Richard Paul Evans made his name with his Christmas novels, every one of which has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Fans, reviewers, and booksellers treat the arrival of a new Evans holiday novel as an annual rite, and 2017 will be no exception.
Published November 7, 2017
Simon & Schuster