Hope at Christmas
A recently divorced woman and her daughter look for a fresh start by moving to a small town that embraces them in ways that only fate and the magic of Christmas can explain.Sydney Ragsdale is divorced, but her husband is still calling the shots. In an attempt to shake free from his hold, she and her daughter, Ray Anne, head for tiny Hopewell, NC to the only asset her ex has no control over – a decaying farmhouse that once belonged to her grandparents. She finds solace at The Book Bea, the bookstore she’d loved as a child during her summer stays. Kevin MacAlea, Mac to his friends, is the local high school history teacher and baseball coach. Father of a twelve-year-old son, he’s Hopewell, North Carolina’s most sought after bachelor. His young bride abandoned him and his son just before Christmas and has never come back. It has left his son bitter about Christmas which is hard for Mac who loves the magic of the season. He’s been the Santa here in Hopewell since the year Seth was born. But 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 Ray Anne running away. As Sydney tries to figure out what her next steps are she discovers all of the answers are right here in Hopewell.

Hope at Christmas Details

TitleHope at Christmas
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 10th, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
ISBN-139781250108678
Rating
GenreContemporary, Romance, Holiday, Christmas

Hope at Christmas Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    After her divorce Sydney Ragsdale decided to move to the tiny town of Hopewell, NC hoping for a new start with her daughter and to get out from under the thumb of her ex-husband. Sydney's ex is rich and always tempting their daughter with gifts and trips that she just can't compete with so she is hoping the move will bring them close together before she loses her to her ex. The only asset that Sydney had in her name was an old house of her grandmother's so she is determined to make it work for t After her divorce Sydney Ragsdale decided to move to the tiny town of Hopewell, NC hoping for a new start with her daughter and to get out from under the thumb of her ex-husband. Sydney's ex is rich and always tempting their daughter with gifts and trips that she just can't compete with so she is hoping the move will bring them close together before she loses her to her ex. The only asset that Sydney had in her name was an old house of her grandmother's so she is determined to make it work for the two of them and make the fresh start they so desperately need. After settling in Hopewell Sydney finds herself wandering into The Book Bea, a beautiful book store ran by Bea whom Sydney has fond memories of from her own childhood. Talking with Bea Sydney finds she could use some help in the shop through the holidays which is perfect to hold Sydney over until she begins her new job in the new year. Before long though Sydney finds herself falling in love with the small town shop and it's charm. Kevin MacAlea, Mac to his friends, is the local eligible bachelor in town, a high school history teacher and baseball coach and father of a twelve year old himself he's quite the catch. However when Sydney meets Mac the last thing on her mind is starting a new relationship having not broken completely free from the old one but between working at The Book Bea and her daughter becoming friends with Mac's son the two find themselves spending more and more time together. Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle was a beautiful holiday romance read that was full of small town charm and real emotions from the characters. The setting of The Book Bea in the story sounded so much like such a magical place to a fan of books and reading such as myself with the owner having this lovely place for years with all kinds of small town charisma and events you'd only find in such a store. Bea and her shop certainly steal a big portion of the story and I just loved every minute there. Sydney and Mac were also a nice couple to get to know as they got to know one another and come together with their common bond of being single parents. I couldn't help but root for Sydney to overcome the things her ex had done and was continuing to do and hope that she tightened the bond with her daughter along the way too. With some action going on in the story, the small town holiday setting and lovely characters this was one that I'd definitely recommend checking out for those fans of romance stories. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Stacey is Sassy
    January 1, 1970
    There was no hope for me...Oh NO!! Hope at Christmas was...CLEAN! (shudders)I was not the right reader/reviewer for Hope at Christmas. It was too sweet and drawn out for me. The characters were cheesy, the town too perfect and the hero, a cardboard cut-out. I don't want my hero to be a douchewaffle, but I certainly expect him to show a little confidence and strength. The heroine seemed unbelievably blind, ignorant and weak. Her "strength" that she was so admired for, only showed when it was forc There was no hope for me...Oh NO!! Hope at Christmas was...CLEAN! (shudders)I was not the right reader/reviewer for Hope at Christmas. It was too sweet and drawn out for me. The characters were cheesy, the town too perfect and the hero, a cardboard cut-out. I don't want my hero to be a douchewaffle, but I certainly expect him to show a little confidence and strength. The heroine seemed unbelievably blind, ignorant and weak. Her "strength" that she was so admired for, only showed when it was forced upon her. A "strength" that only arrived when everything was handed to her on a platter.I need that giddy, heart-fluttering feeling when a couple connects. I wanted to see the attraction, passion and lust between the hero and heroine. Kisses on the forehead and a couple of lip kisses are not going to cut it for me. How am I supposed to believe that they're meant for each other, need each other, are desperate for each other? I didn't feel passion, connection or lust, at all. I was disappointed that there were no sigh-worthy moments.There was a lack of emotion in this story. I should have been angrier at her ex for the way she was treated. Where were her screams and demands of respect? It was like she didn't even care that her husband had been disrespecting their marriage vows for the last two years they were together. She loves her daughter, then why did she let him get away with treating their daughter as a forgotten piece of luggage? The heroine standing up for herself was a wee bit too late for me.Small town romances are very hit or miss with me. Don't judge by my review alone. Check out other reviews and you may find that Hope at Christmas is perfect for you.Stacey is Sassy, received a complimentary copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Hope At Christmas is a sweet holiday romance in a small town. The heroine, Sydney Ragsdale, is soon to be divorced and has moved from Atlanta to escape the hold her somewhat controlling soon to be ex-husband has on her and because her grandparents left their farmhouse and she has nowhere else for her and her daughter to live. The hero, Kevin “Mac” MacAlee, is the high school baseball coach and history teacher at the high school whose wife abandoned him and their child, Seth, years ago. They both Hope At Christmas is a sweet holiday romance in a small town. The heroine, Sydney Ragsdale, is soon to be divorced and has moved from Atlanta to escape the hold her somewhat controlling soon to be ex-husband has on her and because her grandparents left their farmhouse and she has nowhere else for her and her daughter to live. The hero, Kevin “Mac” MacAlee, is the high school baseball coach and history teacher at the high school whose wife abandoned him and their child, Seth, years ago. They both have 10 year old children.Sydney had a lot of self doubt after her husband cheated on her for two years prior to asking to be out of the relationship. Her daughter was against the move and wanted to stay with her dad, but her dad’s new girlfriend wasn’t totally on board with that so Sydney and RayAnne have moved to the small town where Sydney used to spend summers with her grandparents. I liked both the main characters and honestly, the fact this was a clean romance didn’t bother me at all, it worked for this couple and their relationship. What I did have issues with, and I do realize this was an Advance Review Copy, was there were so many issues with the timeline in this story which distracted greatly from the story.I did feel like there was a bit of manufactured drama that wasn’t necessary and the ending was a bit too fairytale easy, but it mostly worked for a light holiday read.For me, the real star of this book was the town, the community, and the holiday traditions they’ve carried on for many years. Hope At Christmas is a pleasant holiday romance that was easy to read and enjoyable.
