A holiday retelling of You’ve Got Mail that will make you fall in love with the Christmas Season!
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.
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 town’s 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?
Encouraged by her niece to ask Santa for help, 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?
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?
Angela owns a Christmas store called Heart of Christmas. This store has been her family for years. It sells handmade and fine quality items. Then a chain store moves in, Christmas Galore. Her sales tank and she is going to close. This is so heart breaking to Angela. Her beloved grandmother started this store and cultivated it into a unique Christmas shop. Her niece informs her that she should send Santa an email because Santa can always help!
Geoff is a character you like one minute and dislike the next. He is a businessman so some of his decisions are based on the bottom line. Of course that does not coincide with what the reader expects or wants. And Angela is in such a heart breaking situation. You want Geoff to be her hero.
As it says in the blurb, this is a retelling of the movie You’ve Got Mail. I am an expert on this movie. So when I saw that in the overview, I had to read this book. I probably would have liked the book better if I had never read that.
This is a good, sweet read, don’t get me wrong. I just wish the author had not used so much of the same wording as the movie. A lot of the emails to Santa say the same as what Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan say to each other.
I know, I know, I should not compare! Like I said, it is an enjoyable and heartwarming tale. Just read this and form your own opinion.
I received this novel from St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley for a honest review.