(Website, Goodreads)Published by Simon and Schuster on November 15th 2016
Genres: Christian, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, General, Holidays, Romance
The master of the holiday novel presents the moving story of two people who brave loneliness and loss to find love.
Dear Universe, Is anyone out there?
Thinking no one is reading, a blogger who calls herself LBH writes about her most personal feelings, especially her overwhelming loneliness. She goes from day to day showing a brave face to the world while inside she longs to know how it would feel if one person cared about her.
Alex Bartlett cares. He’s reading her posts in Daytona Beach, Florida. Nursing his own broken heart and trust issues, he finds himself falling for this sensitive, vulnerable woman whose feelings mirror his own. Following a trail of clues LBH has inadvertently revealed, he discovers that she lives in the small town of Midway, Utah. He makes his way there just after Thanksgiving, determined to find LBH. Maybe she’s a Lisa, Lori, or a Luanne. Instead, he finds a woman named Aria, a waitress at the Mistletoe Diner, who encourages Alex in his search while serving his pie along with some much-needed sympathy and companionship.
Alex finally finds his LBH, a woman who is as beautiful and kind as he imagined she would be. How can he tell her that he knows her secret? What’s holding him back? Could it be his feelings for Aria?
Today, we have a special guest over on the blog, my mom, Denise Chavis! Check out her review of The Mistletoe Secret!
Alex Bartlett is alone this year for the holidays. He must face Thanksgiving and Christmas with only his friends, Nate and Dale. His wife of 6 years has just left him and is seeking a divorce. At the nudging of his two friends, Alex decides to explore online dating. While looking for a dating site to register with, he stumbles upon the blog of a lady who only uses her initials, LBH. The main focus of her blog is loneliness. This is something Alex knows all too well. He has an instant connection with her, and on a whim decides to go to Midway, Utah and find her. When you read the book, you will discover how he find out where she lives. As he embarks on this journey, you will meet a lot of interesting characters, such as Aria, a waitress at the local Mistletoe Diner in Midway.
I finished the book in less than 24 hours, which is a Christmas miracle in itself. This book is the third in a set of companion books written by Richard Paul Evans (RPE). I have always loved his books and especially loved the first installment in this series, The Mistletoe Promise. However, after last year’s book, The Mistletoe Inn, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this new addition. RPE didn’t disappoint this time. He has written a heart wrenching story for the holidays about people who are hurting and the journey to find a way to end that hurt.
I would recommend you add this short novel to your list of things to read this Christmas season. It’s a very light read, even for the most tired brain. I must travel to Utah and visit the Blue Boar Inn in Midway. The descriptions have made me put in on my list of places to visit.