Dear Santa @NancyNaigle

Happy Publication Day to @NancyNaigle and her endearing holiday tale, #DearSanta!

It’s Two for Tuesday and I’m thrilled that it’s also exactly TEN WEEKS until Christmas so that I can share with you another wonderful Christmas book, perfect for this season!


We all have written that proverbial “Dear Santa” letter at least sometime in our lives. It’s a letter where children pour out their hearts to Santa and ask, okay beg, for all of their wishes to come true on Christmas morning. In Dear Santa, a very adult Angela, through the encouragement of her adorable niece, writes such a letter using an online app. It is Angela’s last hope for her failing business.

Angela’s only goal in life was to successfully run her family’s business, a Christmas store set in an old lighthouse that had been in her family for three generations. She was raised by the side of her grandmother, Grace, who had carried on the business started by her mother, Mackey. Yep, that’s right, Mackey. (I have to tell you that I never have read a book that included a female Mackey who has the same spelling as mine, so already you know that I am hooked on this story, right?) However, Angela’s rather old fashioned values of not connecting to social media, rarely used advertising and her staunch ideas about selling high end merchandise rather than affordable kitsch, have led to the downfall of her business. The final nail in the store’s coffin comes when a chain store marketing cheap goods, a lot of flair and advertising and hoopla, move in across the street from her. In her angst, Angela agrees to write to “Santa” for help. Little does she realize that the “Santa” on the other side of the app is the owner of the new mega-store. The result is classic romance: enemies by day, confidants by night via the “Dear Santa” app.

Dear Santa is a classic holiday romance with the couple hating each other and then, through a series of holiday “miracles” realizing how much they love each other. In this case, the story line reminded me a bit of the sweet movie, “You’ve Got Mail,” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. I loved that movie and I absolutely adored this book! The writing is very well done, never too over-the-top and the characters are beautifully developed. Because I own a small business in a small town and see how my fellow townspeople struggle to walk the fine line between quality, quantity, nostalgia and the ever changing way that we do business in the 21st century, this book – Angela specifically – truly resonated with me. I could feel her heartbreak as well as her hope. Admittedly, I didn’t care for Angela’s sister or even Geoff, the mega store owner, at least until about mid-way of the book, but again, that was part of the story and the strong emotions that I felt were the result of very good writing on Naigle’s part.

You already know that I love holiday tales and, if you’re like me and holiday reading is your thing, then I am sure you will love this book as much as I did.

You can find the book today at your local retailers, Amazon and, hopefully, your local library! Enjoy!

My thanks to #Netgalley, #StMartinsPress – about whom I never can praise highly enough – and @NancyNaigle for my copy of this endearing book!

7 thoughts on “Dear Santa @NancyNaigle

    1. You have been reading and reviewing some amazing books Jennifer. I had to take a wee break from the serious stuff so I could get some cheer back in my life. You read some holiday books, and I’ll get back to the serious stuff. 😉

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    1. It really did feel like you were reading a movie. I haven’t owned a television in, well, a decade. For a while we were downloading movies, etc., especially during the holidays, but now we basically just read. So these holiday books are my substitution for the Hallmark Channel’s holiday movies. LOL! This one absolutely fit that to a tee. I’ll be watching for your review! 🙂


  1. This sounds charming! I love holiday books since they seem to put you in such a festive mood but I never seem to read enough of them anymore. I’ll have to add this to my TBR…wonderful review!

    And ten weeks till Christmas…I hadn’t even counted yet, but I need to get on the ball with my shopping, LOL. I’m usually halfway done by the end of October, but I have only bought one thing and I can’t think of where I hid it, haha!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie – I hope you enjoy it too! This year’s list of holiday books is a little different for some reason. They seem to be taking a somewhat serious road rather than just holly jolly romance. I think I like this trend.
      I have stayed behind on my holiday gift shopping for the past few years! Ugh. I love to buy gifts but I hate shopping. Hopefully this year I will get myself in gear – thanks to this crazy count down – LOL! Oh – and in July I found three gift ornaments for my kids that I “hid” last year. I think I need a list! Good luck!

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      1. You’re welcome! And thank you! I think that sounds like a good trend…some of the overly jolly ones can be off-putting to me since they can come across as a bit fake. I like them to be more “real” but still heartwarming. This has just been an off year for me and my two oldest are 21 and 19 now and just want money, so it’s like what is the point. At least my 8 year old daughter still believes in Santa and has a mile long list, LOL. A list that needs to be cut in half, haha. Oh, lol, you sound like me almost every year! I hide things in my closet or my husband’s and every year I find a bday or Christmas gift that I completely forgot about. A few weeks ago I found a Barbie pack of outfits that was supposed to be a bday gift in June, but it’s going to be a Christmas girt! One down..woohoo! Maybe we both need lists (and maybe a list of the hiding spots)! Thanks, you too!


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