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Do You Believe in Santa?

(Evergreen Lane #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Miracles don’t just happen on 34th Street. They can happen right in your living room—if you’re willing to believe…

What grown woman claims to have seen Santa Claus? Mandy Reese, for one—on a very special Christmas Eve when she was eight years old. These days, Mandy works at a year-round Christmas store in Tall Pine, California, where customers love to hear about her childh
Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Zebra
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one of those stories that would make a perfect Hallmark movie. There is a small town, a beloved if not eccentric main character, someone new to town, a situation that needs to be overcome and of course romance. The plot in the story was very well paced and I was pulled in right from the start.

Mandy Reese loves all things Christmas. As a child, she saw Santa Claus, the real one, and has been in love with the season ever since. She is jokingly called "Mandy Claus" in the small town of Tal
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is so cute it should be a Lifetime TV movie! I, for one, never feel it's too early for Christmas and neither does Mandy Reese, cause she works at a year round Christmas store in Tall Pines, CA. Her whole life changed when she saw Santa -- really saw him -- in her living room when she was eight years old. It wasn't about the presents or the jolliness or the bright red suit -- it was just the wonderfully understanding look in his eyes that said, "believe." So she has, even though it's caused ...more
I really LOVED this story! I am a sucker for a good holiday story and this one did not disappoint. I received an advanced copy of this book in e-reader form from NetGalley for an honset review. The story flows well and pulled me in from the get-go.

It is an imaginative, romantic, sweet, touching story about Mandy Reese. Mandy loves ALL things Christmas. She had an interesting experience as a youngster that made her a local “legend” in her small town of Tall Pine, in the mountains of southern Cal
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a charming keeper overflowing with the wondrous magic of the season.

When Mandy Rose was eight years old, she saw Santa Claus.
She slipped out of her room on Christmas Eve after her mother went to bed. As Mandy tiptoed down the hall, trying to be silent, she thought of the poem: ‘Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…’
The Christmas tree was still lit up in the living room, as if it, too, were waiting. The nighttime cold of the house bit through her flannel nightgown, and Mandy w
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

When you believe in something with your heart and soul, and every fiber of your being – it’s going to change you, and how others see you as well. One Christmas Eve a young Mandy saw Santa by her Christmas tree. She did. She knows it, it wasn’t her imagination or a grownup pretending – she saw the real, true Santa right in her living room. And she has never, ever to this day changed in that truehearted belief.

As an adult, Mandy works at a year round Christmas sho
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do You Believe in Santa is a very sweet and charming clean holiday light romance that will get you in the mood for the Christmas season and is more about having faith than about whether Santa truly is real.

Mandy has been teased since she was a young girl and publicly shared her tale of seeing Santa Claus and asserting that he truly is real. Though as she's grown up, her small town really sees her as endearing-though if you ask her she probably wouldn't see it that way. When Jake comes into town
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sierra has done it again...I truly enjoyed this book..Mandy Reese works year round in a shop that is detailed with Christmas..most would be sick of it, but not Mandy. It's magic to her...
It makes her the happiest ever, well that's until her secret catches the town of Tall Pine, California..She becomes well known as the Santa lady..
Some even call her Mandy Claus.
When she meets Tall, Dark and Hansome Jake Wyndham is is blown away. The only thing is she finds out why he's really in her town.
The m
Shelleen Toland
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick and fun read. The ending was perfect!! Mandy Reese is a woman who believes in Santa because she saw him when she was 8 years old. She now works in a Christmas store in her home town of Tall Pines in southern California, in the mountains. Jake arrives in town to convince the town to build a Regal Hotel. He meets Mandy when he stops at the store. They start seeing each other. He eventually finds out she has seen Santa but he doesn't believe her. They fall in love but he is still s ...more
Bette Hansen
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very cute sweet read that will definitely get you into the holiday spirit. Mandy Reese believes in Santa. Doesn't matter that she's and adult, she knows what she saw when she was eight. That one event has shaped her life but her belief is unwavering. Jake Wyndam is in town scouting locations for a new hotel. He's handsome, charming, and definitely interested in Mandy. Should she hold on to her belief and possibly scare him off or hide her past??

