Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa: Based On the Hallmark Channel Original Movie

Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa: Based On the Hallmark Channel Original Movie

by Nancy Naigle

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Overview

Return to Evergreen, the town where Christmas wishes come true… But only if you know what your heart really wants.

When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has closed. The place was a beloved local tradition, and she decides to use her skills as a professional retail designer to bring it back to its former glory. She charms a local contractor, Kevin, into working with her, and the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another.

One of the biggest surprises of all is finding the mysterious 25-year-old letter to Santa that never made it to the North Pole. Who really wrote it, and will its request come true at last? And will Lisa and Kevin figure out what they’re truly wishing for?

This sweet small-town romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Incredible Apple Dumplings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947892576
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 56,577
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a whole lot of heart. She began writing while juggling a successful career in finance and life on a seventy-six-acre goat farm. Her many books include Christmas in Evergreen, the heartwarming companion novel to the Hallmark movie, and Christmas Joy and Hope for Christmas, which were adapted into Hallmark movies. Now happily retired from a career in the financial industry, she devotes her time to writing, horseback riding, and enjoying the occasional spa day. A Virginia girl at heart, Nancy now calls North Carolina home.

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CHAPTER 1

Deep in the valleys of Vermont, there's a town called Evergreen. It's said that Evergreen is so far north that on clear days you might be able to see the North Pole. Perhaps that's why townsfolk take Christmas very seriously all year long, even going so far as to have a picture of Santa waving on the "Welcome to Evergreen" sign on the way into town.

The city of Burlington, not so far away, moves at a faster pace. The town bustles with the rush of holiday shoppers carrying their special finds and colorful packages.

At Spruce Collectibles, Lisa Palmer and her business partner, Oliver, were both hard at work. They'd been hired to stage the boutique store for its annual Christmas sale.

Lisa worked the last sparkling blue ribbon from the top of a tall Christmas tree all the way to the bottom. She tucked it deep into the evergreen branches every foot or so, then let it billow down to the next spot, an exercise in precise disarray that made the tree appear full and elegant. It had taken Lisa over fifty yards of wired ribbon to pull off the look, but it was worth it.

She'd adorned the rest of the tree with untraditional blue hydrangea and beautiful glass balls in various shades of blue: royal, sky blue, and even turquoise. Flocked pinecones and fresh chartreuse pears offered a gorgeous contrast against the dark green boughs. At the top of the tree, a brown speckled partridge in a nest of silver lace tied into the store's "Twelve Days of Christmas" theme.

Concentrating on the task at hand, Lisa tucked silver poinsettia picks between the branches to fill any bare spots. She stepped back to evaluate the tree, then turned to Oliver. "Does this line up?" She gestured to the way she'd arranged the poinsettias.

Over his shoulder, the ever-stylish and funny Oliver, wearing a burgundy V-neck cashmere sweater, turned from the display of white candles he was working on to check it out. "Yeah. Perfectly."

"Ugh." She winced and dropped her hands to her side. "Then I have to start over." She plucked four poinsettias from the tree.

"Oh, good," Oliver said facetiously. "I was worried we'd be done in time to get dinner."

Dinner is overrated. He was mocking her. "You know symmetry is just —"

"— lazy design!" they said at the same time.

"Yes, I know." Oliver echoed the sentiment with a smile. He moved one of his symmetrically arranged candles out of position. Their icy evergreen scent lifted into the air like a Christmas hello.

Nodding with satisfaction, he spun around and walked toward Lisa. "Note to self, when we open our own store everything's going to have to be just slightly off-kilter." He exaggerated the comment with hand gestures.

"Yes. Impeccably designed," Lisa said with a highfalutin' accent. She handed off a few of the sparkling poinsettias to Oliver to place.

"And locally sourced."

"Uh-huh." She giggled, then tucked another flower into just the right spot on the tree.

It was so nice to work with someone that saw things the way she did. She and Oliver were always finishing each other's sentences, and this job had come together so well she couldn't wait for the store owner, Polly, to see it.

Oliver took one poinsettia from the other side of the tree and repositioned it slightly askew. "The tree really does look great."

She took a giant step back and put her hands on her hips to give it a sweeping up-and-down glance. "Yeah. It does." She folded her arms across her chest with satisfaction.

