Christmas Angels
The next heartwarming and inspirational Christmas story by USA Today Bestselling author, Nancy Naigle.Growing up, Liz Westmoreland dreamed of taking over her grandparents inn located in the small mountain town of Angels Creek only for it to be sold before she ever got the chance. While browsing the internet, she stumbles upon a listing for what looks to be the picturesque inn and it’s set to go to auction. Liz places a bid, and by a miracle, wins the auction. But when she gets there she finds the property in significant disrepair.When Matt Hardy narrowly lost the inn and property that butted his land, he just hoped it wasn't another city slicker coming to make matters worse after the previous owners gutted the place for an art gallery. But the minute he recognized the sweet, freckle-faced girl from his childhood and heard her plans to reopen the inn, he jumps at the chance to help his childhood crush restore a place where he made so many fond memories.While working on repairs, Liz and Matt discover her grandmother’s collection of angels in one of the cabins. When the angels start mysteriously showing up all over the inn, she begins to look at them as reassurance—that restoring the inn is what she's meant to do. But when an accident leaves Liz feeling like she made a mistake, will Matt—and the residents of Angels Creek—be able to show Liz that she's found a home? And possibly true love as well?

Christmas Angels Details

TitleChristmas Angels
Author
ReleaseOct 15th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
ISBN-139781250312624
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

Christmas Angels Review

  • Madison Warner Fairbanks
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas Angels by Nancy NaigleContemporary romance. Perfect for a Hallmark holiday movie. Liz has always dreamed of someday owning a country inn similar to what her grandparents previously owned. When she finds the exact inn on the auction block she dives in and is the successful winning bid. Sight unseen, Liz heads up to Angels Creek to find her new life dream was abandoned and in need of complete renovation. The small town rallies and with Matt as head contractor, the inn is rebuilt and Christmas Angels by Nancy NaigleContemporary romance. Perfect for a Hallmark holiday movie. Liz has always dreamed of someday owning a country inn similar to what her grandparents previously owned. When she finds the exact inn on the auction block she dives in and is the successful winning bid. Sight unseen, Liz heads up to Angels Creek to find her new life dream was abandoned and in need of complete renovation. The small town rallies and with Matt as head contractor, the inn is rebuilt and holiday memories return for everyone. Matt has his own designs on Liz and declares to the local priest that Liz is the woman he’s going to marry. Now Matt has to convince Liz to forget the city and become a permanent resident of Angels Creek.A heartwarming and sweet romance with hints at the end of who might be the next couple to be matched up. Loved the human bowling. So much fun but I’m thinking I’d be exhausted half way through!Could have done without the praying for answers but it wasn’t extensive beyond a few mentions of faith. Totally reminded me of the sentimental and joyous Hallmark holiday movies. I received a copy of the book from NetGalley. I’ve purchased a copy to share.
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Great story and a sweet romance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~What would you do if you happened upon a family home on the auction block? What would you do if that was your dream home with memories of happy times?If you were like the main character who had saved for years upon years, you just hop in and buy it and figure it out later. I know that is what I would do.This story radiates everything that we remember in our happy times with family. Special times with Grandparents and all of those fabulous Great story and a sweet romance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~What would you do if you happened upon a family home on the auction block? What would you do if that was your dream home with memories of happy times?If you were like the main character who had saved for years upon years, you just hop in and buy it and figure it out later. I know that is what I would do.This story radiates everything that we remember in our happy times with family. Special times with Grandparents and all of those fabulous heartwarming memories that can still make an impact years later.With amazing descriptions of the lodge type homes and Christmas exploding everywhere, this story made me crave my home. Add in a fabulous guy who crushed hard on you when you were kids, and you have a story that is calling your name.I loved Matt. OMG he was a fabulous character and literally would give this gal anything. He busted tail making her dreams come true.I enjoyed Liz’s character too, but sometimes she came across a bit snarky and I would wonder why. Never did put my finger on it.The author crafted and recreated an American Dream with this Christmas story. It made me so happy to read it! You have to put it on your list!* copy received for review considerationfull review - https://amidlifewife.com/christmas-an...
