Do You Believe In Santa?
Book 1, Evergreen Lane Novels
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Miracles don’t just happen on 34th Street. They can happen right in your living room—if you’re willing to believe…
What grown woman claims to have seen Santa Claus? Mandy Reese, for one—on a very special Christmas Eve when she was eight years old. These days, Mandy works at a year-round Christmas store in Tall Pine, California, where customers love to hear about her childhood encounter with Saint Nick. But when Jake Wyndham arrives in town—charming, gorgeous, extremely practical—Mandy faces a dilemma. Deny what she saw, or let Jake think she’s sugarplum crazy?
Jake scouts hotel locations all over the country, but he’s never met anyone quite like Mandy before. Her warmth and sparkle are irresistible, but…meeting Santa? Really? Jake’s no Scrooge but he’s definitely skeptical. Then again, there are all kinds of things Jake never experienced until he came to Tall Pine. Like autumn snow. Mind blowing kisses. And the magic of falling head-over-heels, madly in love…
Magical Book, Perfect For Christmas
A really good book with magic, quirks, and plenty of other things. It was a really cute story with great characters in an awesome small town setting. This book exudes Christmas (to the point that I was listening to Christmas music, not that it's that much of a stretch for me) and magic and light. The downsides for me were that the first half did seem slightly repetitive, it was a little predictable, slightly clichéd (in a good way, I guess), and the author didn't mention Jesus at all- oh, and the cliff hanger. Ugh. I want more now. All in all, it was a great and magical book and I would definitely read a sequel. Yay for the fact that it's a series.
Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC.
Not the Best Ending
Imagine being able to feel the Christmas spirit every day? Well Mandy does. She works year round in a Christmas store and even swears she's seen Santa...and yes, she's an adult. But she still believes. It's given her quite a few hard times in the past, but the kids all love her. She has an amazing personality that I fell in love with as well.
Jake is a bit of the opposite. He's all numbers and business and logic, but something about Mandy just grabs him and won't let go. They have an amazingly sweet romance. It was perfect for the holidays with just a bit of heat and a lot of heart.
I loved the city of Tall Pine and discovering all its little Christmas secrets and traditions right along with Jake. I really want to go visit - seriously - this place sounds awesome.
Wow! Sounds like I loved this one. Then why only three stars? The ending was not good. It just sort of stopped. Big old climactic scene that has been building up for a couple chapters, and then ... poof ... wrap everything up in a page and you're done! UGHHH!!!!!!
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
a wonderful romance, sure to please readers everywhere.
Apparently I only seem to find Sierra Donovan during the holidays! My introduction to this author was with another sweet Christmas story, and Do You Believe in Santa is no different. The first book in her Evergreen Lane series with a nod to the classic Miracle on 34th Street.
Mandy is a believer, so much so that her friends call her Mandy Claus, reinforced by the fact that she works in a Christmas themed shop in her hometown of Tall Pines. At eight, Mandy is sure she saw Santa, and this has reinforced her belief in Christmas and the miracles that can come.
Jake Wyndham is in town looking for a new site for his hotel. Intrigued by Mandy, he’s curious about her and her nickname. But, for someone looking to turn the small town feel of Tall Pines onto its ear, he really needs an ally. For Mandy’s part, Jake is everything she wants in a man: kind, employed, ambitious and intriguing, she just hasn’t sussed out his feelings about Santa, and with him not knowing the story that led to her nickname, perhaps he can accept that as well as her.
Donovan brings an innocence and lightness to this story, as Mandy has a childlike feel in her beliefs and hopes for the season. Never quite diving over the line to make her immature or unlikable, she’s just that friend with a quirk that many of us have lost when the kid at the desk next to you tells you the ‘real deal’. Mandy proves that Christmas spirit isn’t just a “thing” for December, but an opportunity to bring kindness and joy year round. And when Jake realizes the truth, and starts to see the intrigue of Mandy is far more than he initially thought, the story turns to a wonderful romance, sure to please readers everywhere.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Sep 29, 2015
- Publisher: Kensington
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 256 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Evergreen Lane Novels