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The Noel Stranger

(The Noel Collection #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,694 ratings  ·  438 reviews
From Richard Paul Evans, the next exciting holiday-themed novel in his New York Times bestselling The Noel Collection.

Maggie Walther feels like her world is imploding. Publicly humiliated after her husband, a local councilman, is arrested for bigamy, and her subsequent divorce, she has isolated herself from the world. When her only friend insists that Maggie climb out of h
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Simon Schuster
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For some reason, stories of redemption are even more welcomed around the holidays which is why I never miss a Richard Paul Evans end-of-the-year release. Full of warmth and flawed characters, Evans' storytelling seems to always leave my heart aglow with the idea that the human condition is capable of evoking healing in the midst of so much harm. The Noel Stranger is Evans' November 2018 release and it is also the second installment in his Noel Collection, a series of standalone novels.

The Noel S
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This second book of The Noel Collection was a miss for me. I struggled with finding it to be realistic.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
From the “King of Christmas fiction” comes this year’s Christmas story - The Noel Stranger, Richard Paul Evans latest, the second book in The Noel Diary series.
I can’t say that I’ve read every one of his Christmas stories, but I’ve read quite a few beginning with The Christmas Box, which remains my favourite. I keep hoping for another series, book, that I will enjoy as much. The rest of The Christmas Box, series was almost as good as the first.

”Obviously, I’ve thought this over too mu
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I normally love Richard Paul Evans Christmas books, but this one fell a bit flat for me. While the elements of love, hope, forgiveness and redemption were all there, I did not feel a connection to the characters. The main character, Maggie, seemed to be so caught up in her own self pity, she ignored the needs of others. The love story came off as contrived, too quick and a bit too perfect.
It's a light, easy read that I'm sure many will enjoy.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read by Richard Paul Evans and I am sitting here asking myself why? Now I want to go back and read all of his other books because this one was so good! Once I started this one, I did not want to put it down at all. Very well written and thought out and flows really well.

Maggie is blindsided by one of the biggest secrets her husband could ever hide. How could she be so naive and not know what was going on she asks herself over and over. Her husband was a congressman and has been
Ivana Mendez
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.
I didn't feel invested with the characters, didn't feel like I knew them really. It moved too quickly and felt very unrealistic.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one! I loved the little bit of mystery within the storyline! Highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of Richard Paul Evans.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed The Noel Stranger, as I have a dozen other Richard Paul Evans books.

Although it begins at Christmas with a search for a tree, there is so much more to this book as it covers more than just one season in the lives of its characters. In some ways it was a classic Evans read, but in other ways the twists and turns were an unexpected and wonderful surprise. I loved the epilogue so much and the wonderful quote found there,

"That's what love and life require of us-to walk on in spite
Colona Public Library
Normally, I like Richard Paul Evans book, but this was a miss for me. It was just not believable. The book started off fine, but than it just went off the rails. Maggie who is heartbroken and doesn't leave the house for months, suddenly fails for a Christmas tree lot salesman and travels to Cabo with him. A normal person would not do that. Normally his books give me a warm feeling inside about how there are still good people in the world. This book did not make me feel anything. I was very disap ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nothing special. No depth to characters. Disappointing.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Rachel Robins
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I do love a good RPE Christmas read. This one did not do it for me. For a woman who had that extent of betrayal (and prior abuse), I felt it was kind of glossed over and I didn't have much buy-in for her as a character (even now I can't remember her name).
I'm kind of baffled that she immediately goes from moody to "so in love" and did HE have to be crazy good-looking and rich? Dude RPE, give us hope for love with average people, average income. It was also annoying that, again, we have single c
Terri Wino
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-2018
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Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book absolutely enraptured me! I just could not keep thinking about it. In fact I woke up at 2 a.m. and finished the last 60 pages because I woke up having to know how it ended. RPE books have a way of drawing you in, taking hold of heart and staying on your mind. The writing is not formulaic...there is many twists and turns. At times times is an amazing story. I applaud the author for his extraordinary gift of story telling and give this book my highe ...more
Apparently, this is a second book in The Noel Collection. I've never read any book by Richard Paul Evans. Imagine my suprise this Christmas novel is written by a gentleman. Thought I'd give it a try. The synopsis read reasonable and interesting.

