Book Review: Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle (ARC)

Christmas Angels

Author: Nancy Naigle

Publication Date: 15 October 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction

Pages: 352

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Growing up, Liz Westmoreland dreamed of taking over her grandparents inn located in the small mountain town of Angels Creek only for it to be sold before she ever got the chance. While browsing the internet, she stumbles upon a listing for what looks to be the picturesque inn and it’s set to go to auction. Liz places a bid, and by a miracle, wins the auction. But when she gets there she finds the property in significant disrepair.

When Matt Hardy narrowly lost the inn and property that butted his land, he just hoped it wasn’t another city slicker coming to make matters worse after the previous owners gutted the place for an art gallery. But the minute he recognized the sweet, freckle-faced girl from his childhood and heard her plans to reopen the inn, he jumps at the chance to help his childhood crush restore a place where he made so many fond memories.

While working on repairs, Liz and Matt discover her grandmother’s collection of angels in one of the cabins. When the angels start mysteriously showing up all over the inn, she begins to look at them as reassurance—that restoring the inn is what she’s meant to do. But when an accident leaves Liz feeling like she made a mistake, will Matt—and the residents of Angels Creek—be able to show Liz that she’s found a home? And possibly true love as well?

In my house, it is no secret that I am absolutely obsessed with Christmas movies…especially those on the Hallmark channel, and yes, I watch them all year long. So naturally, when I heard that reading Christmas Angels is reminiscent of those glorious Hallmark movies, I needed this story like my life depended on it.

Liz Westmoreland still remembers the wonderful times she experienced at her grandparents’ inn when she was a little girl. She always felt like her real home was Angel Creek, which was a feeling that started leaching into her adult life. When the opportunity to buy her grandparents’ inn at an auction arose, Liz immediately abandoned everything else with the hopes of reliving those glorious memories. Unfortunately, when she arrives to her newly acquired inn, it’s in complete disarray. Liz wonders if she made a mistake, but restoring the inn to its original glory is all she’s ever wanted in life, even if it means struggling along the way.

Matt Hardy wanted nothing more than to buy the inn that held all of his wonderful childhood memories, but luck definitely wasn’t in his favor. He lost the inn to yet another big city outsider. He felt hopeless until he realized that the buyer was no one than Liz, the girl he had a crush on as a kid all those years ago. When Liz needs help to repair the inn and restore it to its original glory, he can’t jump fast enough at the opportunity to take on the project. If he can give Liz what’s she’s been missing all these years in the inn, maybe Liz will finally see that Angels Creek is where she’s meant to be…and hopefully with him.

Oh. My. God. I loved absolutely loved both Liz and Matt. I respect Liz for taking on the restoration project that the inn required. Even though her parents and friends were adamantly against it, she refused to give in to their negativity even when it seemed like all hope was lost. And Matt. He was the perfect complement to Liz’s character. Liz was adamant about her rules of not dating anyone she works with, but Matt never let that affect his ego or ability to do his job. Even though his feelings for Liz were always on his sleeve (even if Liz did choose to ignore them), he never smothered her or set out to control the restoration project. Everything that he did was from the amazingly large heart that he has. I loved that their relationship was a natural progression over time without any of it being forced or rushed.

Overall, Naigle’s Christmas Angels was a heartwarming holiday romance that reminded me of cozy nights in front of the fire while sipping on a large mug of hot chocolate topped with extra marshmallows. If you’re looking for a holiday read this upcoming season, I implore you to pick this one up!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing an ARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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