The Santa Suit

A Novel

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Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 12 Oct 2021


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.

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...

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Marvelously uplifting and very satisfying.. Who knew that one person's purchase could change and connect the lives of so many others...

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A cute, Christmassy romance to get you into the Christmas spirit!

Ah this was a sweet, feel good book, which wouldn't be out of place on the Hallmark channel! The best part of The Santa Suit was, without a doubt, Ivy Perkins. Romance is absolutely endearing and so enjoyable to read.

If you fancy getting into some elf pajamas, sipping on some hot chocolate, with Christmas tunes playing in the background, whilst reading a sweet, uplifting story, then give this one a go!

Special thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for an honest review.

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Mary Kay Andrews novels for me have always signaled summer is near, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read a Christmas novella from her!

Oh, Mary Kay definitely did not disappoint with The Santa Suit! I loved how there was a little bit of mystery melded with a little bit or romance to create a wonderful heartfelt holiday read! During the hustle and bustle of Christmas, I usually search out quicker and lighter reads, The Santa Suit is the absolute perfect selection for the holiday season! I found the characters and the storyline endearing and charming! I highly recommend The Santa Suit to everyone—such a fantastic accompaniment to your Christmastime celebrations!!

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I seriously love this author and have yet to read a book from her that I did not absolutely love. The Santa Suit focuses on Ivy, a woman starting over after a divorce who buys a fabulous farmhouse that winds up being a bit of a fixer upper. There’s also the bonus of this being a Christmas story so we get to see the not only the relationships Ivy makes in her new home grow, we also see some holiday magic thrown into the mix! I think just about every character is a favorite of mine, each in their own way, and I have to say this was one book I wasn’t able to put down! Definitely another fantastic read by Mary Kay Andrews, that I would highly recommend to anyone!

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I love, love, love Mary Kay Andrews and I am always delighted when there's a new book to read. I especially have loved her entries into the Christmas genre and The Santa Suit is another perfect novel for that category.

This is a shorter book than her summer novels but it has all of the charm. I would have delighted in a longer novel to be honest, mostly to get to know the sweet puppy better!

There's a little bit of mystery, a little bit of magic and a little bit of romance - the perfect recipe for a Christmas novel!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an eARC copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

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What a sweet book! I have been reading a lot of books about WW 2 so was ready for a light, happy book with a happy ending. Don't get me wrong - the main character has her share of trials and traumas to deal with. But it really ended up being a feel good book that I would definitely recommend.

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What a surprise! I was so excited to hear about the Santa Suit, Mary Kay Andrew’s newest novella. It is the perfect little story to get you into the holiday spirit. Ivy Perkins comes to town buys an old farmhouse and gets more than she bargained for. Full of Christmas magic, this cozy holiday read about new friends, love interests, and mysteries of the past is a must read!

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Mary Kay Andrews has done it again, the Santa Suite is a fun, feel-good holiday tale you'll want to read during the next holiday season. The story is centered around a newly divorced young woman named Ivy Perkins who has bought an old farmhouse in a little town in North Carolina. When Ivy comes across a beautifully made Santa Clause suit in the master bedroom closet, she finds an old letter to Santa from a little girl named Carlette. Ivy finds herself identifying with this little girl and becomes determined to find out how Carlette’s story turned out. Add in her adorably hot Real Estate agent/neighbor and her new best friend, Phoebe, to help in her mission, Ivy finally finds the home she has always been looking for.

The Santa Suit is a quick read (a novella) told from a single POV. The pacing flows well and I devoured this book in one day. The perfect holiday read or "Christmas in July."

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A feel-good story about new beginnings and the magic of Christmas, The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews, is a charming, quick read. Usually stories that deal with broken marriages have some degree of cynicism, but Ivy, the woman who buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, explains her past but doesn’t dwell on that. Thank you Ms. Andrews!

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I loved this fun romance story with a mystery to solve. Come join Ivy Perkins as she finds an old letter in the pocket of a Santa Suit and falls love along the way.

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Mary Kay Andrews delivers snow, sparkly decorations, holiday cheer, a lonely divorcee, a hunky handyman and chickens…yes, chickens…in The Santa Suit, a frothy, feel good Christmas present of a novel.

