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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 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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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 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.

30 review for The Santa Suit

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary Andrews

    I’m so proud of this book about a woman who, following her divorce, decides she needs to start over in a new place. She buys an old white farmhouse in the mountains of North Carolina—sight unseen.. On her first night at Four Roses Farm Ivey Perkins finds an old Santa Claus suit—with a crumpled note from a child asking for one very special Christmas wish. Ivey can’t help wondering about the child, and whether she got her wish. As she settles into the farmhouse it seems that Santa Suit might have I’m so proud of this book about a woman who, following her divorce, decides she needs to start over in a new place. She buys an old white farmhouse in the mountains of North Carolina—sight unseen.. On her first night at Four Roses Farm Ivey Perkins finds an old Santa Claus suit—with a crumpled note from a child asking for one very special Christmas wish. Ivey can’t help wondering about the child, and whether she got her wish. As she settles into the farmhouse it seems that Santa Suit might have the power to heal her broken heart and find a new home and new love.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews is a 2021 St. Martin’s Press publication. An endearing Christmas yarn… Ivy Perkins, on the heels of a very painful divorce, buys an old farmhouse without ever having seen it in person. When Ezra, her real estate agent, hands her the keys to the house, she’s shocked to discover the house is furnished, and in need of big-time repairs. While going through some of the things left in the house, Ivy finds an old Santa suit, with a poignant note inside one of the pocket The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews is a 2021 St. Martin’s Press publication. An endearing Christmas yarn… Ivy Perkins, on the heels of a very painful divorce, buys an old farmhouse without ever having seen it in person. When Ezra, her real estate agent, hands her the keys to the house, she’s shocked to discover the house is furnished, and in need of big-time repairs. While going through some of the things left in the house, Ivy finds an old Santa suit, with a poignant note inside one of the pockets. She’s so touched by it, she goes in search of the letter writer. Meanwhile, Ivy makes new friends, while she and Ezra ponders the growing attraction between them… The past few years, I have not had much luck with holiday fare. It was either too saccharine or too hollow. Authors' couldn’t seem to strike the right balance for me. Maybe Mary Kay Andrews heard my pleas because this book has a healthy amount of holiday spirit without overdoing it. Novella length tales often suffer from a lack of character development and the romantic elements usually feel rushed or forced. The character development is not really the point of this tale, but yes, the romance was hurried- but not necessarily forced. I did feel some chemistry there. I just wish there had been time for more of a build-up. That said, the Santa suit thread was golden! I loved the way Andrews brought everything together. It was just the right amount of holiday magic, just the right amount of heartwarming, and just the right amount of whimsy and charm. Ivy rose to the occasion more than once, and it is obvious she’s found her tribe. She regained all the things she thought she had lost, and then some! Overall, my first holiday read of 2021 is a winner!! 4 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Christmas/Holiday Fiction story. This is a fun cute Southern Christmas Story. The Christmas Farm that this story takes place on I would love to live on. I love the setting for this story, and I found the characters on cute. This book does have so much Christmas feelings in it, so if you are looking for a truly Christmas Cute story then you should give this book a try. I do think the romance in this book was weird and did not work for me, but there is so much more then the romance in th This is a Christmas/Holiday Fiction story. This is a fun cute Southern Christmas Story. The Christmas Farm that this story takes place on I would love to live on. I love the setting for this story, and I found the characters on cute. This book does have so much Christmas feelings in it, so if you are looking for a truly Christmas Cute story then you should give this book a try. I do think the romance in this book was weird and did not work for me, but there is so much more then the romance in this book. I love the little mystery in this book, the Christmas stuff, and the friendships that was in this book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (St. Martin's Press) or author (Mary Kay Andrews) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Mary Kay Andrews is one of those authors that when I pick up her books I just know I’m going to find wonderful writing and a wonderful story so I was excited to read The Santa Suit. This one is a contemporary romance novella that also had a bit of mystery to the story. Ivy Perkins has just gone through a divorce and decided she needed a huge change in her life. Since Ivy can do her job from anywhere working remotely she decided she was going to buy a farmhouse sight unseen and move from Atlanta t Mary Kay Andrews is one of those authors that when I pick up her books I just know I’m going to find wonderful writing and a wonderful story so I was excited to read The Santa Suit. This one is a contemporary romance novella that also had a bit of mystery to the story. Ivy Perkins has just gone through a divorce and decided she needed a huge change in her life. Since Ivy can do her job from anywhere working remotely she decided she was going to buy a farmhouse sight unseen and move from Atlanta to a tiny town in North Carolina. When Ivy arrives at her new home her realtor, Ezra, is waiting to help and Ivy sees the property is a bit more rundown than she thought. Ezra offers Ivy any assistance she may need including helping to clean out the old furniture. As Ivy boxes up the belongings she finds an old Santa suit tucked away with a note inside the pocket so Ivy being curious tries to find out if that little girl got her Christmas wish all those years ago. So let’s just get the negative out of the way that lowered my rating to four stars and that would be that being a novella of course I felt it was a bit fast paced and could have used more depth. Being short the romance isn’t given a lot of focus and more of a just sort of happens. However, that being said there was a lot going on in this little story that was very entertaining and fun to read. Ivy was a lovely lead and surrounding her was a small town full of nice folks which more than made up for anything else lacking, especially with the family and friends side of the story. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Harvey

