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Finding Noel

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  5,064 ratings  ·  483 reviews

From the author of the beloved classic, The Christmas Box, comes another inspiring story of the power of love and the wonder of Christmas.

"There are stories, Christmas stories that are stored away like boxes of garlands and frosted glass ornaments, to be brought out and cherished each year. I've come to believe that my story is a Christmas story. For it has forever chang

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2006)
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Dec 07, 2007 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Chistmas book readers

Richard Paul Evans came from a loving family. He writes many of the books for them. Evans emphasizes that this book is about how people come into your life for a reason. He wrote Finding Noel in honor of his mother who died in Febuary 2006.

In the mist of the snowy night, Mark Smart feels like his life should come to an end. Just days before, his mother had died and he missed her funeral. His scholarship at the University
Brynne Betz
Dec 04, 2007 Brynne Betz rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
I was so excited to read a yummy christmas story...and while I finished it...its was AWFUL! Poorly written, lacking any real sense of imagination, shallow, yuck! Dont bother!!
Worum geht es:

Für Mark könnte es momentan nicht mehr schlimmer kommen: Das Stipendium für sein Studium wurde gestrichen, so dass er den Campus und sein altes Leben verlassen muss. Aus Scham teilt er seiner Familie von diesem großen Einschnitt nichts mit. Doch dann passiert das Unfassbare: Marks Mutter kommt bei einem Verkehrsunfall ums Leben, und da niemand seine neue Anschrift kennt, erfährt er von der Tragödie erst Tage nach der Beerdigung seiner geliebten Mum. Doch dann scheint das Schicksal

I grabbed this audio book off the library shelf, to satisfy my summertime need for a Christmasy story. I was halfway through the book, and becoming more annoyed by the minute. The reader added nothing to the telling, his voice flat and without emotion. I finally was bothered enough by his lackadaisical rendition to look at the cover to see who the reader was. Oops – read by the author. Even he sounded bored by his own novel. I’m sure I’m in the minority, but I failed to find much inspiration fr
I am a sucker for just about any book by Richard Paul Evans, and as my kids will tell you, also for Christmas. The fact that this one is about someone named Noel (although you don't find that out for awhile) just helped draw me to it. Most of Evans books are quick reads and this one was no exception.

Mark Smart has been dealt with one life's blow after another...he loses his scholarship and has to drop out of school, his girlfriend dumps him, his mother dies in an auto accident, and now on a cold
I have never read a Richard Paul Evans book that let me down, and "Finding Noel" is just another example of this author's superb story-telling. I would highly recommend not listening to the final disk of this audio book on the way into work when you need to be upbeat and in an early meeting without tears running down your face. I learned the hard way, so I thought I would share this nugget of wisdom with you. Mr. Evans has a way of making his characters feel like family. I wanted to drive around ...more
Fresh from finishing Mr. Evans' current book Lost December, I found that book to be better than this one. But unlike Lost December, the signature intro letter and dedication in Finding Noel left me shedding a tear before reaching chapter one! Mr. Evans dedicated this book to his late mother. Use mother in a sentiment and I'm bawling! As in turns out though, I found this read to be a bit disjointed. Still, a wonderful story of "how people come into our lives for a reason".

What I got out of this
Judy Collins
A great story teller – Evans always brings a novel to life. As the Christmas season approaches Mark has to drop out of college due to finances and has just learned his mother has died and on one snowy night in November when he car dies, he stumbles upon a girl Macy who has had a horrible childhood and living with a lady who took her in. She has little memory of her birth parents and a horrible adopted family. Her one hope is to find her sister “Noel” as they were separated when they were childre ...more
Finding Noel was a heart-wrenching story, definitely a tear jerker, as are most of his books that I have read so far. This book was a very quick read as well, it moved very quickly and I usually found myself not wanting to place my bookmark at the end of the chapter because I didn't know when I would be able to pick it up again, however, I was able to finish it in just two days. Be prepared to cry and grieve with most of his stories, as I have found that it's not always about happy endings as mu ...more
This is embarrassing to have liked a Richard Paul Evans book, especially after telling my sis a month ago how much I disliked the Christmas Box and never intended to read any of his novels again. And here I'm giving it 5 stars! I loved the symbolism throughout the book, the development of the characters lives and how it carried you along, and the epilogue. "This season I learned perspective, for Joseph the carpenter and Stuart the auto mechanic both raised someone else's son." (third to last par ...more
Loved this story! Listened to it as an audio cd. Read by the author, his voice captivated me and I felt like he was telling the story directly to me. The cover has a Christmas feel to it, but honestly, this is a great story to share at any point in the year. Beautifully written tale of fate, love, and compassion. I will admit I had a few teary eyed moments on the way to work as I listened, but it was all wrapped up with a pretty bow by the end (which is exactly the way I like it!).
I wanted to read a Christmas book, so I picked up this quick read. It is just a feel good story and warms your heart. I have discovered that when I need just a reminder of what life should be about, I pick up a book by Richard Paul Evans. They are not the most astounding books out there, but I love having just a good book to read. More towards 3 1/2 stars.
Nov 04, 2014 Dad rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
I have really enjoyed books by Richard Paul Evans. His writing and my reading tastes mesh like Velcro. "Finding Noel" is a great book. His novels are easy to read. He breaks the concepts into easy to digest chapters. Each chapter has one main point to get across and he's a master at that.
His characters are perfect and all the points blend into making the whole magnificent.
All the characters were helping the other see love in life except for maybe Mrs. Hummel. There was enough of the story save
christina lopez
Apr 03, 2007 christina lopez rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: absolutely
this book is my favorite. it gives insight to how orphans are given up daily and the tribulations they go through. it is sad to know our society has a lot of state aid that just doesnt cut the screening of foster parents. it was a good read near the holidays and it reaffirms how lucky we should all be for what we have.
Cheryl Gatling
This was one of the sappiest books I ever read. I can't say I didn't enjoy it, and I can't say it wasn't inspiring that people who have been hurt by life can still find happiness with each other, but... let's pile on the suffering, and let's milk the heartwarming kindness. Mark's mother has died. His father has kicked him out. He had gone to college on a scholarship, but flunked out. His girlfriend has dumped him, and now his car has broken down in a snowstorm. Macy's mother died. Her father was ...more
Technically this isn't LDS fiction, but it follows the same basic rules: somewhat decent storytelling (admittedly tending toward dramatic plotlines … or is it just that my life is boring?) but squeaky-clean and fun to read. And basically impossible to put down.
Nov 28, 2007 Anne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone who feels they can't escape the way they were raised
This book is a nice story with a few hard times and even tragedy. What I liked about it was that those things were overcome, and life went on.
this book was so entertaining that i had to read it all in one day !! i think that i stayed up until about 2 am trying to finish it.
Sarah Anne Carter
May 17, 2007 Sarah Anne Carter rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Another great story from Evans. I have never been disappointed by his books. Cute story about finding out the truth about your parents.
Cute, quick read. More like a short story, really. Feel-good inspirational Christmas book.
SUMMARY: A heartwarming and inspirational Christmas novel in the tradition of The Christmas Box, Grace, The Gift, and The Christmas List. The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk series returns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemption.

