Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication Date: September 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover & Paperback - 244 pages
Kindle - 1050 KB
Nook - 1013 KB
Genre: Holiday Fiction / Christmas Theme
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BARNES & NOBLE
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher / author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by I Am A Read Book Tours.
George Kronenfeldt is an unemployed engineer with one shot to keep his daughters belief in Santa intact. When Megan tells him the only way she will believe in Santa is if she can videotape him and then tells her fourth grade class she will prove the existence of Santa Claus by posting her video to YouTube, George realizes he must become the Real Santa. He devises a plan to land nine reindeer on his roof and go down his chimmney, hiring a broken down movie director who eventually has him funding a full scale production that bankrupts him and and threatens his marriage. When George goes to find the Real Santa to help him, the line between what is real and magic is crossed. Real Santa is a funny heartwarming story of parenthood gone wrong and illuminates what lengths parents will go to keep their children happy.
Praise for Real Santa:
STARRED REVIEW BOOKLIST
"If somebody doesn't make a movie out of this book, there's something wrong with the world. This could have been played as an out-and-out slapstick comedy, but instead the author approaches the story like a character study: a portrait of a man with the best intentions in the world watching those intentions collide with reality. It's a steamroller of a story, starting small, with George's idea, and getting bigger and bigger as George tries to put the elements together, as his obsession takes him further and further away from reality. Beautifully done." ~David Pitts Booklist
"The author marries the everyday dramas found in the novels of Tom Perrotta and Nick Hornby to the high camp of Carl Hiaasen or Dave Barry. Adults looking for a funny holiday-themed tale that doesn't lose its sense of wonder in the face of realism will find a treat here. A lovingly crafted comedy about the madness that fatherhood inspires." ~Kirkus Reviews
Best-selling author Hazelgrove (e.g., Ripples; Tobacco Sticks) captures the human need to believe in something good. This book will satisfy readers looking for a happy Christmas story. ~Library Journal
"Hazelgrove's lively improbable narrative will appeal to the readers in the mood for holiday fiction." ~Publishers Weekly
My Book Review:
Real Santa is a lighthearted modern Christmas story that will easily put the reader into the holiday spirit. Author William Hazelgrove weaves a delightful tale that follows unemployed engineer George Kronenfeldt as he goes to great lengths to keep the Spirit of Christmas alive by proving that Santa Claus is real to his nine year old daughter Megan, who has begun to doubt his existence.
The author weaves a touching story of one father's passion to keep the innocence, tradition, magic, and spirit of the holiday alive for his daughter. This story lovingly embraces the reader and takes them along for the ride as George's mission to become the "Real Santa Claus" is filled with drama and humor. You can't help but get caught up in the excitement as the story unfolds, and it has such a wonderful holiday message that will resonate with you for a long time. Real Santa is a heartwarming Christmas story that will make you laugh and put a smile on your face. I could easily see this story being made into a Hallmark Channel holiday movie.
RATING: 5 STARS
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