Book Review: Dear Santa by Debbie Macomber

Posted October 14, 2021 by WendyW in Book Review / 18 Comments

Dear Santa
Dear Santa
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by Debbie Macomber
Publication Date November 16, 2021
Published by Diversified Publishing
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Genres: Fiction / Holidays, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Women
Pages: 368
Format: ARC

A special holiday wish list brings about hope, love, and second chances in this nostalgic novel from the queen of Christmas stories, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

Lindy Carmichael isn't feeling particularly joyful when she returns home to Wenatchee, Washington, for Christmas. The man she thought was "the one" has cheated on her with her best friend, and she feels completely devoid of creativity in her graphic-design job. Not even carolers or Christmas cookies can cheer her up--but Lindy's mother, Ellen, remembers an old tradition that might lift her daughter's spirits.

Reading through a box of childhood letters to Santa and reminiscing about what she'd wished for as a young girl may be just the inspiration Lindy needs. With Ellen's encouragement, she decides to write a new letter to Santa, one that will encourage her to have faith and believe just as she'd done all those years ago. Little does Lindy know that this exercise in gratitude will cause her wishes to unfold before her in miraculous ways. And, thanks to some fateful twists of Christmas magic--especially an unexpected connection with a handsome former classmate--Lindy ultimately realizes that there is truly no place like home for the holidays.

In Dear Santa, Debbie Macomber celebrates the joys of Christmas blessings, old and new.

My Review:

Dear Santa by Debbie Macomber is a sweet, holiday romance that is both heartwarming and delightful.  This book could easily turn into a Hallmark movie as it’s everything you’d expect on the Hallmark Channel for a holiday movie.  There are enough cute Christmassy events, but not too much to make it saccharine. 

Lindy Carmichael returns to her parent’s home in Wenatchee, Washington, for Christmas.  She has two weeks to spend with her parents and spend time with her friends.  Leaving her home in Seattle is just the break she needs now as she recently caught her boyfriend and best friend together and she’s feeling down about the job that is not giving her the creative outlet she needs.  At home, she finds an old box of letters she wrote to Santa as a child.  Reading the letters, she realized that most of them have come true.  

While in her hometown, she runs into her childhood nemesis, Billy, who owns and manages The Wine Press, a local restaurant.  She realized that Billy was a bully to her during school because he liked her.  And she also feels bad that she asked Santa to put a lump of coal in Billy’s stocking when they were little, and then shortly after that, Billy and his family left town.  

Debbie Macomber can write a sweet, lovely Christmas story like nobody else.  She balances some tough issues, inside a sweet small town, with just a bit of Christmas magic that is perfect for the holiday season.  I could feel the conflict that Lindy was going through and couldn’t wait for her to find her way to happiness.  As usual, this Debbie Macomber Christmas story does not disappoint.  

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet holiday romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

18 responses to “Book Review: Dear Santa by Debbie Macomber

  1. I had to laugh when I read she asked Santa to put a lump of coal in Billy’s stocking. I love enemies-to-lovers romances, even though they sounded like they were only enemies in grade school. I’ll look and see if they have an audio copy at my library. This sounds sweet. 🙂

  2. I adore Debbie Macomber having read more than 2 dozen of her books (yet because I’m in Canada I never get approved for her galleys 😩). I’m so glad you did though Wendy because your review is excellent and makes me want to read this one even more! Thanks for sharing.

    • That’s too bad Jodie, It doesn’t seem to make sense to limit the ARCs to US only. But, I’m glad you enjoy her books, I do too!