on October 16th 2018
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A holiday retelling of You've Got Mail that will make you fall in love with the Christmas Season!
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.
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?
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?
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?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Dear Santa is a standalone book by Nancy Naigle. It is set in the picturesque beachside town of Pleasant Sands.
Angela Carson owns and runs a decommissioned lighthouse that has been in her family for generations. Now it is used as a very unique shop selling only Christmas items. Beautiful bespoke items. Business hasn’t been very good lately, but things go from bad to worse when a new national chain store selling everything including Christmas items at cheap prices sets up in town.
Geoff Paisley and his mother own and manage the chain stores. People love the bargains they can get there even though the quality might not be that great. Geoff’s mother loves to play Santa for the store, children write to her and she personally writes back to the special letters. When she falls ill and ends up in the hospital she makes Geoff promise to take over the letter writing until she is well enough to do it again. One of the letters he receives via the store’s Dear Santa phone app was from Angela. She writes anonymously just to keep her young niece happy. She just thinks she will get an automated reply so she moans about a new bully in town who is ruining Christmas for her. Geoff’s mother had flagged the letter as special and thinking it was from a child Geoff happily answered it. From there a few letters go back and forth between the couple all anonymously. They like each other a lot from those letters.
Angela in her everyday life is fuming at Geoff and blames him for her business losing custom and for the very real threat that her store will have to close for good because finances are suffering. She’ll admit that she found him attractive before she found out who he was, and he finds her equally attractive. It is a shock to him that she feels so much enmity towards him. He is determined to get her to like him, will he manage it. Will either of them figure out that they are anonymously writing to each other, what will happen if they do?
The setting of this story was in a lovely place, and the town’s characters were lovely. Angela’s store is wonderful and if I had a place nearby like that I would always want to be there. I liked the idea of the stores competing and especially liked the idea of the Santa letters. Although the book was written well, it did seem to drag. I don’t believe that the ending was entirely believable and it all happened so fast. There was no real romance between Angela and Geoff, they didn’t even share one kiss despite eventually owning up to having feelings for each other. I would say this was a nice feel-good Christmas story but wouldn’t call it a romance novel.
If you like a nice festive story with lovely characters, some soul searching moments and a happy ever after, but, without so much as a kiss between our couple in love then this will be a perfect book for you.