"Wait." Oliver looked past her toward the back of the store. "Do you think we need a second tree back there?"

She glanced over her shoulder, then spun to his side. "You know what? I was just thinking that." She gestured toward the back of the store. "I mean, it would pull the eye of the customer back that way —"

Oliver said, "— and that's where the most expensive items are."

"We need a —"

"— second tree," they finished the sentence together again.

"Yeah." She tapped her fingers beneath her chin. Slightly squinting, she imagined how it might look nestled between the beautiful maple shelving units. A second tree would be perfect, but if Polly was happy with what they'd done, she'd have to let it go. The Christmas decorations had been an added "thank you" for the big contract they'd completed for her. Anything else would just cut into their profit.

A knock at the door broke her focus on the back of the store. Lisa spun around to look. "Oh! There's Polly."

The store owner stood waving from the sidewalk. Bundled in a camel-colored wool cape, she looked like she was bubbling over with excitement. Lisa felt excited herself to flaunt all the hard work they'd completed. She patted Oliver on the arm and dashed over to open the door.

"Hi. Come on in."

"Hello!" Polly didn't waste a moment rushing into the store to see what changes they'd made. She didn't even bother to put down her purse and gloves. After taking one glance, she gasped. "It looks amazing in here! Oh my gosh." She waved an arm where the register counter used to be.

"Yeah, we moved the counter to the side of the store —" Oliver started.

"Which opens up the flow from the door to the rest of the store," Lisa finished. They simultaneously gestured to the back of the store as if they'd choreographed the move.

"And you re-designed the entire shelving unit." Polly's head swiveled, taking in all the changes. "It looks great over there."

Lisa and Oliver shared an appreciative glance. Thank goodness Polly was happy with what they'd done. It was a significant change.

Polly moved through the store, zigging and zagging as things caught her eye, and then made a beeline for the tree Lisa and Oliver just finished decorating in the center. "And to top it all off, you decorated for Christmas!" She walked around the tree, slowly examining the different ornaments, still clutching her red gloves in her hand. She oohed and ahhed at the sight of the shiny decorations.

Pointing to the tree topper, she looked perplexed. "Is that a partridge?"

"In a pear tree?" Oliver said with a smile. It had been his idea. "Yes, it is."

Polly beamed.

"And we have two turtle doves." He led her over to the two frosty white-feathered birds next to the candles. "Three French hens." Ceramic ones nestled on a stack of embroidered flour sack towels. "Four calling birds, and five golden rings." He pointed toward the different size rings that now hung above the checkout.

Polly's excited giggle filled the space with even more joy.

"It's just a little service we throw in for jobs this time of year." He looked over at Lisa with a wink and a smile.

"You two are the best at redesigning stores like this. Have you ever thought of opening your own store?"

His face lit up. "In fact, yes," he blurted at the same time Lisa said, "Eventually."

The two of them looked at each other, realizing they'd just given Polly a mixed message.

"Yes." Lisa tried to correct the faux pas.

"Eventually," Oliver added.

"Well, you know I'm expanding, right? I plan to open three new stores in the new year."

"That's great. Where are you thinking?" Oliver asked.

"I'm still searching for locations, but I would love your expertise when designing them, if you're free for more work."

"Of course!" Lisa brightened. "Yes."

"Yes," Oliver agreed.

"We would love to help in any way we can." Lisa bumped Oliver's shoulder with excitement.

"Wonderful." Polly rushed around the store, reveling in every little change. "Goodness. Yes."

Lisa and Oliver shared a silent celebration at the prospect of working with Polly again. Seeing their clients this delighted was the best part of the job. The only thing left to do was stick around to make sure all the employees knew where everything was located now, and be on standby as the first customers came in for any last-minute adjustments on staging that didn't work out quite as well in real time as it had on paper.

* * *

Later that day, Polly signed off on the completed project. Lisa and Oliver headed out of the store together, ready to head their separate ways for the holidays.

Now Oliver would go back to Boston. That was his town, and he loved it. Lisa wasn't entirely sure of her plans since her parents were traveling.

She let out a big sigh as she pulled her leather jacket on over her sweater. "You know if we keep getting work at this rate, we'll be able to open our own store in less than two years." Even though they'd talked about it many times, she wasn't entirely sure how she felt about it now that it was becoming closer to a reality.

