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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,076 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Paul Evans Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Christmas Box Trilogy Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781442350168
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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 Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Fans of his sentimental journeys will want to keep their hankies handy."

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • ANew York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rj | 2/16/2014

    " Nice, touching short story about the meaning of Christmas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priscilla | 2/14/2014

    " A feel-good Christmas book. Much shorter than I expected. It tells the story of a family moving in with an old lady as her caretaker and the father learns the importance of spending time with his family instead of work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Beasley | 2/3/2014

    " Wow!!! For a little and short book it carries such a message. Richard Paul Evans gives you so much to think about but not in a preaching way. The story touched my heart and left me feeling so blessed. A wonderful story about love and God' s love. My husband and I both loved the book. Everyone should read it. This book brought me to tears. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alissa | 2/2/2014

    " This book was just ok until the very end. It has a really great message, and as a parent I was able to see the bigger picture of Christmas and children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Hittle | 1/31/2014

    " I can't believe I haven't read this before now...if you want a quick, fulfilling Christmas read, read this...you won't be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 10-11 Jenna | 1/30/2014

    " This book had me confuised. I mean at some parts I had no idea what was going on and some parts I did but when I actually did understand it, the book was an amazingly "well written" book with a heart-warming story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Hamilton | 1/25/2014

    " One of the BEST books I have EVER read!!!! It is a real keeper. I have also given this book to friends and family "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Louiselle | 1/17/2014

    " I was touched by this book and I had a chance to meet with the author in Salt Lake City, Utah. The statue of the Vermont Angel of Hope that stands in Rutland, VT is a reproduction of the Angel from the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/15/2014

    " This was a gift from my dear writer friend Paul D. Aronson. He always knew what book to send when I needed something to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Hoover Dunham | 1/14/2014

    " Wonderful book. Loved it. A great read, with deep meaning, especially at Christmas-time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Butor | 1/10/2014

    " EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THIS BOOK IN THE HOUSE AND READ IT....GREAT GIFT FOR PARENT'S!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Hansen | 1/8/2014

    " Your typical sappy book to make you feel grateful at Christmastime "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Burdett | 12/21/2013

    " The basis for all Richard Paul Evans books; although not necessary to subsequent books. Very touching story, especially for the holidays "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teddy | 11/29/2013

    " I love this book. Every time I want a easy, feel good story, I can always count on Evans. I love the Christmas message in this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanz | 11/6/2013

    " Another great Christmas book. The only time I've "read" this is when I was in Young Women and our leader read it to us. I didn't remember the ending so it was fun to read. I got it at DI for .50. I think I will probably continue to read it every year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 10/14/2013

    " I like this author! Good stories that are about characters that struggle and are definately not perfect, but love sees through most things in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 10/11/2013

    " A sweet little book with a nice Christmas message "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan McCollum | 9/29/2013

    " Cute story. Wrong length. It would have felt more complete as a longer novel with more developed characters, or as a short story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 7/14/2013

    " It is a tender story and easy to read. It is nice, nothing deep or hard to understand. It is uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 10-11 kacie | 7/4/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book! It was very interesting and sad at the end! I want Mrs.Maples to read another book to us again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 10-11 Kara | 5/27/2013

    " This book was a good christmas book and it taught true lesons. Ms.Maples read this book aloud in class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 5/12/2013

    " This is a beautiful story of 2 families helping and healing each other without even knowing it. It will leave you feeling great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 10/15/2012

    " Quick read. Good moral. Not my favorite, but worth the hour to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 8/21/2012

    " Quick read. Underscores the importance of loving our children in the present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Duffy | 6/19/2012

    " Such a great story of learning from our elder generations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/27/2012

    " Loved this sweet, sappy holiday story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Fleury | 5/5/2012

    " I've read every book. They are all good. He's a great author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckki Endicott | 4/24/2012

    " I loved reading this during the Christmas season. My kids are growing older and it seems that sometimes I miss that Christmas magic that is so easy to forget during the hustle and bustle of all the events and shopping of the season. Thanks for the good reminder of what Christmas is all about! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/29/2012

    " Very quick read, but heartfelt. I was very intrigued and didn't want to put it down, it has a lot of emotion that just sucks you in. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Paul EvansRichard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than thirty novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than thirty 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’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, two Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times 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 Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website, RichardPaulEvans.com.
About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.