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  • 0 of 6 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library EVA (Text) 33500013499967 New Checked out 12/23/2021
LARL Cataloging LARL94634 (Text) LARL94634 New On order -
McIntosh Public Library EVA (Text) 33500013499975 New Checked out 12/27/2021
Moorhead Public Library EVA (Text) 33500013499983 New Checked out 12/23/2021
Greenbush Public Library EVA (Text) 35500006523581 New On holds shelf -
Red Lake Falls Public Library EVA (Text) 35500006523599 New On holds shelf -

Record details

  • ISBN: 198217742X
  • ISBN: 9781982177423
  • Physical Description: 274 pages ; 19 cm
  • Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2021.

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On the night of her high school graduation, Richelle Bach's father gives her and her identical twin sister, Michelle, matching opal necklaces. "These opals look identical," he tells them, "but the fire inside each is completely unique--just like the two of you." Indeed, the two sisters couldn't be more different, and their paths diverge as they embark on adulthood. Years pass, until--at their father's behest--they both come home for Christmas. What happens then forever damages their relationship, and Richelle vows never to see or speak to her sister again. In their father's last days, he asks Richelle to forgive Michelle, a deathbed promise she never fulfills as her twin is killed in an accident. Now, painfully alone and broken, caring for the sickest of children in a hospital PICU, Richelle has one last dream: to be an author. The plot of her book, The Prodigal Daughter, is a story based on her sister's life. It's not until she meets Justin Ek, a man who harbors his own loss, that a secret promise is revealed, and Richelle learns that the story she's writing is not about her sister, but about herself.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 November #1
    Nothing says cozy Christmas read like a Richard Paul Evans book, and his latest (after The Noel Letters, 2020) doesn't disappoint. Richelle is facing a lonely holiday after losing both her father, Richard, and identical twin, Michelle, in the same year. Richard's final request of Richelle was to forgive her sister after years of estrangement, but Michelle was killed before they had the chance to even attempt to reconcile. Now Richelle immerses herself in nursing the sickest children in the PICU to cope with her isolation and grief. Her other solace is the writing group where she meets other struggling authors, and where she encounters a newcomer, Justin, who immediately draws her attention. As she and Justin grow closer, the prospects for a merry Christmas appear unexpectedly bright, until doubts and revelations intervene. As Richelle wrestles with the prodigals in her life, themes of love, forgiveness, and redemption resound throughout this heartwarming tale. Recommended for lovers of holiday fiction and fans of Evans, old and new. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Richard Paul Evans&#160;is the #1 bestselling author of&#160;<i>The Christmas Box</i>. Each of his more than thirty-five novels has been a&#160;<i>New York Times&#160;</i>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&#8217;s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, five Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards,&#160;<i>The Washington Times&#160;</i>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

Subject: Twin sisters > Fiction.
Fathers and daughters > Fiction.
Death > Fiction.
Promises > Fiction.
Authors > Fiction.
Christmas stories.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

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