Oh my goodness, I just loved this one!! Right from the start, I enjoyed the characters. I loved Ivy, our MC. She’s a fast-moving city girl that spontaneously buys a run-down farm house, sight unseen! What?? I loved this! I kept being like, I can’t believe you didn’t go see the house, and so many characters have the same response. Now, of course, that’s an important part of the story, as we get so many surprises…delightful and not so delightful…because of her choice.
I loved discovering the house with Ivy. It felt magical as different aspects came to light. I feel like the home itself was a character in the story, and it had its own little arc!
The people were wonderful as well. Ivy’s journey takes her on a path to meet so many people and they were all such a delight! I loved the way the story weaves around all these people, and it made the whole book just a gift to read! This is a romance genre book, and there’s definitely a budding romance throughout the story, but for me, I was invested in the relationships of everyone for Ivy, friendships and romance alike!
This was a beautiful holiday story that might bring a few tears to your eyes, and it will definitely bring some warmth to your heart!
Where to Find This Book:
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.
Just the Facts:
The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews
Genre: Holiday Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub Date: September 28, 2021
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.