Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle

Hope at Christmas

A recently divorced woman and her daughter look for a fresh start by moving to a small town that embraces them in ways that only fate and the magic of Christmas can explain.Sydney Ragsdale is divorced, but her husband is still calling the shots. In an attempt to shake free from his hold, she and her daughter, Ray Anne, head for tiny Hopewell, NC to the only asset her ex has no control over – a decaying farmhouse that once belonged to her grandp...

Details Hope at Christmas

TitleHope at Christmas
Release DateOct 10th, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Reviews Hope at Christmas

  • Carrie
    After her divorce Sydney Ragsdale decided to move to the tiny town of Hopewell, NC hoping for a new start with her daughter and to get out from under the thumb of her ex-husband. Sydney's ex is rich and always tempting their daughter with gifts and trips that she just can't compete with so she is hoping the move will bring them close together before she loses her to her ex. The only asset that Sydney had in her name was an old house of her grandm...
  • Stacey is Sassy
    There was no hope for me...Oh NO!! Hope at Christmas was...CLEAN! (shudders)I was not the right reader/reviewer for Hope at Christmas. It was too sweet and drawn out for me. The characters were cheesy, the town too perfect and the hero, a cardboard cut-out. I don't want my hero to be a douchewaffle, but I certainly expect him to show a little confidence and strength. The heroine seemed unbelievably blind, ignorant and weak. Her "strength" that sh...
  • Nancy Naigle
    I had so much fun writing this book. Once I landed in the fictional town of Hopewell, it really came to life for me. The Book Bea and colorful merchants of the small town are as warm as the folks that pull together and welcome the new residents with open arms. I hope you find this story a heartwarming treat this holiday season.Hugs and happy reading~Nancy
  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    Hope At Christmas is a sweet holiday romance in a small town. The heroine, Sydney Ragsdale, is soon to be divorced and has moved from Atlanta to escape the hold her somewhat controlling soon to be ex-husband has on her and because her grandparents left their farmhouse and she has nowhere else for her and her daughter to live. The hero, Kevin “Mac” MacAlee, is the high school baseball coach and history teacher at the high school whose wife aba...
  • Pamela
    A heartwarming little Christmas story with two divorced parents, Sydney and her daughter and Mac and his son. While I enjoyed the story overall, there were a couple of incidents that felt a little forced for drama.**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
  • DJ Sakata
    My Rating:3.5Favorite Quotes:It never hurt to start a plan with a few easy, achievable, or already done tasks to get things rolling. It’s why she usually had “make the bed” at the top of her chore list.Waking up on Valentine’s Day to a chocolate heart next to her pillow wasn’t unusual, but the note with it had caught her completely off guard. A goodbye note. He’d found someone new, and he was sorry. Which she couldn’t have agreed wi...
  • Sophia
    #HoHoHoRATSmall town Christmas, a heroine needing a change, a hero needing a chance, a young girl's Christmas wish for Santa, an enchanting book store and voila, it was the perfect recipe for a Christmas goodie. Hope at Christmas really was a sugary sweet snow globe-type of Christmas story in some respects, but it also dealt with some realism in a woman getting over a cheating husband and divorce, a child who is in the middle, struggling with not...
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    True Rating 3.5 stars!In at Hope at Christmas, the story of Sydney’s character was written realistically and I appreciated that. It is hard for anyone to recover after revelations that lead to divorce and I think that there are many people who can relate to her feelings and the defenses she had in place. Mac’s character also had his share of loss but from a different viewpoint. I liked that his character had already been through the loss and ...
  • Arlena
    Title: Hope at ChristmasAuthor: Nancy NaiglePublisher: St. Martin's Press Reviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FiveReview:"Hope at Christmas" by Nancy NaigleMy Thoughts....This was quite a good holiday story that involved two divorced parents and their children. I liked how this author brings Sydney Ragsdale and Kevin [Mac] Alea together in this wonderful Christmas magical read that is fulled with 'love and hopefulness.'We find from the story that aft...
  • Ann Lorz
    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....I have never read Nancy Naigle before, of course as I write this I'm really not sure about that. For this review I'm going to go off that I haven't. I've often seen her books and her covers always look so good and I've wanted to read them but...again, not sure if I have. So when I was given a chance to try one of her books and on top of that it was a holiday story ho...
  • Patrice
    This is a wonderfully woven tale of betrayal, heartbreak, new beginnings, new friends, finding self-confidence, and our place in the world. The characters in this story felt real to me; as if someone were relaying the information to me about a friend. Divorce has shattered the world of Sydney and Rayanne Ragsdale. Sydney feels betrayed by her husband, Jon, and her friends; Rayanne thinks her father doesn't love her anymore. Sydney and Rayanne lea...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    I was doing so well with the contemporary romances. It's not a genre I ever expected to find myself reading and yet I found I've become addicted to them. . . except this one. Hope at Christmas was just not the book for me.Small town? Check. Sweet romance? Check. Story? Well, it was there but it had problems for me. The dual perspectives was fine but in a romance I want the characters to meet pretty early on and that didn't happen. The focus of...
  • Loes M.
    This was a typical sweet small-town romance story where the entire town chips in to get the two main characters together. If I don't think about it too much, I liked it. It's a gentle read about two people overcoming their own hang-ups and choosing love. I loved the magical bookstore and I can definitely see Sydney and her daughter taking an interest in it and working on making it better. All the initiatives and ideas they carry out are really go...
