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Literary Friday: Dear Santa by Debbie Macomber

Friday, December 17, 2021


Happy Literary Friday, My Lovelies!  Today I'm reviewing Debbie Macomber's latest Christmas novel Dear Santa.  I love the characters in this sweet book, and I was truly rooting for them to create the happy ending they deserve!

According to Goodreads:

A special holiday wish list brings about hope, love, and second chances in this nostalgic novel from the queen of Christmas stories, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

Lindy Carmichael isn't feeling particularly joyful when she returns home to Wenatchee, Washington, for Christmas. The man she thought was "the one" has cheated on her with her best friend, and she feels completely devoid of creativity in her graphic-design job. Not even carolers or Christmas cookies can cheer her up--but Lindy's mother, Ellen, remembers an old tradition that might lift her daughter's spirits.

Reading through a box of childhood letters to Santa and reminiscing about what she'd wished for as a young girl may be just the inspiration Lindy needs. With Ellen's encouragement, she decides to write a new letter to Santa, one that will encourage her to have faith and believe just as she'd done all those years ago. Little does Lindy know that this exercise in gratitude will cause her wishes to unfold before her in miraculous ways. And, thanks to some fateful twists of Christmas magic--especially an unexpected connection with a handsome former classmate--Lindy ultimately realizes that there is truly no place like home for the holidays.

In Dear Santa, Debbie Macomber celebrates the joys of Christmas blessings, old and new.

My Review:

I truly love the premise of this book: Broken-hearted Lindy goes home for a long Christmas vacation.  Her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend and roommate and they end-up living together.  Lindy's mom tries cheering-up Lindy by sharing her childhood letters to Santa: All of her letters were answered by him in that all her Christmas wishes were fulfilled.

Encouraged by her mother, Lindy writes a new letter to Santa with three wishes in it.  The first two come true rather quickly, and Lindy keeps seeing a particular "Santa" in her hometown and even in the Bavarian town of Leavenworth, Washington.  I admit that I'm a big kid at heart, and I think that Christmas stories featuring a magical Santa who knows details about the characters are loads of fun.

This one is a little lighter than a few of Macomber's other Christmas novels I've read (i.e. Mrs. Miracle), and that's just what I've needed lately.  I think you'll enjoy this book if you like stories about Santa, family traditions, and beautiful Christmas settings.

You can read two more Debbie Macomber Christmas book reviews by following these links: Jingle All the Way and Merry and Bright.

Today's Chrismon:

The trumpet signifies a call to worship, the day of resurrection, and the Day of Judgment.

Today's scripture:

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

Luke 2:15-18

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Sounds like a Hallmark movie! I am all about light, fun and Santa!

  2. Her books are always sweet. Love the Chrismon!

  3. I like Debbie Macomber books and this sounds like a perfect Christmas time read. Thank you, Ricki Jill!

  4. Sounds like a heartwarming sweet story. Happy Friday. Hope all went well and you have a good and easy weekend. xoxo

  5. I have this book but I can't remember reading it! It's TIME! Happy weekend!

  6. I have not read a Debbie M book in awhile, I should pick her up again.


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