The New York Times has called Richard Paul Evans “the king of Christmas fiction.” The bestselling author of The Christmas Box (29 weeks on the New York Times list; 5 at #1; more than 1 million copies netted), Grace (10 weeks on the list), The Gift (13 weeks), Finding Noel (11 weeks), and The Christmas List (10 weeks), Evans is best known for his charming Christmas stories.
Now he returns with a story of hope, love, and faith, in a heartwarming and powerfully written new novel.
Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans
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For Beth, 1989 was a year marked by tragedy. Her life was falling apart: her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was suffering from an unidentifiable illness; her marriage transformed from a seemingly happy and loving relationship to one full of betrayal and pain; her job was increasingly at risk; and she had lost any ability to trust, to hope, or to believe in herself. Then, on Christmas Day, Beth meets Matthew—a strikingly handsome, mysterious stranger who completely changes her life. He rescues her from emotional and financial ruin, but not even he can save her from heartbreak when she's forced to make a decision that will change both their lives forever.
TOPICS AND QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. This story is framed by passages in Beth’s diary, which we sometimes read directly and sometimes experience as a more traditional first-person narrative. We start in the present on Christmas Eve, moving backward in time to 1989, and then finally return to the present. Did you find this structure effe see more