Saturday, November 14, 2015

Do You Believe in Santa?

Do You Believe In Santa?

An Evergreen Lane Novel 

Mass Market Paperback, ebook

September 29, 2015

by Sierra Donovan

  • 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420134223

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…

My thoughts: This is not a CBA fiction, it is ABA, but DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA is clean fiction, sweet, without anything to give Christian readers pause.  It is totally cute, and I fell in love with Mandy and Jake. Belief is a bit suspended as a relationship is decided on belief in Santa or lack thereof, but that aside...

Being a secular romance, there is no faith message as in faith in Jesus Christ. But that said, you could read between the lines and substitute Jesus for Santa. You have to approach Jesus with faith as a little child, as they so openly embrace Santa. You have to believe. Believe.  That was the message in this book. Believe. 

I greatly enjoyed DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA and was happy to get a copy on Netgalley for review.  This will be a Christmas classic.  My daughter wants to read it now, and since it's clean, thankfully, I can let her.  

Highly recommended! 

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