Trudy McNamara doesn’t do Christmas anymore. But she will do anything for her nephew Mark, even take him to visit Santa. After Dad died and the holiday bucket lists stopped, December hasn’t been the same. But Trudy finds herself tangled up with the toy store Santa and Christmas when she discovers her mom … dated Santa.
Nick Russo, manager of Russos’ Toy Emporium, is at a loss as to how to save his family’s store. When Uncle Paul, the Santa and part-owner, hires Trudy to revamp their store, Nick’s life turns upside down. He’s been so focused on the numbers, the Christmas season has become nothing more than one last drive for sales. But Trudy makes him re-evaluate his attitude as well as want to help hers.
Can two holiday-haters renew their love for the season … and more?
I enjoyed reading Mama Dated Santa, set in a small town in Texas. Toy stores and the Christmas season are a fun combination for a Christmas romance. Trudy carries emotional baggage that makes Christmas a complicated time of year. She puts on a brave face when she takes her adorable nephew, Mark, to meet Santa. Nick is managing the family toy store that needs a bumper Christmas season for the business to stay financially viable.
Nick’s uncle employs Trudy to work in the toy store and help improve their sales. Trudy is less than thrilled to be surrounded by Christmas, and unhappy when she discovers her mama is dating Santa.
A fun romance develops as Trudy and Mark deal with tough issues, including grief. I recommend Mama Dated Santa to contemporary romance readers who like enemies to love Christmas romances with a relevant faith element in the story.
Many thanks to the author for the advanced reader copy.