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    A heartwarming little Christmas story with two divorced parents, Sydney and her daughter and Mac and his son. While I enjoyed the story overall, there were a couple of incidents that felt a little forced for drama.**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
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  • Nancy Naigle
    January 1, 1970
    I had so much fun writing this book. Once I landed in the fictional town of Hopewell, it really came to life for me. The Book Bea and colorful merchants of the small town are as warm as the folks that pull together and welcome the new residents with open arms. I hope you find this story a heartwarming treat this holiday season.Hugs and happy reading~Nancy
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    This book is like a G-rated, small-town set Hallmark Christmas special on a page. If that's your thing (it's not entirely mine tbh) then you'll love this one!About-to-be-divorced mom Sydney moves her daughter to the small town where her grandparents lived, and into the old farmhouse they left to her after they died. Her ten year-old daughter is angry about her parents' split and Sydney's about to start a new job in a few weeks. After she impulsively stops into the small local bookstore she used This book is like a G-rated, small-town set Hallmark Christmas special on a page. If that's your thing (it's not entirely mine tbh) then you'll love this one!About-to-be-divorced mom Sydney moves her daughter to the small town where her grandparents lived, and into the old farmhouse they left to her after they died. Her ten year-old daughter is angry about her parents' split and Sydney's about to start a new job in a few weeks. After she impulsively stops into the small local bookstore she used to love as a child, Sydney ends up with a new part-time job assisting the elderly store owner. Mac is a single dad to a son, a high school teacher, and secretly dresses up as the town Santa.Of course these two are made for each other. It was interesting to me that, while the story is told in alternating third person from Sydney and Seth's POVs, the two characters don't even really meet each other until about a third of the way through the book. That wasn't ideal for the romance, but it did work well for a subplot about Sydney's painful divorce and her daughter's anger and sadness over the breakup of her family. As the story begins, she hasn't even signed her divorce papers, so it wasn't a bad thing that she doesn't jump into a new relationship right away. I'm fine with romances without love scenes, but this story was so squeaky clean that it almost felt a little antiseptic. if you're not okay with slow, slow, slow burn romance in which the characters just exchange a chaste peck or two, this might not be the book for you.What this book does have in large supply - a lot of small town charm and a fun plot about Sydney's plans to bring the bookstore into the 21st century.Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com or check out my Bookstagram!I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher for possible review.
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  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    True Rating 3.5 stars!In at Hope at Christmas, the story of Sydney’s character was written realistically and I appreciated that. It is hard for anyone to recover after revelations that lead to divorce and I think that there are many people who can relate to her feelings and the defenses she had in place. Mac’s character also had his share of loss but from a different viewpoint. I liked that his character had already been through the loss and was on the other side so that he did not have his own True Rating 3.5 stars!In at Hope at Christmas, the story of Sydney’s character was written realistically and I appreciated that. It is hard for anyone to recover after revelations that lead to divorce and I think that there are many people who can relate to her feelings and the defenses she had in place. Mac’s character also had his share of loss but from a different viewpoint. I liked that his character had already been through the loss and was on the other side so that he did not have his own emotional baggage to contend with.Hope at Christmas was a really sweet story that created such vivid imagery of a holiday season that it truly gave me a hankering for the holidays to start and I had an overpowering urge to want to start the seasonal baking that I do each year. Definitely gave me a whole ‘the magic of Christmas’ feeling. There are several classic Christmas traditions that are included in this story such as tree decorating, caroling and lots of baking. Plus, there are traditions that revolve around quaint small town living.Wrapped up in all this Christmas goodness there was a real story of love and loss and I appreciated that the loss was not only described for the mother but for the daughter as well. Both of these characters had to create a new path for themselves in their hearts and struggle with what moving on from such loss means. Also, this is a Christmas story but there is not a great influence from the religious aspect of the holiday. It is more about the traditions that surround the holiday and the ‘good cheer’ vibe of the season.Even though I did enjoy this heartwarming story it did drag a little for me. I am not a big fan of small town anything so a story set in a small town, well not my cup of tea. I was looking for a holiday romance read but there was actually very little of that in this story. More elements of romance rather than it being a true romance story. So, the whole small town thing, meh, but I did appreciate the overall rediscovery of love and rewarding experiences for the characters.Hope at Christmas is a story that actually encompasses the Christmas holiday and it is filled with Christmas traditions and holiday fun. Plus, a lot of the story revolves around an independent bookstore and several lovely characters. As a bibliophile, I can say that I adored that element! If you are looking for a clean holiday story that has a sweet romance element and all the goodness of Christmas time, then Hope at Christmas is a perfect choice for you.This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Love this review and want more? Check out my blog for a holiday Q&A with the Author as well as a link to an excerpt The Genre Minx Book Reviews
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  • Arlena