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  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    4 Angel Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeThis has everything you could want in a holiday-themed story. We have a woman with sweet, warm, reassuring feelings when remembering her grandparents' inn. How she loved it there. It was a small town but never small in love. This woman grows to be successful, capable and has the means to follow her own dreams. Dreams which were not to happen. When the grandparents sold the place she adored she wasn't able to make any type of offer. Now she is in that position and 4 Angel Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeThis has everything you could want in a holiday-themed story. We have a woman with sweet, warm, reassuring feelings when remembering her grandparents' inn. How she loved it there. It was a small town but never small in love. This woman grows to be successful, capable and has the means to follow her own dreams. Dreams which were not to happen. When the grandparents sold the place she adored she wasn't able to make any type of offer. Now she is in that position and has decided she will create her own inn. She goes online, sees a property that seems just right and makes the bid without even going to see it in person. Is that a bit Cray Cray...Yes, and everyone she has talked to about this endeavor agrees, NUTS. But our gal knows deep down inside, if this is meant to happen she will get the bid. She gets the bid and true to her vow, off she goes to that small town she loved, leaving the big city behind for a while. Our gal wasn't the only one bidding on this property. The fella who was the only other viable bidder lives in town has his property right next to the inn he wanted and prays the one who won the bid is not going to keep the place modern and cold as the last owners. When the new owner comes to claim the place, she has a huge shock. It was gutted, literally, and everything she loved about it is gone. She is determined to bring it back to its old glory but she is going to need some help. Lucky for her, the neighbor remembers her as the teenage crush he had and bids the project to help. Love comes to us in all ways...through restoring an inn, having two people find each other, and in this case...Magical Tree Topping Christmas Angels guiding the way.A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Simply magically delightful! A young girl’s memories of happy times and love can become a reality once again as an adult when Fate, or perhaps a Christmas angel give Liz Westmoreland what she always dreamed of, a chance to own the inn her grandparents sold years before. For Liz, it could be a dream come true or her worst nightmare when the man next door steps in to save the day and hopefully rekindle his own childhood dreams.Nancy Naigle’s CHRISTMAS ANGELS is a heartwarming tale of finding what Simply magically delightful! A young girl’s memories of happy times and love can become a reality once again as an adult when Fate, or perhaps a Christmas angel give Liz Westmoreland what she always dreamed of, a chance to own the inn her grandparents sold years before. For Liz, it could be a dream come true or her worst nightmare when the man next door steps in to save the day and hopefully rekindle his own childhood dreams.Nancy Naigle’s CHRISTMAS ANGELS is a heartwarming tale of finding what your heart truly wants in a small town with a huge heart!Kind of like a Hallmark card with chapters, this tale sparkles with the magic of the holiday season, fond memories and true love! Go ahead and relax into sweet romance while getting your secret holiday reading fix!I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Griffin! This is my honest and voluntary review!Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 15, 2019)Publication Date: October 15, 2019Genre: Holiday RomancePrint Length: 328 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Are you a fan of a sweet melodic romance that takes a long and lingering path to love? Christmas Angels will be the absolute best read for you. It's a wholesome, sweet and loving kind of romance. Not hurried or rushed. One that builds and has such a lovely rhythm. With the holiday season fast approaching, I find myself wanting a book that is easy to pick up and put down, yet still holds be as a reader. Christmas Angels does just that.A lovely read.~Tanja Follow us on TwitterFacebookPinterest Are you a fan of a sweet melodic romance that takes a long and lingering path to love? Christmas Angels will be the absolute best read for you. It's a wholesome, sweet and loving kind of romance. Not hurried or rushed. One that builds and has such a lovely rhythm. With the holiday season fast approaching, I find myself wanting a book that is easy to pick up and put down, yet still holds be as a reader. Christmas Angels does just that.A lovely read.~Tanja Follow us on Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿BookBabblers✿Instagram
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas Angels is a sweet, feel good story to get you in the Christmas spirit. It is a story of love-of family and friends, small town neighborly friendship and love, new love and rekindling old memories for new ones.Liz Westmoreland is very successful at starting up businesses living in Charlotte, North Carolina, but she has always had a dream of buying her deceased beloved grandparents' lodge in the mountains of North Carolina. When she stumbles on an auction that includes the lodge, she Christmas Angels is a sweet, feel good story to get you in the Christmas spirit. It is a story of love-of family and friends, small town neighborly friendship and love, new love and rekindling old memories for new ones.Liz Westmoreland is very successful at starting up businesses living in Charlotte, North Carolina, but she has always had a dream of buying her deceased beloved grandparents' lodge in the mountains of North Carolina. When she stumbles on an auction that includes the lodge, she outbids everyone else to buy it, sight unseen. It is quite depressing to see the condition it is in but with a tip from a local, she hires Matt Hardy, a local guy home from Chicago for the holidays, to manage the renovations. What happens is amazing as the whole town welcomes her back to bring the old lodge to its former glory. Everyone pitches in a hand and things move along speedily. Liz is overwhelmed with the generous outpouring and maybe even a little romance is in the air-after the work is done, of course. This is a great holiday read that I recommend.I received a complimentary ARC from St. Martin's Press/St. Martin's Griffin though NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. It’s an easy and fast read. Very lighthearted and written to make you fall in love with the characters. I’d recommend reading it around Christmas!
