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 sugar plum 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.
Titles in this series include: Do You Believe In Santa? – We Need A Little Christmas
Title: Do You Believe In Santa?
Series: Evergreen Lane #1
Author: Sierra Donovan
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Kensington Books, Zebra
My Rating: 5 stars
When you believe in something with your heart and soul, and every fiber of your being – it’s going to change you, and how others see you as well. One Christmas Eve a young Mandy saw Santa by her Christmas tree. She did. She knows it, it wasn’t her imagination or a grownup pretending – she saw the real, true Santa right in her living room. And she has never, ever to this day changed in that true-hearted belief.
As an adult, Mandy works at a year round Christmas shop, The North Pole. She’s taken a lot of abuse, teasing, mocking and taunting for her steadfast belief that Santa is truly real. The nickname, the stories they all have made her who she is today. A woman in love with Christmas and one who will not back down from her firsthand knowledge. Yet, she would love to meet someone who doesn’t know her history, a man who just might take the time to know Mandy before he hears about that Mandy Claus nickname.
Jake has come to Tall Pine, California in search for the perfect location for a chain hotel. If he gets the land and everything falls in place it will change this sleepy small town forever. Not everyone wants that kind of change. As he’s walking through town he discovers The North Pole and the charming, sparkling person who loves Christmas any time of the year. Mandy.
Do You Believe In Santa? is so… gosh, I really don’t have the words to explain the love, spirit and warmth of this story. Jake is not too sure about all this Santa stuff, sure he celebrates Christmas but at some point we all put aside our hold on Santa, right? His feelings for Mandy are strong and he wants to be with her but… Santa, really? He’s going to need some time to process that form of reality that Mandy holds so dear. Mandy wanted to be loved for herself, her belief in a real Santa aside – to be loved just as she is. She believes that Jake could be that man, she wants him to be that man. Can love really conquer all?
If you are looking for a Christmas Romance that holds all the charm, wonderment and belief that Christmas deserves, then you’re going to want to find Do You Believe in Santa? for your own bookshelf. I’m betting you’ll be re-reading this one for years to come.
This review first appeared on my book blog Keeper Bookshelf.
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