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Publisher Description


Nancy Naigle delivers a heartwarming Christmas story that proves you can always go home again in Hope at Christmas.

Sydney Ragsdale is looking for a fresh start far away from her controlling ex-husband and the self-doubt that has plagued her since the divorce. Returning to her childhood home in Hopewell, North Carolina is just what her soul needs. Praying some Christmas magic will follow her she moves with her daughter to a farmhouse that once belonged to her grandparents. While there Sydney finds solace working at The Book Bea, her favorite bookstore.

Single dad Kevin MacAlea, Mac to his friends, is the local high school history teacher and baseball coach. He is also the towns best kept secret—he has been playing Santa since his son was born twelve years ago. Mac loves the enchantment of the season and wants his son to share in his joy.

When a catastrophe forces The Book Bea to close before the end of the year, everyone in the small town is feeling the loss. While Sydney is already off-balance by the bad news, her ex-husband breaks a promise to their daughter that sends her running away and threatens the relationship that she has begun with Mac.

As Sydney and Mac try to figure out what their next steps are together they will soon discover that there’s always hope at Christmas.

October 10
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

ChristinaMontminy61 ,

Beautiful story

Kleenex is a must while reading this beautiful story. I must admit at first I thought it was too drawn out but I was wrong. This book needed to take its time to tell all the stories going on it. The story of Sydney & Mac was simple & sweet. Christmas almost upon them a visit to Santa turns two families lives around. Mac & his son Seth, as well as Sydney & her daughter Ray Anne embark on a friendship that brings them joy & hope at Christmas. Old & new traditions abound. We also see the friendship with Miss Bea the bookstore owner & Sydney grow. What started out as a helping hand in the form of a part time job for Sydney turns into a love so great between the two women. With comforting hugs & words of wisdom from a grandmotherly Miss Bea, Sydney grows as a person & mother finding her place in the little town they now call home. The emotions are sweet & heartfelt in this Christmas story & it calls to the memories of Christmas past with loved ones now gone. This emotional at times story was written with such heart & passion, I'm so glad I got to read it. Definitely recommend this book. I voluntarily read this book for an honest review.

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