A Heartfelt Christmas Promise: A Novel

By Nancy Naigle

Available September 29, 2020


Book Blurb

A perfect gift that captures the spirit of the season, USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle’s A Heartfelt Christmas Promise celebrates the holidays, small-town traditions, and the generosity of love between two lost souls who find everything they ever wanted in each other.

Vanessa Larkin was supposed to be spending Christmas in Paris, France on a business trip she hoped to enjoy as a working vacation. Instead, she’s been assigned to Fraser Hills, North Carolina—home of the Best Fruitcake in the USA—to convert her company’s property into warehouse space and shut down Porter’s, the fruitcake factory. Offering retirement packages and selling locals on new job opportunities may not spread holiday cheer, but Vanessa believes she’s helping secure the town’s future.

Mike Marshall’s family founded Porter’s. For decades, the factory served as the lifeblood of the community until his grandfather sold the business to a Chicago corporation. The sale cost the town its independence—and the Marshalls their family ties. A horse farmer, Mike was never involved with his grandfather’s company, but still felt Fraser Hills lost part of its identity. And as a widower raising a teenage daughter, he’s suffered enough losses in one lifetime. News of the factory’s closing means losing another piece of the town’s legacy.

Far from the skyscrapers and rapid pace of the city, Vanessa finds herself enjoying the easygoing rhythms of rural living. With Mike as her guide, she learns to appreciate the simple pleasures found in shared holiday festivities among friends. Fraser Hills is a town she is growing to love—and Mike is someone she is falling in love with. Now all Vanessa needs is a Christmas miracle to give her newfound friends and home a gift they’ll cherish for many New Years to come.

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My Review

Christmas always brings feelings of warmth, hope, home, and togetherness. Nancy Naigle’s, A Heartfelt Christmas Promise, delivers that and more.  When Vanessa gets her next assignment, she finds instead of heading off to Paris, she is driving to Fraser Hills, North Carolina to clean up a mess left by the guy she is replacing.  And she has a deadline! Arriving just before Thanksgiving, she has until Christmas to shut down the town’s claim to fame, Porter’s Fruitcake factory, and turn the space into a warehouse. But Porter’s has been run by the same family and employed much of the townspeople decades.  To say, she was met with opposition from the townspeople, especially from Mike Marshall whose grandfather had started the company.  Vanessa starts having warm feelings for the town folk and is determined to find a solution to benefit both her company and Porters. Neither Mike nor her boss is making it easy for her.

The characters are warm and caring, but also ready to fight for their town. This is a sweet and touching holiday story to get you in the holiday spirit.

I received ARC of A Heartfelt Christmas Promise from Net Galley for my honest review.


About the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Nancy Naigle, writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.

With a career spent on the cutting edge of technology in the banking industry, she never let go of her dream to write. Now she works full-time writing stories that are a calming blend of community, family, and the simple things in life. She writes the kind of stories she hopes will provide an escape from the hectic day-to-day in the make-believe worlds she creates.

Look for Nancy’s titles in the Adams Grove series.
Sweet Tea and Secrets
Out of Focus
Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies
Mint Juleps and Justice
Barbecue and Bad News
~coming soon Porch Swings and Promises

Nancy also has co-written books with:
Phyllis C. Johnson ~ inkBLOT
Kelsey Browning ~ The Granny Series
Book 1- In For A Penny
Book 2 – Fit To Be Tied
Book 3 – In High Cotton
Book 4 – Under The Gun
Book 5 – Gimme Some Sugar

Boot Creek Novels
Life After Perfect
Every Yesterday
Until Tomorrow

Christmas Books
Christmas Joy
Hope at Christmas
Christmas in Evergreen
Dear Santa

Aside from writing she enjoys hunting for treasures in junk and antique shoppes, and getting crafty no matter what the medium from painting and digitizing embroidery designs, to weaving pine needle baskets. She also enjoys horseback riding on her palomino, Tooter.

A Virginia native, and spending most of her life in the Tidewater area, she now calls North Carolina home.

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22 thoughts on “A Heartfelt Christmas Promise: A Novel

  1. Nancy’s book sounds like the perfect choice to cozy up with by the fireplace on a cold winter’s night. Time is flying by, so I’ll be ready for a holiday book soon. And it’ll be nice to read something light and positive, unlike what the news shows us each day. Wonderful review, Michelle, and that cover is adorable. xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! You are right – it is perfect for a frosty night by the fireplace. I am so tired of the constant barrage of Covid numbers and of all the election “news.” Love and hugs.

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