Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle
Published: October 10, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: via publisher
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 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.
In Hope at Christmas, we met Sydney and her daughter who are moving to a small town after her divorce and are hoping to start over. She is moving to Hopewell where her grandparents left her a farmhouse and where she spent her summers at her favorite bookstore as a kid. We also met Kevin who is a single dad and of course we all know he and Sydney are destiny to meet and fall madly in love. He is trying his best to be a great dad to his son whom both were left by his wife at Christmas and of course, this is why he doesn’t care for Christmas.
I loved this story of starting over and second chances and of course romance. Sydney and Kevin don’t meet right away in the book which is good since we get to know each one individually which I find refreshing. I love how we have a build up when it comes to them and not that same old insta love like in other novels. I enjoyed getting to know them separately and of course rooting for them to finally get together.
This is one novel that was an inspiration in the sense that Sydney finally stands up for herself and becomes into her own and of course the romance side of it was very cute. I honestly wish this becomes a Hallmark Christmas movie one day! This is one that definitely has that Christmas magic feel in it.