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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.

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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 Fever, Summer 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.

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Full of Heartwarming Christmas Magıc
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2021
Gah! This one is pure sweetness, all those delicious good feels and an overflowing heart, plus Christmas! It’s been quite some time since I’ve read something from this incredibly talented penner of prose, and I can see I’ve been missing out on some amazing romance.... See more
Gah! This one is pure sweetness, all those delicious good feels and an overflowing heart, plus Christmas! It’s been quite some time since I’ve read something from this incredibly talented penner of prose, and I can see I’ve been missing out on some amazing romance.

The premise here is enchanting and engaging. Ivy Perkins and her dog, Punkin, move from the big city to a small town in the North Carolina mountains. The life she built has ended in divorce and leaving the company she and her ex-husband built. She purchases Four Roses Farm, sight unseen, to begin her next chapter. When she arrives at the farm, she realizes the online listing pictures didn’t quite tell the whole story.

The previous owners'' belongings still occupy the house, and it looks like there are a lot of repairs needed. Still, Ivy rolls up her sleeves and, with the help of her realtor/handyman, Ezra Wheeler, she gets busy on making the house a home. Ivy is content to keep to herself and ignore the upcoming Christmas season. But all that changes when she finds a beautiful, lovingly made Santa suit with a note from a child still in the pocket.

Finding the note sets off a chain of serendipitous events that change Ivy and set her on a path she never could have anticipated. Investigating the origins of the note results in Ivy making new friends, finding her creative muse, taking another chance on love, and being embraced by her new community. There are so many sweet, wonderful things that happen as Ivy settles into her new life, some of them poignant and truly miraculous, and I devoured this in one sitting while haņging on every word.

Get this one now and read it now. It will remind you of the decency of humanity, the kindness of strangers, the heart of a tight-knit community and the magic of Christmas. And then, when the busyness of Christmas starts to overwhelm, carve out some peace and quiet for yourself and read this one again to remind you why we do all that we do during this wonderful time of year. It will warm your heart, reaffirm the goodness in human kind, and have you believing in the magic of Christmas all over again.
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THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2021
Delightful new release from Mary Kay Andrews showing displaying the Magic of Christmas! Newly divorced Ivy moves into a run down fixer upper farmhouse. After a series of mishaps, she finds the blessing in “inheriting” all the leftovers in the home as well - furniture,... See more
Delightful new release from Mary Kay Andrews showing displaying the Magic of Christmas! Newly divorced Ivy moves into a run down fixer upper farmhouse. After a series of mishaps, she finds the blessing in “inheriting” all the leftovers in the home as well - furniture, appliances, clothing, tools, etc. and even some personal items such as family photo albums. While cleaning out the top of a closet, she finds a vintage Santa Suit still in remarkable condition! As she is lifting it out of the box, she discovers a child’s Christmas Wish that was stuffed in the pocket. Ivy is touched by the simple request and decides to try and find out the rest of the story behind the Wish.

When Ivy moved to town, she knew no one. She wasn’t even interested in making friends. As she involves herself with solving the mystery of the Christmas Wish, she meets new friends and in doing so, reconnects old friends and a family who have lost contact. As the town enjoys its Christmas festival, Ivy has a few secrets of her own planned to bring smiles to her new friends’ faces. Ivy realizes, because of the Magic of Christmas, her new life is turning out far better than she could have ever imagined! She has new romance in her life, too!

I was provided a complimentary copy of this novel by St. Martin’s Press & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without any influence.
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A heartwarming read
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2021
This is Mary Kay Andrews first holiday novel! I could see this book being made into a Hallmark movie! After Ivy’s divorce, she decides to move from big city to small town life, in order to start over in a place where no one knows her. Ivy buys a farmhouse online... See more
This is Mary Kay Andrews first holiday novel! I could see this book being made into a Hallmark movie!

After Ivy’s divorce, she decides to move from big city to small town life, in order to start over in a place where no one knows her. Ivy buys a farmhouse online and unseen, so when she shows up, it’s in more disrepair than advertised and it has not been cleaned out. In the process of cleaning it out, she finds a trunk that has a Santa suit and old children’s letter’s addressed to Santa. Will she uncover the mystery surrounding it? Will she be able to adjust to small town life? As the story unfolds, this heartwarming book will keep you entertained by all of Ivy’s misfortunes turned around by the help of the new community where she is supported and loved.

I loved how Mary Kay Andrews added in the element of connecting the past to present! Also including a mystery, but this time it’s surrounding a Santa suit instead of a murder! This holiday book checks all the boxes for a good holiday read!
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Love Lost, Love Found
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2021
This is such a beautiful, magical Christmas story. Only MKA can write a story that can make the reader laugh and have tears in their eyes. It is a perfect story of love and hope for the holiday season.
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T. J. Trentadue
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Happily ever after
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2021
I kept waiting for a disaster to burn away all the good feelings building in this lovely Christmas fairytale but that never happened! Oh bad things kept dropping in but there was never a moment that you felt that a problem was going to upend the apple barrel. Instead every... See more
I kept waiting for a disaster to burn away all the good feelings building in this lovely Christmas fairytale but that never happened! Oh bad things kept dropping in but there was never a moment that you felt that a problem was going to upend the apple barrel. Instead every obstacle became an opportunity for more good stuff. What a great fun happy holiday read!
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Connie
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Best one YET.
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2021
Mary Kay I really like all your books. This one is so you and it pulled every heart string. I think this moves to the title of the Best ONE YET. Thank you. I also think you have kindled the spirit of Christmas in my heart and it usually does get up to speed until the middle... See more
Mary Kay I really like all your books. This one is so you and it pulled every heart string. I think this moves to the title of the Best ONE YET. Thank you. I also think you have kindled the spirit of Christmas in my heart and it usually does get up to speed until the middle of December. Here I am thinking of Christmas Carols in September. Who would have thought? Connie Wright Stanley
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Choppy and Rushed with little story development
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2021
Always love me a Mary Kay Andrews book. But this one just felt rushed with an extremely predictable story line. There was no real plot development or character development. For instance, after reading the book, I still have no idea what Ivy, the main character looks like,... See more
Always love me a Mary Kay Andrews book. But this one just felt rushed with an extremely predictable story line. There was no real plot development or character development. For instance, after reading the book, I still have no idea what Ivy, the main character looks like, how old she is or what her hobbies and interests are. It almost seems as if all of a sudden MKA realized that she was at 90% of her target word count so just tried to tie up her loose ends and forgot about trying to pull a plot together.

Don''t get me wrong - I''ll still be first in line for next summers novel.
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Good
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2021
A feel good Hallmark-like story. A quick and enjoyable read with a happy ending. Not much mystery or intrigue but a happy story.
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The online Santa Suit: 2021 A Novel online

The online Santa Suit: 2021 A Novel online

The online Santa Suit: 2021 A Novel online

The online Santa Suit: 2021 A Novel online

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