Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle

Christmas Angels
by Nancy Naigle

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Growing up, Liz Westmoreland dreamed of taking over her grandparents inn located in the small mountain town of Angels Creek only for it to be sold before she ever got the chance. While browsing the internet, she stumbles upon a listing for what looks to be the picturesque inn and it’s set to go to auction. Liz places a bid, and by a miracle, wins the auction. But when she gets there she finds the property in significant disrepair.

When Matt Hardy narrowly lost the inn and property that butted his land, he just hoped it wasn't another city slicker coming to make matters worse after the previous owners gutted the place for an art gallery. But the minute he recognized the sweet, freckle-faced girl from his childhood and heard her plans to reopen the inn, he jumps at the chance to help his childhood crush restore a place where he made so many fond memories.

While working on repairs, Liz and Matt discover her grandmother’s collection of angels in one of the cabins. When the angels start mysteriously showing up all over the inn, she begins to look at them as reassurance—that restoring the inn is what she's meant to do. But when an accident leaves Liz feeling like she made a mistake, will Matt—and the residents of Angels Creek—be able to show Liz that she's found a home? And possibly true love as well?

Kritters Thoughts:  Liz Westmoreland makes a rash decision one morning and wins an auction on the house her grandparents used to own and operate as an inn.  As the "big city" Charlotte girl moves to small town in North Carolina to renovate and reopen the inn that she grew up in, I loved watching Liz reconnect with her past and learn about the people currently living in the small town and the impact that the inn would have on them all.  

This was another Christmas book that I would love to see be made into a Hallmark Christmas movie it had just the right heart and small town charm mixed with a great love story.  Liz and Matt were just great!  Liz renovating something that was close to her heart and Matt having a connection to it as well was just the best story to read.  With their connection from the past, it helped the book feel less like insta love and more like a true fall in love story.  

My favorite part of the story was when Liz the always in control individual takes a major fall and has to hand over the "reigns" and let someone else take over.  This part reminded me of myself so much.  I am a planner and like to be responsible for everything, so I related when watching Liz have to let Matt take control and how that could feel when you want to do it all.  

There was one part that felt a little out of left field and that was when Matt's sister showed up out of left field, I wish the author had done some prep work with some phone calls or text messages between the characters, it would have just made her appearance a little more smooth.  I love the piece that she was a part of the story, just would have loved a little warning that she could come!

This was a great Christmas story to dive into during this season.  It was perfect and sweet.

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

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 52 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  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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