Hope at Christmas By Nancy Naigle Hits Shelves Today!
Hope At Christmas
Author: Nancy Naigle
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Releases: October 10, 2017
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 a 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.
USA Today bestselling author NANCY NAIGLE whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart. Now happily retired, she devotes her time to writing, antiquing, and the occasional spa day with friends. A native of Virginia Beach, she currently calls North Carolina home. Her books include Christmas Joy and Hope at Christmas.
After learning that her husband hasn't been faithful to her or their marriage, Sydney Ragsdale files for divorce and packs her and her daughters things and heads for her grandparents home in Hopewell, North Carolina hoping for a new start. Once she is there she realizes that restarting her life is going to be tougher than she thought, than she wanders into The Book Bea, and it brings her a sense of peace she hasn't felt in a long while, there she finds the friendship and support she needs and a whole lot more! When she meets fellow single parent Kevin MacAlee she soon finds that they have a lot in common, and while it's comforting to share a bond with someone who has gone through a lot of the same things that she is, it's also really scary to experience feelings for someone else so soon after having her heart broken and her life uprooted. Now she must decide if these feelings are worth exploring or not, and if she can find it in herself to trust another man... or if she should walk away.
Kevin MacAlee wasn't isn't the market for love, but love found him the moment that Sydney walked into his life, she is a breath of fresh air and makes him feel things he hasn't in a while. and he wants to grasp what they have with both hands. But Sydney is going through a lot right now, and her wounds are still fresh, and a relationship isn't really on her radar right now, so he promises to wait until she is ready. Then tragedy strikes their little town and turns both their lives upside down, and now a future with her is completely up in the air...
Hope at Christmas is a touching holiday tale that is sure to have readers hearts rejoicing! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Hopewell, there I found a beautiful story centered around two wounded souls in great need of healing, and a town full of people who were determined to help them find just that. Their story is rich with emotion, inspiration, and unwavering spirit, and one that should not be missed, it will surely leave you moved!! This was my first read from this author and I have to say she completely won me over with this one, her uplifting story made my heart happy!! Highly recommend this one, it's a holiday story that should not be missed!!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.