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#FlashbackFriday – The Santa Suit: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews #Review / #Giveaway @mkayandrews

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

The Santa Suit: A Novel
Holiday Romance Fiction
St. Martin’s Press (September 28, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250279313
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250279316
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08ZLN1DDC
Griffin (October 11, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250858453
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250858450

From Mary Kay Andrews, the New York Times bestselling author of Hello, Summer, comes a novella celebrating the magic of Christmas and second chances in The Santa Suit.

When newly-divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, she is definitely looking for a change in her life. The Four Roses, as the farmhouse is called, is a labor of love—but Ivy didn’t bargain on just how much labor. The previous family left so much furniture and so much junk, that it’s a full-time job sorting through all of it.

At the top of a closet, Ivy finds an old Santa suit—beautifully made and decades old. In the pocket of a suit she finds a note written in a childish hand: it’s from a little girl who has one Christmas wish, and that is for her father to return home from the war. This discovery sets Ivy off on a mission. Who wrote the note? Did the man ever come home? What mysteries did the Rose family hold?

Ivy’s quest brings her into the community, at a time when all she wanted to do was be left alone and nurse her wounds. But the magic of Christmas makes miracles happen, and Ivy just might find more than she ever thought possible: a welcoming town, a family reunited, a mystery solved, and a second chance at love.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Ivy Perkins is fresh off her divorce and has purchased an old farmhouse, The Four Roses, online without seeing it in person. She arrives with her dog Punkin, a couple of chickens, and a carload of her possessions to meet the realtor for the key. She immediately sees she has her work cut out for her with a sagging porch and a driveway full of potholes. When she finally gets the front door open she sees the previous family left most of their furniture behind and the inside needs some repairs and updating too. As she continues to investigate her new home she finds a wondrous old Santa Suit still in perfect condition. Then she finds a mystery in the pocket in the form of a child’s note with a very important wish, that her father comes home safely from the war.

So while she tries to make herself at home in this new place she now needs to solve the mystery. Who was this child? Did their father make it home? And why was this note left in the pocket of the Santa suit?

While on her mission she meets several people and decides maybe that isn’t a bad thing. Christmas can be a magical time and Ivy just may have arrived in town at the perfect time.

I loved this story!

Ivy is a fabulous main character. Still burned from her divorce she was strong enough to make a huge decision. One that could have truly backfired but didn’t. She meets her realtor Ezra Wheeler. A much younger man than she expected. He is friendly and kind and he appears to be sweet on Ivy almost from the start.

The previous owners were prominent in the community and very well-liked. Christmas was their holiday and the townspeople hope Ivy will feel the same way. Finding out her new house used to be called The Christmas House does add a little pressure. I did enjoy the way the town welcomed Ivy and gave her some little pushes she needed. The people were charmingly genuine.

The story has several moving parts for a novella but they all come together in a wonderful way. All the people Ivy meets are delightfully developed. We are able to learn their backstories and get invested in their lives. My only minor complaint is that the romance developed a little too fast for my liking but it sure did work with the Christmas theme.

The Santa Suit is a heartwarming cozy holiday read with captivating characters set in a beautiful little mountain town. The book is easily read all in one sitting and it is sure to give your Christmas Spirit a little spark.

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About the Author

Mary Kay Andrews is The New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House Cookbook and more than twenty novels, including The WeekendersLadies’ NightSpring FeverSummer RentalThe Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Liesand Savannah Blues. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Review: Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

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Summer Rental
St. Martin’s Press (June 7, 2011)
Woman’s Fiction
Hardcover: 416 pages
ISBN-10: 0312642695

Summer Rental

Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction….

Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she’s made over the past decade of her life. Julia—whose caustic wit covers up her wounds–has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can’t hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life.  And Dorie has just been shockingly betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the most in the world…though this is just the tip of the iceberg of her problems and secrets. A month in North Carolina’s Outer Banks is just what they each of them needs.

Ty Bazemore is their landlord, though he’s hanging on to the rambling old beach house by a thin thread. After an inauspicious first meeting with Ellis, the two find themselves disturbingly attracted to one another, even as Ty is about to lose everything he’s ever cared about.

Maryn Shackleford is a stranger, and a woman on the run. Maryn needs just a few things in life: no questions, a good hiding place, and a new identity.  Ellis, Julia, and Dorie can provide what Maryn wants; can they also provide what she needs?

Five people questioning everything they ever thought they knew about life. Five people on a journey that will uncover their secrets and point them on the path to forgiveness. Five people who each need a sea change, and one month in a summer rental that might just give it to them.*

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Reading this book in December warmed me right up. While pretty predictable it is well written with engaging characters set in one of my favorite places in the United States.

The surprise element was the addition of Maryn. At first she really didn’t fit in with the story but Andrews made it work. Like the rest of the woman she was at a crossroads in her life – a dangerous one. Since I usually read mysteries I enjoyed this character being inserted into the group of life long friends.

Friendship, romance, humor with a bit of mystery makes this an entertaining beach read at any time of year. You really can’t go wrong with a Mary Kay Andrews novel.

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About the Author

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues.  A former journalist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.  Visit Widgets

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