Noel Street
In this new holiday offering from the “King of Christmas fiction” (The New York Times), #1 bestselling author Richard Paul Evans shares a story of heart and hope as he explores what it truly means to forgive and to love.Elle Savas, a waitress at the Noel Street Diner, isn’t sure what to make of Emerson Stone when his sudden appearance creates a small stir in the town of Garland, Utah. As their lives unexpectedly entwine, Elle learns that Emerson, a decorated Vietnam POW, is not only fighting demons, but may also have the answer to her own past pain, leading to a remarkable act of forgiveness.

Noel Street Details

TitleNoel Street
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781982129583
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Fiction, Romance, Adult Fiction, Audiobook, Christian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Noel Street Review

  • Mischenko
    January 1, 1970
    Elle is a single mom living in Mistletoe, Utah. The year is 1975 and her husband has passed away in the Vietnam War. She struggles financially while trying to raise her son, Dylan. The people in Mistletoe are kind, but when Elle meets a local mechanic named William, he puzzles her. After a kind gesture, the two connect, and Elle discovers that William is a Vietnam POW who's still living with demons. I'm in the minority here. This turns into such a an emotional story, but I couldn't connect to Elle is a single mom living in Mistletoe, Utah. The year is 1975 and her husband has passed away in the Vietnam War. She struggles financially while trying to raise her son, Dylan. The people in Mistletoe are kind, but when Elle meets a local mechanic named William, he puzzles her. After a kind gesture, the two connect, and Elle discovers that William is a Vietnam POW who's still living with demons. I'm in the minority here. This turns into such a an emotional story, but I couldn't connect to the characters and it was a bit dramatic for me. The book does touch on some difficult, important topics.Rating this lower would be wrong because the writing is good and it was neat how the characters connected in the end. The ending was predictable, but it's beautiful. I just simply didn't enjoy the story; however, the message of hope, faith, and forgiveness is lovely. Better luck next year.3***
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Noel Street holds Richard Paul Evans's classic charm and redemptive properties. I read it during the week of Veteran's Day which was perfection as it offers elements related to those who have served. The storyline is predictable but enjoyable. I'm always in the mood for this author's writing.
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    A '70s Christmas story with great messages. Noel Street is another fantastic Christmas book by RPE. He is the KING of the genre.
  • Eileen Mathys
    January 1, 1970
    Every year I look forward to his Christmas Romance book. This one did not disappoint. The diverse characters did not lead to the predictability of past books, but alas... they always have a happy ending.
  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    "Every story is a road. And on all roads there are potholes and bumps, detours and unexpected encounters. This stretch of my story took place back in 1975 in a small mountain town you've never heard of — Mistletoe, Utah. It was a harsher than usual winter, and everything it seemed, was frozen — including my life as a single mother working as a waitress at the Noel Street Diner."Then, on one of those cold days, something came along that changed everything for me. More correctly, someone. It was "Every story is a road. And on all roads there are potholes and bumps, detours and unexpected encounters. This stretch of my story took place back in 1975 in a small mountain town you've never heard of — Mistletoe, Utah. It was a harsher than usual winter, and everything it seemed, was frozen — including my life as a single mother working as a waitress at the Noel Street Diner."Then, on one of those cold days, something came along that changed everything for me. More correctly, someone. It was the day I found William Smith lying under a truck on Noel Street."The Noel Street Diner was where she first stopped when she happened to land with her son, needing a job, a place to live, and a better life for them both, along with a way to heal. Her son’s father died in Vietnam before Dylan was even born. Her parents have never met Dylan – they didn’t approve of Elle dating, let alone marrying, an African-American man, and were not interested in welcoming this child. She’s still struggling financially, but keeps trying. Fortunately, most people in this small town are more helpful than hurtful.When she runs into car problems, she finds out there’s a new guy, a young Vietnam POW, who has replaced the mechanic where she takes her car to be fixed. He doesn’t really make the best first impression, but the shop owner vouches for him. Despite her initial impression, they eventually become friendly, although she struggles, wondering if she is ready for more from anyone, he struggles thinking he is not worthy of anyone’s affections. "In the middle of a snowstorm we tubed down a steep hill, blind and out of control. That pretty much describes my life these days." -- Elle Sheen's DiaryAnother sweet, if predictable, Christmas story by Richard Paul Evans, this one tackles PTSD along with other social issues including race, and war - but at it’s heart, it’s all about love. The love of a parent for a child, along with a theme of love, forgiveness, and maintaining a sense of hope and faith despite seemingly overwhelming circumstances.
