A love story for Christmas—now a Hallmark Channel original movie—from the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk.
Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful.
Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks—until the evening of December 24—he suggests that they pretend to be a couple. He draws up a contract with four rules:
1. No deep, probing personal questions
2. No drama
3. No telling anyone the truth about the relationship
4. The contract is void on Christmas Day
The lonely Elise surprises herself by agreeing to the idea. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again, her long-held secret threatens to unravel the emerging relationship. But she might not be the only one with secrets.
Fun to read about restaurants,streets and places that I know
There is nothing better to get in the spirit of the holidays like reading a Richard Paul Evans novel. His latest offering “The Mistletoe Promise” is a delicious treat for the heart.
Elise Dutton and Nicholas Derr are two souls with heartwrenching moments in their past who find themselves alone and lonely with the holiday season approaching. Nick, a successful lawyer proposes that they enter a mutually beneficial contract that would allow them to act as a couple for all the upcoming social events on their calendars. Elise is intrigued with the idea. They agree to a “Purely platonic relationship” and each find themselves falling harder for one another as time goes on. A final revelation serves to bring them even closer together and ultimately shows that there is hope and light in forgiveness and letting go.
This is one of the best romances I have read in a long time. Not one emotion is left untouched. Richard Paul Evans is masterful at tugging a reader’s heart and keeping them hoping the story never ends. It is perfect literary comfort food. This book should be on every Santa list and is a terrific read to give and share with anyone.
Way too sad
If you're a mother or even a father don't read this. It will make you way too sad. I thought this would put me in the holiday spirit but it just cost me a sleepless night.