NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A special holiday wish list brings about hope, love, and second chances in this nostalgic novel from the queen of Christmas stories, Debbie Macomber.
Lindy Carmichael isn’t feeling particularly joyful when she returns home to Wenatchee, Washington, for Christmas. The man she thought was “the one” has cheated on her with her best friend, and she feels completely devoid of creativity in her graphic-design job. Not even carolers or Christmas cookies can cheer her up—but Lindy’s mother, Ellen, remembers an old tradition that might lift her daughter’s spirits.
Reading through a box of childhood letters to Santa and reminiscing about what she’d wished for as a young girl may be just the inspiration Lindy needs. With Ellen’s encouragement, she decides to write a new letter to Santa, one that will encourage her to have faith and believe just as she’d done all those years ago. Little does Lindy know that this exercise in gratitude will cause her wishes to unfold before her in miraculous ways. And, thanks to some fateful twists of Christmas magic—especially an unexpected connection with a handsome former classmate—Lindy ultimately realizes that there is truly no place like home for the holidays.
In Dear Santa, Debbie Macomber celebrates the joys of Christmas blessings, old and new.
A Christmas visit home becomes complicated when a letter to Santa gets involved in this sweet and simple holiday romance from bestseller Macomber (Jingle All the Way). Graphic designer Lindy Carmichael is fresh off a devastating breakup with her cheating boyfriend and waiting to hear if the proposal for her dream project was accepted at work when she heads back to Wenatchee, Wash., for the holidays. In an attempt to cheer her up, Lindy's mother shares the letters to Santa Lindy wrote as a kid, showing that sometimes she got what she wanted and sometimes she got something even better. Lindy takes her mother's advice and writes a new letter asking Santa to introduce her to a man who "values family and commitment" and the next day she unexpectedly reconnects with her childhood best friend, who takes her to the hot new restaurant owned by Lindy's onetime schoolyard nemesis Billy Kincade, about whom she once wrote to Santa wishing for him to receive a stocking full of coal. As Lindy spends more time with her family, friends, and especially Billy, she finds it harder to imagine leaving, and Billy finds it hard to let her go. There's not much depth to the romance, but that's not the point. It's a fun, fluffy holiday escape. Agent: Theresa Park, Park & Fine Literary.
Nice story but seemed rushed