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A Gift for Santa

(Northern Lights #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  26 reviews
It's the season for giving…and starting over?

A reindeer farm without Santa wouldn't be Christmas in Marissa Gray's Alaskan hometown. Luckily Chris Allen's there to pinch-hit, although for Marissa, seeing her ex-fiancé again brings back memories of what might have been.

Ten years after their breakup, the feelings between the wildlife biologist and blue-eyed fisherman are s
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
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Beth Carpenter The next one is Ursula's story, which is tentatively set for next July. As you know, Ursula is older than most romance heroines, so it will be interes…moreThe next one is Ursula's story, which is tentatively set for next July. As you know, Ursula is older than most romance heroines, so it will be interesting to see how readers like it. Thanks for asking, Nellie. (less)

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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I loved the Alaskan setting in this book, especially at a reindeer farm! The author wrote with authority of the various aspects of Alaskan life and I loved the details that opened my eyes to the realities of living in snow... or without it when it's needed. Chris owns a snow plow business and with a snowless forecast he was struggling with making ends meet. It was great to read the story of Dana's brother and she and Sam from the first book in the series were incorporated into this story seamles ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
A Gift for Santa has all the elements that make a terrific & cozy Christmas story! Reindeer farm. Adorable little boy. Family. Romance. Small town. Snow. And, of course, Santa.

Marissa is in a unique situation, thanks to her ex-boyfriend/ex-boss who stole the money from their foundation and escaped to who knows where. While she tries to figure out how to clear her own name, she heads home to her aunt & uncle’s reindeer farm … to find that things are in worse shape there than she imagined. The guy
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aawww, what a great story! I was given this book for free, for an honest review. I loved it! I love the characters, I love the storylines, and the editing was spot-on. The characters were so sweet. I would love to read more about them. I would love to read more from this author. I appreciate that she stays clean. I would love to have my teens read this. And I couldn't get enough from this story. I read until my eyes got tired. I thought the storyline flowed perfectly, and has such a sweet romant ...more
Helen Graul
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a magnificently delightful story of Marissa and Chris and their ups and downs this is!! Once I got started, I read it non-stop to the end. I was too involved to stop! Beth Carpenter's characters are so real that you feel as though you are part of the family. Beth's descriptions of life in Alaska are vivid and make you feel that you are there and a part of it all. Her stories are so true to life and make me feel so happy when I read any of her stories. I always find myself smiling and someti ...more
Books and Spoons
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
And now I want to move to Alaska! What a beautiful scenery and charming lifestyle the author paints to the reader's mind.
This story pulled me in and it was another late night (or an early morning) for me as I didn't even realize how time flew as I was visiting Alaska and enjoying each moment of it.
Marissa Gray and Chris Allen have an old history that left both of their hearts wounded. Now facing each other again, after ten years, they soon find out that those old feelings never really died, bu
Tina Wyatt
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Marissa Gray is back home in Alaska to help her aunt Beck and uncle Oliver with their reindeer farm and business. Marissa's uncle's health has been declining and he could really use the help. her uncle Oliver also has a job as being Santa every year. Marissa and her aunt Becky will have to recruit Marissa's ex fiancé Chris Allen to take over as Santa. Marissa is also running from a scandal involving her boyfriend and a foundation. Jason (her ex) swindled thousands of dollars out of people in a P ...more
Ashley P
I am a sucker for a holiday romance. Seriously. I am also a sucker for a good Harlequin romance. I don't know why, but ever since I was a kid and would sneak them away from my mum's collection I've been in love with that damn diamond symbol.

This book is lovely. It's got scandal, past love, classic love that lasts a life time, loving families and cute little kids. 

It's got Santa in it. 

That is all I needed to know, to know that I needed to get my hands on a copy of it. It's a good book to read by
Lynn Brooks
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An endearing Christmas romance! With the second book in her Northern Lights series, Beth Carpenter delights us again with a touching story showcasing a second chance reunion as well as the loving qualities of a close-knit family. The characters are rich with strife and turmoil and are super easy to connect with. We watch love re-develop between these lost loves and hope they can believe long enough this Christmas season for magic to happen!

Wildlife biologist Marissa Gray hasn't been home Alaska
Sadie Forsythe
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm going to start out by saying this book is fine and it stands alone. I'd not read book one before reading this one and had no problems. The writing is readable and the editing seems fine too.

However, this is the third book I've read in a week in which the plot line was about a woman leaving home to pursue a career, then returning home to fall in love with a man from her past, and compromising her career to be a wife and mother. THE THIRD TIME IN A WEEK and I'm not trying to seek out similar
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
First Dana found love and now it is her brother Chris's turn and we not only get to learn what happened to him during those 19 years away from his family but also get to meet Marissa and her sweet Aunt Becky and Uncle Oliver. Chris and Marissa broke up last time as they didn't talk to each other and oh boy it starts to look like life is repeating itself again although him playing Santa allows for plenty of laughs! It takes Uncle Oliver's health for both Chris and Marissa to start working through ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three Men, Three Strikes

-‘She’d emerged from her relationship with Chris wiser and determined to get it right the next time.’-

She just wasn’t good at picking men and she’d realized long ago that it was better to just be alone...

