Dear Santa is Debbie Macomber’s newest Christmas story and it is oh so sweet. Lindy Carmichael is home for the holidays and has alot on her mind. Her job has made her feel completely void of creativity and her heart has been broken by her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend. So when she arrives home, she’s not the in mood for celebrating. Her mom is determined to improve her attitude and reminds her of a favorite childhood tradition: writing a letter to Santa. Feeling inspired Lindy writes a new letter to Santa asking for three things near and dear to her heart.
Shortly after Lindy writes the letter to Santa, she runs into two former classmates. The first is a woman named Peggy who had been really good friends with as a young girl. When these two see each other, it is as if nothing has changed. The friendship and connection is still there stronger than ever. The second person Lindy runs into a man named William, who Lindy knew as Billy when they were in elementary school. Billy picked on Lindy constantly and it drove her crazy. She even wrote to Santa asking him to give Billy a lump of coal. This is the first time she has seen him in years and she can’t help but notice that he is all grown up.
I really liked the reconnection that Lindy had with Peggy. Together, they reminisced about all the shenanigans of their childhood friendship which was full of laughter. Peggy is quick to introduce Lindy to her other friends in town who are very welcoming. I loved the whole restaurant game and think that it would be fun to try in person with a group of friends. This group felt authentic to me.
Lindy’s relationship with Billy was enjoyable. Although I did not fully like the fact that alot of their dynamic was centered around him being mean to her when they were little because he liked her. Just…no. We need to stop accepting explanations for poor behaviors. Their dynamic does evolve the more time they spend together. And the more time Lindy spends with him, she starts wondering what is exactly is keeping her away from her home town.
Dear Santa has all the elements that make for a sweet Christmas story. I loved the way Santa was used throughout the story as like a helpful guardian. He obviously has what is best in mind for Lindy, she just needs to accept it. If you’re a fan of Debbie Macomber’s holiday reasons, I would easily recommend this one to you.
Rating: 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**