"The very best in home decoration and design," Oliver said with pride. "Custom kitchenware, fixtures, and design accessories. Everything you need to turn your house into a ... home." Oliver turned to catch up with Lisa, who was double-timing it down the street. "What?"

"Nothing, it's just that ..." She sighed again. Heavier this time. Still walking she turned to Oliver. "I love what we do. We get to travel around and redesign spaces."

"I know. I know. We've made it through every business decision, every terrible date."

Lisa thought about the time she had to tell Oliver he wore too much cologne. She loved working with him — bad high-dollar cologne and all. They really could get through anything together. He was her best friend.

"Look." She never broke stride. "All I'm saying is that I'm just not sure that I'm ready to put down roots and stay in one place."

"Ah. And speaking of which ... someone has their final New Year's resolution from last year to take care of." Oliver tapped his watch. "Time is ticking."

Lisa groaned.

"Every year we make these resolution lists and every year you have the same goal —"

Lisa rolled her eyes. "Visit my hometown for Christmas. I know. I know. But what if it's not the same as I remember as a kid?" Ruining the picture of the perfect Christmas in her mind was a big risk. Memories of Evergreen had carried her for a lot of years. If she lost that, she didn't know what she'd do.

"Then either way, you'll cross it off your list."

She pursed her lips. "But I was just thinking that maybe I should wait for my parents to go."

"But your parents," Oliver said as he stepped in front of her, "are in Europe. And working. You're not. Now you can go back to your hometown."

She didn't have another valid argument. Honestly, Evergreen was her best memory, not really her parents. They might never want to go back. They'd never even talked about it.

"Let me show you." She pulled her phone up and tapped on it. Stepping closer to him, she brought up her favorite snow picture of Evergreen, taken from the highway overlooking the town below. It was a true winter wonderland.

"Look," she said. Even just looking at photo made her heart happy.

"That's gorgeous."

"Isn't it cute?" She remembered every store on that street, even after all these years.

Oliver, always the voice of reason, said, "Okay, come on. Drive off to this almost real-life Santa's village, take a quick look, and then come back to Boston in time for Christmas Eve dinner."

She cocked her head.

"And by the looks of that town," Oliver went on, "you'll be dressed up as one of Santa's elves and handing out candy canes."

Laughing, she stepped off the sidewalk toward her car. "You know, I think you underestimate how good I would be as one of Santa's helpers." She tossed her hair back as she unlocked the door on her bright green Mazda.

"I don't think I am." He pushed his hands into the pockets of his wool coat. "Now get on the road. Have fun. Enjoy ... what's the name of the town again?"

Still holding on to the door with one foot inside her car, she lifted her chin. "Evergreen."

She pulled away from the curb, waving to Oliver. He looked as excited for her as she felt. And now the idea of going back to Evergreen had her stomach full of butterflies, or maybe they were more like swirling snow angels.

Evergreen. Here I come.

CHAPTER 2

Lisa navigated the busy city streets of Burlington through holiday traffic to the highway. Utility work had traffic in a snarl, and she was too far in to take an alternate route. It took fifteen minutes to go two miles, making getting out of the city for the holidays even more appealing.

Once she got out of the city limits, traffic cleared right up and the snowy mountains looked beautiful. She pressed the radio buttons until she found the Hallmark Sirius XM channel.

Light traffic, clear weather, and good old-fashioned Christmas carols. This drive had all the ingredients for a great road trip. She tapped to the tempo of the music on her steering wheel, singing along when she knew the words.

The curving mountain roads were clear, but snow piled along the sides of the road where the snowplows had done their duty to keep folks safe. The icy trees glistened as perfectly as if she'd done the decorating herself. Perfectly imperfect.

The closer she got to Evergreen, the heavier the snow. That added to her happiness. Maybe there would be a snow angel in her future. She hadn't made one since ... It had definitely been way too long.

She took the Evergreen exit from the highway, reducing her speed on the quaint country road while still belting out fa-la-la-la-las. Up ahead, a red truck with pine trees in the back stood at the stop sign. She pulled up behind it. After a moment, when the truck hadn't budged, she rolled her window down and peered around it. That's when she realized the hood of the truck was up.