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars
  • Nancy Naigle
    January 1, 1970
    I loved writing this story. I hope you will enjoy reading about Antler Creek and all the people living there. Merry Christmas. Nancy
  • Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsLiz purchased her grandparents old lodge, sight unseen, and wasn’t fully prepared for the state of disrepair it was in. With the help of locals and Matt, an architect and local favorite who’s harboring a childhood crush on Liz herself, Liz starts working on restoring the lodge to its former glory. Seeking reassurance that she’s on the right track, Liz is constantly looking for signs to back up her hasty purchase. All is going well until an injury sidelines her and then she’s got plenty 3.5 starsLiz purchased her grandparents old lodge, sight unseen, and wasn’t fully prepared for the state of disrepair it was in. With the help of locals and Matt, an architect and local favorite who’s harboring a childhood crush on Liz herself, Liz starts working on restoring the lodge to its former glory. Seeking reassurance that she’s on the right track, Liz is constantly looking for signs to back up her hasty purchase. All is going well until an injury sidelines her and then she’s got plenty of time to sit, stew, and question if she’s bitten off more then she can chew. I thought this was a really sweet, yet very slow read. I loved the locals, Maizey, Flossie, and Matt’s workers were a riot! Enter good gossip to the mix and I found myself laughing at the information highway! I also liked the concept of restoring the lodge and uplifting not just Liz, but the town itself too. However, I didn’t care for the romantic aspect. Matt’s interest in Liz was cute and in his defense, he worked hard to get her to notice him romantically, and I truly believe he had feelings for her. But Liz was a hard sell. She was wasn’t just wrapped up in the lodge. She lived and breathed it to the umpteenth degree. And she was completely oblivious to Matt. Even when the entire town clued her in, she still doubted his feelings. So when her about-face happened, it was hard pill for me to swallow. What kind of guy gives cheap labor, cooks great meals, checks on you in a snow storm, is available to you at all hours of the day and lets you keep his number on speed dial, and drags the whole town into a huge plan to cheer you up if he isn’t interested in dating? There’s being neighborly...and then there’s being neighborly! I do have to mention Elvis, Matt’s dog, because he was my favorite character. I thought he had some of the cutest moments! This adorably, lazy puppy had a knack for presenting himself at just the right time and was appropriately named with his smirky smile and hip wiggling! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas Angels was an utter sweet, heartwarming, feel good Christmas read.Liz had always wanted to take over her grandparents in Angels Creek. When she sees it come up for auction, Liz jumps at the chance to make her dreams come true. But when she arrives she discovers the inn has fallen in disrepair and will need the help of Matt Hardy.Matt Hardy lost his bid for the local inn that butts up to his property but when he meets the winner, Liz, the his childhood crush that got away. Matt puts his Christmas Angels was an utter sweet, heartwarming, feel good Christmas read.Liz had always wanted to take over her grandparents in Angels Creek. When she sees it come up for auction, Liz jumps at the chance to make her dreams come true. But when she arrives she discovers the inn has fallen in disrepair and will need the help of Matt Hardy.Matt Hardy lost his bid for the local inn that butts up to his property but when he meets the winner, Liz, the his childhood crush that got away. Matt puts his wooing plans into because he doesn’t plan to let her get away again.This is just one of those feel good holiday reads that push you right into the holiday spirit. I received this ARC copy of Christmas Angel from St. Martin's Press - St. Martin's Griffin. This is my honest and voluntary review. Christmas Angel is set for publication October 15, 2019.My Rating: 4 starsWritten by: Nancy NaiglePaperback: 350 pagesPublisher: Griffin (October 15, 2019)ISBN-10: 1250312620ISBN-13: 978-1250312624Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Ange...Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chri...
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  • Toya
    January 1, 1970
    In my house, it is no secret that I am absolutely obsessed with Christmas movies…especially those on the Hallmark channel, and yes, I watch them all year long. So naturally, when I heard that reading Christmas Angels is reminiscent of those glorious Hallmark movies, I needed this story like my life depended on it.Liz Westmoreland still remembers the wonderful times she experienced at her grandparents’ inn when she was a little girl. She always felt like her real home was Angel Creek, which was a In my house, it is no secret that I am absolutely obsessed with Christmas movies…especially those on the Hallmark channel, and yes, I watch them all year long. So naturally, when I heard that reading Christmas Angels is reminiscent of those glorious Hallmark movies, I needed this story like my life depended on it.Liz Westmoreland still remembers the wonderful times she experienced at her grandparents’ inn when she was a little girl. She always felt like her real home was Angel Creek, which was a feeling that started leaching into her adult life. When the opportunity to buy her grandparents’ inn at an auction arose, Liz immediately abandoned everything else with the hopes of reliving those glorious memories. Unfortunately, when she arrives to her newly acquired inn, it’s in complete disarray. Liz wonders if she made a mistake, but restoring the inn to its original glory is all she’s ever wanted in life, even if it means struggling along the way.Matt Hardy wanted nothing more than to buy the inn that held all of his wonderful childhood memories, but luck definitely wasn’t in his favor. He lost the inn to yet another big city outsider. He felt hopeless until he realized that the buyer was no one than Liz, the girl he had a crush on as a kid all those years ago. When Liz needs help to repair the inn and restore it to its original glory, he can’t jump fast enough at the opportunity to take on the project. If he can give Liz what’s she’s been missing all these years in the inn, maybe Liz will finally see that Angels Creek is where she’s meant to be…and hopefully with him.Oh. My. God. I loved absolutely loved both Liz and Matt. I respect Liz for taking on the restoration project that the inn required. Even though her parents and friends were adamantly against it, she refused to give in to their negativity even when it seemed like all hope was lost. And Matt. He was the perfect complement to Liz’s character. Liz was adamant about her rules of not dating anyone she works with, but Matt never let that affect his ego or ability to do his job. Even though his feelings for Liz were always on his sleeve (even if Liz did choose to ignore them), he never smothered her or set out to control the restoration project. Everything that he did was from the amazingly large heart that he has. I loved that their relationship was a natural progression over time without any of it being forced or rushed.Overall, Naigle’s Christmas Angels was a heartwarming holiday romance that reminded me of cozy nights in front of the fire while sipping on a large mug of hot chocolate topped with extra marshmallows. If you’re looking for a holiday read this upcoming season, I implore you to pick this one up! Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing an ARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Christa