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Hope at ChristmasAuthor: Nancy NaiglePublisher: St. Martin's Press Reviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FiveReview:"Hope at Christmas" by Nancy NaigleMy Thoughts....This was quite a good holiday story that involved two divorced parents and their children. I liked how this author brings Sydney Ragsdale and Kevin [Mac] Alea together in this wonderful Christmas magical read that is fulled with 'love and hopefulness.'We find from the story that after an very unexpected divorce Sydney moves from At Title: Hope at ChristmasAuthor: Nancy NaiglePublisher: St. Martin's Press Reviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FiveReview:"Hope at Christmas" by Nancy NaigleMy Thoughts....This was quite a good holiday story that involved two divorced parents and their children. I liked how this author brings Sydney Ragsdale and Kevin [Mac] Alea together in this wonderful Christmas magical read that is fulled with 'love and hopefulness.'We find from the story that after an very unexpected divorce Sydney moves from Atlanta to Hopewell, North Carolina with her daughter where her grandparents had left her their farm house to get away from it all ... a controlling ex and some ex friends. Hopefully Sydney plan to start a new live there in Hopewell.As you read through this well written story one will find the characters so very relatable as well as realistic giving you a good senseable read. Will these two people [Sydney & Mac] be able to get just what they needed as they find there way around Hopewell N.C? This author brings out a interesting point of what can happen when there is a divorce ex and who is left hurt and abandon when a marriage is dissolved...the child. In this case the children were Ray Anne & Seth. Be ready for a lots of action, surprises, drama, trust issues, fun, hope, love, sadness and even laughter, and Christmas cheer as the story continues to the end. What will happen when Sydney starts working for Bea over the holidays?What was so special about this book store? Who will she met? What was it about Mac. divorced, who was teacher at the local HS, baseball coach and during the holidays would dress up as Santa in that interested Sydney? Will their be sparks between Sydney and Mac as they go some some series of non-dates? Will these two lost souls who had been wounded be able to find healing? Will Sydney be able to trust again after that ordeal with her ex? To get all of these questions answered you will have to pick up "Hope at Christmas" and see how this author will bring it all out for you.By the end the reader will get a good heart-warming holiday story of ' love, hope and second chances' and YES, a ending with a wonderful HEA.Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThis was a sweet holiday romance. Overall, I enjoyed the story but it sort of dragged for me. I may have been too focused on the romance aspect of the story when there was clearly more to this book than that. While I'm not sure this is a book I would read again, I'm happy that I took the chance to read it at least once. *I received an ARC from NetGalley for voluntary review
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  • Katherine Hayward
    January 1, 1970
    "Trust your journey, it will take you where you are supposed to go."- Bea. Sydney and her 10-year-old daughter, RayAnne, move from Atlanta to the small town of Hopewell, North Carolina after Sydney divorces her husband Jon when she finds out he was cheating on her- his only parting gift were candy hearts on hers and RayAnne's pillows on Valentine's Day. Making a new start is never easy, especially during the cold month of November which is when they move. RayAnne loved Atlanta, had friends and l "Trust your journey, it will take you where you are supposed to go."- Bea. Sydney and her 10-year-old daughter, RayAnne, move from Atlanta to the small town of Hopewell, North Carolina after Sydney divorces her husband Jon when she finds out he was cheating on her- his only parting gift were candy hearts on hers and RayAnne's pillows on Valentine's Day. Making a new start is never easy, especially during the cold month of November which is when they move. RayAnne loved Atlanta, had friends and loved school there, so is the one worst hit by the move. To begin with, she misses her life in Atlanta so much she talks of wanting to move back with her dad. He has more money than he needs, and spoils her rotten. Sydney, however, feels like she is "coming home" in moving to Hopewell as she visited her grandparents there as a child and they have left her their old house there. She feels all set for a new life as she also has a job offer from a shop called Peabody's which is in the town.One day, whilst strolling through the town whilst RayAnne is at school, she comes across a large house she remembers from her childhood. The large house is actually a bookshop called The Book Bea, and the sight of the shop's sign, unaged despite the passage of time, sparks off memories for her. The pull of the building is such that she ventures inside to find the shop just as she remembered it, and most importantly of all, she finds that Bea, the original ownwr and who the shop is named, after, is still alive and working there. The shop has a lovely vintage feel- high celings and an old cash register and feels homely at the same time. When Bea mentions she needs help in the shop over the holidays, Sydney cannot resist taking on the task and gets RayAnne helping, too. Soon, their arrival in the small town does not seem so bad or so much of a huge change from what they knew, and they get caught up in the Christmas spirit, decorting the shop and preparing a carol concert. Bea is lovely and generous, not to mention wise. There are so many unique images in the book of all the surroundings, the houses shops bookstore and Santa's Village, that it just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. We get so many vivid inages from chapter 1 alone, and they are the same throughout the book. Slowly, as people come into the store, or through Sydney's and RayAnne's interactions with them, we meet the other characters. There's Kevin McAffee, aka Mac, a high shool teacher and baseball coach. He has a 12-year-old son, Seth and is alone since his wife left him. Neither Sydney nor Mac claim they are looking for love. But will they find it? Sydney is pleased to see RayAnne settling in, and is pleased to see that she manages to herself, too. Seth and Mac have different opinions about what Christmas means. to them. For Mac, it's a magical time, but for Seth it makes him sceptical. Seth and Mac get on great and they have their neighbour Haley who's happy to be with Seth when Mac goes off to his "special" job at night. The book is full of good and bad memories, and Bea is everyone's favourite person in the town. She is really warm welcoming and generous and is liked and respected by everyone in Hopewell. The Book Bea was a wedding gift from her husaband which was just so romantic. However, it has an uncertain future after Christmas because of Bea's age. Sydney's dream since she was younger was to be Bea's successor and own The Book Bea. Will she get what she wishes? Will things go further with Mac? Where Mac was funny, generous welcoming and kind, Jon seemed very self-obsessed and a real "people pleaser," using gifts and money to express love rather than true honest gestures, The amount of times he lied to Sydney and RayAnne during the story was shocking. I ended up feeling as fed up of him as Sydney was. Hope At Christmas is such a magical story of love hope secrets and second chances. There's more than a fair share of drama and tension too. I'll never forget this story and it is the perfect book for everyone to read, and an absolute must-read! I received an eARC of this courtesy of St Martin's Press and will be participating in the SMP Romance Blitz. This book is wonderful and well worth 5 stars!This is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading by Nancy Naigle and I'm certain I'll read more by her.