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  • Judy Collins
    January 1, 1970
    I always look forward to Richard Paul Evans' Christmas novel each year! NOEL STREET was a fantastic holiday romance which will warm your heart. I purchased the audiobook and the narrator, Helene Maksoud was exceptional. Highly recommend. This is one for the stocking or an ideal Christmas gift. For fans of holiday inspirational reads, mixed with magical charm. Also for those who enjoy upcoming romance by Rochelle B. Weinstein's This Is Not How It Ends.
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  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    The beautifully written book by Richard Paul Evans is told through the eyes of Elle Sheen. The year is 1975, and if you were alive then, you will remember the country being divided. The war in Viet Nam had ended, soldiers had returned to a less than welcoming public, race wars were still going on...in short, it was a rather tumultuous time.For Elle, devastation came in the death of the father of her son, an African American man who lost his life in Viet Nam. She lives in the tiny village of The beautifully written book by Richard Paul Evans is told through the eyes of Elle Sheen. The year is 1975, and if you were alive then, you will remember the country being divided. The war in Viet Nam had ended, soldiers had returned to a less than welcoming public, race wars were still going on...in short, it was a rather tumultuous time.For Elle, devastation came in the death of the father of her son, an African American man who lost his life in Viet Nam. She lives in the tiny village of Mistletoe, Utah, and her son is the only person of color who lives there. Her family abandoned her when she dared to love an African American man, and she works in a diner to support herself and her son. Luckily for Elle, her son Dylan loves her as much as she does him, and together they form a family, albeit a rather small one. She misses Dylan's father more than words can say.Into the small town, there is a newcomer, which is a rather unusual happening as no one apparently goes to Mistletoe on purpose, much less stays there. William Smith is operating a car repair service, and Elle meets him when her 1957 Ford Fairlaine is in dire need of repairs - again, something she can ill afford.A Viet Nam veteran himself, William and Elle are definitely attracted to each other. William, however, suffers from an extreme case of PTSD from his time in the war, and both he and Elle have suffered through prejudice for various reasons.This is yet another beautiful story by Evans, focusing on love and forgiveness and the healing it brings.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Nice conclusion to the Noel Collection Series. It's rare to find a novel set in the 1970s. Noel Street is set in 1975 Mistletoe, Utah. The main character, Elle, is a widow of a Vietnam soldier. The lead male character, William, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.The way Elle and William meet was well written. The speed at which they fell in love happened rather quickly. Two other things seemed out of character for Elle. First, the number of dates she had where she left her son with a babysitter Nice conclusion to the Noel Collection Series. It's rare to find a novel set in the 1970s. Noel Street is set in 1975 Mistletoe, Utah. The main character, Elle, is a widow of a Vietnam soldier. The lead male character, William, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.The way Elle and William meet was well written. The speed at which they fell in love happened rather quickly. Two other things seemed out of character for Elle. First, the number of dates she had where she left her son with a babysitter seemed high. Absolutely, it was good for Elle and William to have time by themselves. It was the number of times that Elle's son wasn't included that surprised me. Second, there was one scene at William's apartment that seemed more intimate than I expected.Overall, it was an enjoyable Christmas novel and I loved the Hallmark ending.
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  • Laurene
    January 1, 1970
    "Every story is a road. And on all roads there are potholes and bumps, detours and unexpected encounters." "The cost of love is the risk of losing it. But it's always worth it. After all, in the end, what else is there?"
  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Nice Christmas story about a widow and a soldier who meet when her car needs repairs. She is a poor waitress and he has PSTD. Her son is the only black child in school and her father disowned her when he found out. This tells how she and the soldier get together.
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