The Christmas List: A Novel


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Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention evans richard paul heart ending girl eric young child sad abuse boy clubhouse runaway novels abused secret lives cry page. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I have enjoyed every one of Richard Evans books that I have read so I am reading some of the books, especially the Christmas books to catch up.

I was surprised at this one as it was very much not like the other Christmas stories I have read of his. This was a thought producing book about child abuse and a love story all in one and God's grace. Sometimes life kicks us to the curve and we wonder where is God in this. But in this case a 14 year old boy helps bring an abused 16 year old runaway girl to believe again.

She sees her future in the candle flames so she believes she knows what is going to happen to her. As a mother of 4 grown children, I have learned that as they get older in the teens I have to respect their choices and teach them at the same time. Eric's mother and father found this out too. They made the wrong choice and Eric and Grace paid for it, especially Grace. I finished the book just before I went to sleep and I woke up all night thinking about the ending, the choices and the story and getting involved. I would recommend this book to anyone.

One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. I actually finished this a couple of weeks ago and am sadly now just catching up on reviews. I have to start out by saying that as much as I was anticipating this release by Richard Paul Evans, I was not in the least bit disappointed.

This is an author who has such a beautiful way with story telling and bringing words to life. Each year, at the holiday season, the excitement of knowing Mr.

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Evans will be gracing readers with a new tale, is one of the many high points of the season, for me. Grace was a bit different, than previous works that I have read by this author, with it's underlying tragedy of unspoken child abuse. The setting is during the Cuban Missile Crisis when the troubles of other's is not openly discussed. Secrets are often hidden and life is a playacting of "all is well". It is during this time that a young 14 year old boy, Eric, finds a classmate, Grace, rummaging around in the dumpster, where he works at an after school job.

Eric kindly brings Grace in and gives her food. After she tells him that she is not going home, he decides that a safe place for her to "hide-out" would be his tree house at home. It is far back from the house and never visited by adults. With slight hesitation, Grace agrees and goes home with Eric. During the short time that Grace and Eric are together, they form the deepest of bonds. The story of Grace's home life slowly surfaces and Eric is left with a tortured decision.

Grace is a novel of strong friendship, first love, strength and tragedy. Once I opened up this heart gripping book, I was unable to put it down. The emotions that ran through me, as I read, were those of laughter, hope, endurance, sadness, anger and horror. As I turned the final page, my heart ached for the life of this young girl. Grace will make a permanent home on my bookshelf and will be a book that I recommend with my highest enthusiasm. Though centered around the holiday season, Grace would easily be an excellent story any time of the year.

Even now, thinking back upon the story, my heart aches and vivid memories rush within my mind. This is a work of art, not easily forgotten. Richard Paul Evans could not write a bad book if he tried! I have almost all of his books and have love all of them. The only thing wrong is I can't put the books down once I start reading them. If you miss Maeve Binchy you'll love this.

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Memories from a World with One. You can imagine the possibilities. So why is Jay not happy with his new life? Because of the dangerous memories. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Rated by customers interested in. Is this feature helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Read reviews that mention evans richard paul james kier heart obituary forgiveness carol redemption scrooge amends reads comments late dickens holiday season finds main.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is a modern-day retelling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. James Kier is a successful businessman, but he is as ruthless as you can get. He thinks nothing of double-crossing those who trust him and has no appreciation for his employees. He left his devoted wife when she needed him most, leaving her to battle cancer alone.

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He is a pretty despicable, sorry excuse for a man. One day, James is stunned to read his obituary in the newspaper. What is more shocking is reading all of the comments left online in response to the obituary. To read what people really think of him makes him examine his life to determine what kind of legacy he wants to leave behind.

Amidst all of the negativity, only one commenter stands up for him James sets out to make things right to those whom he has betrayed, but most are unwilling to accept his apology.

Is James only trying to change what people think of him, or is he looking for redemption for the right reason? Once in a while, I like to pick up a tear-jerker. Christmas is a perfect time of year to read something that is inspiring and introspective. Evans does not disappoint! Although this is my first Evans novel, it will not be my last!

