Title: A Heartfelt Christmas Promise
Author: Nancy Naigle
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Page Count: 348
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
A perfect gift that captures the spirit of the season, USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle’s A Heartfelt Christmas Promise celebrates the holidays, small-town traditions, and the generosity of love between two lost souls who find everything they ever wanted in each other.
Vanessa Larkin was supposed to be spending Christmas in Paris, France on a business trip she hoped to enjoy as a working vacation. Instead, she’s been assigned to Fraser Hills, North Carolina—home of the Best Fruitcake in the USA—to convert her company’s property into warehouse space and shut down Porter’s, the fruitcake factory. Offering retirement packages and selling locals on new job opportunities may not spread holiday cheer, but Vanessa believes she’s helping secure the town’s future.
Mike Marshall’s family founded Porter’s. For decades, the factory served as the lifeblood of the community until his grandfather sold the business to a Chicago corporation. The sale cost the town its independence—and the Marshalls their family ties. A horse farmer, Mike was never involved with his grandfather’s company, but still felt Fraser Hills lost part of its identity. And as a widower raising a teenage daughter, he’s suffered enough losses in one lifetime. News of the factory’s closing means losing another piece of the town’s legacy.
Far from the skyscrapers and rapid pace of the city, Vanessa finds herself enjoying the easygoing rhythms of rural living. With Mike as her guide, she learns to appreciate the simple pleasures found in shared holiday festivities among friends. Fraser Hills is a town she is growing to love—and Mike is someone she is falling in love with. Now all Vanessa needs is a Christmas miracle to give her newfound friends and home a gift they’ll cherish for many New Years to come.
A Heartfelt Christmas Promise by Nancy Naigle is a standalone contemporary romance novel. The story is holiday themed with it taking place from Thanksgiving and going up until Christmas and definitely is full of Christmas cheer and spirit.
Vanessa Larkin was expecting her company to send her to Paris for the Christmas holiday but instead she gets assigned to Fraser Hills, North Carolina which isn’t exactly the tourist destination she was hoping for. Vanessa’s job was to go in and assess a local company, Porter’s, a fruitcake factory, that her company had purchased and wants to convert into warehouse space.
Mike Marshall is a horse farmer with special ties to Porter’s, his family had founded the company and owed it for years. However, Mike’s grandfather had made the decision to sell to the Chicago company that Vanessa works for and Mike is worried what that will do to Fraser Hills. The question will be whether Mike can trust Vanessa to do what is best for their town or for her company.
Nancy Naigle is an author that I have read before and really enjoyed so going into this one I had high hopes for wonderful writing and an excellent story and thankfully that is what I found. The city girl coming to the small town story endangering the beloved town factory could make a wonderful Hallmark movie. The small town and cast of characters were full of all the charm I expected and I loved that this one became a family focused story. Great read for the holiday season or any time of year you would like to be reminded of Christmas spirit.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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