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Finding Noel

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  6,671 Ratings  ·  580 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 chan

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2006)
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Mark Smart has lost his college scholarship, his mother recently died, and he is feeling desperate and alone. When his car breaks down, he meets Macy Wood at a local coffee shop. Macy has had a rough upbringing, being adopted by a family who showed her little love after her mother died and her father lost Macy and her sister Noel because of their father's drug addiction. Noel and Macy were separated, Noel being adopted by another family. Mark has never felt close to his father, and could really ...more
Selena  Guarena
Sep 25, 2015 Selena Guarena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡OHHHHHHHHHHHHH! qué libro taaaan lindo y sentimental, oh no, espera, la sentimental soy yoooooooo :'((((

Lo recomiendo, es una lectura ligera pero muy bonita y significativa. Refuerza muchos valores y es hermosa por el simple hecho de que ¡Sea en Navidad!.
Dec 06, 2007 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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
Nov 13, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 14, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joy H.
May 16, 2013 Joy H. rated it really liked it
Added 5/16/13.
I read this book in 2007.
It's a good story and an easy read.
Jun 28, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
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
Judy Collins
Jan 16, 2013 Judy Collins rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2011 Jinky rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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".

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Nandi Crawford
The sad story of two little sisters separated due to a mother's death and father's addicition and the road to find each other is worth the time to read on it. Macy Wood is a young woman working as a waitress in a restaurant. One day as she is closing she meets a young man down on his luck. He lost his scholarship to college.; his mom has passed, ,his father told him to keep away, and his saving the money to return is becoming a pipedream, yet he meets Macy, and things begin to change. Then he jo ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Maren rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 01, 2011 Cassandra rated it really liked it
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
Dec 21, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!).
Read this straight forward story for an in-person discussion group . This group wanted a Christmas story, so that is how I ended up reading a book written by Richard Paul Evans . The ending was a little sappy for my liking, but that is the style of the author. The characters did touch my heart. I can't wait to hear what everyone else thought about the book.
christina lopez
Apr 03, 2007 christina lopez rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 30, 2012 Jessica rated it liked 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 10, 2007 Beth rated it liked it
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.
Suzanne Platt
Mar 04, 2015 Suzanne Platt rated it really liked it
A good life story that could be true although the ending is somewhat predictable it still a good read.
Jul 08, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 26, 2010 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This was a perfect quick read for the holidays. Life is hard & unfair & uncontrollable.....but God is in charge & He loves us. All of us. ❤
Jul 07, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Love his Christmas stories!
Kayrene Smither
Mar 19, 2015 Kayrene Smither rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas-novels
I loved this book! Just so attached to the main characters; Macy and Mark. Loved their stories, with their losses and blessings. Another WONDERFUL read by RPE.
Nov 23, 2011 Felicia rated it really liked it
This was one of the better ones. It ended well.
Apr 11, 2015 Lucy rated it it was amazing
Of all the books I've read from Paul this one made me cry!
Joyce Oliver stahle
Dec 27, 2015 Joyce Oliver stahle rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoy reading his books. Good clean romance.
Jun 24, 2015 MJ rated it it was amazing
Why do I enjoy the predictable, sappy romances? Because love never gets tiresome.
Lisa Petro
Mar 31, 2015 Lisa Petro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this one. Heartfelt for the holidays.
Sarah Anne Carter
May 13, 2007 Sarah Anne Carter rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 28, 2007 Anne rated it liked it
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.
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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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