The Noel Diary

The Noel Diary

by Richard Paul Evans


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New York Times Bestseller

In this holiday-themed novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mistletoe Promise and The Walk, a man receives the best Christmas present he could ask for: the chance to rewrite the past.

Bestselling romance author Jacob Churcher hasn't been home for almost twenty years—not since his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was just sixteen. When a lawyer calls, days before Christmas, to inform him that his estranged mother has passed away and left her house to him, Jacob returns not just to settle the estate but to try and reconcile with the past and the pain and abuse he experienced as a child. Also, maybe cleaning out her house will be slightly less depressing than spending the holidays alone, watching re-runs of Christmas classics.

But as it turns out, the house holds more than just difficult memories, Jacob’s mother had become a hoarder and he must excavate through two decades worth of clutter. As Jacob digs through the detritus, like an archaeologist, he uncovers many puzzling items including a diary left by someone named Noel, a young woman he has no recollection of, who stayed with Jacob’s family during her pregnancy. That’s not the only echo from the past. Jacob has an unexpected visitor, Rachel, a woman looking for the mother who put her up for adoption thirty years before. United by their quest to make sense of the past and rewrite their futures, Jacob and Rachel begin a search for Noel. Along the way they find more than they possibly imagined, including grace, forgiveness and a chance at love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501172038
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: Noel Collection Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,294
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than thirty-five novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than thirty-five 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, five 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, or visit his website,


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 Noel Diary 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Keep them coming. It gives me something to look forward to each Christmas!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love his books and look forward to his Christmas stories every year.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great book Richard covers all bases with his writings that touch all kinds of people young and old male and female!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Richard Paul Evans never disappoints!
    ONorman0 More than 1 year ago
    Richard Paul Evans has done it again! I read this book in one afternoon. It kept me turning the pages and it was just like I was there with Jacob and Rachel as they came to know one another and chasing down the info they needed to make their life complete.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am never disappointed when reading his books.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was a beautiful story. It was a little slower then his other Christmas stories. I think it very relatable in our everyday lives. A lot of people like to hide the past and continue on with life it never happened instead of facing the pain. I like that it has showed that sometimes the pain we have from what other people have done is not always intentional and that sometimes their is story that we don’t fully understand at the time.
    iluvbooks1 More than 1 year ago
    dollfriend More than 1 year ago
    This book tops the list of Richard's books for me! Having family members, who can't give up the past, makes me hope they will read it and learn from it. Like others, I couldn't put it down. It brought all kinds of emotions to my heart, and I'm sure others will feel the same way. Keep up the good writing, Richard! I love it!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I received this book today. I ordered a signed book. This was ordered as a gift to a relative but honestly I’m embarrassed to give it to her. Yes there’s a signature inside...just some scribbles that anyone can make and it looks like it’s been copied, not an original signature like I thought it would be. And the pages of the book weren’t cut properly, it looks like it came off a bargain table. I’m thoroughly disappointed but will keep it because I don’t want to pay shipping once again.