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The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews {Book Review}

 **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

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.

Mary Kay Andrews is The New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House Cookbook and more than twenty novels, including The Weekenders, Ladies' Night, Spring FeverSummer Rental, 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.

I love a story with a little bit of Christmas magic--- and The Santa Suit has just that! A little bit of mystery, a little bit of small town charm and a whole lot of romance blend together wonderfully to make this a fantastically fun Christmas read... the perfect blend of heart and whimsy. I personally love a hood Hallmark-like Christmas tale and to me, I couldn't help but feel this one had all the makings of a great one--- and I mean that as the highest compliment possible.

Now, because I do tend to review primarily Christian reads, I will say that this doe not fall into that category. That said, it is a fairly clean read. There is a little bit of language throughout, but not a ton. There it is also quite clear that the romance takes on a more physical aspect, however, it's all off the pages and not graphic at all, so for me personally I didn't have any issues with that. 

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable and quick holiday read that fans of holiday romances are sure to enjoy! 


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