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The Letter

Christmas Box Series

That I did not know you, my loss is greatest. Forgive me for the pain I have brought to those who love you. So gladly would I trade my sad life for your realm. Angel, watch over this little one.


The Letter is the final book of The Christmas Box trilogy. On a wintry October night a mysterious letter was left at the base of the angel monument which overlooks the grave of Andrea Parkin, the only child of David and MaryAnne Parkin. In The Letter, the unforgettable conclusion to The Christmas Box collection, Richard writes, “I discovered the letter in the winter of 1949 pressed between the pages of a diary that belonged to the child’s father, and, at first glance, I regarded it as of little consequence. It was only after I had read the diary that I learned of the letter’s great significance and the events it set in motion.”

The Letter, the final book of the Christmas Box collection is, most simply stated, the love story of David and MaryAnne Parkin. But it is also everyone’s love story, for it is about the storms that all relationships must face when the blissful state of romance vanishes into one of real-life challenges and difficulties. We often forget that it is in the hard times that we truly see what is best in love as well as in life. Though love may be temporarily darkened, true love never gives in, or up, but holds tight to noble ideas, which transcend this earth and all time.

The Letter is also about our pasts and our individual quests to discover who we are. In The Letter, David Parkin sets out on a journey to find his mother, a woman who abandoned him when he was a child. In truth, however, David is searching for himself as he seeks to free himself from the pain of her rejection and his fear that he was somehow unworthy of her love. In a sense, David’s search is the same journey we are all pursuing. We are all seeking love.

ISBN: 0684834723
Published November 1997
Simon & Schuster

“In a day when popular fiction often fails to inspire goodness, THE LETTER is refreshing. Evans’ story manages to wrap warm hands around its readers, instilling in them a hunger for goodness to prevail Evans’ writing is excellent. His sentences are simple, yet captivating, and are accordingly accessible to a wide range of readers. The enchanting plot dares the reader to put the book aside.” – The Daily Universe

“A sweet and tender love story THE LETTER should satisfy Evans’ many fans and find him new ones too. On one of these cold winter nights find a comfortable place and settle down and read THE LETTER. When it is over you will feel warmed and enriched by the story you have shared.” – The Daily Sun

The year of its release, The Letter was the 11th bestselling novel in America.

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