These two had this special connection that not even ten years apart could stop it. Even if their past relations hip was just a mere blip. Add in the sexy struggling dad and the cutest seven year old and you have yourself a made for TV movie. Heidi writes romances to capture your heart and pull on the heart strings. She made me laugh and even tear a little. She weaved a beautiful story to keep me turning the pages to keep the Christmas magic alive. Dec 11, Sharon rated it it was amazing.
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What a great Christmas story! Delaney DeLuca is a Hollywood starlet! She left her old town in Vermont behind and moved on to bigger and better things, or so she thought! Aiden Fisher Fish is a single dad trying to make ends meet living paycheck to paycheck trying to be the best dad he can for his daughter Holly! When he pulls over Delaney as she drives into town, he's suddenly labeled the bad guy! After all it's been 10 year since Delaney has been back to town.
When they meet up again after year What a great Christmas story! When they meet up again after years of being apart, yes they dated briefly back in high school, sparks fly! Can her wish to Santa come true? I'm giving this 5 stars, it's the perfect story for the Christmas season! Grab this one on release day!!!! Dec 15, Sarah rated it it was amazing. Heidi has blown it out of the ballpark with this Christmas story. She made this second chance story into magic and I loved every second of it.
I would love to see this made into a Hallmark Christmas movie!!!! Amazing job and I'd love to see what happens in this couples future!
Coming back home for Christmas wasn't in the plans for Delaney until the unexpected happened and she finds herself returning home where she gets pulled over by her cop ex boyfriend Aiden. I loved these characters and I think you will too I could picture it all down to the snowy winter wonderland! Nov 23, Audrey rated it it was amazing. This second chance romance mixed with the holidays will give you all the sweet cozy feels! This was such a cute fun read with just enough bumps and drama to make the payoff even sweeter. You'll yearn to be part of a small town with big holiday traditions, even with all the meddling and gossiping, because there's nothing more magical than falling in love during the holidays when the spirit of the season is in full force.
Aiden and Laney make one cute couple and Aiden's daughter Holly is one cute This second chance romance mixed with the holidays will give you all the sweet cozy feels! Aiden and Laney make one cute couple and Aiden's daughter Holly is one cute scene stealer! I just loved everything about this story. If you need something to put you in or keep you in the holiday mood, this will surely do it!
Dec 14, Jackie rated it it was amazing. Perfect sweet story for the holiday. Delaney and Aiden dated briefly as teenagers. I loved Holly and how she is with her father. I loved her with Delaney and how their relationship develops. I loved all the festivities and how they decorated for Christmas.
I loved how Aiden and Delaney were together.
This is clean, sweet, cheerful Chr Perfect sweet story for the holiday. This is clean, sweet, cheerful Christmas book. I highly recommend it. Dec 12, Kelly rated it it was amazing. A great Holiday feel good romance book. Delaney is a well known actress who recently had her heart broken unexpectedly. What better way to mend a broken heart than to head home for the Christmas Holiday. Everything changes when she comes face to face with Aiden Fisher. Aiden is a single father living paycheck to paycheck to provide for his daughter.
What happens when these two characters are reunited after years ap A great Holiday feel good romance book. What happens when these two characters are reunited after years apart? Find out when you read Santa's Secret, I guarantee you will enjoy this book. I had a hard time putting this book down. Heidi McLaughlin has done it again in Santa's Secret. Dec 12, Dawn Rivera rated it it was amazing.
This second chance romance was a Christmas treat! Hollywood sweetheart Holly goes home after being dumped right before the holidays, and with luck runs into her ex and brothers best friend, recently widowed - single father Aiden. In their small town rumors run and confusion sets in, setbacks happen Will these two be able to actually connect? Add in Aiden's awesome daughter Holly I LOVE HER, and a handful of family and friends that feel the need to try to dictate the love lives of these two and this story just gave it all I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!
Dec 18, Yve rated it it was amazing. Heidi McLaughlin delivers a sweet, second chance holiday romance just in time to get you in the holiday spirit. Dumped by her B-list, cheating boyfriend, Hollywood's sweetheart, Delaney Du Luca returns home to Vermont for the first time in ten years. Sparks reignite when she reconnects with Aiden Fisher, her high school boyfriend and brother's best friend.
While they're obviously attracted to one another, they both struggle with their feelings and Delaney's unconventional work Great Holiday Read! While they're obviously attracted to one another, they both struggle with their feelings and Delaney's unconventional work schedule and the luxury it affords her doesn't help matters either. Dec 15, Jamie Rhodes rated it liked it.
This was just an okay read for me. I wanted more scenes with Delaney and Aiden. Most of the scenes were of them with other people. I understand the storyline and thought it was a solid one. This was sort of a second chance, but it didn't feel much that way to me for some reason. I cringe at writing the review because I usually love this author's work. Of course others will love it, and I do want you to give it a chance. Dual point of view. No real cliffhanger, but I didn't get all I wanted for t This was just an okay read for me.