Aw, man. She leaned her head out the window.

"Are you having trouble with your truck?"

"It's not my truck," a man's voice said.

What kind of answer was that? "Is it stolen?"

A dark-haired man with what looked like a day's worth of beard poked his head around the truck.

"No. It's on loan from a friend," he said with a smile. A very attractive smile, Lisa couldn't help but notice.

The truck had to be an early '50s model. Nice. She could've done without the gaudy wreath on the back, but it was a sweet ride. Who loaned that kind of vehicle to someone? They must've been a pretty good friend.

She didn't know why she had the urge to tease him, but she gave in to it. "Ohhh," she said with an exaggerated moan. "You broke your friend's truck?"

That got a reaction out of the guy. He stepped out from the front of the truck, looking on the defensive. "I didn't break it, it was already ..."

Lisa almost grinned, nearly breaking the ruse, then frowned in an attempt to look serious. "Hey, it looks to me like it —"

He shook his wrench in her direction. "You're just messing with me." His smile registered in his eyes as he laughed.

Busted. "I am. I am." She flung open her door and got out. "No. Seriously. Can I do something to help?"

He eyed her cautiously as he wiped his hands on a red shop rag. He was wearing an army green down jacket, and he didn't seem the least bit worried about dirtying the off-white sweater beneath it. "How are you with old engines?"

"Astonishingly good," she admitted. Years of hanging out with her grandfather every summer in his garage while he worked on his old cars had paid off.

The old truck looked to be in great shape. It had either been kept in a garage and treated with white gloves, or there'd been one heck of a restoration on it. The flame-red paint job was so perfect it looked like it had just come off the line. Live pine roping ran from down each side of the front quarter panels, much more alive than the truck at this moment.

He looked unsure whether to believe her. "Really?"

"Yeah. May I?" She took the wrench from his hand, noticing that his shiny red toolbox was from about the same era as the truck. Nice. "Thank you." She leaned in to look under the hood. "All right. What have we got here?" She reached in and gave something a tap. "Have you tried this?"

"Yep."

The motor was clean. Someone took superb care of this ride. The spark plugs didn't appear corroded or oily, but she tapped on the spark plug wire just the same. "How about this?"

"Twice," he said.

"Hmm. I bet you haven't tried this."

But before she could give the battery cable a good jiggle he said, "Yes. I tried that too."

"Ah, but ..." Lisa reached in to the engine and cranked the wrench against something that seemed a little stuck. "Let me just ..." She got it to budge, then stood back. Handing the wrench to him, she asked, "Do you mind if I try to start it?"

"No, go for it."

"This is a beautiful old truck." She crossed in front of him, opened the driver's door and climbed in.

"Yeah, isn't it?"

(Continues…)