    January 1, 1970
    I found this to be a very heartwarming book with a sweet romance. In this book, Liz Westmoreland suddenly has the opportunity to buy the inn that was once her grandparents' Bed and Breakfast. It has been her dream to own it one day, and she sets out to start her new life there with joy in her heart. Once she arrives, she finds that the inn has pretty much been gutted, and is far from ready to operate as a Bed and Breakfast.Liz struggles with feeling like she might be doing the wrong thing in I found this to be a very heartwarming book with a sweet romance. In this book, Liz Westmoreland suddenly has the opportunity to buy the inn that was once her grandparents' Bed and Breakfast. It has been her dream to own it one day, and she sets out to start her new life there with joy in her heart. Once she arrives, she finds that the inn has pretty much been gutted, and is far from ready to operate as a Bed and Breakfast.Liz struggles with feeling like she might be doing the wrong thing in trying to make her dream of operating the B&B come true. She reconnects with people who were her grandparents friend and neighbors, and even some she knew when she visited as a child. Matt Hardy is one of those, and he offers to help her with the restoration of the inn. Liz has to decide if she should risk it all to stay and try to fulfill her dream, or go back to her old, more secure lifestyle.My favorite part of this book was the interaction between Liz and Matt, both of whom i thought were great characters. I also really loved the setting of this book.I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy.
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received via Netgalley for an honest reviewIs it ever too early to read Christmas books - the correct answer is NO! and I won't take any other.Christmas Angels is a sweet, beautiful tale of going after your dreams. Childhood dreams of family and places are what drive our lovely lady Liz. The place radiates everything she has always love and what she has dreamed of for years. And I can't blame her I want to move with her.And then there is Matt. Oh my gosh, that man! Move over Liz, I am trying ARC received via Netgalley for an honest reviewIs it ever too early to read Christmas books - the correct answer is NO! and I won't take any other.Christmas Angels is a sweet, beautiful tale of going after your dreams. Childhood dreams of family and places are what drive our lovely lady Liz. The place radiates everything she has always love and what she has dreamed of for years. And I can't blame her I want to move with her.And then there is Matt. Oh my gosh, that man! Move over Liz, I am trying to get that man for myself.I love the small town vibe of Christmas Angels. The sense of community is something you just don't get living in bigger towns or cities.This was a slow burn of a romance, but it didn't feel dragged out. Our lovelies just took their time to get there.Now i need some hot chocolate, STAT!
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  • Jodie
    January 1, 1970
    Liz Westmoreland has fond memories of spending Christmas and summers at her Grandparents Inn at Angels Creek and dreams of the day when she can return to the Inn as the owner. When she notices that the Inn is up for auction, she makes a bid and learns she is the successful bidder. Having bought the Inn sight unseen, she is disappointed to see that the Inn has been transformed into an art gallery and needs a lot of work to bring it back to its former glory. Luckily, she meets Matt Hardy who works Liz Westmoreland has fond memories of spending Christmas and summers at her Grandparents Inn at Angels Creek and dreams of the day when she can return to the Inn as the owner. When she notices that the Inn is up for auction, she makes a bid and learns she is the successful bidder. Having bought the Inn sight unseen, she is disappointed to see that the Inn has been transformed into an art gallery and needs a lot of work to bring it back to its former glory. Luckily, she meets Matt Hardy who works as her contractor to restore the Inn. Matt remembers Liz from her childhood times at the Inn and has always had a crush on her. One of the most beautiful things about this story is Liz’s memories of her Grandparent’s collection of Christmas Angels. She is sure they are lost to the previous owners of the Inn, but when they start showing up at the Inn she is obviously delighted. She feels this is a sign from her Grandparents that she made the right decision in restoring the Inn.This story is perfect for those who love a Christmas story. I loved the location of the story and the sense of the community looking out for one another. I believe this will be a Hallmark Christmas movie and I look forward to watching it portrayed on film. I listened to the audiobook version of this book and enjoyed Kristin Kalbli’s performance.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    Liz's grandparents owned an Inn that she dreamed of one day taking over. Located in the small mountain town of Antler Creek it holds beautiful memories that she has always held close to her heart. When she comes across the Inn up for auction she throws caution to the wind and bids on it sight unseen. She is beyond thrilled when she wins the auction and is ready to make big changes in her life. Matt lives in the town of Antler Creek and was looking forward to bringing its old Inn back to life. Liz's grandparents owned an Inn that she dreamed of one day taking over. Located in the small mountain town of Antler Creek it holds beautiful memories that she has always held close to her heart. When she comes across the Inn up for auction she throws caution to the wind and bids on it sight unseen. She is beyond thrilled when she wins the auction and is ready to make big changes in her life. Matt lives in the town of Antler Creek and was looking forward to bringing its old Inn back to life. The only problem is that he lost the bid to someone else and his dreams of bringing it back to life are dead. He hopes that the new owner will do the place justice and not turn it into something unseemly. He soon gets a surprise when he learns the granddaughter of its previous owners is the one who bought it. He has great memories of her and the time she spent in Antler Creek with her grandparents. Liz soon takes on Matt as a contractor and the two hope to turn the Inn back into the wonderful show place it was. As the two work together sparks start to fly and feelings pop up between them. Will the two make a leap, and trust each other and how they feel or will they let love pass them by? What a wonderfully written holiday romance that will definitely bring forth the Christmas spirit. It will have you falling in love with not only the setting but the well written characters as well. I look forward to reading more from this author and can't wait to see where she transports me next.
