HOPE AT CHRISTMAS – Nancy Naigle
A Perfect 10
St. Martin's Griffin
November in Hopewell, North Carolina
Sydney Ragsdale's ten-year-old daughter RayAnne is not at all happy about leaving her school and friends in Atlanta and moving to the little town of Hopewell, not to mention leaving her beloved father. But her mother had little choice, not after that father told her he was in love with another woman and wanted a divorce. Why Hopewell? Sydney's grandparents had left her their farmhouse there—a place she visited summers when they were alive. Sydney has happy memories of those visits, especially of The Book Bea bookstore where she discovered the delights of reading.
Sydney must learn to be a strong, independent woman. She has no work experience but was lucky to find a job starting in the new year. And to top that off, she finds The Book Bea still there and the owner, Miss Bea, still running the store. Bea even hires her—at a token wage—to help her in the store for the holiday. RayAnne even approves of the place.
With old friends—a woman Sydney read with as a child—and new—a single father, the town history teacher and baseball coach, who plays Santa in Season—both Sydney and RayAnne settle in nicely . . . until the ex breaks his promises to RayAnne.
In spite of the ex-husband, HOPE AT CHRISTMAS is a warm, lovely story, one I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, though I may have used the phrase, “I didn't want this book to end” in past reviews, I really, really didn't want this one to end. I'm giving HOPE AT CHRISTMAS one of Romance Reviews Today's rare Perfect 10s and plan to find and get Ms. Naigle's earlier CHRISTMAS JOY.