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The Noel Stranger
Fiction/Biography Profile
Maggie Walther (Female), Married, Husband is arrested for bigamy; gets a divorce; becomes isolated from the world;
Andrew (Male), Owns a Christmas tree lot; forms a friendship with Maggie
Christian life
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Evans adds another installment to his large Christmas collection with this sweet second tale in the Noel Collection series (following The Noel Diary). Maggie Walther has just discovered that her husband, Clive, has been arrested for bigamy. Clive was on a shortlist of Salt Lake City mayoral candidates, making the news of his two families even more devastating and drawing Maggie deeper into the public eye. Maggie leaves her catering company in the hands of her friend and employee, Carina, as she attempts to deal with the emotional fallout of this discovery. When Christmas comes around, the fetching Andrew delivers the family's Christmas tree. Maggie is intrigued by him, and the two strike up a friendship in which he shows her a different, more rustic side of Salt Lake City and rescues her from her depression by encouraging her to live in the moment. But as their friendship begins to blossom into romance, Maggie realizes how little she knows about Andrew. When a secret from his past threatens to unravel their relationship, Maggie turns to her faith to decide if she can forgive a person for past mistakes. Evans's fans will appreciate this tale of finding the good in everyone and loving people for who they are. (Nov.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From "The King of Christmas," Richard Paul Evans, comes the next exciting holiday novel perfect for "fans of Debbie Macomber" ( Booklist ) in his New York Times bestselling Noel Collection. <br> <br> 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 her hole, and embrace the season to get her out of her funk, Maggie decides to put up a Christmas tree and heads off to buy one--albeit reluctantly. She is immediately taken by Andrew, the kind, handsome man who owns the Christmas tree lot and delivers her tree. She soon learns that Andrew is single and new to her city and, like her, is also starting his life anew.<br> <br> As their friendship develops, Maggie slowly begins to trust again--something she never thought possible. Then, just when she thinks she has finally found happiness, she discovers a dark secret from Andrew's past. Is there more to this stranger's truth than meets the eye? This powerful new holiday novel from Richard Paul Evans, the "King of Christmas fiction" ( The New York Times ), explores the true power of the season, redemption, and the freedom that comes from forgiveness.
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