Sometimes people can surprise you. They can change. For the better. What happened to the man who never wanted kids? -Who chose a future without children instead of a future with her? Marissa is having a hard time accepting this new and improved version of Chris. How can
Janice Sisemore
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
. A gift for Santa

Marissa uncle is not able to play Santa this year so her aunt Becky suggest Chris so it but Marissa is not so sure since they were once engaged. I really enjoyed this book, loved how Chris did such a good job playing Santa. Chris meets Ryan who is in foster care, they become friends. This is a 2nd in the series so I really enjoyed seeing some characters from the first book. I found myself getting attached to the characters and they seem so real. So enjoyable with the reindeer
Jessica Figueroa
If you are looking for a cutesy holiday read then this book is for you. I enjoy a good second chance at love types of books and are heartwarming and this book was perfect for it. I loved that there was a bit of drama wondering whats in store for Marissa and her family and how she was dealing with things after her ex. I loved seeing Chris and how he was with children and just seeing his perspective and why things happened in the past the way it did. This was such a cutey holiday book and I'm sure ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

This book was a light, feel-good Christmas romance that was really cute with likable characters and an interesting setting (A reindeer farm). I really enjoyed reading it even though some parts were slightly predictable. It hit the mark for a Holiday romance and got me in the mood for Christmas time. (I read it the weekend after Thanksgiving between black Friday shopping.)
Oct 31, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book was the perfect book for me to read during this Christmas season . I loved , loved , loved it . I love everything about Christmas .. and this story had the reindeer farm , the man and woman, the little boy , and of course the snow at just the right time . It had it's ups and downs , which made you to keep on reading way into the night . An excellent read that I enjoyed so much . Thank you for this book that I won on GoodReads .
Jess Lawson
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing read by Beth Carpenter! A Gift for Santa is the Second book in the Nothern Lights series. This book is set on a reindeer farm in Alaska. That alone is enough to make you want to fall in love with the book. The love and history in this book is complicated but is absolutely outstanding. If you want a book that you absolutely can not put down. This book is for you! I absolutely adored Merissa and Chris! You will not be sorry for picking this book up.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Marissa has returned to her family's reindeer farm in Alaska to lick her wounds after her boss and boyfriend has disappeared with all the company's money. She is perceived by the public to be an accomplice and feels terrible since her family has invested all their money in the company and are all facing financial ruin. With Christmas fast approaching and no snow on the ground the farm's most productive season is going down the drain even with neighbor Chris helping out by playing Santa. A nice l ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
great book. Very emotional. Loved all of the Christmas parties with the reindeer and the wedding with the cart. Loved all of the family feelings. Ryan was so sweet and special. Loved the story!!
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the story, if you like mystery and second chance romance you will love the book
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chris's story was a wonderful surprise. Loved reading about his and Marissa Gray's reunion and their road to an HEA. Great holiday reading.
This book was sweet and kept my attention the whole way through. Read it in 1 day.
Kate Vale
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Part of the Northern Lights series. Marissa Gray retreats to her aunt and uncle's reindeer farm in Alaska after her job as a wildlife biologist is eliminated with the closing of the research facility in which she had been working. Why did it close? Because the person running it was implicated in a Ponzi scheme that drained it of its monies, along with all the contributions made by donors, including Marissa's aunt and uncle, something she doesn't learn about until she's also confronted by her unc ...more
Darlene Fredette
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. This story not only takes place in the beautiful setting of Alaska, but even better on a reindeer farm. The author’s story-telling places you in the pages with a real visual picture that you’ll want to pat the reindeer. It was fun getting to know more about Chris, who was introduced in the first book in the Northern Lights Series. He took the lead in this story. His character is kind and forgiving, and he played the role of Santa with ease. When he connects with a foster child, the em ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
About the book; It's the season for giving…and starting over?

A reindeer farm without Santa wouldn't be Christmas in Marissa Gray's Alaskan hometown. Luckily Chris Allen's there to pinch-hit, although for Marissa, seeing her ex-fiancé again brings back memories of what might have been.

Ten years after their breakup, the feelings between the wildlife biologist and blue-eyed fisherman are stronger than ever. Only now there's a foster kid in the mix, as well as the shocking crime that cost Marissa he
Yvonne Cruz
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a story perfect for the Christmas holiday. A time of rebirth , renewal, hope and the wonderful of love and acceptance.
Marissa Gray and Chris Allen were sweethearts ten years ago. Until the day Marissa left to fulfill her planned future, leaving Chris behind.
But life has thrown her some obstacles and Marissa is back home.
While we get involved with these two interacting, we are also experiencing her uncle’s illness and get to meet a little boy currently in the foster system. A boy that tou
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