Book Review: Santa’s Sweetheart by Janet Dailey

Posted September 28, 2021 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Review, bookblogger / 2 Comments

Santa's Sweetheart
Santa's Sweetheart
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by Janet Dailey
Publication Date September 28, 2021
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Pages: 400
Format: ARC

The delightful and entertaining new holiday novel from the legendary author of dozens of treasured romances! This Christmas, visit the small town of Branding Iron, Texas, where it's time for the Cowboy Christmas Ball and one irritable sheriff is about to get in the spirit of the season...and find love along the way.

Sheriff Sam Delaney is shouldering a lot as the lone lawman in the small Texas town of Branding Iron--and the widowed single father of six-year-old Maggie. Especially since Maggie's determined that what her daddy needs this holiday season is a girlfriend. Suddenly Sam is hustled off to a meeting with Maggie's schoolteacher--and surprised to discover the demure Grace Chapman is unexpectedly alluring. Then he's roped into playing Santa at the annual Christmas ball, with the pretty Miss Grace by his side. It's enough to make Sam even grumpier than usual--if not for the feelings sweet Grace stirs up inside...

Grace only wants to heal after her broken engagement. So why is she so charmed by the slow smile--and the surprising tenderness--of the town's sheriff? Maybe because Grace is discovering that beneath Sam's gruff exterior lies a heart as big as Texas, especially when it comes to the women in his life--like little Maggie. And now her... Which only has Grace hoping she'll be Santa's sweetheart for many seasons to come...

My Review:

Santa’s Sweetheart by Janet Dailey is her fourth book in her popular The Christmas Tree Ranch Series.  The book is a super cute, sweet,  holiday romance that involves a single dad, a single woman, and an adorable matchmaking six-year-old girl.   

Maggie is the six-year-old daughter to single dad Sheriff Sam Delaney.  Maggie’s mother died leaving her and her dad alone for Christmas.  Maggie decides that her father is too lonely and sets off to find him a wife.  Her new teacher, Grace Chapman is the perfect candidate.  Grace is recovering from a broken engagement and the last thing she wants is to jump into a new relationship.  But, she has to admit that the Sherrif is hard to resist.  

Santa’s Sweetheart is a charming but somewhat predictable small-town romance involving a sweet little girl.  At first, I thought this book would be a bit too sappy for me, but I was surprised that it had a bit more emotional depth than I anticipated.  The book was a bit slow to get off the ground in the beginning, but soon enough the action picked up and I flew through the rest of the book.  

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a wholesome sweet, small-town romance.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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