A young woman, who has been adopted as a child by a loving family, has only a Christmas ornament inscribed with the word “Noel” as a keepsake of her birth family, about whom she remembers nothing. When long hidden memories r
This was one of the better ones. It ended well.
Ez a könyv lett idei félszázadik olvasmányom, és a Hol lehet Noel? igazán méltó ehhez a fontos számhoz. No nem azért, mert valami különösen magas irodalmi értéket képviselne, vagy telve lenne eredeti gondolatokkal, nem várt fordulatokkal, utánozhatatlan karakterekkel. Meglehetős bizonyossággal állítom, év közben halálra idegesített volna az esendő emberi és szinte angyalian emelkedett lelkületű főhősök valószínűtlenül pozitív végkicsengésű története. Richard Paul Evans jól bevált módon az érzele ...more
Another wonderfully touching Richard Paul Evans story that left me wishing I had more books of his on hand. The message driven home in Finding Noel is that no matter how small, your actions can have a great impact on the world. We meet Mark Smart as he is struggling through the low point of his life, and discover that a simple act of kindness can change a life immeasurably, when he encounters a woman named Macy on that fateful night. By providing that simple act of kindness, Macy sets off a chai ...more
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
Like I mentioned before, I really loved this novel. I picked it up on a whim at the public library as a quick Christmas read and I am so glad that this book fell into my hands.

This story is touching...and encompasses the idea that love and family come in all shapes and forms, and sometimes we need to look beyond our own losses and hardships to find true happiness and love. The main character, Mark, really is a unique perspective to write a novel from - a man who is down and meets the woman he kn
Richard Paul Evans always has a good story to tell and once again, I was not disappointed. In ways, the romantic involvement between his two main characters Mark Smart and Macy Wood is quite similar to the lovers in Nicholas Sparks' latest novel "Dear John": A boy and girl from different walks of life meet, fall in love and experience ups and downs ... Mark, a downtrodden college student meets Macy, a waitress in a local coffee shop after his car breaks down one night before a suicide attempt. M ...more
Finding Noel was the first of Richard Paul Evans books that I decided to read this December 2012 – my objective being to soak up the spirit of Christmas that Evans writes about so well. Finding Noel is primarily a story about an adopted young woman, named Macy, who is searching for her sister she was separated from as a child. Along the way Macy finds some setbacks, surprises and successes in a wonderful Christmas story. Her name is Macy after all.

I was not disappointed in my feel good, Christma
This book was a quick read - a really quick read - which I admit often makes me feel rather shallow. Am I no longer capable of reading longer than a few hours? A few days? Has my attention span become that poor? My free time so small? Although the storyline was slightly cliche and predictable, I enjoyed it. What did I gain? Some quotes... and here they are, for safekeeping:

"When you've finally met the one person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you want the rest of your life to sta
Wayne Wilson
I enjoyed this read quite a bit. I was surprised how much I liked the book. It made me happy and sad just like a good Christmas Read should produce. All in all I felt emotionally manipulated but it was done in a nice way.

I enjoyed the setting in Utah, since I have spent many years there in the past. I was able to recognize many of the geographic references and that was fun. I thought the plot complications were great but the complications were too easily overcome and I thought the author took so
The second time I’ve read this book. It still elicits a lump in my throat when I read it. Two girls are separated as young children. Bad things can happen to a person and they can become refined and better for it. We can become instruments in God’s hands to help change someone else’s life, (and ours.) Evans’ easy writing style leads us along. Caring and Love can bring about miracles. Some quotes from the book which I liked and don't give away anything about the story.

I believe that whatever goo
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When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. He has since written ele ...more
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