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?

Title:  Dear Santa
Series:  — stand alone story —
Author:  Nancy Naigle
Genre:  Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published:  October 16, 2018
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  4.5 stars

First off – it’s a Nancy Naigle romance, so I know I’m going to be emotionally satisfied from even before I open the pages.  Next in line – it’s a Christmas Romance by Nancy Naigle so multiply that emotionally satisfied level by about ten.  Yeah, I was one very happy reader when I got my hands on Dear Santa.

I don’t like to make comparisons between a book and a movie.  True, there are some things about Dear Santa that might remind you of parts of a now famous movie — but then that’s also like saying every movie or book with Santa Claus in it is basically the same… and that’s just not true.  So, I’d strongly suggest reading this one for yourself and making up your own mind, plus it’s a charming, entertaining Christmas Romance so you really can’t lose.

Like many small, unique stores with their own special niche market, Heart of Christmas sold unusual, often old-fashioned, one of a kind Christmas decorations from the lighthouse near the beach.  Both have been in the family for three generations.  But, unfortunately, this might be the last Christmas season for like everywhere else in the world, the larger, less expensive, more mass produced items filled store were taking over from the smaller hidden gems of the past.  And this is where we find Geoff and Angela – on opposite sides of this battle, attracted to each other on one level, and angry, hurtful words being tossed back and forth on the other level.  But does one  have to lose in order for them both to win in the bigger challenge of falling in love…

I had a blast with Dear Santa.  From the touching, and often informative chapter headings down to the emotions that swirl around Angela and Geoff whenever they’re around each other – I was captured from the start and I never lost that “what will happen next” feeling throughout their romance.  I liked both Angela and Geoff individually, and eventually together – but they had to get through the emotions that would destroy anything they could have together first.  At times funny enough for a chuckle out loud moment, at others sad and poignant enough to bring tears to your eyes their romance will go through some deep potholes before finding an answer that keeps them together.  I would not hesitate to recommend Dear Santa to any reader looking for a feel good, Christmas filled romance with interesting characters and a love that is stronger than any business around.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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