Twas the Night Before: A Love Story

Twas the Night Before: A Love Story

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by Jerry B. Jenkins
     
 

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December 1998

Jerry Jenkins has written more than 120 books and is best known for his Left Behind series, which includes Left Behind, Tribulation, Nicolae, and Soul Harvest. With his most recent book, 'Twas the Night Before, the talented storyteller has written a Dickensian tale that will touch the heart and…  See more details below

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December 1998

Jerry Jenkins has written more than 120 books and is best known for his Left Behind series, which includes Left Behind, Tribulation, Nicolae, and Soul Harvest. With his most recent book, 'Twas the Night Before, the talented storyteller has written a Dickensian tale that will touch the heart and rekindle faith in love.

Noella and Tom are engaged to be married. Noella, a journalism professor at Northwestern University, and Tom, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, both think they have found something special following several failed relationships. However, as Christmas approaches, they discover differences in their personalities -- Noella is the eternal optimist, Tom a thoroughgoing pessimist. When Noella insists that a silver medallion she received as a child was actually given to her by Santa Claus, Tom begins to wonder how someone who has a Ph.D. in journalism can continue to believe in a childhood fantasy.

Unfortunately, Noella and Tom can't get past this and other disagreements, and they begin to realize they are just too dissimilar to get married. Heartbroken, Tom heads to the Black Forest in Germany to write a story for the Tribune about Father Christmas. What he sees changes his life and restores his faith in more than Santa.

With books that have topped the religious-fiction bestseller lists, Jerry Jenkins is far from a one-dimensional writer. His work ranges from children's books to biographies (he assisted Billy Graham with his bestseller Just As I Am) to stories and articles in periodicals such as The Reader's Digest.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
It's a mismatch made in Heaven. Tom Douten is the eternal cynic, his fiancee Noella Wright the always-joyful optimist. But when he bah-humbugs Noella's belief in Santa Claus, she breaks off their engagement, and Tom flies to Germany to research the Santa myth. What he discovers there opens his heart and mind to the spirit of Christmas.
Kirkus Reviews
Charming Christmas novel for cynics. Tom Douten (that is, Doubting Thomas) writes a column for the Chicago Tribune, usually a hard-hitting, often sad story about the poor and needy. He decides to attend an advanced journalism class at Northwestern led by Professor Noella Wright. The two are opposites in temperament: Noella's an optimist, while Tom tends to seek the tragic. And she's got a necklace with a platinum disc on where her birthday is inscribed as December 24th. She tells Tom that Santa gave her the necklace but made a mistake on that date. A doubting Tom decides he wants to research Santa, and gets his editor to finance a trip to the Black Forest (home of Kris Kringle) for an in-depth Christmas piece for the paper. When his small plane goes down over the Black Forest, killing the pilot and another passenger, injured Tom crawls through the forest until he passes out. After he awakens, he's being cared for by Kris Kringle and his wife and helpers, the elves. Kris explains to Tom part of the mix-up about the necklace, then shows Tom how he makes the necklaces. Noella, meanwhile, thinks Tom is dead in the plane crash. Needless to say, things work out, and the reader may even come to believe in KK along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140868159
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Pages:
2
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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Twas the Night Before 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough about this book. It was just a wonderful find at Barnes and Noble. Every year during the month of December I go to find a couple of books that revolve around Christmas time and this was on the bargin table. The story is timeless. It is more than a well written love story, it just makes you start to believe in Santa Claus all over again. Read it you won't be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Twas the Night Before is a magical book for those of us who still believe (and always will),for the skeptics who aren't sure, and for the Scrooge's. The story will bring a heart transformation, with out having to be visited by the 3 spirits like Ebenezer. Everyone needs to read, enjoy and maybe discover...