I recommend this one!
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
3.5* (rounded up)
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this one. Mandy saw Santa when she was a kid and it's a story she tells when asked. Mandy had a sweet innocence around her that I don't think would have worked on any other character. I thought Jake was a good fit for her and wasn't too judgmental.
I would have liked more at the end; I thought it was a bit too abrupt. It left me wanting just a little bit more.
Also of note, for anyone looking for a sweet (and clean- there is no sex o
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
Love Sierra Donovan’s Christmas books! Jake and Mandy turn up in some of her other books too. It was fun to read their story.
Katherina | Bookocraze
Originally posted on Book-o-Craze, on a tour hosted by Tasty Book Tours.

If you're looking for a story full of Christmas, look no further! "Do You Believe in Santa" is just the novel for you!

Right from the very beginning, a nice Christmas mood settles in with a guest appearance of the real Santa Claus!

More specifically, Mandy, a young girl, determined to see Santa, stays up all night waiting for him! When she suddenly sees the mysterious and calm aged man, she doesn't believe her eyes! And neith
Tori Williams
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Do You Believe in Santa – my first holiday book of the season and I suppose I set my expectations a bit too high. I was hoping for a story that would bring on the Christmas cheer, make me giddy to drag out my tree with all the trimmings. Instead, while it did make me anxious for December…I ended up feeling more than a little frustrated.

The story is centered around a sweet character by the name of Mandy who saw Santa Claus when she was eight years old. After telling a local reporter all about her
Valri Western
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, holiday read this was! I hadn't read anything by this author before but I'm always looking for new authors to discover. This was such a sweet book, as others have mentioned. I immediately fell in love with Mandy. She fiercely sticks by her experience of seeing Santa when she was 8 years old. Although she was teased a lot during school when she innocently shared her story, she never changed her account. She grew up being "Mandy Claus" in her small town and while it bothered her during ...more
Christy Wilson
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it
A sweet, cute read for Christmas time.

Mandy Reese is in her early 20s, and has lived in the small California town of Tall Pine all her life. She works at a store called The North Pole, and for a reason: Mandy saw Santa when she was 8 years old and still believes.

Jake Wyndham works for a chain hotel, and is in town to see if the location is a good one for his employer. He visits The North Pole, and is enchanted by Mandy as soon as he sees her.

Mandy is also attracted to Jake, and does her best to
Kelly Showalter
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do you believe in Santa? Since the age of eight, Mandy Reece aka Mandy Claus has no doubt what she saw on Christmas Eve.. As she grows older, she embraces her life in Tall Pine where she has lived her whole life. She works in a year round Christmas shop, where the owner makes sure everyone knows Mandy is a Believer and she happily tells her story to every girl and boy when doubts enters their mind. Then, Jake Wyndham comes to town and not only wants to take a piece of her heart but also turn Tal ...more
Katie W
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this fun, clean romance, but what surprised me the most, is that most of the story takes place during the summer and fall months.

When Mandy was little, she awoke on Christmas Eve to see Santa Claus himself in her living room. She was even on the news to share her story. After growing up with teasing from peers and nicknames to match her belief, she's an adult, now working at The North Pole, a knick-knack shop in Southern California. She never tires of Christmas or of sharing her
Title: Do You Believe In Santa?
Author: Sierra Donovan
Publisher: Zebra
Series: Evergreen Lane # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Do You Believe In Santa" by Sierra Donovan

My Thoughts.....

What a sweet contemporary romantic holiday read! For Mandy Reese or as the town calls her 'Mandy Claus' believes in Santa Claus. Now how did this come about? What had happened to Mandy when she was eight years old? What will happen when Mandy meets Jake who is quite the opposite of her? Will her belief
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
Mandy Reese saw Santa Claus when she was 8, and has been defending herself about it ever since. That's okay, she knows what she saw, and she even works at a Christmas store because she loves Christmas so much, and loves sharing that magic with children.

