The Christmas promise

by Evans, Richard Paul,

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Summary
This holiday season, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Noel Collection returns with another heartwarming story of secrets, heartbreak, forgiveness, and the true meaning of Christmas.

On the night of her high school graduation, Richelle Bach's father gives her and her identical twin sister, Michelle, matching opal necklaces. "These opals look identical," he tells them, "but the fire inside each is completely unique--just like the two of you."

Indeed, the two sisters couldn't be more different, and their paths diverge as they embark on adulthood. Years pass, until--at their father's behest--they both come home for Christmas. What happens then forever damages their relationship, and Richelle vows never to see or speak to her sister again. In their father's last days, he asks Richelle to forgive Michelle, a deathbed promise she never fulfills as her twin is killed in an accident.

Now, painfully alone and broken, caring for the sickest of children in a hospital PICU, Richelle has one last dream: to be an author. The plot of her book, The Prodigal Daughter , is a story based on her sister's life. It's not until she meets Justin Ek, a man who harbors his own loss, that a secret promise is revealed, and Richelle learns that the story she's writing is not about her sister, but about herself.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Nothing says cozy Christmas read like a Richard Paul Evans book, and his latest (after The Noel Letters, 2020) doesn't disappoint. Richelle is facing a lonely holiday after losing both her father, Richard, and identical twin, Michelle, in the same year. Richard's final request of Richelle was to forgive her sister after years of estrangement, but Michelle was killed before they had the chance to even attempt to reconcile. Now Richelle immerses herself in nursing the sickest children in the PICU to cope with her isolation and grief. Her other solace is the writing group where she meets other struggling authors, and where she encounters a newcomer, Justin, who immediately draws her attention. As she and Justin grow closer, the prospects for a merry Christmas appear unexpectedly bright, until doubts and revelations intervene. As Richelle wrestles with the prodigals in her life, themes of love, forgiveness, and redemption resound throughout this heartwarming tale. Recommended for lovers of holiday fiction and fans of Evans, old and new."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The enjoyable latest Christmas-themed outing from Evans (The Noel Collection) introduces readers to twins Richelle and Michelle Bach, who are nearly indistinguishable physically but whose personalities couldn't be more different. Despite a contentious relationship, the sisters, who are in their 30s, agree to spend Christmas with their father. Over the holiday, Richelle discovers her boyfriend in bed with Michelle, and their relationship further disintegrates. Then Michelle is killed in a hit-and-run, and any hopes of reconciliation die with her. Richelle pours her grief into her job caring for critically ill children in an intensive care unit, and also into a novelization of Michelle's life. One night during writers' group, Richelle meets Justin Ek, and their mutual attraction is instant. Justin, whose wife recently died, is dealing with his own grief. As the two find comfort in each other, Richelle fears she is once again being betrayed by someone she loves when she learns Justin knew Michelle. But Justin's deception might also be the key to Richelle finally overcoming her grief. Probing how anger and fear can skew perceptions and poison relationships, Evans's lovely tale packs an emotional punch. Agent: Laura Liss, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Twin sisters -- Fiction.
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Promises -- Fiction.
Authors -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Christmas fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 274 pages ; 19 cm
ISBN 9781982177423
198217742X
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