A Winter Dream

A Winter Dream

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by Richard Paul Evans

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The #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and master of the holiday novel reimagines the biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors, presenting an inspiring modern story of family and forgiveness.

Joseph Jacobson is the twelfth of thirteen siblings, all of whom are employed by their father’s successful Colorado advertising company. But


The #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and master of the holiday novel reimagines the biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors, presenting an inspiring modern story of family and forgiveness.

Joseph Jacobson is the twelfth of thirteen siblings, all of whom are employed by their father’s successful Colorado advertising company. But underneath the success runs a poisonous undercurrent of jealousy; Joseph is his father’s favorite and the focus of his brothers’ envy and hatred. When the father seems ready to anoint Joseph as his heir, the brothers make their move, forcing Joseph from the company and his Denver home, severing his ties to his parents and ending his relationship with his soon-to-be fianceé. Alone and lonely, Joseph must start a new life.

Joseph joins a Chicago advertising agency where his creativity helps him advance high up in the company. He also finds hope for a lasting love with April, a kind woman with a secret. However, all secrets hold consequences, and when Joseph learns the truth about April’s past, his world is again turned upside down. Finally, Joseph must confront his own difficult past in order to make his dreams for the future come true.

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Every year brings a new yuletide novel by Richard Paul Evans, the author of The Christmas Box and Lost December. Under the tree this year is A Winter Dream, a tale adds a new tint to the biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors with a modern flair. Like Joseph, the hero of the story is plagued by siblings; in this case, jealous misers who bully him out of the family business. When the economy gets crunched, however, Joe finds that family now wants his support. Will the former pariah exact revenge or find forgiveness in his heart? A story to be cherished by People of the Book.

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Life is the soil, our choices and actions the sun
and rain, but our dreams are the seeds.

Joseph Jacobson’s Diary

My name is Joseph Jacobson, though most call me by my initials, J.J. For better or worse, I’ve also been called a dreamer. I take this as a compliment. I’ve always been fascinated by dreams. Both kinds: the kind we create with our hearts and the kind that come to us in the night when our mental gates are unlocked and unguarded.

Throughout history, dreams have been a source of wonder to humanity. Some of the world’s greatest authors, musicians, scientists and inventors have credited dreams with revealing ideas that have changed the world.

Some believe that dreams are the very secret to understanding life. Others, like the ancient Toltecs, believed that life itself is a dream.

The story I’m about to share with you begins with a dream. A Winter Dream. One night I dreamt of myself walking through a dark, snow-blanketed forest. I came upon a tree covered with brilliant, colorful lights—like a Christmas tree. Surrounding the tree, in a perfect circle, were eleven other trees.

Then, a great storm arose. Snow whited out all the forest except for the illumination of the one tree. When morning came and the wind stopped, the eleven trees were bent, bowing toward the tree of light.

Whether the dream was prophetic or the cause of all that happened, I’ll never know. But for years I kicked myself for telling the dream to my father, who, for reasons I still can’t understand, chose to share it with my eleven brothers.

Meet the Author

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than twenty-five novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than twenty million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, two Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website, RichardPaulEvans.com.

Brief Biography

Salt Lake City, Utah
Date of Birth:
October 11, 1962
Place of Birth:
Salt Lake City, Utah
B.A., University of Utah, 1984

