I swear, I’m not trying to sound like Mr. Scrooge!
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?
I kind of knew what to expect when I read the synopsis for The Mistletoe Secret. I mean, hello….The Mistletoe Secret sounds like a great, fluffy Christmastime story that everyone could love. That’s if you could get over the fact that Alex literally stalked this woman online to her small town because he fell in-love with her honest thoughts in her blog posts.
The beginning of the story starts off with the point of view from Aria. There’s not much to say apart from that her part of the story is maybe…1 page –and it’s a fairly small book. The pages aren’t that big. The rest of the book is from Alex’s point of view.
Alex is lonely, to say the least, and when his friends encourage him to sign up for an online dating site, he does so. Only if to get them up quiet up about it. From there on, I couldn’t really tell where the book was going.
The story was in this kind of stasis/limbo. Alex signed up for the dating site, and then he randomly typed ‘lonely’ into a search engine, and thus found LBH’s blog. I actually find the fact that Alex found LBH’s very small blog to be rather..wrong, since you’d have to sift through a few dictionary sites, spam sites, etc.. So for Alex to have found LBH’s blog in one go? Unbelievable.
Another thing that is entirely unbelievable is that LBH was okay with him finding her in real life? Like, that is totally unrealistic. I know for a fact, that women do not find it okay for someone to stalk them online, and then to just pop-up out of the blue, with no warning, and we don’t even know who you are! It’s incredibly hard for me to get over the fact that this story wasn’t more realistic. Like. Agh, I can’t even with this story!
However, if you could get over the Stalker-thing, then The Mistletoe Secret is actually a very cute and romantic Christmastime story.
I gave The Mistletoe Secret, 2 of 5 stars on GoodReads.
Have you read The Mistletoe Secret, or anything else by Richard Paul Evans? If you have, let me know! I’d love to know what you thought of his book(s).
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