I was invited by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley to read A Heartfelt Christmas Promise, by bestselling author, Nancy Naigle, in exchange for an honest review. It is a delightful romantic comedy set in the lovely, but fictional, small town of Fraser Hills, North Carolina.
Vanessa Larkin works for one of those companies that buys other companies, then shuts them down, putting hundreds of people out of work. She expected to be sent to Paris for a project, and hoped to be there over Christmas. Her boss had other ideas, and went to Paris himself, taking the laziest and most dishonest employee with him. Disappointed to be spending the holidays in the tiny town of Fraser Hills, NC, she went to do the job, spend time with her cousin, and go home to begin the next project.
Vanessa is to close Porter’s Fruitcake, and make space for a new company to be installed in the warehouses owned by Porter’s. She offers fabulous retirement packages to some, and new job opportunities to others at the new company for others. The close-knit community is not happy.
She meets Mike Marshall, who unknown to Vanessa, is the grandson of the founder and former owner of Porter’s. While never involved in the company, Mike feels a loss of family history when his grandfather sells Porter’s. The town’s people feel betrayed. Mike is a widower raising a brilliant and precocious teenage daughter.
Gradually, Vanessa finds that she likes rural, small town living, just as she is drawn to Mike and his daughter. At the same time, she is falling in love with the employees of Porter’s.
She devises a plan to use the warehouse space for the new company, while leaving the bakery and store/gift shop in place. Betrayed by her boss when she shares her ideas with him, she is determined to outwit him. It appears Vanessa and Mike may have many Christmases to share in the coming years.
A Heartfelt Christmas Promise is the perfect romantic escape from the trying times we are living in these days. It’s a light, easy read, and is fun, sexy, and encouraging for young girls with ambition and life goals. As I said on Instagram, if this isn’t a Hallmark movie, it should be.
What make The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
Well, this was an ARC, but still, there were a few errors that should have been caught by now:
- Redundancies: “plenty enough” (It’s plenty or it’s enough – not both.) “alley street” (It’s an alley or it’s a street – can’t be both.)
- Statements that end with a question mark;
- A question that ends with a period.
- Incorrect verb usage: go vs. come, bring vs. take, wasn’t vs. weren’t, was vs. were;
- Using further in place of farther;
- Numerous typos;
- Multiple missing commas;
- A lot of split infinitives.