When Jake Wyndham comes to town, and shows an interest in Mandy, she takes the opportunity to just be Mandy for a change, not the grown woman who still believes in Santa Claus. I loved the relationship between Jake and Mandy and could understand
Bev Fasig
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just finished DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA last night. This book is a wonderful trip into the spirit of Christmas, set in Tall Pine, small town U S A. Sierra has painted a beautiful picture of this small town while telling the story of Mandy and Jake's journey to love. As you travel the pages of Tall pine, glancing into the shops and restaurants with Mandy and Jake, you will be transported to a place where neighbors are connected, life is simple and everyone cares. As you leave the pages of this bo ...more
Deanna Stevens
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-list
What a fun story. Mandy saw Santa and nothing can change what she believes. Working at a year round Christmas store, she gets to share her experience often. Until, a handsome fellow walks in and the she wants a chance to get to know him without her "Christmas Lady" story swaying his opinion of her! I really liked this sweet romance and the fun story of seeing Santa. This would make a fun family Christmas movie.. I was gifted a copy by the author through NetGalley and I would recommend it as a wo ...more
Sonya Miller
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Christmas is a magical time....and for some more magical than others. Mandy had a special gift given to her of seeing Santa when she was young. This is the story of how that night influenced her life. Her new relationship with Jake is exciting but also underlined with a fear of what will he think of her and her belief in Santa. A wonderful Christmas read that keeps brings out the kid in all of us.
Lori Shafer
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christmas books, Contemporary romance readers
It is 98 degrees outside and I am reading a Christmas story. But I believe in Mandy Claus. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Mandy, the heroine of the tale, is a true believer in Santa Clause and Christmas. As the story unfolds, you can almost smell the snow in the air and see snowflakes falling. Do You Believe in Santa is a charming Christmas romance full of good tidings and great cheer.
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Adorable Christmas tale sucked me right in, from the first snow to the big finish.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Christmas stories and this one is one of my favorites I believe. Very well done and so cute! I really would like to see this one in a Hallmark movie!

Mandy loves all things Christmas, sort of like me!! When she was little, she saw the real Santa Clause and loves to retell the story to who ever will listen. Since then, Mandy has been in love with Christmas. Mandy works in the local Christmas store in Tall Pines.

Mandy is pretty much on her own now that her mother passed away. Wit
Claire Mc Partlin
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xmas-read
I really loved this book, it had such a Christmas feeling, even though it started in the summer, but since it was set around a Christmas shop in a mountain town it just felt like Christmas throughout the whole book.

Mandy works in the Christmas shop and is well known for having seen Santa Claus in her living room when she was eight. She has such a lovely personality, really believing in the fact that she saw Santa throughout her whole life, even when others around her made fun of her, and it has
I’m relieved to be done with Do You Believe in Santa?, by Sierra Donovan. It wasn’t a bad book. For all intents and purposes, it was fine. The writing was decent, the characters adequately fleshed out, a little bit of push and pull between Mandy—the woman who believes in Santa Claus after he appeared to her when she was a child—and Jake, a logical hotel scout. Unfortunately, the whole thing just felt kind of flat to me. Donovan wove a lot of charm and magic into the pages, almost too much if I’m ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
Rating- 4 really good
Heat 1- no scenes
Tropes- guy from big city comes to small town, small town that loves Christmas,

Let’s be honest. This is a Hallmark movie waiting to happen. We’ve got the small town in the mountains. We’ve got a hero from the big city who buys heads with the town because he wants to bring change. We’ve even got an adult who believes in Santa Claus. If you want to read a Hallmark movie to celebrate Christmas, this is your book.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
Let’s be honest. This is a Hallmark movie waiting to happen.
Small town in the mountains? ✔️
Hero from the big city?✔️
Hero butts heads with the town because he wants to bring change? ✔️
We’ve even got an adult who believes in Santa Claus. If you want to read a Hallmark movie to celebrate Christmas, this is your book.
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