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DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA?
DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA
Evergreen Lane #1
Released Sept 29th, 2015
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…
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I could so picture this book as a Christmas Movie! It was so freakin' cute and a great message about the christmas spirit and children's belief in Santa. The first in Sierra Donovan's Evergreen Lane series, I look forward to more. All the characters are intriguing and the older lot are a hoot. This is such a sweet read.
Mandy is a great character, she is a dreamer but she is strong, she never let the disbelief of her friends and family stop her from believing what she saw. She loves Christmas and what it represents and she even works in a year round Christmas store. Even though she was teased tremendously for her adamant belief the town still loves her and she is such a big part of why people visit especially for their kids. Jake is a realist as a location scout for a national chain of hotels if he can't see it he doesn't believe it. But his perception on life all changes when he meets Mandy.
Jake was just there to see if the tiny town of Tall Pine would be a good location for the chain of hotels he works for. Meeting Mandy made him work twice as hard to prove to the town that letting in one National chain wouldn't ruin the town but help it. But even more he wants to be in Tall Pine longer to be with Mandy. Jake loves everything about Mandy and Mandy loves Jake too especially since he has never heard about her past and the fact that she believes in Santa. Mandy is scared that once he finds out he'll think she is a loon and leave, but the longer she keeps it a secret the guiltier she feels but it finally comes out and her secret is revealed and Jake doesn't leave. Jake doesn't believe but he's not going to try and change her, he loves her as she is and he is willing to go to great lengths to prove it.
Overall, this is such a sweet and feel good book.
When Mandy Reese was eight years old, she saw SantaClaus.She slipped out of her room on Christmas Eve after her mother went to bed. As Mandy tiptoed down the hall, trying to be silent, she thought of the poem: Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. . . .The Christmas tree was still lit up in the living room, as if it, too, were waiting. The nighttime cold of the house bit through her flannel nightgown, and Mandy wished she’d grabbed her robe and slippers. But she didn’t want to risk going back down the hall and waking her mother. So she pulled a heavy blanket down from the back of the sofa and curled up under it. She laid her head on the arm of the couch to get a good view of the tree at the end of the room near her head, and the fireplace at the other end, down by her feet.Barely daring to breathe, she waited.The lights from the tree were bright enough to show the time on the clock over the mantel: almost eleven-thirty. Mandy’s vigilant eyes drifted from the fireplace to the tree and back. She knew there was no way she’d fall asleep.But it felt as if some time had passed when something made her sit up.The only light in the room still came from the tree, yet somehow it seemed brighter in here. Her eyes darted to the fireplace. And he was there.He did wear a red suit, although it was a darker red than she’d seen on the Santas at the store—the ones she’d always been told were just helpers for the real Santa. His beard was full and white, his eyebrows were bushy, and his eyes were blue. Not quite twinkly, a little more serious than that, but warm and friendly as they met hers. She’d heard that watching for Santa could make him pass you by, but that hint of a glimmer in his eye told her she wasn’t in trouble.Mandy opened her mouth to speak, but she couldn’t think of a single word to say. The whole room felt hushed, as if time were standing still.She couldn’t be dreaming because her heart was beating so fast. But she remembered to pinch her forearm, hard, just to be sure. It hurt, all right.He took a step backward, toward the chimney, and raised a black-gloved finger. At first Mandy thought he was going to put it to his lips, signaling her to be quiet. But he rested it alongside his nose, just like the poem, and nodded.The room brightened, and Mandy had to shut her eyes against the glare.When she opened them, the light in the room had returned to the normal Christmas-tree glow, and he was gone. She heard the clock on the mantel ticking; she didn’t remember hearing the sound while Santa was in the room. The hands showed it was just after midnight, although she knew for certain she hadn’t heard it chime.She pinched her arm again. Once again, it hurt. When she looked down, she saw a small red mark forming right next to the spot she was pinching now.Under the tree, she couldn’t see any difference in the number of presents. But she remembered what her mother always told her: Santa Claus was about more than presents.“I saw him,” she whispered.
Sierra Donovan is a wife, a mother of two and a writer, though not always in that order. Her greatest joy is helping people find true love on the printed page. She is a firm believer in Christmas, classic movies, happy endings and the healing power of chocolate. Sierra’s first novel, Love On The Air, was a Holt Medallion finalist. Her 2014 Kensington debut, No Christmas Like The Present, won the Golden Quill Award for Sweet Traditional Romance. Her 2015 novel, Do You Believe In Santa? marks the beginning of Sierra's new Evergreen Lane series. You can email Sierra at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her website at www.sierradonovan.com.