Publication date: October 16, 2018
Genre: Contemporary fiction, Christmas
Rating: 3/5 stars ☆☆☆
Strengths: Cute story, fun 'history'
Weaknesses: Completely predictable (not entirely a bad thing)
This was a Hallmark/Netflix Christmas movie in book form :) Angela Carson owns the quaint Heart of Christmas store in Pleasant Sands, North Carolina. It's been in her family for generations, and her great-great-grandparents were the lighthouse keepers of the building before it became the store. Unfortunately, sales have been declining in the past couple years, and with the arrival of mass-retailer Christmas Galore, the end of the legacy is looming large.
Angela has no idea what she'll do next, and her adorable niece encourages her to write to Santa for help. When she writes to Santa (assuming any response she gets will be an auto-responder), they develop a correspondence where Santa insists he's a real person, and his encouragement makes her feel better about the inevitable closing of her business. She puts aside her initial doubts about the Dear Santa app is sponsored by Christmas Galore and just takes the comfort where she finds it.
We all know what will happen between the Christmas Galore owner and Angela, don't we? While predictable, this book would have just made me mad if it was ended any other way. The setting of Pleasant Sands and the Heart of Christmas store sounded so appealing and cozy. Overall, I'd give this book 3 out of 5 stars. It would be a fun read for anyone who enjoys Hallmark movies in print, holiday stories, and simple happy endings.