I am a huge fan of Richard Paul Evans and even read his Young Adult series. While "The Noel Diary" was good I would have to say it was not great.The plot had potential but was not very well executed. Jacob Churcher is a highly successful author - one wonders if the story is autobiographical-who is estranged from his mother. He only goes back home on her death and secrets are revealed. He meets Rachael there and the rest is predictable. All in all a good book but not up to Evans' standards.