Hope At Christmas by Nancy Naigle | Audiobook Review

What Did I Think Of Hope At Christmas by Nancy Naigle?

I really genuinely enjoyed Hope At Christmas by Nancy Naigle. It’s my second holiday themed book by Naigle and the experience of this book was plenty satisfying. This story hits some really great notes for me, which I guess lead to some outsized expectations for the Hallmark movie adaptation. Which y’all, was serendipity because it was on tv the same weekend that I was reading this book.

So, Hope At Christmas follows Sydney Ragsdale, a divorcee who is moving to the town of Hopewell to stay in an inherited farmhouse with her daughter Ray Anne. Sydney is on a budget so she gets a part time job at the Book Bea. A store which is so special to her as she used to visit it as a child. Bea is the current owner of The Book Bea and a wonderful character in her own right. So, Sydney is dealing with the impact of her divorce on her daughter Ray Anne and coming to terms with being alone for Christmas. She ends up making friends in her new town, joining in traditions and meeting/being attracted to Mac, a local teacher with a son, Seth who is just a bit older than Ray Anne. Mac has a side job over the holidays that he’s keeping secret.

This book is so sweet. I liked that it was a listen that did not ask a ton out of me. This was the easiest book to just do house work and relax to. Most of the characters were pleasant. I never had to feel awkward while listening because there’s no adult times (I can no longer listen to that in the car while driving as my passenger has little ears). The town of Hopewell is so charming and there’s one tradition that’s superb.

As for the movie, I am not sure why it’s called Hope At Christmas when the only things that are the same are Sydney, Ray Anne, the Book Bea, and Mac. There’s no Seth in the movie. A certain dramatic scene is missing. I hate to be cliche but the book was much better than the movie. There was just so much missing from the movie. I did feel let down, having read the book so close to watching the movie.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Nancy Naigle’s Hope At Christmas is narrated by Kristin Kalbli and is 9 hours long. I listened to it sped up via Hoopla. It’s actually really easy to follow. It’s enjoyable. Kalbi has a good narration style – she’s not over the top, but you can tell the characters apart. She has great pacing too. I think this is an audiobook worth checking out to get into the spirit of the holiday.

On A Scale Of One To Buddy The Elf – How Much Christmas Spirit Does Hope At Christmas Have?

This book is brimming with spirit – from making a Christmas display at the Book Bea to a progressive caroling event to the wonderful ending. I really think this is a book that you should read when you are feeling down and need something to make you feel happy.


I really genuinely enjoyed Hope At Christmas by Nancy Naigle. It's my second holiday themed book by Naigle and the experience of this book was plenty satisfying.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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