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Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa: Based On the Hallmark Channel Original Movie 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
JChris 3 months ago
Do you love Hallmark movies? If you answer is YES, then this book is for you! It is a Hallmark movie that you can read. How great is that? Nancy Naigle is an excellent author that draws you into the story so easily and then the story flows so effortlessly that you feel like you are experiencing it, not reading it. She develops the scenery so well that you are transported to the town of Evergreen. I could even feel the cold and smell the pine, even though I read this book in June! The story summary is readily available, so I usually do not include that in my review, but I will say that this is a friendship to romance, my favorite type of story. I appreciate the love that is formed much more when two people get to know each other and then find love, the kind that leads them to a Happily Ever After. I want to thank Hallmark Publishing and NetGalley.com for allowing me to read the ARC of this book. My opinion is my own and not influenced by receiving the ARC.
Vhardman318 3 months ago
Evergreen is a magical place, especially at Christmas. Nancy Naigle is a master in writing beautiful stories with wonderfully developed characters and a story line that keeps you invested all the way through. This story and place brings the joy of Christmas to your heart and is a book you can’t put down. Nancy Naigle has a writing style that keeps you riveted to the story and has you smiling all the way through the book. Her transitions through the story bring joy, love and light to the reader. I can’t recommend highly enough that the books in the Evergreen series are a MUST read for anyone and everyone that believes in the magic of Christmas and love! Thank you #netgalley and #Hallmark for allowing me to read this beautifully written story!
MLH438 22 days ago
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa is based on Hallmark movie and is a sweet, clean romance that I enjoyed. Lisa Palmer and Kevin Miller both have wonderful memories of Evergreen, Vermont, a "real life Santa village". Those memories bring them both back to town and fate brings them together to resurrect Daisy's Country store, the site of many of their favorite memories. Working together and with other residents, they help Evergreen celebrate Christmas like they used to and help everyone remember that "keeping family and friends close is the greatest Evergreen tradition of them all." Nancy Naigle's descriptive prose paints a vivid picture of the town, all the Christmas finery, and the magic of the holiday - the lights, trees, Christmas bells and a white-bearded resident with a twinkle in his eye named.....Nick. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
FS_Meurinne 23 days ago
Sweet story to read, I like Hallmark movies, so this book is based on a movie, I must say I haven't been able to watch the movie yet, but the story is about bringing couples together and having them redeem and heal their past. Great holiday read for this Christmas, a nice HEA for everyone.
Anonymous 26 days ago
I love the Hallmark movies and while I do like the Evergreen movies and did enjoy the book, I also wished that the writing was a bit more elevated (some of the details seemed a bit forced). One the my favorite parts of reading is getting to envision characters and scenes from basic descriptions. This is just my personal opinion. Otherwise the story is lovely and heartwarming. The characters well conceived and I loved that the book went beyond the end of the movie.
Anonymous 28 days ago
A heart-warming and touching story of faith and love. Use your imagination and you experience this story about a heart-warming town that really knows how to celebrate the season and bring out the best in people. Love endures as your read this story and gives you hope.
Jeanette Oglesby 28 days ago
I really enjoyed this sweet, small town, Christmas story. As I read this book it was like the story played in my head just like I was watching it on tv. This is not my normal kind of read, but I love Hallmark Channel movies so I thought I'd give it a try and I am so glad that I did. I really enjoyed all the feels that this book gave me. This story is such a heartwarming story that put me in the Christmas spirit in July. lol. I am so looking forward to watching this on the Hallmark Channel this Friday just to see it play out on the screen. Happy Reading Everyone!!!
Anonymous 29 days ago
I simply adored this book and it was a real pleasure reading it. I felt like I was there right there in the midst of all of the snow and mistletoe. The author is very descriptive in the way she writes. You honestly feel as though you know all of the characters. They are all so personable. You will really enjoy reading this book and quite honestly can't put it down until you finish it. Enjoy!
Pattistep 30 days ago
As I write this review, it’s summer here in the Midwest and the temperatures are in the 80’s each day. However, I have been reading a sweet book that has me listening to Christmas music a few months early. Nancy Naigle has written another beautiful Christmas story that has me thinking all things Christmas. I love the community of Evergreen and was glad to be able to return there again via this story. Kevin and Lisa have each separately returned to the little town of Evergreen for the holidays-Kevin to spend time with his dad; Lisa to visit the town for the first time since she was a child. Circumstances keep throwing them together, but it’s when they come together as a team to refurbish a beloved store on Main Street in Evergreen. As the people of the town join in to help restore some well-loved Christmas traditions, Kevin and Lisa must decide if their future is together in a Evergreen. I liked both these characters and couldn’t help but hope they would find their happily-ever-after together. The ending of the book seems to open the door for some summer weddings in Evergreen, and I’d love to read a sequel about that. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Rita0285 3 months ago