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  • Isha Coleman
    January 1, 1970
    Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle  Nancy Naigle is an author that makes her point known while laying the groundwork for captivating stories.  Hope at Christmas gives voice to a woman finding her wings and rediscovering her heart.  Adulthood has not been easy for Sydney.  An unhappy marriage, a controlling ex - husband and a divorce that's left her twisting in the wind.  A fresh start is just what she needs to feel like herself again. Returning home with a daughter and not much else is hard, risk Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle  Nancy Naigle is an author that makes her point known while laying the groundwork for captivating stories.  Hope at Christmas gives voice to a woman finding her wings and rediscovering her heart.  Adulthood has not been easy for Sydney.  An unhappy marriage, a controlling ex - husband and a divorce that's left her twisting in the wind.  A fresh start is just what she needs to feel like herself again. Returning home with a daughter and not much else is hard, risking her heart while rebuilding her life is not what she envisioned, but could end up being the most rewarding experience of her life.  New beginnings are hard to come by, but worth the effort.  
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  • Shahla's bookcorner
    January 1, 1970
    Hope At Christmas is a touching holiday read by Nancy Naigle. Ms Naigle has penned a well-written book and filled it with amazing characters. These characters made this story a joy to read, and really, everyone needs a Miss Bea in their life. Sydney and Mac's story is packed with drama, humor, heartbreak, Christmas cheer and a touch of spice. 
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Hope At Christmas by Nancy Naigle is a heartwarming holiday novel. After finding out her husband has been cheating Sidney Ragsdale starts her life again as a single parent in her grandparents house in Hopewell, NC. A very charming town. Moving to a new town, getting a job and starting over is a struggle. Having a friend like Miss Bea is what we all need in life. Kevin MacAlee is a single dad of a 12 year old boy, high school teacher, who just so happens to be the best santa in town, a secret to Hope At Christmas by Nancy Naigle is a heartwarming holiday novel. After finding out her husband has been cheating Sidney Ragsdale starts her life again as a single parent in her grandparents house in Hopewell, NC. A very charming town. Moving to a new town, getting a job and starting over is a struggle. Having a friend like Miss Bea is what we all need in life. Kevin MacAlee is a single dad of a 12 year old boy, high school teacher, who just so happens to be the best santa in town, a secret to many.A wonderfully written story with amazing characters, heartbreak, romance, humor, Christmas spirit and truly magical!I loved this story and was magic to read!Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Bette Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic story of new beginnings and finding love when you least expect it. This is a great wholesome small town romance. It's wonderfully written and has some very interesting characters.Recently divorced Sydney Ragsdale moves herself and her 10 year old daughter to Hopewell, NC for a fresh start. Something her daughter is not too happy about. Sydney hopes that the wonderful people of the little town will eventually win Ray Anne over. Spending time at the Book Bea and meeting Kevin "Mac" Mac A fantastic story of new beginnings and finding love when you least expect it. This is a great wholesome small town romance. It's wonderfully written and has some very interesting characters.Recently divorced Sydney Ragsdale moves herself and her 10 year old daughter to Hopewell, NC for a fresh start. Something her daughter is not too happy about. Sydney hopes that the wonderful people of the little town will eventually win Ray Anne over. Spending time at the Book Bea and meeting Kevin "Mac" MacAlea and his son Seth seem to be just the magic needed.This is a relaxing heartwarming read that you will definitely want on your must read list. I highly recommend it.
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  • Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
    January 1, 1970
    After learning that her husband hasn't been faithful to her or their marriage, Sydney Ragsdale files for divorce and packs her and her daughters things and heads for her grandparents home in Hopewell, North Carolina hoping for a new start. Once she is there she realizes that restarting her life is going to be tougher than she thought, than she wanders into The Book Bea, and it brings her a sense of peace she hasn't felt in a long while, there she finds the friendship and support she needs and a After learning that her husband hasn't been faithful to her or their marriage, Sydney Ragsdale files for divorce and packs her and her daughters things and heads for her grandparents home in Hopewell, North Carolina hoping for a new start. Once she is there she realizes that restarting her life is going to be tougher than she thought, than she wanders into The Book Bea, and it brings her a sense of peace she hasn't felt in a long while, there she finds the friendship and support she needs and a whole lot more! When she meets fellow single parent Kevin MacAlee she soon finds that they have a lot in common, and while it's comforting to share a bond with someone who has gone through a lot of the same things that she is, it's also really scary to experience feelings for someone else so soon after having her heart broken and her life uprooted. Now she must decide if these feelings are worth exploring or not, and if she can find it in herself to trust another man... or if she should walk away.Kevin MacAlee wasn't isn't the market for love, but love found him the moment that Sydney walked into his life, she is a breath of fresh air and makes him feel things he hasn't in a while. and he wants to grasp what they have with both hands. But Sydney is going through a lot right now, and her wounds are still fresh, and a relationship isn't really on her radar right now, so he promises to wait until she is ready. Then tragedy strikes their little town and turns both their lives upside down, and now a future with her is completely up in the air...Hope at Christmas is a touching holiday tale that is sure to have readers hearts rejoicing! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Hopewell, there I found a beautiful story centered around two wounded souls in great need of healing, and a town full of people who were determined to help them find just that. Their story is rich with emotion, inspiration, and unwavering spirit, and one that should not be missed, it will surely leave you moved!! This was my first read from this author and I have to say she completely won me over with this one, her uplifting story made my heart happy!! Highly recommend this one, it's a holiday story that should not be missed!!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
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  • Cathy Geha
    January 1, 1970