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    Heartwarming book you'll be glad you read.Liz Westmoreland wears her heart on her sleeve when it concerns her grandparents inn.She carries a smile on her face and her heart in her pocket. She has such fond memories of their inn and her time there with them as a child before they sold it and moved away and she moved out of town. When she returns to town with her burning dream to purchase the inn she is dismayed to see it has fallen into disrepair.Matt Hardy had a childhood crush on her and gladly Heartwarming book you'll be glad you read.Liz Westmoreland wears her heart on her sleeve when it concerns her grandparents inn.She carries a smile on her face and her heart in her pocket. She has such fond memories of their inn and her time there with them as a child before they sold it and moved away and she moved out of town. When she returns to town with her burning dream to purchase the inn she is dismayed to see it has fallen into disrepair.Matt Hardy had a childhood crush on her and gladly hires on as her contractor but is it a good idea? Is there a little Christmas magic sprinkled in among her grandmothers angels still on the property?Will Liz be able to stick with her plan of not dating those she works with?How will the towns folk react to Liz returning to the inn and remodeling it to reopen when they still remember her grandparents? Will they welcome her or snub her?The descriptions described in the book makes me want to find a quaint little inn and spend the winter there with the snow softly falling outside.Pub Date 15 Oct 2019I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Patrice
    January 1, 1970
    I am a Christmas story lover; so this one was a perfect choice for me. It's funny, that as I am reading the story; in my mind, I kept saying to myself that this would make a perfect Hallmark Christmas movie. Then within the story, the author mentions Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel and I had a good chuckle. This is a wonderful story about "coming home" again. It is a beautifully written holiday story about 2 people; Liz & Matt, that met as youngsters and then meet again adults; I am a Christmas story lover; so this one was a perfect choice for me. It's funny, that as I am reading the story; in my mind, I kept saying to myself that this would make a perfect Hallmark Christmas movie. Then within the story, the author mentions Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel and I had a good chuckle. This is a wonderful story about "coming home" again. It is a beautifully written holiday story about 2 people; Liz & Matt, that met as youngsters and then meet again adults; strangely enough bidding on the same piece of property in Antler Creek in an on-line auction site. Matt remembers Liz; but, Liz doesn't recall Matt. Matt had a huge crush on Liz; way back when.... This is such a lovely story about small towns and a community that truly embraces their neighbors and helps out whenever and wherever they might be needed. I loved the small town charm of Antler Creek and its people.
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  • Emily Yager
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas Angels is a sweet, charming, feel good, hallmark-ish Christmas story. And of course, Elvis the dog. What's not to love. The descriptions of the small mountain town and the inn pull you into this magical tale. The dynamics between Liz and Matt made for complex and interesting tension. A heartwarming and well-written story.
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  • Linda Joplin
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my, what a sweet book!Liz Westmoreland, who always dreamed of taking over her grandparents inn in Angels Creek, was overwhelmed when she stumbled upon a listing for the inn, which is going up for auction. Her grandparents had sold it many years ago, much to Liz’s disappointment. She decided to bid on the inn, even though the auction is right away and she doesn’t have time to see it beforehand. To her surprise, she wins the auction and heads to Angels Creek to fulfill her dream. But when she Oh my, what a sweet book!Liz Westmoreland, who always dreamed of taking over her grandparents inn in Angels Creek, was overwhelmed when she stumbled upon a listing for the inn, which is going up for auction. Her grandparents had sold it many years ago, much to Liz’s disappointment. She decided to bid on the inn, even though the auction is right away and she doesn’t have time to see it beforehand. To her surprise, she wins the auction and heads to Angels Creek to fulfill her dream. But when she arrives, she is heartbroken to find the property in really bad shape. Matt Hardy had also bid on the property and was surprised to find out Liz was the new owner. He remembers her from his childhood. Together they make plans to restore the inn. But after Liz has an accident, she’s rethinking her original plan and wonders if she’ll ever be able to make her dream a reality. Matt, and the people of Angels Creek, show her what restoring the inn would mean to them.I found this book so heartwarming. I love Christmas stories and this was one of the best I’ve read in recent years. 5 hearty stars!Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
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  • BookAddict
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone has a place that says “home" to them, where just thinking about it brings back all those wonderful memories and the feelings it evokes wrap around you like a warm blanket. For me, it’s my aunt and uncle's place in New England, and for Liz Westmoreland, it's her grandparents' old bed and breakfast in the small town of Angel Creek, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. When her grandparents' lodge comes up for auction, Liz can't resist bidding on it. When she wins the bid, Liz leaves her Everyone has a place that says “home" to them, where just thinking about it brings back all those wonderful memories and the feelings it evokes wrap around you like a warm blanket. For me, it’s my aunt and uncle's place in New England, and for Liz Westmoreland, it's her grandparents' old bed and breakfast in the small town of Angel Creek, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. When her grandparents' lodge comes up for auction, Liz can't resist bidding on it. When she wins the bid, Liz leaves her job, closes up her home in Charlotte and heads to Angels Rest, only to find the inside of the old lodge gutted and an overwhelming amount of work ahead to return it to its former glory.The locals are excited about Liz restoring the old lodge and welcome her with open arms. They have fond memories of her grandparents and are excited about the tourists a B&B will bring to the area. None is more willing to pitch in and help Liz than architect Matt Hardy. You see, Matt also has fond memories of the Lodge at Angles Rest, especially of the freckle-faced girl who visited every summer and Christmas break.Whenever I read a Naigle book I know I'm going to get a heart-warming, inspiring, uplifting story that touches my heart with all kinds of wonderful emotions. Matt and Liz's story is exactly that, and I adore them together. Add to that the quaint town of Angels Rest and its lively, quirky, endearing characters and I never wanted to leave. I have no doubt that these characters will endear themselves to you, too, and this story is the perfect read to get you in the holiday spirit. Grab your cozy blanket and hot drink, toss another log on the fire, and escape to Angels Rest today!