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A Winter Dream 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Rayff More than 1 year ago
This book actually reminded me a lot of RPE's earlier book called, Lost December, but it was an excellent, excellent book none the less. It turned out to be one of those books that you almost hate, because you cannot put it down, so you keep reading, until the book ends too soon for your liking, and then you are upset, because you do not want it to be over, and all you can think about is, if i just would have put it down a couple of times, there would still be some of it left to read. The thing I love most about Mr. Evans books is that I can read them without being assaulted by page after page of foul language. Thank you, Mr. Evans! Write on!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have never read books by Richard Paul Evans start with this one and work backwards All of his books give hope and joy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Richard Paul Evans captures the reader's interest and makes you feel like you're part of the story. Once you start reading, it's hard to put down.
phantomphanatic31 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful modern story of Joesph that was sold into Egypt. I couldn't put it down. Wonderfully written and great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Evans books! I had a hard time putting it down. His loyalty to his brother was inspiring. It really hit on the differences in people and how they lead their lives. I laughed and cried and wanted to meet this man!
AJAL More than 1 year ago
Purchased as Christmas gift. The recipient assures me "a Very Good Read"
KarenBFL More than 1 year ago
Joseph, or J.J. is the son of Isaac Jacobson, an advertising executive and war hero. Joseph is also his father's favorite son. When his father gives him a very special jacket, it's too much for his brothers to except. They forced him from his job and home in Colorado. Joseph ends up in Chicago at another advertising agency working as a copywriter. It's here he meets April, a lovely, sweet woman with a big secret. I really enjoyed this feel good holiday rendition of a timeless story of faith, forgiveness and redemption.
MRSDM More than 1 year ago
Beware!!!! The ebook is supposed to be 288 pages--but once you pay for it and it loads, it's only 176 pages. B&N can't explain or fix this. Additionally, it says it will include an ecopy of the Christmas Box--also a lie. B&N knows it's a problem but hasn't gotten around to fixing it. So I searched and searched for a book to read today, ordered this, paid for it, wasted 15 minutes on the phone where they only care about refunding my money-not fixing the problem. So, if I want to read this book today, I have to borrow my son's KINDLE. Guess which reader I will buy next time???
ReadingIsExciting More than 1 year ago
I usually give Evans' books a 5 stars and this story is really good and I enjoyed it. However, it was VERY short and then the Christmas Box is added to the book at the end!! I read Christmas Box a LONG time ago and would not have been interested in buying it again. So I was cheated by thinking I was reading a longer book and then it abruptly comes to an end! What a gyp. Therefore 3 stars.
familythatreads More than 1 year ago
A nice book to read over a Holiday Break. Good story and okay to pass along to your older teens when you are done. It's nice to find something to read that isn't full of bad language, inappropriate relationships, and vampires.
mamoJK More than 1 year ago
Great Christmas gift, evan for men. This book captures the heart of those who work to climb the ladder of success and find pit falls that seem to turn the path we are on and will place us where we don't want to be. Hard work and a little faith will take you a long way. Excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful and enlighting twist to Joseph and his coat. Their were tears of empathy and joy, and have recommended to many friends. I am always anxious to start a new book by Richard Paul Evans. He has a unique way of sending a message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book turned out to be one of my favorites of his. I originally chose this book due to the fact that it was based off of the biblical story of Joseph; I wanted to see his portrayal of the characters. I think he perfectly described every part of this in a realistic way that anyone could understand and learn from. One of my favorite aspects of his books are the lessons he puts in each one, and this book is no exception. The idea of jealousy and envy is a major part of society today and the way he added that in perfectly shows what actions should be done to solve this. He will always remain one of my favorite authors by far.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it!
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This retelling of Joseph and the coat of many colors was a very fun good feeling book. It was very similar to the other book I read from this author as far as what ultimately happens in the book. It had just enough differences to make it enjoyable to read. It makes you think about life in a different way and appreciate it a bit more. A very uplifting story.
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quaintinns More than 1 year ago
Richard Evans is a great storyteller and this was a modern version of Joseph and coat along with the brothers from the Bible returning home. (Liked the jealous step brother part as it is very realistic). The story was about overcoming obstacles and everything is not as it appears. We learn from our mistakes and the gift of forgiveness. Not crazy about the girlfriend who was running away from polygamist tie in and would have preferred a different take; however, all in all was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was used for my bookclub selection. It is a quick read & very enjoyable. The letter from the father is exceptional. Many of the "quotes" between the chapters are great advice...or bits of wisdom for life. If you know biblical old testament stories, you may recognise this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like a quick, easy to read, Bible-based story, this one's for you.
tipstopten More than 1 year ago
I was particularly interested in reading this because I'd spent many years in the advertising agency business and dealt with much of what was written about. So I enjoyed the story though didn't think it was written with amazing prose or anything like that. The similarity to - or retelling of - the Old Testament story of Joseph and the coat of many colors was, in my humble opinion, a stretch and actually not really necessary to the plot - or, for that matter, very believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Richard Paul Evans writings. This is an amazing book. I highly recommend this book and any of his books.