    Hope at Christmas by Nancy NaigleIf you are looking for a sweet clean holiday romance between two single parents that takes place in a small southern town AND feels like a Hallmark movie then this might be just the book for you. Sydney Ragsdale takes her ten year old daughter RayAnne to live in the home her grandparents willed to her when they died. It is an old farmhouse in a small town and a place for to get back on her feet while her soon-to-be-ex-husband stays in Atlanta with more money to s Hope at Christmas by Nancy NaigleIf you are looking for a sweet clean holiday romance between two single parents that takes place in a small southern town AND feels like a Hallmark movie then this might be just the book for you. Sydney Ragsdale takes her ten year old daughter RayAnne to live in the home her grandparents willed to her when they died. It is an old farmhouse in a small town and a place for to get back on her feet while her soon-to-be-ex-husband stays in Atlanta with more money to spend than she has and lives with his new amour. Sydney has a job lined up in town but while visiting her old haunt, The Book Bea, she is offered a part-time holiday job that feels oh so right for both her and the proprietor of the bookshop. Kevin “Mac” MacAlee was abandoned by his wife with his young son, Seth, years ago. He is a baseball coach and history teacher at the local high school but also plays a great Santa every year in the Christmas Village the town is well known for. He is a nice guy who cares for family, traditions and shows intrest in Sydney.Of course Sydney and Kevin meet and there is a spark but with the ink not yet on the divorce decree, holidays coming up, antics of children and an ex-husband to deal with and many Christmas events to participate in the spark never really turns into a blaze but instead stays on a low simmer for most of the book. In the end there is a HFN ending that works for everyone – except the ex-husband. I really liked the community, the caroling idea, the tree trimming, the Christmas snowflake fortune cookies and…a lot more. There is some drama but all in all things come out right and bright for a happy holidays story that will warm your heart. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press-Griffin for the ARC – This is my honest review.3-4 Stars
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  • Dixie
    January 1, 1970
    I love books that take me away to a small town where the pace of daily life is relaxed and where neighborly kindness is the norm. That is exactly the case with Hope at Christmas. By moving to Hopewell, Sydney finds a safe place to start over after a painful dissolution to her marriage. It's a place where she can make a meaningful contribution through her temporary year-end work at the Book Bea, a charming local book store. I loved watching Sydney participating in the activities that comprise com I love books that take me away to a small town where the pace of daily life is relaxed and where neighborly kindness is the norm. That is exactly the case with Hope at Christmas. By moving to Hopewell, Sydney finds a safe place to start over after a painful dissolution to her marriage. It's a place where she can make a meaningful contribution through her temporary year-end work at the Book Bea, a charming local book store. I loved watching Sydney participating in the activities that comprise community life (shopping locally, attending church, visiting the town's Christmas village) and seeing the community embrace her in return. I enjoyed the emphasis on politeness and the lack of coarse behavior and foul language. It was sweet and clean and romantic. If that works for you, give yourself a treat and spend some time in Hopewell this Christmas season.I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley and I offer my opinion in response.
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  • Jennifer Schultheis
    January 1, 1970
    Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle is a worthwhile romance that is perfect for the upcoming holiday season. North Carolina’s most sought after bachelor and a recently divorced woman embrace the holiday spirit in this heartwarming romance. Sydney and her daughter, RayAnne move to Hopewell to start over. Her ex-husband is controlling and this move should prove to be a blessing for them both. Relatable characters, a charming town, and well-written words, make this a wonderful holiday read!
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  • KimberlyDawn
    January 1, 1970
    Sydney needs a fresh start. She takes her daughter and goes to live in her grandparents' house back in her hometown. Mac is a single father, and his son doesn't love Christmas as much as his father does. Just as Sydney starts feeling settled and content, her daughter runs away. Will they find her? Can they all overcome the issues and find happiness? I really loved this story of hope and new love. I definitely recommend it.
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  • Deb Diem
    January 1, 1970
    Hope At Christmas is a touching holiday read by Nancy Naigle. Ms Naigle has penned a well-written book and filled it with amazing characters. These characters made this story a joy to read, and really, everyone needs a Miss Bea in their life. Sydney and Mac's story is packed with drama, humor, heartbreak, Christmas cheer and a touch of spice. I totally enjoyed reading Hope At Christmas and look forward to reading more from Nancy Naigle in the future. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.I Hope At Christmas is a touching holiday read by Nancy Naigle. Ms Naigle has penned a well-written book and filled it with amazing characters. These characters made this story a joy to read, and really, everyone needs a Miss Bea in their life. Sydney and Mac's story is packed with drama, humor, heartbreak, Christmas cheer and a touch of spice. I totally enjoyed reading Hope At Christmas and look forward to reading more from Nancy Naigle in the future. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book by author, Nancy Naigle. A wonderful Christmas story. 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 fa This is a great book by author, Nancy Naigle. A wonderful Christmas story. 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. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Hope at Christmas is the new release from author Nancy Naigle. This is truly a heartwarming and delightful read. The title is perfect for this holiday romance, because hope is vital to this story and the characters. Sydney Ragsdale and her ten-year-old daughter RayAnne are starting over. After learning about her husband Jon's affair, she knew she needed a fresh start. Her grandparents left their old farmhouse to her after they passed away. This is a house that Sydney always loved and she has man Hope at Christmas is the new release from author Nancy Naigle. This is truly a heartwarming and delightful read. The title is perfect for this holiday romance, because hope is vital to this story and the characters. Sydney Ragsdale and her ten-year-old daughter RayAnne are starting over. After learning about her husband Jon's affair, she knew she needed a fresh start. Her grandparents left their old farmhouse to her after they passed away. This is a house that Sydney always loved and she has many wonderful memories of her time spent there. Without looking back, she packs up their belongings and makes the move from Atlanta to the old farmhouse in Hopewell, North Carolina. Sydney is excited about the move, and thinks of it as a new adventure. However, RayAnne doesn't share in her mother's excitement, and is resentful for being taken out of school and away from her friends. Kevin MacAlea (Mac) is a history teacher at the high school, and he is a single parent to his twelve-year-old son, Seth. Mac loves the Christmas holiday season, and secretly plays the role of Santa every Christmas. Seth does not share his dad's enthusiasm about Christmas, because for him, it only brings back the memories of his mom leaving them on Christmas Eve. Bea Marion owns the bookstore located in an old mansion on Main Street called The Book Bea. The store was a wedding gift from her husband, and the store is just as important to Bea as it is to the town. Bea knows everyone in Hopewell, and is known for her loving ways and motherly advice. She offers Sydney a part-time position working at the book store during the holiday season, and Sydney quickly accepts. Even though Sydney already has a job at Peabody's, there is just something special about the bookstore...and it makes her feel at home.The story that unfolds is a magical one that is filled with the spirit of Christmas. Sydney and Mac have both been burned in