Title: A Winter Dream
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Genre/Audience: Christmas, adult
Publication: Simon and Schuster, 2012
Summary: Joseph Jacobson is one of 13 siblings, and happens to be his father’s favorite. Working alongside his brothers at his father’s advertising agency, he can feel their hatred and jealousy. When the opportunity arises, his brothers force him out of the company and banish him from his home in Colorado, unbeknownst to his doting father. His whole life in shambles, Joseph moves to Chicago to rebuild his life at a new agency. Despite the initial loneliness, Joseph soon comes into his own, becoming very successful at his new job, and finding love with a kind waitress named April. Life finally feels good again, until April reveals a startling secret about her past. Joseph must come to terms with and confront both his past, and April’s past, before he loses everything all over again.
My Thoughts: This is my fifth Richard Paul Evans review here on the blog! I’ve made it a holiday tradition to read his new Christmas book each year, and I’m never disappointed! I look forward to these books all year, and RPE had another winner with his newest. While his stories are kind of corny sometimes, and always wrapped up all nice and neat at the end, I love reading his books because they are just really joyful and hopeful, exactly what I’m looking for at Christmastime. Joseph found himself in terrible situations time and again, but he never gave up hope and he never stopped trying. RPE always does an exceptional job of showcasing just how incredible and resilient the human spirit can truly be. Joseph was a winning character that I found myself rooting for.
What I love most about these books, though admittedly predictable, are that the bad people always redeem themselves by the end, and that the good people turn out with a happy life, despite having faced obstacles. Though this wasn’t my favorite RPE book (that honor goes to Promise Me, the first of his books I read), I really enjoyed it. This was a great way for me to kick off the holiday season! If you’re looking for a fast, happy read for the holidays, then pick this book up. I already can’t wait to see what RPE has in store for us next Christmas! 🙂
My Rating: 4/5