As I read along, I was having a hard time believing how they connected. The heroine was only thinking about herself. I'm also having a hard time how she could just up and leave her restaurant running smoothly without her for several weeks or so. I'm also
kathleen n jones
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Very disappointed in this book. I read RPE books everytime one comes out and couldn't wait for this new one. I just felt like it wasn't anything close to what he can write. Came away feeling a little upset that it made me not feel like a Christmas story but more of a low class romance story. I have all of his books, but this one just isn't up to par. Please Mr. Evans no more like this.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Out of this world, of course aren't All of Evans books great. I loved it and I can't wait for next years Christmas book. I highly recommend this one. 4 stars in my opinion.
Richard Paul Evans has a gift for writing incredibly moving Christmas novels. I loved the first book in this series, The Noel Diary; and this book met my expectations.

Maggie's world is falling apart literally. Her politician husband has been discovered to have a second family and is in jail being charged with bigamy. Her best friend encourages her to get back out into the world and to at least decorate the house for Christmas to cheer herself up. She heads to the nearest Christmas tree lot wher
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
Fans of author Richard Paul Evans, yes. Go ahead get this book. You’ll devour it!!

If you’re new to Evans’ fiction, what you’ll get inside “The Noel Stranger” is a decent enough romancy-Christmassy tale in which someone has been hurt somehow, but meets someone else who heals them during the holidays. As you will inside other Evans holiday books, you’ll find extremely well-crafted characters and deep details that make it all seem more real, plus a snowscape and an argument that throws the novel b
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting story with a few surprises along the way. Short easy Christmas read with likable characters. Not my favorite RPE read but a solid story.
Rhonda Ruff
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again rpe touches your heart! I look forward to and collect all his Christmas books! Simple and heartfelt books that give you hope!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I honestly don’t think this man has it in him to write a bad book. I have been a fan since day one and will continue to always be a fan! Every book he writes is impossible to put down, unless of course like me you read while at work. I highly recommend this and all of his other books. Merry Christmas fellow readers!
Jeanann Barrett
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A good love story but disappointing on the Christmas end. In my opinion the story would have been just as successful if the main characters met over a disabled car in the WalMart parking lot.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I’m not big on love stories but I have enjoyed several of Richard Paul Evans books over the years. This one the love story seemed unrealistic because a woman wouldn’t really go out of the country with a man that she barely knew, would she?

How do you decide when a person has told you too many lies to trust them. Or barring lies, just left out info that would complete the truth?

Well like I said I’m not big on love stories but it was okay.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't understand why people give a book 3 stars then write a review saying how they didn't like it. It skews the overall rating making it look like it is reasonably rated when it was a bad read!
And this book, IMO, was nowhere near 3 stars. I listened to the audio version, which is horribly read btw, and I finally opted for utter silence rather than suffer more of this drivel. My one and only Christmas read and it was totally unrealistic and painfully boring. My Christmas present to myself was
Sarah Pickett
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Stupid, stupid, stupid.

I’ve been an avid RPE fan for YEARS. But no longer. It’s insulting that he apparently feels that phoning in this drivel is acceptable to loyal fans.

Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
What would Christmas be without a Richard Paul Evans story? I look forward to one every year -- even though I might buy it a month ahead of time. I wait till I start seeing small changes in the season -- exterior lighting on homes -- trees on the roof of cars -- Christmas carols intersperse with the top 40. I hold off. And I take delight in hitting my "Christmas book pile". The characters that find each other and slowly develop a relationship. The Noel Stranger did not disappoint. The lost chara ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cool story line! I loved it. There are a couple of twists, which I'm not used to in RPE books, and it's nice. If you've ever had something 'bad' happen to you, and you just want to crawl into a hole and forget the world, but then somehow you are forced out of that hole (by your own determination or by someone else) and then things start looking up, but then they are not as they seem, and the entire reason for the it ends up being something quite unexpected and different from what you thought, th ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
for me a Christmas season can not go back without read or re-reading a book by Richard Paul Evans ... gosh I am trying to recall how i 1st found his books??! drawing a blank ...his style ... it is just so associated with Christmas for me ... i have no clue how authors feel about being associated with other or not?? but i have to do it ... for me u bring to associate certain qualities with each author you love or like ... u read some books but u will always come back to ones ... Debbie Macomber a ...more
Normally, I really enjoy Richard Paul Evans' novels. This one just had some very random to simplistic characterizations to make me feel like this just pulled on my heart. I liked the characters well enough. The lying, though, to what purpose?! The plausibility of Maggie's ex-husband (yeah, okay, it's Utah but c'mon!) Is hard to believe. And, her neighbors acrosd the street? I guess I'm to believe they showcased true love and suffering to make Maggie aware of her lack of living. I read better Eva ...more
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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

Other books in the series

The Noel Collection (2 books)
  • The Noel Diary (The Noel Collection, #1)