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The Christmas Shop

The Christmas Shop

A Novel

Nancy Naigle

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Finding your passion for life and love is the greatest gift of all. . .


Angela Carson wants nothing more than to be the third generation to run her family’s North Carolina holiday store, Heart of Christmas. They’ve weathered over sixty tourist seasons, major hurricanes, and urban sprawl in their old decommissioned lighthouse. But the national chain that set up shop in their small town may be more than the Carsons’ business can survive. Maybe, as her young niece suggests, Angela should just ask St. Nick for help via the Dear Santa app? No harm in a little wishful thinking this season, right?


Geoff Paisley has been at his mother’s side running the megachain Christmas Galore for the last ten years. When Mrs. Paisley falls ill, Geoff promises to answer the town’s Dear Santa letters in her stead. Soon he realizes the one he’s been corresponding with on Dear Santa is Angela. How could the woman who grates his every last nerve in person have intrigued him so deeply through those letters? And if Geoff reveals that he’s her Dear Santa, will Angela be able to set aside their very public feud to embrace the joy and magic of true and everlasting love?

*Originally published as Dear Santa

Chapter One


Dear Santa,

It’s me, Chrissy, again. I’m still being good. I’m going to have a Christmas tree in my room. You can put my presents there so I don’t have to wait until Daddy wakes up Christmas morning....

Praise for The Christmas Shop

Praise for Nancy Naigle

“Nancy Naigle gives You’ve Got Mail a special holiday twist.” - Entertainment Weekly on Dear Santa

"Nancy Naigle absolutely delights with this lovely holiday tale." - Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick on Dear Santa

"Naigle's wonderfully heartwarming holiday story will appeal to romance and women's fiction readers." —Library Journal on Hope at Christmas

"This is a sweet, Hallmark-movie-style story of a woman figuring out what she really wants with the help of a hunk, a stray kid, and enough decorations for several Pinterest boards." —Booklist on Christmas Joy

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Nancy Naigle

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. Some of her other titles include The Secret Ingredient, Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa, and Recipe for Romance.

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