About the Book:
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.
The Santa Suit is a quick, cute read. It is essentially a holiday read that one could easily see being turned into a Hallmark movie.
The small-town setting is adorable. Ms. Andrews has infused in her novella everything you’d expect in a small, rural town: everyone knows your business and there are many interlocking pieces when it comes to the people and history of the town.
The light romance takes second place to the main character’s, Ivy Perkins, second start on life after a disastrous end to her marriage and business. Every character in this book plays a key role in the plot progression, and they are all charming. I was engaged in all the story threads, and very satisfied with the denouement.
About the Author: A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Mary Kay Andrews earned a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia. After a 14-year career working as a reporter at newspapers including The Savannah Morning News, The Marietta Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she spent the final ten years of her career, she left journalism in 1991 to write fiction.
In between cooking, spoiling her grandkids, and plotting her next novel, Mary Kay is an intrepid treasure hunter whose favorite pastime is junking and fixing up old houses.
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