Another holiday story today, allow me to introduce you to Do You Believe in Santa? by Sierra Donovan, the first in her Evergreen Lane Contemporary Romance series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of 3 Paperback copies of DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA?
Apparently I only seem to find Sierra Donovan during the holidays! My introduction to this author was with another sweet Christmas story, and Do You Believe in Santa is no different. The first book in her Evergreen Lane series with a nod to the classic Miracle on 34th Street.
Mandy is a believer, so much so that her friends call her Mandy Claus, reinforced by the fact that she works in a Christmas themed shop in her hometown of Tall Pines. At eight, Mandy is sure she saw Santa, and this has reinforced her belief in Christmas and the miracles that can come.
Jake Wyndham is in town looking for a new site for his hotel. Intrigued by Mandy, he’s curious about her and her nickname. But, for someone looking to turn the small town feel of Tall Pines onto its ear, he really needs an ally. For Mandy’s part, Jake is everything she wants in a man: kind, employed, ambitious and intriguing, she just hasn’t sussed out his feelings about Santa, and with him not knowing the story that led to her nickname, perhaps he can accept that as well as her.
Donovan brings an innocence and lightness to this story, as Mandy has a childlike feel in her beliefs and hopes for the season. Never quite diving over the line to make her immature or unlikable, she’s just that friend with a quirk that many of us have lost when the kid at the desk next to you tells you the ‘real deal’. Mandy proves that Christmas spirit isn’t just a “thing” for December, but an opportunity to bring kindness and joy year round. And when Jake realizes the truth, and starts to see the intrigue of Mandy is far more than he initially thought, the story turns to a wonderful romance, sure to please readers everywhere.
Title: Do You Believe in Santa?
Author: Sierra Donovan
Series: Evergreen Lane #1
Also in this series: We Need A Little Christmas
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Zebra
Published on: 29 September, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Miracles don’t just happen on 34th Street. They can happen right in your living room—if you’re willing to believe…
What grown woman claims to have seen Santa Claus? Mandy Reese, for one—on a very special Christmas Eve when she was eight years old. These days, Mandy works at a year-round Christmas store in Tall Pine, California, where customers love to hear about her childhood encounter with Saint Nick. But when Jake Wyndham arrives in town—charming, gorgeous, extremely practical—Mandy faces a dilemma. Deny what she saw, or let Jake think she’s sugarplum crazy?
Jake scouts hotel locations all over the country, but he’s never met anyone quite like Mandy before. Her warmth and sparkle are irresistible, but…meeting Santa? Really? Jake’s no Scrooge but he’s definitely skeptical. Then again, there are all kinds of things Jake never experienced until he came to Tall Pine. Like autumn snow. Mind blowing kisses. And the magic of falling head-over-heels, madly in love…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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