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I see that Evans has written a number of Christmas tales, and I plan to read more next Christmas! In the meantime, I will try out some of his other novels. Dossett's narration was the perfect complement to Evans' beautiful prose! Many times, I was in tears while listening. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. James Kier was quite the real estate developer. He had made a fine career out of cutting deals with vulnerable people, metaphorically cutting their throat in the process. He had everything he ever wanted and more than he could ever need. In his wake, his soon to be ex-wife Sara was trying hard to keep moving forward while battling a fast-moving cancer and his adult soon to be married son wanted nothing whatsoever to do with him.

But now, James is reading a newspaper that is announcing his death. Apparently he had crashed his BMW in the snow storm the previous night and was pronounced dead at the scene. Clearly a mistake and no doubt a costly one for some poor reporter, James thought as he dials up his lawyer Perhaps this would be a way to find out what people really think of him Following some painfully harsh comments on the internet, James is quick to learn that some he thought were his allies are clearly not In this new light shed brightly on his true character, James decided to take a real hard look at those he has hurt while building himself up and seeing if in this season perhaps he can make some changes to who he was and take this "resurrection" as a new chance at life.

I wish I would have been able to get this review up a week ago because this turned out to be a wonderful read for the season. Never a big fan of holiday reads as I find them usually too mushy and dull I admit I went into this book club read a little "dragging of the feet. James is not a likable person. He has done things so terrible that I think even I would slam the door in his face.

Throughout his building of fame and fortune he destroyed careers, families, and lives.

As he tries to make amends you get a Dickens "Christmas Carol" feel to the book, James seeing for the first time what his decisions had cost others. The book was a quick read, in a matter of a couple of hours I had it finished, but it was not finished with me. It really made me think about decisions I make and the people in my life. After reviewing this with my book club for our December read I think it is safe to say that none of us came out of the last page unscathed, we all had been emotionally touched at one point or another in the book.

One person found this helpful. There are some spoilers in this review. Having had first-hand experience with a relative that died of pancreatic cancer, I was disgusted with Evans' patently romanticized version of Sara Kier's death.

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One does not impart declarations of love and a pithy bon mot about how heaven-won't-be-heaven-if-you-are-not-there-my-love in the final stages of death by pancreatic cancer. In reality Sara Kier would have been comatose. And the schmaltz doesn't end there Sara dies on Christmas Day Another point where I had a lot of trouble suspending disbelief was when Sara tells her son how good his father used to be, how he had wanted to be a social-worker, how he had been a just and upright man, it was only after he got swindled that he turned evil.

So Junior had never before heard this bit of family lore? What house did he grow up in?

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Was Sarah keeping it a secret? Call me crazy, but it seems like this family history should have come out much sooner, say the first time Junior expressed anger or frustration with his absentee father, maybe at age We are lead to believe that James Kier is real estate developer in Utah, and Mormonism is never mentioned I can't believe that Mormons in good standing aren't going to be a little wary of doing business with a man who appears to be an unrepentant sociopath. Wouldn't his reputation preceed him in such a community and he'd quickly be frozen out?

Finally, James keeps a Bible given to him by an old woman whose walk he shoveled as an adolescent, a Bible that he can lay his hands on immediately.

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It's not buried in some box in the attic somewhere, no, apparently he took it with him when he left his cancer-ravaged wife! So the moral we are to take from this little syrupy gem is that apparently, when you are rich, it is super easy to make amends. First, because you can afford to take lots of time off work and have your staff handles everything. You can buy houses for people you've wronged, you can give your loyal secretary an outrageous pay raise and let her work from home, you can remodel your basement to create an art studio for the son you've neglected, endow scholarships, etc I guess since we'll never have the power to be as cartoonishly evil as James Kier, we don't have to worry about it.

This book is a heavy-handed morality tale with very little nuance and flat characters. If this novel had been written by a thirteen-year-old girl, I'd say the girl had some talent, but I expect more than this pabulum from a grown-man with 13! See all reviews.

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