STORY: Noelle is not a fan of the holidays and to make matters worse, she is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love and adventure are no longer possible. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve she accidentally gets locked in after closing.
She isn’t too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store…until a woman appears out of nowhere and tells Noelle that she’s her guardian angel. Soon Noelle finds herself camped out in the shoe department facing several “ghosts” of Christmases past, present, and future…
Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle see the true spirit of Christmas? And will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?
REVIEW: Noelle Carpenter works in Human Resources at Simon’s Department Store owned by Lex Prather. The store has been around since the 1930’s and is situated in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC and close to a couple of universities. Simon’s began years ago as a shoe store and still stocks some of the best shoes ever. They even stock some of the Shoe Addict’s Anonymous’s designer shoes.
Noelle is a true homebody and has chosen to stay at home for the holidays. Her family lives in South Carolina and she has planned a quiet Christmas at home.
It is Christmas Eve and is snowing heavily. After spending a couple of hours in the back of the store checking some old files, she emerges into the store to find it empty and locked. There is no way she can get out, especially with the enormous amount of snow outside, so she decides to relax and spend the night in the store. This will give her a chance to get some shopping done too.
When she hears a crash in the shoe department, she is surprised to find an old lady who claims to be her guardian angel. Convinced the woman is bonkers, she decides to be kind to her and play along. The woman seems to know that Noelle has not liked Christmas since her mother died years ago. During the years since she lost her mother, Noelle has tended to shy away from celebrating Christmas events.
That night with her guardian angel, she learns what she has been missing out on and how she needs to let go and live.
This is a sweet, clean, and humorous book. Having lost my mother many years ago at Christmas, I can empathize with Noelle. It does take a lot of effort to let go of something like this and learn to celebrate Christmas again.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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