Lisa has returned to her childhood town for Christmas. Old feelings of belonging and wanting to help the town have got her lending a helping hand. Kevin is talked into helping Lisa repair a old store to sale. While he fixes she creates and that’s when the magic of evergreen starts. This is an enchanting and lovable story.
JoAnnS 3 months ago
A sweet and fast paced plot. Well written. Thanks to the publisher for my advance ebook. This is my unbiased review.
Fennell 3 months ago
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa By Nancy Naigle July 2019 Lisa Palmer is a store designer/decorator who embraces asymmetry with a positive attitude while, Kevin Miller, building contractor, is inclined towards precision and symmetry. However, these polar opposite attributes do not seem to matter when they coincidentally cross paths on the snowy road leading into the town of Evergreen, where “Christmas is taken seriously”. In her quest for a healthy dose of the Christmas spirit, Lisa anticipates a brief adventure, reminiscent of her childhood there, while for Kevin, Christmas revives sad memories. A romance was farthest from their minds; has no place in their nomadic work lives after all. Unexpectedly, original plans take backseat when upon entering the town, Lisa realizes that the center-piece general store was closed and up for sale or foreclosure and she instinctively dives into saving the soul of the town; she offers to decorate and stage the store for sale and soon enlists Kevin’s help amidst his initial protest, to pull off the job successfully. As Lisa and Kevin work together they push and pull as their differences in perspectives collide, even as they detect growing chemistry between them. They learn how to navigate these internal upheavals through compromise, forgiveness, and kindness towards each other. Other relationships in the town unavoidably become entwined with theirs as new relationships are forged, old ones strengthened and broken ones restored. In an unspoken sense of responsibility for each other, the townsfolks work together to restore the Evergreen Christmas tradition to its former magic, inspired by the discovery of a 25-year-old letter. The backstories to the characters’ lives and the town’s history catch with the present in satisfying surprises and it seems nothing happens by coincidence in Evergreen. In the end, Kevin and Lisa will have to make a critical decision and so do others in this winter wonderland. The magic lies in whether or not its inhabitants will follow what is wished for and what is truly in their hearts. This romantic tale starts off running, fueled by fluid, dynamic prose. I was immediately drawn into the story and the unfolding lives of its characters that are as relatable as their locale; a city dweller, I easily see myself fitting into life in Evergreen. Ms. Naigle takes us on a magical excursion with her enchanting concoction of fir trees, wreaths, decorations, hot cocoa, romance, family, friendships, community spirit and the facility of tradition. I particularly love the book’s ending/epilogue; it allowed me to linger a little longer in Evergreen, to appease my hesitancy to leave its magic. This book has a wide audience appeal and a great read all year round. Christmas in July does not feel out of place! I highly recommend this book. Awesome!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This sweet Christmas story really struck a chord with me and sends you on a chase that somethings are just not what they seem. Lisa and Kevin's chemistry is awkward, but enjoyable as they come together in what can be a challenging time of year for some. Their character quirks really makes their romance so much more natural though. Does that even make sense? :-) Do you remember that first time you met your significant other and battling those flutterings and trying to talk yourself out of having a crush? Honestly, you won't regret picking this one up. 5 hearts on this one and this will be one of those I add to my re-read list on my Kindle.
KaylaWilliams 3 months ago
Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa is a wonderful story that takes us back to the picture perfect town of Evergreen. We not only meet new characters in this story, but we also get to see our old friends once again. This story is all about Christmas traditions. It gave me some nostalgia by making me think of how "Christmas used to be" when I was a child. It also got me excited to decorate my house for Christmas, even though it's only July! If you're in need of a little Christmas spirit, I highly recommend picking up this book!
Rachel_Denise01 3 months ago
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa by Nancy Naigle is a cute, heartwarming, and quick read that definitely puts one in the Christmas spirit (even in the middle of June). A sweet read with romance intertwined (and if you have ever seen a Hallmark movie you have an idea of the infectiousness that they can bring), results in a pleasant jaunt through Evergreen, Vermont in the days leading up to Christmas. I enjoyed the wholesomeness of the plot and characters. I enjoyed the idea that a challenge was presented and with a great attitude, fortitude, and perseverance Lisa, Kevin, and the town of Evergreen were able to succeed. I also enjoyed the mini mystery added in with regards to the letter to Santa. It added a touch of Christmas “magic” to the story as well. I enjoyed the main characters (Lisa and Kevin) and felt that they were relate-able and likeable and I enjoyed the romantic moments interlaced between the characters. All in all a great read. I was so interested, I was able to devour the book in one day.
