Monday, December 7, 2015

Blog tour: Do You Believe in Santa? by Sierra Donovan

Evergreen Lane #1
Sierra Donovan
Released Sept 29th, 2015
Kensington: Zebra

Miracles don’t just happen on 34th Street. They can happen right in your living room—if you’re willing to believe…

What grown woman claims to have seen Santa Claus? Mandy Reese, for one—on a very special Christmas Eve when she was eight years old. These days, Mandy works at a year-round Christmas store in Tall Pine, California, where customers love to hear about her childhood encounter with Saint Nick. But when Jake Wyndham arrives in town—charming, gorgeous, extremely practical—Mandy faces a dilemma. Deny what she saw, or let Jake think she’s sugarplum crazy?

Jake scouts hotel locations all over the country, but he’s never met anyone quite like Mandy before. Her warmth and sparkle are irresistible, but…meeting Santa? Really? Jake’s no Scrooge but he’s definitely skeptical. Then again, there are all kinds of things Jake never experienced until he came to Tall Pine. Like autumn snow. Mind blowing kisses. And the magic of falling head-over-heels, madly in love…

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A sweet Christmas story for those who still believe in Santa Claus and the magic of Christmas.

I suffer from OCD: Obsessive Christmas Disorder, so I always enjoy reading Christmas stories, even in summer. I have to admit I envied the heroine for working in a Christmas store all year long, and I liked her fresh and sweet personality. Mandy is a true believer, mainly because she actually saw Santa Claus when she was a child – and she’s been nicknamed Mandy Claus since. Living in a small town where everyone knows everyone hasn’t been easy for her, but even though she was mocked by her school friends when she was little and claimed to have seen Santa in her living room, I liked the small town camaraderie. When Jake comes to town and starts hanging out with her, the whole town wants to protect Mandy from the outsider.

Jake isn’t a believer. He’s a very organized business man who always has to have a plan for whatever he does. Meeting Mandy throws his life off its axis a little, because he’s suddenly unsure of what his ultimate plan should be: he came to Tall Pine to build a hotel, but he’s found himself knee-deep into something more, something he hadn’t planned. His strong attraction to Mandy is completely unexpected.

What I liked about the story is the small town setting and the Christmassy atmosphere. Even though when I read it I wasn’t in the Christmas mood yet, the book managed to make me look forward to decorating the tree and playing my Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra Christmas CDs. There aren’t any particular edge-of-your-seat moments or steamy scenes: this is a clean romance giving off a feel-good, believe-in-your-inner-child vibe.

However, I found that at times the story was a little slow and it dragged a little; although I could understand why Mandy would be worried about whether or not she should tell Jake her whole story, at times she came off a little too “drama queen”. Although I liked the little magic at the end, which was what I’d been hoping would happen from the moment Jake admitted not believing, I have to admit that the abrupt ending left me a little disappointed. I would have liked to read an epilogue, especially since the last chapter seemed a little rushed.

Sierra Donovan is a wife, a mother of two and a writer, though not always in that order. Her greatest joy is helping people find true love on the printed page. She is a firm believer in Christmas, classic movies, happy endings and the healing power of chocolate. Sierra’s first novel, Love On The Air, was a Holt Medallion finalist. Her 2014 Kensington debut, No Christmas Like The Present, won the Golden Quill Award for Sweet Traditional Romance. Her 2015 novel, Do You Believe In Santa? marks the beginning of Sierra's new Evergreen Lane series. You can email Sierra at, or visit her website at

1 commenti:

  1. Great review! Thank you for hosting!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours