Friday, December 17, 2010
Beth Cardall has a secret. For eighteen years, she has had no choice but to keep it to herself, but on Christmas Eve 2008, all that is about to change.
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 at the dry cleaners was increasingly at risk; and she had lost any ability to trust, to hope, or to believe in herself. Then, on Christmas Day, as she rushed through a blizzard to the nearest 7-Eleven, Beth encountered Matthew, a strikingly handsome, mysterious stranger, who would single-handedly change the course of her life.
Who is this man, and how does he seem to know so much about her? He pursues her relentlessly, and only after she’s fallen deeply in love with him does she learn his incredible secret, changing the world as she knows it, as well as her own destiny.
Some books just leave you speechless. This review has been percolating in my mind for several days and I still can't put my thoughts into words.
Richard Paul Evans is a great storyteller and this story is imaginative and full of so many things: twists and turns, ups and downs, sorrows and joys, magical realism, and love and loss. I think it would be a terrific book club book.
I liked it. A lot. I don't know that I loved it. It moved me and somewhat resonated with me. I didn't want to put it down. Yet, in some ways, it also disturbed me. I'm not sure how to even review it without giving away spoilers. I certainly did not anticipate the unexpected twist.
Thanks to Simon & Shuster for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Richard Paul Evans here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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