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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  766 ratings  ·  155 reviews
A heartwarming Christmas story about family, friendship and finding love in unexpected places.

Joy Holbrook might be all work and no play, but that changes when her Aunt Ruby takes a fall that lands her in a rehabilitation center before the holidays. Joy takes a leave of absence from her job as a market researcher to run the family farm, even though the timing may hinder he
Paperback, 339 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Christmas Joy by Nancy Naigle is a 2016 St. Martin’s Griffin publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This adorable contemporary holiday story by Nancy Naigle is warm, witty, and charming.

Joy works in marketing in Washington, D.C., but when she gets a call explaining that her Aunt Ruby has taken a nasty fall and is headed to the emergency room, she drops everything, even endangering a coveted promotion, to take care of Ruby
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Heartwarming romance involving a big-city career girl who took pride in her consuming focus on her career, independence, and single status, but what she is really doing is shielding herself from any possible risk of hurt. She meets a country boy and finds she starts to question everything she thought she wanted or believed about herself. Good Christmas story with a happy ending.
I received this book in a giveaway.
Lady Heather

2.5 stars


not really my cuppa :-(

"A copy of this book has been provided by the publisher St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review "
Bette Hansen
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for small town romances and Nancy Naigle writes some of the best around. Christmas Joy is no exception! Hilarious quirky characters make this a fun and memorable read. You would think someone named Joy would be full of holiday cheer. That's not the case for Joy Holbrook. She's all work, all the time. This year though she finds herself back in Crystal Falls helping out her aunt Ruby after Ruby takes a fall and ends up in a rehab center. She's worried about her job and the promotion s ...more
Meh. I've enjoyed Nancy Naigle's books in the past and perhaps I'm just feeling a bit bah-humbug this season, but I'm growing really (!) tired of the successful, powerful woman realizing she is so wrong to live in the city vs some unrealistic small town trope. Of course, she also has to fall in love with the small town man who loves her in spite of her "citified" ways. Give me a break! ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Christmas Joy by Nancy Naigle is filled with small town charm, family and will get you in the holiday spirit.
Joy drops everything to go home to Crystal Falls when her Aunt Ruby falls and breaks her leg. What Joy is not expecting is being responsible for a young girl, having to get the house decorated for the Christmas Cookie Tour and feeding all of Ruby's farm animals.
While in Crystal Falls she meets Ben and they don't exactly get off on a good start.
I loved the story, romance, humor and holiday
Sandy Bartles
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Nancy Naigle for writing such a wonderful Christmas novel that put so much "joy" into my heart and smiles into my day. I know I can always count on you for the perfect book at the perfect time! I love books that have children, animals and my favorite holiday, all at the same time. There is so much happiness in this book, along with happy tears. I can't wait to read more of your books! ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Joy works in marketing in Washington, D.C.. She is on her way up the corporate ladder, but does not have much of a life outside of work. When she gets a call telling her that her Aunt Ruby has fallen and broken her leg, she drops everything, and heads off to Crystal Falls. She assumes that she will take the weekend, get Aunt Ruby settled and be back to work by Tuesday. Unfortunately, nothing goes according to plan. Aunt Ruby's broken leg required pins to put it back together again and she needs ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book, I have only one question: Why has it taken me this long to read this author?! OMG! This will be one of those stories that I'll have to reread every Christmas season. It was not just fun but so cute and warm and made me feel all sorts of fuzzy. Seriously!

