The Noel Stranger

The Noel Stranger

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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.

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508252481
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Series: Noel Collection Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 373,826
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than thirty-five novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than thirty-five million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, five Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award, and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at, or visit his website,


Salt Lake City, Utah

Date of Birth:

October 11, 1962

Place of Birth:

Salt Lake City, Utah


B.A., University of Utah, 1984

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    The Noel Stranger 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Not RPE’s best work. Or maybe I’m just tired of the “formula.”
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is the most interesting book ever. Never in any of his books have an intriguing twist in this story. Truly the best book I have ever read.
    MarcyK 4 months ago
    I found this book to be a great "Christmas" book. Richard Paul Evans has a way of writing that keeps you engaged as he develops the characters and the plot of the story. It is a "real life" story that carries you throughout the pages and into a twist that explodes at the end, but is totally believable. A wonderful read, particularly as we enter the holidays.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Mr Evans had me guessing all the way . no cliches here
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Very good
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Definitely not his best ! - Not much of a plot and was corny and predictable, I listened to this on CD and I found the reader to be quite annoying when doing the male voice. This was the first time I found myself fast forwarding through much of the a Richard Paul Evans story and because there was not much to the plot besides main character constantly feeling sorry for herself I really did not miss much by fast forwarding.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Thought I had it figured out, but there’s always an interesting twist! Love the “Noel” series.
    booksieCA More than 1 year ago
    I love Richard Paul Evans books, but this one was disappointing. Started out okay but then just sort of dragged on. I did not care for the story line in this book.
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    KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
    The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans takes readers to Salt Lake City, Utah. Agnetha “Maggie” Walther is shocked when she learns that her husband, Clive is a bigamist. Maggie hides in her home for the next six months to avoid the people’s looks and reporters. Her friend, Carina convinces Maggie that she needs to get out and suggests she purchase a Christmas tree. Maggie goes to the local tree lot where she meets the owner, Andrew. Andrew delivers the tree later that evening and they chat over coffee. Maggie is taken with him and cannot stop thinking about the handsome Andrew. A few days later Maggie goes back to the lot to obtain Christmas lights, and he offers to help her decorate the tree. Their friendship begins and quickly blossoms into romance. Maggie’s heart is opening as she falls in love with Andrew. But then Maggie discovers that Andrew has been not been forthcoming on his past and doubts begin to surface. Can Maggie listen to Andrew with an open mind and heart? The Noel Stranger is the second book in The Noel Collection, but each book in the series is meant to stand on its own. While I have enjoyed other stories by Richard Paul Evans (The Christmas Box being my favorite), The Noel Stranger was a letdown. Maggie is supposed to have trust issues, but she meets Andrew and seems to instantly fall in love. Within two weeks, they are jetting off to Mexico for a vacation. I would have expected the romance to progress at a slower pace as she slowly gets to know Andrew. The Noel Stranger felt unrealistic and predictable. The story lacked depth and I was not able to connect with the characters. Maggie is a contradiction as well as selfish. Maggie has been neglecting her business for the last six months while she has been wallowing at home in self-pity (I would have been angry). She has been relying on her business assistant to run the business and she has little training (I am shocked she still has a business). The story felt contrived and flat. I rolled my eyes so often they hurt the next day. The Noel Stranger features forgiveness, love, redemption, hope, compassion, important of communication and second changes. I am giving The Noel Stranger 3 out of 5 stars. The Noel Stranger is a light, clean romance novel that is an easy and quick story to read (just not the right fit for me).
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    catloverMJ More than 1 year ago
    Every year I buy a Christmas book by Richard Paul Evans. This year I did not enjoy his book as much as the others . I didn't really care for the story line. Started out good, but then kind of lost it for me. I also thought it strange to buy a live Christmas 2 weeks before Thanksgiving!
    Twink More than 1 year ago
    Ahh, it wouldn't be Christmas without a new book from Richard Paul Evans! This latest is entitled The Noel Stranger. Maggie Walther is stunned when her husband is arrested - for bigamy. She retreats from the world, hurt and embarrassed. With Christmas around the corner, her friend encourages her to embrace the season and start to live again. A chance encounter at a Christmas tree farm with a man named Andrew gives her hope that maybe, just maybe, she can find happiness again. But the road to happiness is often bumpy.... Evans sets his novels around the Christmas season - a time of reflection, connection, forgiveness, joy - and yes, love. The Noel Stranger is told as excerpts from Maggie's diary. I liked Maggie and wanted her to find happiness again. Her initial hesitation was understandable, given what has happened to her. But, I was somewhat surprised at the speed at which things progressed - a trip to Cabo seemed a wee bit rash on Maggie's part. I thought she would be a bit more cautious, given some of the enigmatic answers he provides. But of course, that's part of the plot! Without providing a spoiler, I did find the reason for Andrew's enigmatic answers needs to be taken with a few grains of salt. I chose to listen to The Noel Stranger. The reader was a favorite of mine - Erin Mallon. She provides the perfect voice for Maggie - warm, appealing, engaging and easy to listen to. Her interpretation is expressive - rising and falling, accentuating the emotion etc. And....she also does the male voice. And it's totally believable. Mallon uses a deeper voice, one with a rich gravelly tone. There was never any question as to who was speaking or whose narrative we were listening to. I often think about the logistics of narrating a book. The reader is often flipping back and forth between characters. Quite the job - and Mallon does it very well. The Noel Stranger was an entertaining, easy listen, perfect for the back and forth drive to work at this time of the year.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Richard Paul Evans best book yet.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Richard Paul Evans best book yet.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Broken people afraid to trust learn who really matters.
    bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
    Maggie Walther gets the shock of her life when a newspaper reporter calls her to ask if she has a comment on her husband getting arrested for bigamy. Maggie quickly goes into a downward spiral of depression that she seems to be incapable of breaking. free from. When her employee and best friend challenges her to get a Christmas tree, Maggie reluctantly goes to buy one. She gets the tree, but she also got a lot more than she bargained for. This was an emotionally charged, enjoyable Christmas story. I love this author's books and this one did not disappoint!
    Annette5151 More than 1 year ago
    I really like his books! This was a fast sweet read. Maybe alittle sappy at times but I still enjoyed it
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago