Dear Santa

Nancy Naigle
Dear Santa
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St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date
October 2018
Contemporary Romance

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?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Oct 02, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
65 people found the following review helpful
Retellings can be a hit or miss for me, and a miss usually if it follows the original's plot and storyline to the letter. DEAR SANTA is a retelling of You've Got Mail (starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan) in the season of Christmas, and instead of books, the characters are selling Christmas stuff.

In this book, Ms. Naigle tackled the demise of the small businesses and offered a reason for the situation. The plot and storyline of the book are almost the same as the ones in the movie, but what saved this book and the reason for the 4-star rating is that the characters are more fleshed out with believable motivations and logical behavior. Also, I like that Angela and Geoff were given time to get to know each other better when the movie would've ended. More, while it hurt Angela to lose the store, which was precious to her because of her memories of her grandmother, I like that she also gets to live her own life after, doing what she loves best.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and getting to know Angela and Geoff in a more in-depth way.
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