Friday, November 23, 2018

Review: Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle

" are nothing but a suit. All you care about is money. There is much more to Christmas and this town than money." - Angela Carson

Dear Santa
Author: Nancy Naigle
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: October 16, 2018
Source: Publisher

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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?

Back in October, I mentioned reading two romances that had a strong You've Got Mail vibe. The first book was Big Bad Cowboy by Carly Bloom. The second book I mentioned was Nancy Naigle's Dear Santa. If you are a fan of the movie You've Got Mail and you love holiday romances, then you have to read both of these books.

In Nancy Naigle's fun holiday romance, Dear Santa, readers are introduced to Angela and Geoff, two characters who couldn't have more different views of Christmas. Angie loves Christmas. She kinda has to considering she runs Heart of Christmas, a store that celebrates the holiday all year long. Geoff, on the other hand, is a bit more jaded. All he sees are the numbers. Angie wants to keep Christmas personable with handmade items while Geoff is all about the mass market. Put the two of them in the same Christmas loving town and watch the tension rise between them. 

I friggin' adored Dear Santa. It made my You've Got Mail loving heart sing. The funny thing is that I don't normally read clean romances where the couple don't even kiss, but I could not get enough of this one. I spent most of the book torn between wanting them to lock lips and also wanting them to wait until the big reveal. I loved the characters and the situations they found themselves in. I loved the setting. Honestly, I wish this was the beginning of a series. That's how much I adored the characters. All of the characters, not just Geoff and Angie.

If you are a fan of You've Got Mail, read this book. If you're a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies... Read. This Book. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets turned into one next year. Loved it to pieces.

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.

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