Thursday, November 8, 2018

Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle

From USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle, Dear Santa is a heartwarming Christmas story about finding your passion for life and love.

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 through the Dear Santa app, 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 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?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Dear Santa reminded me very much of a Hallmark Christmas movie. It is a feel-good story that has a couple finding love at Christmas, which I didn't mind at all. Angela and Geoff have competing businesses. Angela's has been in the town for decades and Geoff's store is new to town. There is plenty of tension between the two of them, to the point for a while there I was wondering how they'd go from adversaries to falling in love.

Some of the things that I really liked about this story are the small town setting, love between two lonely people, the messages between Angela and 'Santa', and of course, Angela's Christmas shop, the Heart of Christmas, which I just adored. I wish I had a store like the Heart of Christmas near me.

Where this story let me down was actually our heroine Angela. She is supposed to be this wonderful, big-hearted woman but I just didn't see it. Many of her interactions with Geoff see her behaving in a not so nice way. That coupled with her constant complaining about losing her store and blaming it on Geoff when it was clear there were multiple reasons for the failing of the business meant I never warmed to her.

In spite of annoying Angela, the overall story is good and it put me in the Christmas mood. I'm already planning my decorations and holiday celebrations and it is only the 1st of the November.

USA Today bestselling author NANCY NAIGLE whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart. Now happily retired, she devotes her time to writing, antiquing, and the occasional spa day with friends. A native of Virginia Beach, she currently calls North Carolina home. Her books include Christmas Joy and Hope at Christmas.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle to read and review.

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