Hope at Christmas

Griffin: St. Martin's. Oct. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250108678. pap. $15.99;ebk. ISBN 9781250108685. F
Sydney Ragsdale needs space from her soon-to-be ex-husband, so she moves with ten-year-old daughter RayAnne to Hopewell, NC, where she has inherited an old farmhouse from her grandparents and hopes to find some peace as Christmas approaches. Sydney soon rediscovers one of her favorite places, the Book Bea, and is thrilled to help the elderly bookstore owner over the holidays. Mother and daughter receive a warm welcome from the small town, especially from the kind, good-looking Mac, who secretly plays the town Santa each year. Not all is perfect, though, as Sydney grapples with the divorce, a dangerous accident, and a sudden loss.
VERDICT Naigle's (Christmas Joy) wonderfully heart-warming holiday story will appeal to romance and women's fiction readers.
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