The Christmas Box Collection: The Christmas Box Timepiece The Letter

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Pocket Books, Oct 1, 1998 - Fiction - 672 pages
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Richard Paul Evans' #1 New York Times bestseller The Christmas Box has become a holiday classic, a tale so touching that it continues to "tug families' heartstrings" (USA Today). His exquisite prequel, Timepiece, and The Letter completed the glorious trilogy of the Parkin family. Now all three magical stories are compiled in one extraordinary treasury that -reaches into that place where all broken hearts will forever be made whole" (The Star, Chicago).
The Christmas Box
A Christmas story unlike any other, The Christmas Box is the poignant tale of a widow and the young family who moves in with her. Together, they discover the first gift of Christmas -- and what the holiday is really all about.
Tracing the lives of a young couple as they discover love, loyalty, and the power of forgiveness, Timepiece is a tale of wisdom and of hope -- and a gentle reminder that the connections from one generation to the next are indelible.
The Letter
A mysterious letter is found at the grave of a couple's only child in this unforgettable conclusion to the collection. As they face love's greatest challenge, they find its truest meaning and learn the lessons that are echoed throughout.

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I have previously read and reviewed author Richard Paul Evans’s #1 New York Times bestselling book The Christmas Box, in which a young family of Salt Lake City, UT, moves in with a widow, MaryAnne Parkin, and together they discover what the Christmas holiday is really all about. Timepiece and The Letter are “prequels” which tell the story of David and MaryAnne Parkin. In Timepiece David and MaryAnne meet, discover love, marry, find the power of forgiveness, and learn to cope with loss. What will happen to their angelic daughter, Andrea? In The Letter the couple faces love’s greatest challenge, but they also find its truest meaning and learn the lessons that are echoed from the past. Will David ever find his mother?
All three stories are now compiled in one treasury. There are a few references to drinking various alcoholic beverages—David Parkin even gets drunk once—and to smoking different forms of tobacco. Besides a couple of common euphemisms (blasted, gee), the term “Lord” is used as an exclamation on a couple of occasions, and the “d” word is found around five times. Dancing is also mentioned. And one story does involve an unwed pregnancy, but it is handled very discreetly and appropriately. In general, while a great deal of sadness occurs, with several deaths, these are wholesome love stories that will tug at one’s heartstrings. Someone pointed out, “Scrooge-like critics did not swoon over Evans’s trilogy, but they are quite outnumbered by fans.”

About the author (1998)

Richard 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, or visit his website,

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