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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, 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? (Goodreads)
Angela runs Heart of Christmas, which she inherited from her grandma, and she is struggling to keep it in the black. She is struggling so much that she is pretty sure she is going to have to close the doors for good. It breaks her heart to admit it, but she just cannot make it work anymore. It will take a Christmas miracle to make things right for Angela.
Geoff runs Christmas Galore, a big box store that sells just about everything. He and his mother keep opening chains all over the country, and they are very successful. His mother has decided that she wants to stay in Pleasant Sands, at least for a few years. Geoff does not know it, but his mom has ties to the community that are very special to her.
After Angela’s niece tells her that Santa will give her what she really wants for Christmas, Angela decides to write the Big Man and tell him her problems. As luck would have it, Geoff is answering letters to Santa for his mother and when he reads Angela’s letter, he is intrigued and wants to get to know her better. They become pen pals and although they do not know the other person is involved, they form a bond. When their identities are found out, sparks will start to fly, and not necessarily in a good way. I really enjoyed all the bickering and banter between Angela and Geoff. The characters are well rounded and well developed. I really like both Angela and Geoff, they both had a lot of redeeming qualities. Angela likes tradition and she tries very hard to keep the family traditions alive. Geoff loves his mother and when she becomes sick, he wants to help lighten her load. They are both very generous with their employees and try to make the holidays better for all of them. Now they just have to figure out a way to make things better for themselves.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked that all the chapters of the book started with a Dear Santa letter or some trivia about Pleasant Sands, that made it seem a little more special.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted holiday book. Grab a copy of this book, snuggle up and enjoy.