*I read a pre-publication edition of this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide feedback and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source.
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  • Myst
    January 1, 1970
    Hahahaha, that Elvis! What a great book. I really hope we hear about his sister maybe in a future book? Loved how the town all came together and helped out.This is a voluntary review and I do not get paid for this review.
  • Erin Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    4 star review of Christmas Angels by Nancy NaigleWhat's not to love? It's the most magical time of the year and also happens to be my most favourite holiday. I love any story that is centred around Christmas; it’s a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate life. When I read the blurb I was intrigued and I couldn’t wait to read about Antler Creek and her grandparents inn that Liz Westmoreland manages to purchase at auction.Returning to the place that holds so many memories, Liz 4 star review of  Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle What's not to love? It's the most magical time of the year and also happens to be my most favourite holiday. I love any story that is centred around Christmas; it’s a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate life.      When I read the blurb I was intrigued and I couldn’t wait to read about Antler Creek and her grandparents inn that Liz Westmoreland manages to purchase at auction.Returning to the place that holds so many memories, Liz is shocked at how rundown and in need of repairs the inn requires. Matt Hardy was narrowly pipped in the bidding for the inn that bordered his property but when he finds out that his childhood crush Liz is the one you purchased the inn, he offers to help her bring it back to life.As they work together, feelings and romance blossom. Could Liz finally have found an everlasting love with Matt? Can Matt and the people of Antler Creek prove to Liz that she has finally found a place to call home?This was a fun, quick read and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked Nancy Nagle’s style of writing and felt as though I was a part of the magic of . A festive and sweet story that will get you in the mood for the holiday season and was heartwarming. Antler Creek sounds like a beautiful place and I found this story to be full of hope, love and family; of strength and determination and all in all a heart warming read. I received a copy of this book through the publisher via Netgalley.     
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  • Jackie Lane
    January 1, 1970
    What a charming book.Both Liz Westmoreland and Matt Hardy bid on a piece of property that is up for auction. Liz wins the bid and she is surprised that it is the Inn that her grandparents owned years prior. It was always her dream to take over the running of the inn, but her grandparents sold it.Now that she is the owner of this piece of property, she must decide what to do with it. The previous owners turned it into an art gallery and left the place a mess. Matt, who is her neighbor and the What a charming book.Both Liz Westmoreland and Matt Hardy bid on a piece of property that is up for auction. Liz wins the bid and she is surprised that it is the Inn that her grandparents owned years prior. It was always her dream to take over the running of the inn, but her grandparents sold it.Now that she is the owner of this piece of property, she must decide what to do with it. The previous owners turned it into an art gallery and left the place a mess. Matt, who is her neighbor and the other person to bid on the property, recognizes Liz from his childhood. He is determined to help her turn it into what it once was.Liz begins to doubt herself and what she is doing, but the town is behind her. Is it enough to make her turn her thoughts around? And they angels that keep popping up all over the place......are they a sign?A delightful read that will definitely put you in a jolly holiday mood.5 stars
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  • BookGypsy
    January 1, 1970
    When Liz finds her grandparents Inn up for auction she bids on it and wins. She never imagined to find the Inn in such rough condition. Matt also wanted to buy the Inn. It borders his land. When Matt finds out that Liz bought the Inn he is more than eager to help her restore it. What a wonderful Christmas story. I loved it. I loved the small town, the fact it was her grandparents Inn and I love angels! I really enjoy all her books.Dawnny-BookGypsyNovels N LatteHudson Valley NY
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  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    I was completely captivated by this inspirational Christmas story, a sweet romance and the story of one woman’s determination to recapture the best memories of her childhood. A perfect snowy small town setting sets the stage for this wonderful book, with charming and generous characters. I’d love to spend Christmas at Angels Rest, enjoying the hospitality and the perfect holiday ambiance. Liz and Matt are an adorable couple, with their warm hearts and giving, caring natures. I hope author Nancy I was completely captivated by this inspirational Christmas story, a sweet romance and the story of one woman’s determination to recapture the best memories of her childhood. A perfect snowy small town setting sets the stage for this wonderful book, with charming and generous characters. I’d love to spend Christmas at Angels Rest, enjoying the hospitality and the perfect holiday ambiance. Liz and Matt are an adorable couple, with their warm hearts and giving, caring natures. I hope author Nancy Naigle will follow up this novel with a sequel, featuring Krissy and the handsome sheriff!
