“Tis’ the season for a great feel-good read!” says Marg Wood, supervisor of the Napanee Branch. “This time of the year I generally take a break from my preferred genres of psychological thrillers and historical fiction and steer towards lighter, more seasonal books. Richard Paul Evans’ newly released book The Noel Diary was my first holiday book this year and it certainly fit the easy-read bill for me.
“Jacob Churcher is a best-selling romance writer who is more or less a loner, unlucky in love and unhappy in life. As a result of his traumatic childhood (being abandoned by his father and kicked out of his home by his unstable and abusive mother as a teen), Jacob tends to trust no one and has shut himself off of pursuing meaningful relationships. While on his latest book tour he learns of his estranged mother’s death and returns home to settle her estate. There he discovers that his mother had been living as a hoarder and the job of cleaning up her place will require much more effort than he had originally thought.
An unexpected visitor, named Rachael, shows up one day while he is shifting through the clutter. She looking for information about a woman who had given her up for adoption thirty years ago and who had apparently lived with Jacobs’ family while she was pregnant. Jacob was just a little boy at the time and has no recollection of the woman in question and is unable to help Rachael, much to her dismay. Drawn together by chance and by Rachael’s offer to help him sort through his mother’s mess, she and Jacob develop an attraction to each other, something neither of them wanted or expected. When they discover a diary belonging to a woman named Noel the course of their lives is changed forever. United by their quest to discover the circumstances surrounding their pasts they find much more than they had bargained for.”
“In true Richard Paul Evans style, The Noel Diary is an endearing holiday read as are his previous offerings such as The Christmas List and Grace,” Marg concludes.
“Some of my past holiday favorite reads include The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere, the Mrs. Miracle books by Debbie Macomber and The Christmas Wish by Richard Siddoway.”
These titles and many more enchanting holiday reads are available in a variety of formats from the County of Lennox and Addington Public Libraries.
Catherine Coles is the manager of library services for L&A County.