9780684834726

The Letter

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  • ISBN13:

    9780684834726

  • ISBN10:

    0684834723

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-10-14
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Summary

The Letter, the final book of the Christmas Box collection is, most simply stated, the love story of David and MaryAnne Parkin. But it is also everyone's love story, for it is about the storms that all relationships must face when the blissful state of romance vanishes into one of real-life challenges and difficulties. We often forget that it is in the hard times that we truly see what is best in love as well as in life. Though love may be temporarily darkened, true love never gives in, or up, but holds tight to noble ideas, which transcend this earth and all time.

The Letter is also about our pasts and our individual quests to discover who we are. In The Letter, David Parkin sets out on a journey to find his mother, a woman who abandoned him when he was a child. In truth, however, David is searching for himself as he seeks to free himself from the pain of her rejection and his fear that he was somehow unworthy of her love. In a sense, David's search is the same journey we are all pursuing. We are all seeking love.

My hope is that you will feel what I felt as I wrote this book -- the divine nature of loyalty and the understanding of why we must share love whenever and wherever.

One final note. I am saddened to finish the Christmas Box trilogy and to bid good-bye to the Parkin family. I do not know if I shall ever visit them again, but I am glad for this last story -- a story which I think is a fitting sendoff for the characters I've grown to love. I hope that the message you find in their lives is meaningful to your own. And, most of all, that in reading the Christmas Box collection, you, and those with whom you share my books, will never be the same.

With my love, Richard Paul Evans

The Letter, the final book of the Christmas Box collection is, most simply stated, the love story of David and MaryAnne Parkin. But it is also everyone's love story, for it is about the storms that all relationships must face when the blissful state of romance vanishes into one of real-life challenges and difficulties. We often forget that it is in the hard times that we truly see what is best in love as well as in life. Though love may be temporarily darkened, true love never gives in, or up, but holds tight to noble ideas, which transcend this earth and all time.

The Letter is also about our pasts and our individual quests to discover who we are. In The Letter, David Parkin sets out on a journey to find his mother, a woman who abandoned him when he was a child. In truth, however, David is searching for himself as he seeks to free himself from the pain of her rejection and his fear that he was somehow unworthy of her love. In a sense, David's search is the same journey we are all pursuing. We are all seeking love.

My hope is that you will feel what I felt as I wrote this book -- the divine nature of loyalty and the understanding of why we must share love whenever and wherever.

One final note. I am saddened to finish the Christmas Box trilogy and to bid good-bye to the Parkin family. I do not know if I shall ever visit them again, but I am glad for this last story -- a story which I think is a fitting sendoff for the characters I've grown to love. I hope that the message you find in their lives is meaningful to your own. And, most of all, that in reading the Christmas Box collection, you, and those with whom you share my books, will never be the same.

With my love, Richard Paul Evans

Author Biography

Richard Paul Evans is the bestselling author of The Christmas Box and Timepiece. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their three daughters, Jenna, Allyson, and Abigail. He is currently working on his next novel. Keri is currently working on their next child.

Table of Contents

Prologue 13(4)
1. The Graveyard Encounter
17(8)
2. Lawrence
25(12)
3. Mary Anne's Departure
37(18)
4. The Silent Parlor
55(10)
5. Victoria's Introduction
65(6)
6. The Letter Revealed
71(10)
7. Dierdre
81(12)
8. The Morning After
93(10)
9. A Glass Sliver
103(8)
10. Christmas
111(18)
11. The Tommy Knockers
129(8)
12. Rose
137(6)
13. A Chance Encounter
143(20)
14. A Second Date
163(12)
15. Riverview
175(24)
16. John Barleycorn's Tavern
199(10)
17. The Gaiety
209(12)
18. Dierdre's Proposition
221(6)
19. Whiskey Row
227(12)
20. Catherine's Telegram
239(10)
21. Sophia
249(8)
22. Boggs's Dismissal
257(6)
23. A Surprise Return
263(8)
24. The Funeral
271(10)
25. The Second Departure
281(12)
26. The Reunion
293(12)
27. The Sexton's Call
305(18)
28. Carousels
323(10)
Epilogue 333

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