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  • Christine~justlovemybooks.com blog~
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThe premise of this book had me eager to read it. Even if it isn't Christmas yet, I enjoy the feeling that I usually come away with in these holiday romances. Unfortunately, this one felt a bit boring. For me, the book as well as the pace did not pick up until the last chapters. The author's writing was easy to read but the pace of the story dragged. Thankfully those last chapters picked up and I lost my frustration.Let me explain. The story itself had a lot of potential to be a 3.5 StarsThe premise of this book had me eager to read it. Even if it isn't Christmas yet, I enjoy the feeling that I usually come away with in these holiday romances. Unfortunately, this one felt a bit boring. For me, the book as well as the pace did not pick up until the last chapters. The author's writing was easy to read but the pace of the story dragged. Thankfully those last chapters picked up and I lost my frustration.Let me explain. The story itself had a lot of potential to be a five-star read for me. However, no matter how open-minded I was, I did not like Liz, the heroine. Matt on the other hand was the hero of my dreams. And I do mean that literally. I love strong, intelligent, handsome heroes who are also a selfless and caring gentleman; who will always put helping a neighbor before his own needs. That was Matt Hardy. He is a hero I won't forget for a very long time, if ever.Liz grew up visiting her grandparents at Angel's Rest. A scenic inn in the mountains. All of her favorite childhood memories were made at Angel's Rest. I won't go into details but I'll tell you her grandparents no longer owned the inn. So, when Liz comes across an online auction and sees that very same inn up for sale, she jumps at it. Blindly. Liz did not have enough time to see the property before bidding and buying but she didn't care. She was compelled by her love for the place to own it and return it to what it once was. But when she sees the inn for the first time in well over a decade, Liz is heartbroken.It's a total disaster. But with the help of Matt and the town, Liz works to return the inn to its former glory. I don't want to give a lot of details away about the townsfolk because in my opinion, they were the heart of the story, along with Matt, of course. Matt had a crush on Liz when they were kids. Not only did she not know that, she did not remember Matt which I though was unbelievable. She claimed to have spent so much time at the inn she should have remembered him; Matt lived there and the town was small; everyone knew each other. In addition to Liz not remembering Matt, throughout most of the book she showed no interest in Matt other than friendship. And that was what frustrated me the most. These are just my thoughts, but I felt no chemistry between Matt and Liz.Now, after all that, after turning the last page, I was happier. Liz and Matt do have their happily-ever-after. So, while I was disappointed with certain aspects of this book (Liz), there were more aspects that saved it for me, especially the small-town feel. That and the townsfolk were perfect. That said, I do want to read more from this author because while I didn't absolutely love this book, there was that potential if only the heroine was more likable. As I said earlier in my review, the author is talented with weaving her words into a heartwarming story. I'd like to give her another try.This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. :)
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  • Anna (The Bursting Bookshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    When St Martin’s approached me about reviewing this book, I was pretty excited to dive into it. I’m a huge fan of Christmas-y books and it reminded me of a hybrid of a Hallmark movie and the show Gilmore Girls. Unfortunately, this book had a much stronger resemblance to a Hallmark movie than to the long running show about a small town - if you’re looking for a light, shallow story about two people falling inn love (pun intended) in a small town, this is the book for you.Given the premise - I was When St Martin’s approached me about reviewing this book, I was pretty excited to dive into it. I’m a huge fan of Christmas-y books and it reminded me of a hybrid of a Hallmark movie and the show Gilmore Girls. Unfortunately, this book had a much stronger resemblance to a Hallmark movie than to the long running show about a small town - if you’re looking for a light, shallow story about two people falling inn love (pun intended) in a small town, this is the book for you.Given the premise - I was really hoping this small town would have a Star’s Hollow vibe (a la Gilmore Girls). For those of you who haven’t seen Gilmore Girls (go watch it!) the show is set in a small town and the show gives complex and important storylines to all of the residents that are given air time. Everyone is an important part of the story and you start to find yourself heavily invested it their intricacies. Unfortunately, this was not the case for the the town in this book. Matt and Liz were the main players, and the only time you heard from secondary characters was when their story contributed to Liz and Matt’s. This really defined the distinct lack of side plots and definition in any of non-main characters.As I said before, this book reminds me a lot of Hallmark movies I’ve seen. Reading the book for the first time, the story was already very familiar. There were no surprising twists or major conflict. That’s not to say the story wasn’t enjoyable - on the contrary, it was a fun, cute story about two people falling for each other. One thing I wish had more clarity on was the two main characters’ relationship when they were growing up - it never really got explored, which felt like a lost opportunity. It felt like the novel was building to some big revelatory moment, but it never delivered. The writing was of a lower quality than I would have hoped for. It was especially apparent in the dialog - it was really clunky most of the time. Also, there was a distinct lack of synonyms - the book’s diversity in vocabulary was