No real cliffhanger, but I didn't get all I wanted for the ending. Dec 13, Veronica LaRoche rated it it was amazing. This book will give you all the feels. This heart melting story will definitely pull on your heartstrings and have you believing in second chances. I loved the friendship that they had, and both wanting more but something or someone always got in the way. I love, love Aiden, it will tug at your heart the struggles he has too deal with and will do anything to provide for his daughter.
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Dec 01, Keri rated it really liked it. Fun Christmas time read. While I enjoyed reading this one there really wasn't anything special about it. Very typical plot with main character going back home and falling for one of her old high school boyfriends again. I think it actually would have been a little more interesting had they not dated before. It would have been cool for her to come home and find this amazing guy she overlooked in high school.
I think there was also a missed opportunity with the guy that Laney meets at the bar. It Fun Christmas time read. It could have gone a lot better and made the story more interesting. Overall fun holiday read! I cannot put into words really how much I loved this book. I fell into this book. I began and started within a few hours, could not put it down. Delaney's life is turned upside down in her LA world.
She is a big star that has fulfilled her dreams. Aiden is a single father trying to do best by his little girl. Delaney and Aiden just fall into each other. They easiness of their friendship is really fun to watch develop. There are a few confusing moments but once Aiden gets his head on straight it I cannot put into words really how much I loved this book. There are a few confusing moments but once Aiden gets his head on straight it is all better and works out for the best. Jan 02, Mary Keiser rated it really liked it. I'm slightly disappointed by the ending, it felt rushed and honestly Aiden and Delaney deserved a couple more chapters to give the readers a bit more once they cemented the relationship.
Otherwise, I really enjoyed this story, I especially liked how the story didn't revolve around Laney's star status but gave us the opportunity to see her true self. Dec 24, Amber Boyd rated it it was amazing. What a totally sweet second chance romance! Loved Delaney and Aiden from the start. The small town single dad reconnecting with his one time love, who is returning from the bright lights of Hollywood. I could so see it playing out as I was reading. Dec 12, Amy rated it it was amazing.
What a great cozy Christmas read! Grab your kindle, hot chocolate and comfy blanket and settle in for this beautiful story! Dec 23, Dianne rated it really liked it. The story would have been much better had there been an Epilogue giving readers a look at their future together. It will warm your heart. This is a second chance story between the town sweetheart-now Hollywood Star Delaney and single dad Aiden. Delaney heads back to her hometown after being dumped by her boyfriend. The snow, the lights, this story has the feel of a lovely Christmas movie!
Dec 18, Kimberly Givan rated it liked it.
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Was ok The biggest complaint, I didn't feel a romantic connection between Laney and Aiden. Laney had a better connection with Holly, and I wonder if her attachment to them was more because off that than Aiden. Aiden was a weak character. He let everyone run his life, and his lack of speaking his mind was disappointing. The ending was more of a hint to a HFN, an epilogue of the distant future would have been appreciated. Dec 21, Francine rated it it was amazing.
What a beautifully written Christmas story. Dec 14, Jamie Guellar rated it it was amazing. Loved this second chance romance, and add in the holiday feel makes it that much better. Get the latest in kids' media, tech, and news right to your inbox Each week we send a customized newsletter to our parent and teen subscribers. Parents can customize their settings to receive recommendations and parent tips based on their kids' ages. Teens receive a version just for them with the latest reviews and top picks for movies, video games, apps, music, books, and more. I'm not in the U. Explaining the News to Our Kids.
Search by Age and Topic By age Preschoolers By topic Early Childhood. Celebrity Influence on Kids. Character Strengths and Life Skills. Digital Media and School. Media and Body Image. News and Media Literacy. Privacy and Internet Safety. Sex in the Media. Violence in the Media. What not to watch or read if you want to keep the Santa story alive. MOVIES Even movies that wholeheartedly embrace the existence of Santa can get kids thinking and asking questions if some characters are doubters.
This short, which is included in the compilation Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas , is all about Goofy trying to convince his skeptical son, Max, that Santa is real A young girl's belief in Santa is ridiculed in this animated tale. But it's ultimately sweet and heartwarming, if kids aren't distracted by Virginia's doubts. The movie begins with Santa taking a fatal fall Santa dies! It's a clever, fun idea, but many characters talk about Santa not being real.
The little girl at the heart of the story, Susan Natalie Wood , at first doesn't believe in Santa -- which could lead to questions from kids -- but ultimately she's proven wrong and becomes a stout believer in St. Though in the end this a beautiful affirmation of the true meaning of the holiday, some kids may wonder why the main character, a little boy, is doubting Santa's existence on Christmas Eve.
No one has more Christmas spirit than Will Ferrell's Buddy the Elf, but that doesn't mean that other characters don't shake their head and roll their eyes at the notion of Santa. And kids talk about the possibility of parents being the ones behind the presents.