Stephanie NicuNurse 3 months ago
Do you like sweet romance books? Do you love Hallmark movies? I know I do! Especially when life throws a lot of negative stuff my way in a short period of time. I could honestly watch Hallmark Christmas movies year-round, and I have been known to binge on these types of movies the most when I’m in a book funk. Especially the ones that are set in small towns. Growing up, I lived in a fairly small town. I hated it back then, but now that it’s more of a suburb than rural, I find myself longing for small-town life. Something about small towns just seems to be more positive and less…heavy. So when this book popped up on my list, I snatched it up and devoured it in one sitting! I haven’t watched the movie (YET!) so I can’t really compare the book and movie. But I can say that I wholeheartedly adored this easy to read sweet romance. It was written in such a way that I could absolutely see it playing out in my head…right along with all the cheesy music usually thrown into Hallmark Christmas movies. Lisa grew up a military brat, and her family left Evergreen when she was very young. But the town left a very big impression on her. She’s been putting off visiting the town at Christmas like she has always talked about, but this year, her best friend is finally able to talk her into making that dream come true. Kevin grew up in Evergreen but thankfully has been traveling all over as his work has taken him to cities near and far. He’s home for Christmas, but he’s looking to find more permanent work somewhere that is decidedly not Evergreen. When Lisa convinces him to help her on a project near and dear to her heart, will they find love and happily ever after, or will misunderstandings keep them from giving in to the attraction simmering between them? NICUnurse’s Rating: If you are looking for a quick, sweet read that can transport you to a quaint small town with lovable characters (and a MUCH cooler climate!), this book is one you don’t want to miss. I give Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa by Nancy Naigle 4.5 out of 5 stars!
EditorOne 3 months ago
This was made into a Hallmark movie which I had put on my DVR. Luckily, I had not watched it yet. Nancy Nagle has a refreshing insight into small town life. In some ways the relationships were anticipated, yet there were misunderstandings between Kevin and Lisa. She addresses a lot of traditions and family friction that can cause riffs. There were many times I found myself grabbing the Kleenex, especially 87% through the book. The epilogue was quite different than in most books. It also points out how in smaller towns there is much more integration into the community. I found it a refreshing book that I started last night and finished this afternoon. A quick and fun read. I found at times the romantic parts a bit overdone like when a couple's hands touched and they each wondered if the spark was felt by the other person....or he stole her breath. But then I normally read mysteries or thrillers (where someone is being stalked, a disaster has occurred, etc). I found the amount of information on construction and staging very interesting. She writes in a way that you can see it play out like a movie. I think I will stick with my pictures rather than watching the movie. Thanks for allowing me an advanced reading copy for this objective review. #ChristmasInEvergreenLetters to Santa #NetGalley
EditorOne 3 months ago
This was made into a Hallmark movie which I had put on my DVR. Luckily, I had not watched it yet. Nancy Nagle has a refreshing insight into small town life. In some ways the relationships were anticipated, yet there were misunderstandings between Kevin and Lisa. She addresses a lot of traditions and family friction that can cause riffs. There were many times I found myself grabbing the Kleenex, especially 87% through the book. The epilogue was quite different than in most books. It also points out how in smaller towns there is much more integration into the community. I found it a refreshing book that I started last night and finished this afternoon. A quick and fun read. I found at times the romantic parts a bit overdone like when a couple's hands touched and they each wondered if the spark was felt by the other person....or he stole her breath. But then I normally read mysteries or thrillers (where someone is being stalked, a disaster has occurred, etc). I found the amount of information on construction and staging very interesting. She writes in a way that you can see it play out like a movie. I think I will stick with my pictures rather than watching the movie. Thanks for allowing me an advanced reading copy for this objective review. #ChristmasInEvergreenLetters to Santa #NetGalley
Kristin Rivers 3 months ago
Another winner from Ms. Naigle! She does a stellar job capturing the Christmas spirit, developing well-rounded characters, and making your heart warm and fuzzy while also seeking out tissues. Recommend and also want to reread the first book.
silvatrend8553 3 months ago