the romance department, and neither are looking for love. However, love comes when we least expect it, and their journey to finding true love is an absolute joy to follow. Nacy Naigle writes from the heart...giving amazing insight into each character through her amazing attention to detail. Her vivid writing style will immerse you into the story so perfectly that you will feel as if you know each and every character. I love how many of the characters are introduced into the storyline as they shop at The Book Bea. As with the main characters, Bea is a character that you quickly fall in love with. She is a character that is not only genuine, but one that is fully invested in the welfare of the residents in town. Bea is the voice of reason...one that is always willing to listen and help out whenever she can.Overall, this is simply one of the best Christmas romance novels I have read. It is a story about family, romance, friendship, and love. It depicts a positive message about moving forward despite what obstacles are thrown in the way....and finding the strength and perseverance to survive and adapt. Second chances always come around, if you just know where to look, and find a way to find hope. Nancy Naigle is an amazing storyteller, always perfectly balancing a positive message within a wonderfully written story.I would like to thank St Martin's Press and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book. My views are my own and are in no way influenced by anyone else.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    It is the autumn season and nearing the Christmas holidays. There are miracles during the Christmas holidays; everyone knows that.Sydney has brought her daughter, Ray Anne to Hopewell, N. C. They have moved into Sydney's grandparents old house and will try to make new lives. Sydney's divorce is nearly final. She plans to make a fresh start. A start that eliminates her ex-husband Jon's control of her life. Ray Anne misses her father and he has made promises. But, some promises are never meant to It is the autumn season and nearing the Christmas holidays. There are miracles during the Christmas holidays; everyone knows that.Sydney has brought her daughter, Ray Anne to Hopewell, N. C. They have moved into Sydney's grandparents old house and will try to make new lives. Sydney's divorce is nearly final. She plans to make a fresh start. A start that eliminates her ex-husband Jon's control of her life. Ray Anne misses her father and he has made promises. But, some promises are never meant to be kept.Sydney walks into the bookstore she loved when she used to visit Hopewell, The Book Bea. Miss Bea remembers Sydney and Sydney falls in love with Miss Bea and her store all over again. She is offered a part time job to help out over the holidays. Sydney is thrilled to take the first step into her new life. Bea is an encourager. She takes Sydney under her wing and continually reminds her that she is a strong and capable woman. Ray Anne falls under Bea's spell and falls in love with the book store just as her mother did when she was a child.Ray Anne makes friends and among them is Seth. He is interested in all the things Ray Anne likes. They both like fur wheelers, baseball and just hanging out. The two of them become good buds. Seth's father is a high school teacher, baseball coach and Santa Clause. Mac secretly plays Santa at the Santa Village. It is a huge secret and very few people know about the job he has had for several years. Even Seth does not realize his father is the best Santa in North Carolina. To Mac, a born Christmas lover, being able to play Santa and make children believe is something he truly loves.Hopewell is a small town and there is a strong sense of family. Sydney and Ray Anne are drawn into the family very quickly. Each of them realize the people in Hopewell want to make them feel at home. It is a warm and comfy place.Mac has been raising Seth on his own for years. His wife left when Seth was very small because she simply did not want to stay there any longer. Mac and Seth have developed into a wonderful pair. Mac's has the ability to give Seth all he needs to grow into a wonderful man, just like his father.This is a wonderful book. The plot provides a few surprises but it is basically a love story. Love between parents and children, love between friends and a sense of group love that fills the town of Hopewell.I am a fan of Ms Naigle, so I was predisposed to fall in love with this book. Her characters are real people. Each of them have flaws, but the flaws simply remind us they are human beings. The secondary characters add a great deal to the texture of the story. I believe my favorite character was Miss Bea. The world would be a much better place if each of us could have an encourager like Miss Bea in our lives.If you are looking for a feel good Christmas read, this book is for you.I received the book from the publisher through NetGalley. I am voluntarily writing this review and all opinions are my own.
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  • Vânia Nunes
    January 1, 1970
    Divorce. A daughter who was not accepting parental divorce. An old house, in need of repair, in a small town. The first Christmas she would spend away from her daughter. A financial situation that was shorter than the previous one. A broken heart...Sydney Ragsdale's year was not ending in the best way. But she was grateful to have a roof over her head and to be back in Hopewell, the city where she vacationed at her grandparents' house. There she had precious memories.But she knew that everything Divorce. A daughter who was not accepting parental divorce. An old house, in need of repair, in a small town. The first Christmas she would spend away from her daughter. A financial situation that was shorter than the previous one. A broken heart...Sydney Ragsdale's year was not ending in the best way. But she was grateful to have a roof over her head and to be back in Hopewell, the city where she vacationed at her grandparents' house. There she had precious memories.But she knew that everything was new. She needed to work, she needed to improve her self-esteem, and more importantly, she had a daughter who still dreamed of seeing her parents together.While waiting for the day to start on her new job, after spending years away from the job market,(as a housewife, mother and wife), Sydney gets a temporary job at The Book Bea Bookstore. The same bookstore she went with her grandmother when she was a child. Mrs. Bea Marron, the owner, was already very old and did not have the same energy of years ago, when she dressed the store preparing for Christmas Season. Sydney is delighted to be able to help. That would keep her busy when she would have to spend Christmas without RayAnne, who would be with her father, Jon.RayAnne was struggling to adjust to her new life. New school, without her friends, without her father and with a new financial reality that her mother could not afford. They both had to give up a lot to be happy there.One thing could unite them: the bookstore.When RayAnne receives bad news from her father, and her world collapses, Sydney needs to be strong to help her daughter. And she receives unexpected help. Seth, the son of History teacher Kevin McAlee-Mac-becomes RayAnne's new friend and helps her cope with the cold winter days.At the same time, Mac, who years before had been abandoned by his wife, Seth's mother, feels a connection with Sydney when he sees her lost and frustrated with her daughter's reaction.The two families spend several moments together, which solidifies the friendship and some more feelings that begin to surface.However, a new twist takes place and soon Sydney will have to choose between her daughter's greatest happiness or what was best for both of them in the long run.A Christmas story about second chances, beginnings, family, fidelity, choices and departures.5 starsARC provided by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review