    Mary Kay Andrews brings her signature humor, heart and page-turning cadence to The Santa Suit. It is a must-read, feel-good book for this holiday season--and I will be adding it to the stockings of everyone I know! We all know summer begins with MKA, but, this year, Christmas does too!

  6. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4 cute Christmas stars This story came along at the perfect time for me, even though I read it outside the Christmas season. Our main character, Ivy Perkins, just made it out of a divorce in Atlanta, and she has bought a farmhouse, sight unseen in North Carolina. She arrives (along with her cute dog) to discover a sagging porch, a sticky door lock, and lots of leftover belongings from the previous owners. The selling agent, Ezra, turns out to be helpful in getting several fix-it-up projects going 4 cute Christmas stars This story came along at the perfect time for me, even though I read it outside the Christmas season. Our main character, Ivy Perkins, just made it out of a divorce in Atlanta, and she has bought a farmhouse, sight unseen in North Carolina. She arrives (along with her cute dog) to discover a sagging porch, a sticky door lock, and lots of leftover belongings from the previous owners. The selling agent, Ezra, turns out to be helpful in getting several fix-it-up projects going and he’s interested in more than the house! Ivy finally gets her creative juices back and helps a local business out and starts to become part of the community. As she continues to work on her farmhouse, she uncovers a gorgeous Santa suit and a mysterious note still in the pocket. Turns out the previous owners acted as Mr. and Mrs. Claus for years in the town. Ivy digs into the past to try to uncover the truth behind the note. This was a sweet story that I enjoyed reading. It may have been a tad predictable, but I didn’t mind that a bit! Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the copy of this one to read and review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Erwin

    The Santa Suit is a cute, charming holiday book that I really enjoyed! It was an easy, quick read that I read in one day. The book leaves you with feel-good, happy feelings! I love the Christmas theme and the small town setting in the book. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline that had a little bit of a mystery added to it! You can never go wrong with anything written by Mary Kay Andrews and this book was no exception. This is the perfect read for the upcoming holiday season! Thank you Net The Santa Suit is a cute, charming holiday book that I really enjoyed! It was an easy, quick read that I read in one day. The book leaves you with feel-good, happy feelings! I love the Christmas theme and the small town setting in the book. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline that had a little bit of a mystery added to it! You can never go wrong with anything written by Mary Kay Andrews and this book was no exception. This is the perfect read for the upcoming holiday season! Thank you Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for the gifted copy in return for my honest review. Book coming out 9-28-21! Add it to your TBR list now.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Val