I adored the hero and the heroine was someone many of us could really relate to. And the plot was great as well. I'm a sucker for romances with kids in it and this one has this cute kid, Molly and my heart was just filled
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The must read for the Christmas season. Small town romance at it's best. Joy has everything in her life, at least she thinks she does, in the up and coming corporate world until her aunt falls and needs her help back home. Joy returns home to Crystal Falls and helps with the Christmas preparation , when she meets Ben. Ben is very contented in the small town of Crystal Falls with it's quirkiness. Is it fate or destiny that brought Joy and Ben together. Add in the little girl, Molly and this make ...more
Isha Coleman
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nancy Naigle is not an author I read on a regular basis. So when I get the chance to do so, I consider it a treat. With lives moving at a fast pace, it's always nice to find that moment to unwind. For me reading is my relaxation. Reminiscent of a simpler time, the citizens of Crystal Falls welcomed me with open arms and shared abundantly the fruits of their knowledge. Small town stories are a weakness for me because I feel like a part of the family. Love is the driving force behind every smile a ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Naigle is an expert when it comes to making me feel right at home in one of her novels. Add in some Christmas spirit, and I was in heaven. For me, Christmas Joy was like the extra warm fuzzy blankets that I bring out and curl up under when it gets cold outside. It was comforting and cozy. I loved getting lost in Ben and Joy's story and the beautiful town of Crystal Falls. I laughed with them, cried with them, and was moved by all the heart-melting moments. I can't even begin to tell you ho ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I'm happy to say that this is a perfect right-before-Christmas book to read! I'm only just now to writing a review because I ended up wanting a perfect Christmas!

"Christmas Joy" is a beautiful story. Each piece perfectly fits together. Joy is an interesting character, initially very self involved in her lifestyle. Enter Aunt Ruby who raised Joy. Aunt Ruby is injured and Joy comes home to take care of her. Of course, all this happens at Christmas and right before the Christmas festival. How Joy h
Paula Bothwell
Christmas Joy: A Novel - PG
Violence: none
Language: fewer than 10
Sex: no sex, a couple of kisses

The last six percent is an ad for a new book. This book is well-written and well-edited. I found the book to be slow and building (which I like) and I felt like I got a good grip on the the characters, including the secondary characters. I liked that there wasn't a lot of "recap" about feelings, which I really appreciated. I loved the Christmas angle and the details about that. This is the perfect book
Cyndi Becker
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Christmas Joy is a sweet and hopeful story about a young woman coming to terms with some hard truths and finding happiness that she's long denied herself. This is the first book by Nancy Naigle that I've read and it's done something quite remarkable by putting me into the Christmas spirit in the middle of October. Maybe it's all the talk about cookies? Naw, it's so much more than that. It's a great story about fellowship and shows that charity comes in all forms.

Joy is a young woman focused on h
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Liza's Review:

When I pick up a book by Nancy Naigle, I know I'm going to get a story filled with emotions. Christmas Joy totally delivered the emotion filled story I was in the mood for when I picked it up.

Joy Holbrook is a super strong and independent woman. She rarely depends on others and is a total workaholic. She has very few real friends, with the exception of her co-worker Renee, and only her Aunt Ruby as family. However, when push comes to shove and her Aunt Ruby needs her help, Joy take
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Joy Holbrook's entire life is centred around her career as a Market Research Executive, and with a promotion up for grabs, she is determined to get that corner office. But when her Aunt Ruby injures herself, Joy returns to the small town of Crystal Falls to check on her. After all, Aunt Ruby was there for her when her mother died and is the only family she has left. It doesn't take long for Joy to realise that this is not a straightforward injury, and when Ruby asks Joy to help with her farm and ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
I was a goodreads giveaway winner of the book "Christmas Joy" by Nancy Naigle. So nice to get to read this sweet romance story just in time for the holidays. Joy Holbrook is working hard at her job, she is trying to get that promotion. She gets a call from her aunt Ruby she has fallen and broke her ankle. Joy had spent the last few years of her childhood living with her aunt Ruby on her farm. She goes back to the small town of Crystal Falls to help her Aunt Ruby tend to the farm. When she gets t ...more
Ann Green
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Christmas Joy” by Nancy Naigle is a fresh take on Christmas romance. When Joy Holbrook lost her mother twelve years ago, she also lost interest in the traditional Christmas preparations. Like many, she identifies herself with her work and not much else. When Joy’s Aunt Ruby falls and has to go to a rehabilitation center, Joy takes a leave of absence from her job to run the family farm knowing this may cost her a well-deserved promotion. But true to her nature, Joy is determined to be there for ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Look, I have read a LOT of really stupid garbage books, and this was no exception. Mindless, seasonal garbage. But also super enjoyable! Who doesn't want to read a mindless book about decorating for the big Christmas decoration contest in a small town? While also decorating your own house? Monsters, that's who. So anyway: pretty mindless and enjoyable, thinkpieces about wreaths, until the very end, when apparently Nancy Naigle's kitchen timer went off and she had to take the cookies out of the o ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Nancy Naigle's romances so I was very excited to read her stand alone Christmas story, Christmas Joy. And what a joy it is! Nancy Naigle has outdone herself with Christmas Joy. It is like stepping into a Hallmark movie.