This Santa isn't your typical jolly old elf. He's tough, he's tattooed, and he wields swords like a pro. Guardians is a gorgeous adventure, but its departure from tradition could get kids wondering. The storyline centers on an aging Santa who's not dressed in the traditional red, so as to blend in seeking out his replacement for the job, so it could raise questions about the St.
Phoebe Cates' character gives a memorable speech about how she found out that Santa wasn't real. This cute picture book imagines Santa's beginnings as a cheery little boy whose family is sick of the snowy North Pole and decides to move to Florida. It's creative, but it completely abandons the saintly, magical St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King: This illustrated chapter book which is the first book in the series that inspired Rise of the Guardians , mentioned above invents a heroic origin story for Santa Claus that's totally nontraditional.
A young man named Nicholas St. North is a thief and a scoundrel who becomes a hero when the town of Santoff Claussen is threatened by the Nightmare King. In Chapter 10 of this third installment of the smart, funny Fudge series, older brother Peter tells his mom, "I don't think it's a good idea" to let little brother Fudge "go on believing in Santa. A dad tells his questioning son the origin of the real St. Nicholas and the tradition of giving Christmas presents inspired by him. Early in this story about a girl whose mom is abducted by invaded aliens which inspired the movie Home , the narrator, Gratuity Tucci, makes a reference to her mom filling Gratuity's Christmas stocking, which could burst any Santa bubbles tweens are holding on to.
Kids' Holiday Movie Guide Best Holiday TV Specials of Best Holiday Movies for Kids. Best Holiday TV Specials. Add comment Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts. Add Santa Claws to the list. When the mother goes on a rant about how Christmas is a marketing gimmick orchestrated by the stores and wouldn't allow her son to have a Christmas tree in his room, I just told my son that I didn't like the way the mom was acting and that we would have to watch something else. I never really believed, however if your kids really do believe, don't ruin it for them, if they have doubt, tell the truth.
I agree with a lot of this article! I'm not sure however, if characters merly having a doubt about Santa being real would raise red flags, especially if the character begins believing by the end of the story. I suppose it depends on the kid though I found out Santa wasn't real because I was and still am, haha a ninja when it comes to finding out what my presents were. At the age of 9 or 10 I would sneak into my moms wallet when she wasn't around and find receipts from where she had bought some Christmas presents.
When I saw some of the same things under the tree with a 'from Santa' tag, I put the pieces together. It didn't traumatize me or shock me. I don't know why some parents act like their children will be emotionally scarred for life when they find out Santa isn't real. To be honest, I wasn't even disappointed, really. I know that not every kid will have this reaction, and some of them probably would be disappointed, but it won't scar them for life.
Santa is a huge lever to use on kids' behavior as Christmas approaches. We have one fewer discipline trick when they stop believing. What is wrong with you people? The movies on that list sans Gremlins are all great stories about Santa. There is nothing wrong with believing in Santa Claus. It gives so many opportunities for great memories with your kids and teaching them great values of giving and being selfless. You people and your strict bubble parenting kill me sometimes. A good idea is to never tell your kids about Santa and never have them think he is real.
Though tell them a little about him and make them not tell kids at school he is fake. You mean a good idea for for you. This article is like religion.
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If kids question the existence of Santa, we tell them that he's real and whoever says otherwise is naughty. Also, anything that deviates from the traditional image of Santa must not be accessible to our kids. If kids question the existence of God, we tell them that he's real and whoever says otherwise is lost.
Also, anything that deviates from the traditional image of God must be banned from the public. Santa is an outdated tradition and so is God. It's about avoiding movies that make kids question the existence of Santa, not telling parents kids should not think you them self. I would add Petes Christmas to this list. It's cute but Santa "forgets" Pete and they make a big deal out of his parents scrambling for an explantation.
This repeats as he has to repeat his day. We watched it tonight and am really hoping our 5 and 7 year olds dony start asking questions. I like Amalthea's comment. My husband and I felt the same way about having to eventually tell our kids about Santa. So, we never told them he is real and we remind our kids not to spoil it for others.
I think they have leaked it out a couple of times. I like the concept of Santa, just not the dance we have to do to keep the story going. I want my kids to trust me when I teach them about Jesus, and this seems to contradict that trust. Some kids take it very hard when the find out the truth, I would rather not do that to them.
Please add "Ernest Saves Christmas" and "Miracle on 34th Street" to the list for having characters who doubt. And all other movies for people who have opinions. This was an excellent guide! Good call on including Superfudge; I was a big fan of Judy Blume's "Fudge" series growing up, and I literally read Superfudge a month or two after I discovered "the truth" let's call it. If I had chosen to read that book any sooner When my daughter was 6 and she lost her first tooth, the next morning she asked me if the tooth fairy was real.
I said, "What do you think? My husband and I agreed that we would not lie to her about these things.