  • Bette Hansen
    A fantastic story of new beginnings and finding love when you least expect it. This is a great wholesome small town romance. It's wonderfully written and has some very interesting characters.Recently divorced Sydney Ragsdale moves herself and her 10 year old daughter to Hopewell, NC for a fresh start. Something her daughter is not too happy about. Sydney hopes that the wonderful people of the little town will eventually win Ray Anne over. Spendin...
  • Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review
    3.5 StarsThis was a sweet holiday romance. Overall, I enjoyed the story but it sort of dragged for me. I may have been too focused on the romance aspect of the story when there was clearly more to this book than that. While I'm not sure this is a book I would read again, I'm happy that I took the chance to read it at least once. *I received an ARC from NetGalley for voluntary review
  • Shahla's bookcorner
    Hope At Christmas is a touching holiday read by Nancy Naigle. Ms Naigle has penned a well-written book and filled it with amazing characters. These characters made this story a joy to read, and really, everyone needs a Miss Bea in their life. Sydney and Mac's story is packed with drama, humor, heartbreak, Christmas cheer and a touch of spice. 
  • Charlie
    This is a sweet, clean holiday romance read. Reeling from her husband's infidelity and request for a divorce, Sydney Ragsdale packs up what is left of her Atlanta life and takes her daughter to Hopewell, North Carolina. The old farmhouse where she spent her summers with her grandparents was never a vacation option on her husband's list, and the inherited property has been ignored for years. Making the move means giving up a lot of luxuries and al...
  • Katherine Hayward
    "Trust your journey, it will take you where you are supposed to go."- Bea. Sydney and her 10-year-old daughter, RayAnne, move from Atlanta to the small town of Hopewell, North Carolina after Sydney divorces her husband Jon when she finds out he was cheating on her- his only parting gift were candy hearts on hers and RayAnne's pillows on Valentine's Day. Making a new start is never easy, especially during the cold month of November which is when t...
  • Isha Coleman
    Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle  Nancy Naigle is an author that makes her point known while laying the groundwork for captivating stories.  Hope at Christmas gives voice to a woman finding her wings and rediscovering her heart.  Adulthood has not been easy for Sydney.  An unhappy marriage, a controlling ex - husband and a divorce that's left her twisting in the wind.  A fresh start is just what she needs to feel like herself again. Returni...
  • Amy Jacobs
    Sweet and heartfelt.I can picture this book as a Hallmark movie.
  • Deb
    Hope at Christmas is an uplifting, sweet holiday romance that will have us all believing in Santa Clause again.
  • Alison
    Did not finish.Too saccharine sweet for my tastes, requested by mistake.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
  • Amy
    Hope At Christmas by Nancy Naigle is a heartwarming holiday novel. After finding out her husband has been cheating Sidney Ragsdale starts her life again as a single parent in her grandparents house in Hopewell, NC. A very charming town. Moving to a new town, getting a job and starting over is a struggle. Having a friend like Miss Bea is what we all need in life. Kevin MacAlee is a single dad of a 12 year old boy, high school teacher, who just so ...
  • Molly Mantei
    This Christmas novel was pretty dang uneventful. Although this is a romance novel, there is hardly any romance involved. This story revolves more around a middle-aged woman finding herself and how she fits in with a small town. The descriptions of people's reactions to certain situations were so realistic that they were just boring or so unrealistic that I couldn't get into the read. Strangers don't befriend people THIS easily as portrayed in thi...
  • Cathy Geha
    Hope at Christmas by Nancy NaigleIf you are looking for a sweet clean holiday romance between two single parents that takes place in a small southern town AND feels like a Hallmark movie then this might be just the book for you. Sydney Ragsdale takes her ten year old daughter RayAnne to live in the home her grandparents willed to her when they died. It is an old farmhouse in a small town and a place for to get back on her feet while her soon-to-b...
  • Mary
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. Sydney is blindsided months earlier when her husband leaves her in a note. Determined to make herself and her daughter a priority, she leaves Atlanta and moves to the home her grandparents left her. She has a job that will start just after the holidays and all she wants is to make a better life for her daughter, Rayanne. And to get past the heartache caused by her divorce. F...
  • CMDH
    Hello dear reader friends. I’m just going to put a few things out there front and center. First World Problems, life gets big and I Dream (big D) of ditching everything for a sweet town little town, with cute shops, and kind people...for just a couple of days. Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle does just that. Sure, I’d miss my real life, the adventure, the thrill, the variety of experiences and people. But sometimes I just want my blasted fla...
  • Dixie
    I love books that take me away to a small town where the pace of daily life is relaxed and where neighborly kindness is the norm. That is exactly the case with Hope at Christmas. By moving to Hopewell, Sydney finds a safe place to start over after a painful dissolution to her marriage. It's a place where she can make a meaningful contribution through her temporary year-end work at the Book Bea, a charming local book store. I loved watching Sydney...
  • Debbie Oxier
    I loved this! A heartwarming Christmas tale with wonderful characters and a touching love story. Sydney Ragsdale is looking for a change after her divorce so she returns to her childhood home with her daughter, RaeAnne. She moves into her grandparents farmhouse. She ends up working at the Book Bea, her favorite bookstore. And she meets Kevin "Mac" MacAlee, the local high school history teacher and baseball coach. He's also the local Santa in Sant...