Return to Evergreen, the town where Christmas wishes come true… But only if you know what your heart really wants. When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has closed. The place was a beloved local tradition, and she decides to use her skills as a professional retail designer to bring it back to its former glory. She charms a local contractor, Kevin, into working with her, and the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another. One of the biggest surprises of all is finding the mysterious 25-year-old letter to Santa that never made it to the North Pole. Who really wrote it, and will its request come true at last? And will Lisa and Kevin figure out what they’re truly wishing for? I love these sweetly romantic Hallmark Christmas stories. This one was a movie last season and now we get a Nancy Naigle written interpretation of this wonderful story. I didn't see the movie and in a way l am glad because I read this book with a fresh view on things. If you are a Hallmark of Hallmark Movies and Mysteries fan you are sure to love this book. I gave this sweet holiday romance 4.2 of 5.0 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
AFerri 3 months ago
Another winner by Nancy Naigle! I love all of the books about Evergreen, please keep then coming. This is a heartwarming sweet romance set at Christmas time and will put you in the Christmas spirit. It has a wonderful sounding recipe at end. Thank you Hallmark Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Christopher_L_Buono 3 months ago
There is something magical happening in the “novel” town of Evergreen and its name is author Nancy Naigle! To say that Naigle has captured the Hallmark Christmas movie of the same name, in the perfect holly-jolly spirit of the holidays, in this novelization, would be an understatement. Naigle, instead, far surpasses that yesteryear-like storytelling here in book form. She manages that with a magnificence similar to Santa Claus knowing just what to gift one who wishes. From the beginning, Naigle brings about humble, warm, and expanding life to the town of Evergreen—a quaint little place where good things can happen…and do. The tale tells the story of military child Lisa Palmer. A searching soul, she lives a somewhat nomadic-like lifestyle as a re-designer of business space. Out to find her happy past—at the insistence of Oliver, her business partner—she runs into freelance contractor Kevin Miller, who’s trying to keep one step ahead of his own unsettled history, as he wonders about his unknown future. From Lisa and Kevin’s first cute meet, Naigle sets forth an amusing, tender romance course over which snow angels would be joyous. I thought Naigle’s path for Lisa and Kevin was unique—due to her surrounding them with more than just a couple of characters. That is something I have not seen much of in a Hallmark romance book, but I enjoyed the stories of the many characters—from young to those who had passed—in this one. Naigle’s special way of making “the people of Evergreen as one” come across as “one” lively, caring, happy book character is done well. Her writing, too, is welcoming and her way of telling a story holds you with both humor and love. Her prose prod gently, with nice sweetness. They make you feel as though your nose is pressed up against a windowpane, encouraging you to look beyond the penny candy, to watch the lives of the picturesque Evergreen town and its characters play out for you. Like a Norman Rockwell painting stirring nostalgia, Naigle’s characters—including a ’50s-styled red truck, magical snow globe, Santa Claus mail box, mysterious, over-sized key, and an old-fashioned town—in part and whole, brim over with that same ability. Naigle’s novel is a hope-filled Christmas story with a second-chance message that has all the heart feels from start to finish. It’s a wonderfully-written Christmassy tale of a movie-to-book romance, and one that I did not want to end! *I had received an ARC from the publisher of "Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa," in exchange for my honest review.
MugsyMae 3 months ago
Lisa has always considered the town of Evergreen home, even though the last time she lived there, she was only 7 yeas old. One of her favorite places in Evergreen was Daisy's store, not only for the merchandise, but primarily for Daisy herself. When she returns, she discovers that Daisy passed away over a year ago and the store has been left in disrepair. The bank is about ready to foreclose, and will probably sell it to some chain or big box franchise, changing downtown Evergreen completely. Lisa rallies so of the townsfolk and embarks on making Daisy's more appealing to buyers with the help of a popular local contractor, Kevin. It's a wonderful, heartfelt Christmas story about traditions, teamwork, heritage, and Christmas wishes. Loved it!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved reading this. Made me feel warm and cozy; I felt like I was in Evergreen! If only that were a real place. (I'm sure there is a small town somewhere just like it...) The only way it could have been better is if it were actually Christmas time, so I guess I'll just have to re-read it 5 months from now. :) I love the way the story feels so hopeful, it had me tearing up a little bit at the end! If I were to nit pick, The story randomly changes POV throughout the whole thing, kinda confusing. And the epilogue was very strange! I would have preferred to omit it entirely. 5 stars all the way for the main story. Also, at the end, there is a recipe for Carol's apple dumplings!!! It looks amazing. I received and advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
Terri_C 3 months ago
This concept of having authors write books based on Hallmark Christmas movies is pretty cool. I was already familiar with this story, but my memory isn't top rate. It was nice to have the story come back to me bit by bit as I got farther into the book. This is a sweet, clean Christmas romance (Hallmark--what else). It warms your heart and makes you ache to go to such a place as Evergreen, where everybody remembers you no matter how long ago you left. Where you can come back to wonderful memories and people worth talking to...and maybe worth falling in love with! I was given a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.