Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Review: Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle

Dear Santa
by Nancy Naigle

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 338
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Angela Carson wants nothing more than to be the third-generation to run her family’s holiday store, Heart of Christmas, successfully. They’ve weathered over sixty tourist seasons, major hurricanes, and urban sprawl, in their old decommissioned lighthouse. But the national chain that set up shop in their small North Carolina town of Pleasant Sands may be more than Heart of Christmas can survive.

Encouraged by her niece to ask Santa for help, Angela gives in and lets the words fly in a way that, if Santa were real, would no doubt land her on the naughty list. What’s the harm when it’s just a computer-generated response?

Geoff Paisley has been at his mother’s side running the mega-chain Christmas Galore for the last ten years. When his mother falls ill, Geoff promises to answer the town’s Dear Santa letters in her stead. Soon he realizes the woman he’s been corresponding with on Dear Santa is Angela. How could the woman that grates his every last nerve in person have intrigued him so deeply through those letters?

When Geoff reveals that he’s her Dear Santa, will Angela be able to set aside their very public feud to embrace the magic of the holiday and possibly find true love?

Kritters Thoughts:  When reading this book it was very obvious that the author took a lot of inspiration from the movie You've Got Mail and I was quite ok with that!

Angela Carson owns her grandmother's store that is located in a lighthouse in North Carolina.  A Christmas store that is open all year round that specializes in hand made and unique Christmas things that are truly one of a kind.  A new store has opened up that is the complete opposite a big box store that carries Christmas things that are on the cheap  and is possibly going to put Angela's store out of business.  Angela asks Santa in an app for help and things get interesting.

I absolutely loved this holiday read.  It was sweet and cheesy and an easy read for a book you can quickly read in the middle of the holiday season.  I liked this one more than some of the others, it just seemed like it had a true plot and some great ups and downs.  

Angela and Geoff were great characters and felt like they were full and honestly written.  I like it that even in a holiday book there are solid characters that I wouldn't mind reading a sequel and seeing them outside of the holiday season!

Nancy Naigle has another holiday book - Hope at Christmas, I hope to read it for next year's holiday season.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 89 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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