Big city girl Joy has not been home for years to rural North Carolina but her aunt is injured and Joy rushes home to help. She thought it would be just a quick trip but her aunt needs to go to a rehabilitation hospital and Joy needs to take care of her aunt's menagerie of
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holiday, romance
Christmas Joy was a heartening small town holiday romance that truly expressed the ‘reason for the Season’. Author Nancy Naigle created a group of characters who were charming, down-to-earth, and just quirky enough to lend a bit of fun to an already solid story.

I really had a good time reading this novel. Not only was there an abundance of holiday cheer but there was also a wonderful sense of community and family throughout the story as we learned more about Joy, Ben, Ruby, Molly and the rest of
Cathy Geha
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
If you are looking for a sweet Christmas romance that has a happy ending then this book might be one you will enjoy.

Joy Holbrook has put her job and success ahead of everything so when a phone call comes through saying her aunt has broken her ankle it is a bit surprising she puts everything on hold to go take care of her Aunt Ruby’s farm. She finds herself being swept into the holiday spirit of the town and in charge of more than she thought she expected but meets interesting people and spends
Frances Thomas
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
After a slow start (the h & H don't meet until page 43 for goodness sake), this book started to grow on me. Small town, cute neighbor child, farm animals. What's not to like? The Joy of the title is a woman who is hiding her emotions behind a wall of work. When she's forced to take a leave from her demanding job to be there for her elderly aunt, she begins to thaw. Soon she's baking cookies and decorating for the town's big Christmas event with the help of an accountant who is almost too conside ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 2016-netgalley
Christmas Joy is a sweet book to read at the holidays. Of course, it's a bit predictable, after all, we can't have a sad Christmas book. So you know it will have a happily ever after ending. Which for me, felt like the last few pages were kind of a quick ending.

I did like the Christmas spirit throughout the book. Enjoyed imagining what the decorations in the house and throughout the town looked like! There were a few times when I felt as if we had rerun the cookie baking too much and I lost inte
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet, holiday read. It does provide a nice morsel of the holiday spirit. The location and the people made me want to hang out with them. Joy and Ben were good but not great. Yes, I enjoyed their company. Joy lives up to her name and is a "joy" to be around. Ben is the type of guy that you can bring home to your mom. So whether separately or together, these two were enjoyable company. There just was a barrier that I personally experienced where the characters were concerned. I felt lik ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Christmas Joy by Nancy Naigle is a feel good story about a young woman who overcomes the grief she usually associates with Christmas. Joy, a Washington professional, comes home to North Carolina to help her elderly aunt who had an accident. In preparing her aunt's home for the annual Crystal Christmas Cookie Crawl, Joy rethinks her priorities and opens her heart to love.
Christmas Joy is charming and a nice lead in for the Christmas holidays. Thank you, Ms. Naigle.
I won this book through goodread
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I really enjoyed this book. I love holiday romance novels, and this one fits the bill. Great story with funny characters. It has already put me in a Christmas mood, even though it's not quite Halloween. I couldn't put the story down and would recommend this story to anyone looking for an enjoyable, light Holiday story. I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. ...more
Susan Peterson
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this charming, heartwarming Christmas book! A modern-day reluctant romance between two people who seem ill-suited, but who come together to help create a magical Christmas! There are instant sparks, but lots of friction, which makes for a very interesting story! Filled with quirky characters, this story is a must-have for anyone who loves to read Christmas romances!
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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 provid

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