Andrews has a gift for developing strong yet vulnerable female characters and Ivy Perkins is one of them. Arriving in Tarburton, NC after the loss of both marriage and career, she finds that the farmhouse she bought sight unseen is a few repairs short of charming. There’s a beautiful Santa suit in her closet with a note in the pocket that leads her to a lonely old man and a new friend, the house repairs bring the handyman (and realtor) and a chance discovery gives her the idea for a special project. As Christmas brings the end to this charming and satisfying story, you’ll be left with a smile on your face and the hope that Mary Kay Andrews will bring you more of Ivy and Tarburton. 5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Mary Kay Andrews for this ARC.

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Every book I've read by this author has grabbed my attention right at the beginning so I was not surprised that this captivating, heartwarming story is no different

Ivy Perkins, divorced and ready for a new start, sells everything she owns, loads up her car with Punkin, her dog,  a box with 5 baby chickens, and as many of her belongings that would fit and heads to a small town in North Carolina, where she bought, sight unseen, a house on two acres of land that she considers is a farmhouse.  There is even a barn on the property.  Her realtor Ezra, is waiting for her with the keys to her new home.  Ivy had pictured a white-haired older man,  not the good-looking hunk leaning against a jeep.  Ivy is also surprised the house and surrounding property doesn't match the pictures from the real estate listing. The inside is another shocking discovery when she sees it is full of old furniture, and even old clothes in the closets. With the help of new friends, including Ezra, everything is cleared out,  Ivy has no idea of the impact a box she finds on a closet shelf with a Santa suit will have on her life and that  of some of her new friends.  This is a captivating, heartwarming, delightful story.  I can see it being a favorite among those who enjoy all the Christmas stories that are released during the holiday season.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin Publishing for the advanced copy.  The comments are my own.

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This book is absolutely fantastic! If you like your Christmas books to have all the elements of a perfect little Christmas with trees, a town full of friendly people, a little love match or two, and of course some snow you need to get this book and read it as soon as you possibly can!
I'll tell you just a little more about the book now but I'll do my best not to ruin a single thing for you.
Ivy Perkins has recently gotten divorces from her cheating husband. What's a girl to do? Well this girl packs up all her things, including her dog Punkin and her new little baby chicks of course, and moves into an old farmhouse. Thing is, she's never actually seen the house in person. She bought it from what she saw online so technically it's sight unseen but heck with it, this is her fresh start! When she gets to the farmhouse, known as The Four Roses, she realizes that it needs just a little more work than she thought it did. Plus, the family before her left almost everything there so she's got some sorting to do.
While looking around she finds a Santa suit in one of the closets. It's quite old but quality work. In the pocket of the suit is an old letter. It's a letter from a little girl asking Santa to bring her father home. This letter really sparks her interest and sets her off on a journey around the town to try to figure out who the little girl was who wrote it. She wants to know if she got her wish or not. Through this letter Ivy begins to piece together the mystery and she also makes some great new friends along the way.
Now, as all that is going on the realtor who sold her the house, Ezra, has been helping Ivy out quite a bit. He's going above and beyond the usual to help her fix up her place and make her feel more comfortable in her new home. She starts to depend on him quite a bit but is still hurt from what her husband did so she's definitely not looking for anything more than friendship. Right?
This book is so great for getting into the holiday spirit. Granted I read this right at the end of June but it worked for me because, well, Christmas in July of course!
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes the feel good happy adorable Christmas books that may have some touching moments but in the end leave you with a smile on your face!

*****Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, I was able to read an advanced copy of this book.

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Another fun read by Mary Kay Andrews! This is a perfect read for Christmas (or anytime if you love Christmas as I do. The Santa Suit that Ivy finds as she digs through all the stuff left in the old house she buys sight unseen leads to solving a mystery with unexpected consequences.

I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Ivy lost her job and her home when her husband hooked up with her best friend. She needed a new life and moved from Atlanta to a small community up north. Once she arrived, she found her farmhouse needed lots of work. Her experiences in fixing up the house were entertaining. Rummaging through the boxes left behind, Ivy discovers a Santa suit. The suit brings about the magic of Christmas and all the love, kindness, and community it brings to that special time of year. This is a wonderful book about the spirit of Christmas. Great characters, a community you would love to experience, and a mystery to be solved.

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A cute, second chance, love story to get you in the mood for Christmas. New house, new town, new friends and a cute realtor male friend, might just be the things to help Ivy Perkins move on from her divorce and begin a new chapter in her life.
This was the first book I read by Mary Kay Andrews and it was amazing. To me it was a quick read because I wanted to know what would happen. If you are looking for a second chance romance centered around Christmas time, this book is for you.
I graciously received an advance e-copy for review. All opinions are my own.

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