Thursday, December 2, 2021

Advent Reads Day 2: Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle

 Welcome to Advent Reads!

This is an event I have had on my blog for several years running now.  Each evening I feature a different holiday themed book. Think of it as your Book Advent Calendar! I post a variety of holiday books including romance, children's, middle-grade, mystery, paranormal, and I try to find some that are other holiday celebrations than Christmas too. I hope you will stop by each evening to see what new book I have for you!

Synopsis: "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?"

My Review: I can always count on Nancy Naigle to get me into the Christmas spirit, this was a great book to get in the mood for those Santa letters (as a side note, don't let your still believing young readers check the back of the book or listen at all, it will spoil the magic for them). I absolutely love the idea of someone answering Santa letters, it just warms my heart, and this book certainly does that for me. You have two polar opposite characters who are both at a point in their lives when everything is changing. I like that it was a bit slow burn but with some great verbal banter as well, it was the best of both worlds. Definitely a great one to pick up early in your holiday season to get you thinking about a wish you would want Santa to grant, and maybe a way to grant someone else's too!

My Rating: I just love the small town holiday romances Nancy Naigle turns out for us. I absolutely adored the premise of this book and she nailed it for me. I give this one a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!


  1. My mom had someone answer one of my Santa letters when I was a kid, and I loved it.

    1. Our awesome mailman has answered every one of Peanut's letters, he is the best ever!