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  • Sandy Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This is a brand new author to me. And I am a sucker for Christmas love stories that gives someone another chance at a HEA. I can honestly say this one didn't disappoint at all! This book is about Sydney Ragsdale and Kevin MacAlea. Sydney is a divorced mom of 10 year old RayAnne who has moved to NC to get away from her ex-husband and the town they lived in. Including all the "friends" who never told her that her husband was having an affair for 2 years before he told her he was leaving. Mac is a This is a brand new author to me. And I am a sucker for Christmas love stories that gives someone another chance at a HEA. I can honestly say this one didn't disappoint at all! This book is about Sydney Ragsdale and Kevin MacAlea. Sydney is a divorced mom of 10 year old RayAnne who has moved to NC to get away from her ex-husband and the town they lived in. Including all the "friends" who never told her that her husband was having an affair for 2 years before he told her he was leaving. Mac is a divorced dad of 12 year old Seth who has lived in Hopewell most of his life and loves every part of his town. He is not only a teacher at the local high school but the baseball coach as well. And during the Christmas season, he dresses up as Santa part time because he loves the season so much. Mac had decided long ago that his son was his priority after the way his wife had left them. This book has you not only feeling everything Sydney and her daughter feel towards divorce in general but towards her ex. At points I wanted to reach into the book and shake her ex so hard!! People don't realize how much a child can be hurt when a marriage breaks up, especially by a childish, insensitive parent. This author wrote this book that gets that point across and conveys how these kids were hurt by their respective parents in such a way that you could not only understand how they felt but you get angry on their behalf. The parent's that were left behind are heroes in my opinion. They are the ones who not only stayed for their children but they try to make sure their kids are still well rounded, healthy, and most important, happy. Mac and Sydney are perfect together. Not only do they both want to take their relationship slow, but they truly like each other. Even with Sydney's trust issues, they still manage to work that out. And then you throw in Ms. Bea. I absolutely loved Ms. Bea!! She was not only sweet to everyone she met but she helps Sydney and her daughter adjust to their new normal. She was just what they needed, when they needed it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The only reason it didn't rank a 5 star ranking for me was because I would have liked some sort of epilogue where we see how they end up after the holidays are over and they are fully together. But either way, it was definitely well worth the read!
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  • Marsha Spohn
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfHope at Christmas is one of those stories that I believe would be good in any season it was set in – yet it’s a bit more poignant, a touch more heart warming with the magic of Christmas as, in a way, one of the characters in this romance.Both Sydney and Mac are adults with one child each. Both know the disappointment of their partner not being who they thought they’d be for a lifetime. Yet, Mac has had a bit more time to adjust to his son’s mother leaving them. Sydne Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfHope at Christmas is one of those stories that I believe would be good in any season it was set in – yet it’s a bit more poignant, a touch more heart warming with the magic of Christmas as, in a way, one of the characters in this romance.Both Sydney and Mac are adults with one child each. Both know the disappointment of their partner not being who they thought they’d be for a lifetime. Yet, Mac has had a bit more time to adjust to his son’s mother leaving them. Sydney and Ray Anne are in the early stages of that grief and incomprehension that comes when your man cheats on you, and your father cannot, or rather will not keep his promises to his daughter. Sydney is trying to restart their lives in the one place her soon to be ex cannot touch, the inherited farmhouse that her grandparents left to her. A place that holds good memories, a chance to catch her breath and hopefully begin a new chapter of life with her daughter, a new home, and a new job starting soon. Sydney is drawn to the local bookstore, The Book Bea, within its walls she finds the missing magic from her life. So when a part time job is offered, she’s more than happy to spend it here.It’s easy to get caught up in Hope at Christmas. A romance that offers a slice of real life for so many people, it’s a slow burn romance that develops at its own pace. Sure there is angst, kid rebellion, a close call as well as an ex that deserves every bad thing that comes his way. Yet there is also a feeling of more to come, that Sydney, Mac, Ray Anne and Seth are starting a journey that will grow stronger and better over time. Full of interesting secondary characters, an inviting small town and a chance at happiness for two people who didn’t expect to find that again. It’s one of those stories that will make your heart smile. And that’s why I read Romance.*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    This is an easygoing Christmas read. Sydney Ragsdale has gone through a recent divorce and has moved, with her daughter Ray Anne, from Atlanta to tiny Hopewell, NC. In Hopewell, Sydney finds solace at The Book Bea, the bookstore she loved when she spent summers there with her grandparents. Sydney also finds a good friend and mentor in the store’s owner, an elderly Bea, who has owned and run the store forever. Ray Anne is initially upset about the move, preferring to stay in Atlanta with her frie This is an easygoing Christmas read. Sydney Ragsdale has gone through a recent divorce and has moved, with her daughter Ray Anne, from Atlanta to tiny Hopewell, NC. In Hopewell, Sydney finds solace at The Book Bea, the bookstore she loved when she spent summers there with her grandparents. Sydney also finds a good friend and mentor in the store’s owner, an elderly Bea, who has owned and run the store forever. Ray Anne is initially upset about the move, preferring to stay in Atlanta with her friends and father, but, soon the small town grows on her and her mother, as both come to love it and the townsfolk. Kevin MacAlea, Mac to his friends, teaches history at the local high school and coaches baseball. Mac and his son, Seth, have been on their own since Mac’s wife left them years before. Mac loves the magic of the Christmas season, and spreads cheer around everywhere he goes. When Sydney meets Mac, the last thing on her mind is a relationship after the divorce. However, it seems as if Mac and his son, especially Mac, are determined to become part of Sydney and Ray Anne’s life. The story follows this pair and their children through the Christmas season, where the season’s spirit grabs them and pull them towards a predictable but sweet romantic end. This is a sweet Christmas romance. One thing I did miss was the intense attraction between Mac and Sydney that I normally feel in other romances. Yes, there was some chemistry, but not nearly enough. The book also focused on the romance, but it also focused heavily, at the same time, on the events that brought the couple together as well as the small town and its holiday traditions. I think the latter was the high point of the story for me, as it was nice to see a town where people pulled together and had lots of nice holiday traditions. It made me miss any small town living I have had in my life. Again, this is a nice, cozy holiday romance, though a predicable one. A good book to curl up with on a winter afternoon or weekend. I received this from NetGalley to read and review.
