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The Mistletoe Promise

The Mistletoe Promise

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by Richard Paul Evans

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A love story for Christmas—now a Hallmark Channel original movie—from the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk.

Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and


A love story for Christmas—now a Hallmark Channel original movie—from the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk.

Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful.

Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks—until the evening of December 24—he suggests that they pretend to be a couple. He draws up a contract with four rules:

1. No deep, probing personal questions
2. No drama
3. No telling anyone the truth about the relationship
4. The contract is void on Christmas Day

The lonely Elise surprises herself by agreeing to the idea. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again, her long-held secret threatens to unravel the emerging relationship. But she might not be the only one with secrets.

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“Richard Paul Evans always gives readers a great Christmas story. In his latest offering, he creates another love story that feeds the soul and offers inspiration to those who need to forgive and those who need to be forgiven… the words and story are extremely powerful. It is the true meaning of a living Christmas.”

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Simon & Schuster
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Mistletoe Collection Series
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5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Mistletoe Promise



    I’m not ready for another Christmas. I haven’t been since 2007.

    Elise Dutton’s Diary

  • 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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    The Mistletoe Promise 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was a terrific read. I forced myself not listen to it in one sitting, so as to make it last a little longer and to savor it. The audio book is very well read, with slightly different voices used for different characters. the intro of the book, which raised the issue of: If there is one day in your life that you could erase/do over, what day would it be? is a tantalizing question and thought provoking.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Enchanting & magical story of hope, pain, romance, forgiveness all in one! Could not put it down! Read in one evening....A beautiful story for Christmas!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Purchased one evening Nd had completed by next day. Couldn't put it down. Wonderful reading.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    A charming book. Very sweet and puts you in the mood for the holidays.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Sweet story....a perfect read for the holidays!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was truly amazing and so powerful! This book was all about wanting to change the past and trying to move on from the mistakes that you have made but its also about forgiveness. This book had me happy and in tears all at the same time. This is a  Christmas story but I love that it wasn't so over taken by the holiday but the holiday brought the characters together in a away that Elise  never saw coming.  "I'm afraid of.. not flying. As long as you're in he air there's no problem, right? Its coming back to earth that's the problem."  "There is not only more to each soul's journey than we imagine, usually there is more then we can imagine."  " It should not surprise us that, at the end of a journey, our destination looks different than we imagined at the beginning. Everything looks different up close."
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved it! Just like all his other books! Wonderful!
    Reader_Grl More than 1 year ago
    What a lovely, lovely book! So beautiful, and what an enjoyable read this time of year. I highly recommend!
    iluvbooks1 More than 1 year ago
    Another great Christmas book by Richard Paul Evans! 
    mustang-girl More than 1 year ago
    As always Mr Evans has made me cry! Very good book, I read it in 1 day. I could not put it down.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    There is nothing better to get in the spirit of the holidays like reading a Richard Paul Evans novel.   His latest offering “The Mistletoe Promise” is a delicious treat for the heart.    Elise Dutton and Nicholas Derr are two souls with heartwrenching moments in their past who find themselves alone and lonely with the holiday season approaching.   Nick, a successful lawyer proposes that they enter a mutually beneficial contract that would allow them to act as a couple for all the upcoming social events on their calendars.  Elise is intrigued with the idea.  They agree to a “Purely platonic relationship” and each find themselves falling harder for one another as time goes on.   A final revelation serves to bring them even closer together and ultimately shows that there is hope and light in letting go of regret and guilt. This is one of the best romances I have read in a long time.  Not one emotion is left untouched.  Richard Paul Evans is masterful at tugging a reader’s heart and keeping them hoping the story never ends.  It is perfect literary comfort food.   This book should be on every Santa list and is a terrific read to give and share with anyone.   
    Anonymous 7 days ago
    This was truly a wonderful book. The spirit of Christmas wafted throughout the story. I'm already looking forward to reading it again next Christmas. This is one book I will be recommending over and over again.
    Anonymous 11 days ago
    OMG " what a wonderful book. Just a fantastic book.
    Anonymous 15 days ago
    feather_lashes 28 days ago
    The Mistletoe Promise is a standalone novel set during Christmas-time and is part of Richard Paul Evans's Mistletoe Collection. What started out as a simplistic, holiday-themed "let's do a pretend relationship" story quickly evolved into something much deeper. The plot change was completely unexpected and the overall message of the book was full of palpable emotions. One-dimensional characters were beautifully developed and their personal struggles brought tears to my eyes. I found The Mistletoe Promise to be a great Christmas book and I'm so glad I read it. My favorite quote: "It's been said that the Magi, wise men, gazed up into the night skies, following a star. But they were not looking for a star. They were looking for hope. Hope of a new world. Hope of redemption. Light is not found in dark places, and hope is not found looking down or looking back. May you always look up."
    Anonymous 30 days ago
    Learning to forgive yourself is much harder than forgiving others. Rich or poor guilt doesnt descriminate. Elise and Nick are both facing demons and nightmares from the past. Can a christmas contract change all that for the future...or a misletoe promise.A sweet romance. Highly recommend.
    Anonymous 3 months ago
    Have been away from Mr Evans books for a while. Heard about this romance series from my sister and read first two books in a couple of days. Now anxiously awaiting third book! I am back for more wonderful stories. Thank you RPE for your books , starting with Christmas Box!
    sugmadsdream More than 1 year ago
    It's June, and I just finished listening to this audiobook! It was five hours long, and I couldn't stop until the end. It may be a Christmas story, but redemption and forgiveness are never out of season. You will definitely not regret time spent reading this book.
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    This was a fascinating book and very well written. The story line was so splendid that I had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. The book was recommended by a relative, and I've not read any books by this author before, but will look for such in the future.