Bestselling author Richard Paul Evans brings us a holiday treat with his new title The Mistletoe Promise. Elise dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend. A bitter divorce has left her alone, broken, and distrustful. Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall. 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:
- No deep, probing personal questions
- No drama
- No telling anyone the truth about the relationship
- The contract is void on Christmas Day
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. And, she might not be the only one with secrets. The Mistletoe Promise can be requested through the Haliburton County Public Library.
Finbar Dolan lies to himself everyday. He is the copywriter at a floundering advertising agency, he spending Christmas alone in Mexico in the wake of breaking up with his fiancee weeks before their wedding, and hasn’t spoken to his family for years. He’s lost and lonely, but doesn’t know it. As comedic timing would have it, when he is forced to cancel his Christmas vacation to write and film a Superbowl ad for the world’s first eco-friendly diaper he also gets a call from his estranged brother. His father, the father he told all his friends was dead, is in the hospital dying and no one else will go see him. This leads Fin to come to terms with his relationship with his absentee father, the death of his mother, the dissolution of his family, and the realization of what friendship and love really mean to him. Alternating between biting humour and heartwarming tenderness, Truth in Advertising is John Kenney’s debut novel. It is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, December 14th – 27th, 2014.