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  • Claire Mc Partlin
    January 1, 1970
    I've read a few Christmas books recently, well books with Christmas in the title but not particularly Christmassy in my opinion, but this one was so lovely, much more like the Christmas in the title with such wonderful warm characters.Sydney has just moved to Hopewell with her 10 year old daughter RayAnne after she split up from her husband as he had been having an affair and left her. She wasn't expecting it and so is still getting to grips with her new life and forging ahead, trying to make th I've read a few Christmas books recently, well books with Christmas in the title but not particularly Christmassy in my opinion, but this one was so lovely, much more like the Christmas in the title with such wonderful warm characters.Sydney has just moved to Hopewell with her 10 year old daughter RayAnne after she split up from her husband as he had been having an affair and left her. She wasn't expecting it and so is still getting to grips with her new life and forging ahead, trying to make things right for her daughter. They moved to Hopewell as Sydney was left her grandparents house when they died, so it is hers and nothing to do with her ex-husband. Sydney used to visit her grandparents when she was younger, so has very fond memories of the place. Once there she starts to get her bearings and realises that the old bookshop is still there that she used to visit all the time when she was younger. She gets talking to Bea, the elderly owner, and ends up working there over the holidays, and a lot of the book revolves around the bookstore which sounded so wonderful.Mac is a teacher at the local school, and also secretly acts as the Santa in the Santa Village the town has every year. He has a 12 year old son, Seth, who doesn't like Christmas because Mac's wife and Seth's mother left them on Christmas Eve, even though it was years ago now. Mac loves Christmas and keeps hoping that his son will start to love it again too.There were definitely sparks between Sydney and Mac, but both had been burned before so went on a series of non-dates, just getting together with their children, who got on really well. But of course it started to change when their barriers started to drop a little. It was such a lovely gentle romantic relationship, Mac was such a great guy, I really liked his character - well actually I liked all the characters in this book!There was a bit of drama, and some sadness, towards the end, but there was also a lovely happy ending. A real feel-good Christmas story. Loved it.
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  • Sue Galuska
    January 1, 1970
    I was asked to review this book in exchange for an honest opinion. I have never read this author and after reading this story, I need to read more of her books. This author creates such real and genuine characters that you can't help but become friends with them, at least in your mind!Sydney Ragsdale is going through a divorce and to get away from her soon-to-be ex-husband, Sydney and her daughter RayAnne decide to move to Hopewell, North Carolina. Sydney grew up in Hopewell and when her grandpa I was asked to review this book in exchange for an honest opinion. I have never read this author and after reading this story, I need to read more of her books. This author creates such real and genuine characters that you can't help but become friends with them, at least in your mind!Sydney Ragsdale is going through a divorce and to get away from her soon-to-be ex-husband, Sydney and her daughter RayAnne decide to move to Hopewell, North Carolina. Sydney grew up in Hopewell and when her grandparents died, they left her their old house. For once Sydney is getting to make decisions for herself, not having to do everything her ex said she had to do.Sydney takes RayAnne to school on her first day and they decides to wander around the small little town. Sydney is shocked to see that The Book Bea is still open and that Bea Marion still runs it. The two quickly catch up and Bea even offers Sydney a temporary job for the next few weeks until her other job starts in January. Sydney just feels at home in the little bookstore. When Bea mentions that she is looking to close the place in January unless someone is interested in buying it (wink wink) Sydney does some serious thinking.In the meantime, Sydney and RayAnne are meeting and making many new friends, including Kevin "Mac" MacAlee and his son Seth. What starts off as a fun friendship between kids and single parents quickly turns into something else. Both of these single parents have to decide if they are ready to trust their hearts again.When two things happen suddenly, along with an unexpected guest, their worlds collide very emotionally. I just adored Sydney and Mac. Sydney was just trying to find herself again and was doing a great job of it. Mac was just the perfect guy with such a heart of gold. These two people really deserved a happy ending and they really got a great one! If you are looking for a sweet, emotional Christmas story....look no further....this is the one!
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  • Wit & Wonder Books
    January 1, 1970
    ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **The holidays are upon us and so are the Christmas romances. The latest on my long list of holiday cheer is USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle’s Hope at Christmas. This is a heartwarming story about finding yourself and moving on.Sydney Ragsdale is recently divorced but her ex-husband still manages to have a hold on her. Wanting to break completely free of him, she moves her and her daughter, Ray Anne to Hopewell, NC. Hopeful for a fresh ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **The holidays are upon us and so are the Christmas romances. The latest on my long list of holiday cheer is USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle’s Hope at Christmas. This is a heartwarming story about finding yourself and moving on.Sydney Ragsdale is recently divorced but her ex-husband still manages to have a hold on her. Wanting to break completely free of him, she moves her and her daughter, Ray Anne to Hopewell, NC. Hopeful for a fresh start they take up residence in the farmhouse that once belonged to her grandparents. Sydney has fond memories of her summers spent on the farm. As they settle in she begins to remember the happiness she had in Hopewell and renews a fondness for The Book Bea, a bookstore that she loved as a kid and now brings her peace as an adult.Kevin MacAlea is a high school history teacher and baseball coach but he is also a father. His twelve-year-old son, Seth always grows bitter during the Christmas holidays. His mother abandoned both of them around the holidays, ruining the special time of year for Seth ever since. When the Book Bea is forced to closed it hits the town and its residents hard. Especially Kevin, who despite his son’s stand on the holiday, loved to play Santa.With the bookstore closed and a broken promise causing Ray Anne to run away, Sydney is lost. She doesn’t know what to do or who she can turn to. When the solution appears, she realizes that it was there in Hopewell all along.This romance contains everything you expect in a sweet holiday love story. It is cheesy and perfect. It just screams Christmas in a small town and I couldn’t be happier. I want to bust out the twinkling lights and decorating early. Nancy told a super sweet story full of holiday cheer. I give this one FOUR Christmas stars.
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