Genre: Christmas, fiction, adult
Summary: On Christmas Eve 2008, Beth has a long kept secret that she’ll finally reveal. She flashes back to the most important year in her life and shares her incredible story… it’s 1989 and Beth’s life is falling apart. She’s just learned that her husband has cheated on her with nearly a dozen women, and their young daughter has come down with a strange and mysterious illness. Then, on Christmas, she meets Matthew at the 7-Eleven, during a blizzard. He’s handsome, mysterious, and persistent in pursuing her. He strangely knows a lot about her and her daughter, and despite Beth’s attempts at pushing him away, she falls deeply in love with him. Soon she learns his secret and her life is changed forever.
My Thoughts: WOW! I was blown away by this book. It’s beautiful and hopeful, sad and eloquent. I flew through this book in two days, and immediately checked more of Evans’ books out of the library. The story combines magical elements with heart-breakingly real events and enfolds you into Beth’s life. The characters will make you love them, and your heart will break, as well as lift up, with theirs. Despite the shortness of the book, I really became invested in Beth’s story and raced through it to find out Matthew’s secret and how it would all come together in the end. I was shocked by the turn of events. I really adored this book. It was amazing and I really recommend it. My only regret is that I hadn’t read any of his other books before! Richard Paul Evans is one hell of a storyteller and this book was just stunning.
My Rating: 5/5