really lacking.At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about Liz - right off the bat she makes a decision to quit her stable (and lucrative) career to buy an inn in the middle of nowhere, sight unseen, in the time frame of less than a week. Not to mention, everyone around her is telling her that this is a bad idea and is trying to bail them out. It was the most ludicrous of impulse decisions, based only on childhood nostalgia. It was hard to understand her motives and to relate or believe in her as a character at first. She ended up winning me over via her bouts of insecurities - she had legit moments of reconsidering her choices and concern about her uncertain future that really humanized her. Matt, on the other had, was less complex. He was your typical brooding tough guy who has been pining for the leading lady for years. There wasn’t a ton more to him. Their romance was pretty by the numbers. It had sparks and heat, but was not a groundbreaking love story. The concept for this story had a lot of potential, but unfortunately the lack of development in the side characters, the lack of subplots, and the predictability and cliche of the main story stunted the memorability of this book. If you go in with adjusted expectations, or want something akin to one of the many Netflix/Hallmark/Lifetime holiday movies, this is a good read. I’d highly recommend reading it during the holiday season (ideally while it’s snowing out with a cup of hot chocolate). 3/5
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This clean, sweet romance was just the right book to read today. It didn't hurt that there was a dog named Elvis that was just a sweetheart and fit right in with all of the characters and really completed the story. It is a little early to be reading a Christmas book since it is only September, but it was worth the read and I just flew through this book.Liz lives in Charlotte but is looking for more in her life than her job (that she does well) and the hustle and bustle of a larger town. She has This clean, sweet romance was just the right book to read today. It didn't hurt that there was a dog named Elvis that was just a sweetheart and fit right in with all of the characters and really completed the story. It is a little early to be reading a Christmas book since it is only September, but it was worth the read and I just flew through this book.Liz lives in Charlotte but is looking for more in her life than her job (that she does well) and the hustle and bustle of a larger town. She has many fond memories of spending time in a small town in the mountains with her grandparents and her dream is to have a home similar to theirs to share with tourists and other potential guests. It is by chance that she receives a postcard and her grandparent's home is up for auction. Fate? Most likely. Liz wins the home and what happens from then out is the crux of our story.Small towns can be wonderful when it comes to helping each other out and making sure everyone has what they need. They can wreak havoc with the gossip that tends to run rampant, but sometimes that isn't all bad. The town really pulls together in tough times and that is what Liz needs whether she knows it or not! This story would not be complete without a male hero and in this book it is Matt. He has a lot going for him and thankfully he has a personal interest in Liz which really brings the story full circle. He remembers Liz from when she would be there as a child and was always in awe of her. Now they are both grown up and able to pursue a relationship...that is if Liz can get over her rules about dating co-workers (since Matt is the contractor helping her renovate the lodge) and being hurt in the past.The story is smooth until near the end when a misunderstanding could ruin everything.
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  • Pj Ausdenmore
    January 1, 1970
    Nancy Naigle is one of the authors I turn to time and again for sweet, feel-good romances set in small-town America. If you love Hallmark holiday movies - like I do - you've probably already watched a film, or two, based on her books. Christmas Angels is one more I'd love to see brought to the screen. Naigle brings the North Carolina mountain town of Antler Creek to life through vivid descriptions, colorful characters, and one over-sized pup who captured my heart. Liz and Matt are both likeable, Nancy Naigle is one of the authors I turn to time and again for sweet, feel-good romances set in small-town America. If you love Hallmark holiday movies - like I do - you've probably already watched a film, or two, based on her books. Christmas Angels is one more I'd love to see brought to the screen. Naigle brings the North Carolina mountain town of Antler Creek to life through vivid descriptions, colorful characters, and one over-sized pup who captured my heart. Liz and Matt are both likeable, realistic characters. I really enjoyed Liz's journey, her innate kindness, and her evolution as she finally discovers who - and where - she's meant to be. Matt is a wonderful hero. I adored him. I want him. But, alas, he's meant for Liz and they really are perfect together. Their relationship is a slow burn with a solid base of friendship, chemistry, and deep emotion that left me confident in their future together.There's a strong thread of kindness and generosity running through this book along with an organic spirituality. Naigle knows her characters and the region in which she's placed them well. I live only a couple hours down the road from the (fictional) Antler Creek and by the time I finished reading, all I wanted to do was hop in my car and drive up there to eat at the diner, browse the candle shop, tour the barn quilts, and bask in the glow of the Christmas lights. And, maybe, catch a glimpse of Liz and Matt, happy and in love, walking together through this thing called life. If you're ready to kick off your holiday reading season with a book that brings all the feels, curl up with a cozy blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and Nancy Naigle's Christmas Angels. *ARC received from publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.
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