The Mistletoe Promise
by Richard Paul Evans
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014
I always look forward to a new Christmas story by Richard Paul Evans (author of The Christmas Box) and was thrilled that my copy of The Mistletoe Promise came in from the library before Christmas! I went on a binge-read today and totally enjoyed every minute of it.
Elise Dutton's husband left her three years ago for her best friend, leaving her lonely and sad. Complicating matters is a painful secret from her past that she can't recover from. Nicholas Derr is a high-powered attorney who works in the same building as Elise. The day after Halloween, he suggests that they make a Christmas contract, dubbed the Mistletoe Promise, to spend the holidays together as a couple in order to not be alone and have someone to go to holiday events with. After some thought, she agrees, and he is truly a man made in heaven - kind, attentive, and showering her with gifts, but she knows it all must come to an end Christmas day.
This is an amazing love story - the kind that only exists in fairy tales - and there are some plot holes, but the tale holds some surprises and will definitely keep you reading until the satisfying conclusion. It is a powerful story of forgiveness. Evans has crafted an enjoyable holiday romance and fans of his writing will eagerly devour this latest work.