    This was exactly the palate cleanser I needed after a gritty dark thriller. If you love Hallmark movies, you are going to love this heartwarming Holiday novella. Recent divorcee Ivy decides to follow her dream of owning a “farm” by buying a house in North Carolina that she’s only seen in pictures. Taking a leap of faith, she is looking for a new start and a new outlook. She of course learns once she arrives, that the beautiful house has been in a state of disrepair since the owners passed away. This was exactly the palate cleanser I needed after a gritty dark thriller. If you love Hallmark movies, you are going to love this heartwarming Holiday novella. Recent divorcee Ivy decides to follow her dream of owning a “farm” by buying a house in North Carolina that she’s only seen in pictures. Taking a leap of faith, she is looking for a new start and a new outlook. She of course learns once she arrives, that the beautiful house has been in a state of disrepair since the owners passed away. She is constantly adding items to her punch, and wonders if she might be in over her head. She learns that the owners were crazy about Christmas and served as Ms. and Santa Clause for the town for years. Once Ivy finds a child’s wish in the pocket of the Santa Suit found in one of the closets, she sets out to find out if the wish ever came true. A wish for a military father serving in Vietnam to come home. During the process, she meets wonderful neighbors and realizes that although she is no longer married, she is not alone. Just like you would hope, the townspeople are supportive and want to help. She has to decide if she will follow in the Christmas traditions that were part of the previous homeowner’s yearly traditions. And she also has to decide if she is ready to open her heart to a relationship once again. Such a heartwarming, quick read that reminds you of the good in people. Don’t go into this one expecting a literary tour de force- instead just let yourself enjoy a lighthearted and joyous story that highlights the love that shines extra bright during the holiday season. A solid 4 stars Mary Kay Andrews read for me. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the advance copy. Pub date: 8.2020.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    What a wonderful Christmas story! When Ivy buys an old farmhouse, she doesn't realize it is the home of the former town Santa, and that a Santa Suit she finds will be the key to happiness for more than one person. The characters are endearing, and the story is fun, magical, and just right for Christmas. The reader is transported to the Christmas season in a big way. I recommend this to anyone who wants to experience some Christmas joy. I received a free copy of this book from the St. Martins Pres What a wonderful Christmas story! When Ivy buys an old farmhouse, she doesn't realize it is the home of the former town Santa, and that a Santa Suit she finds will be the key to happiness for more than one person. The characters are endearing, and the story is fun, magical, and just right for Christmas. The reader is transported to the Christmas season in a big way. I recommend this to anyone who wants to experience some Christmas joy. I received a free copy of this book from the St. Martins Press via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    A sweet feel good novella that will put you in the holiday spirit! Romance and a nice twist too. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Have you ever read an author that can just bring the magic and story right to life for you as you are reading? It is a tough skill to master. I read her last publication earlier this year and Andrews was able to get me hooked with her visualization skills of the story. The Santa Suit is a marvelous read that brings a delightful visual to life; Old Time Santa in a small town and all of the A sweet feel good novella that will put you in the holiday spirit! Romance and a nice twist too. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Have you ever read an author that can just bring the magic and story right to life for you as you are reading? It is a tough skill to master. I read her last publication earlier this year and Andrews was able to get me hooked with her visualization skills of the story. The Santa Suit is a marvelous read that brings a delightful visual to life; Old Time Santa in a small town and all of the memories that invokes as we grow older. This story is fresh and dreamy with a delightful cast of characters and a surprise twist that caught me! Memories of Christmases past and experiences for the kids today. What I did miss with this story is that it could have been a bit longer. I loved this one and the building connection between Ivy and Ezra. I wish that Andrews had expanded on their budding relationship. Overall, a feel good novella that will put you in the holiday spirit! * Copy received for review consideration * Full review - https://amidlifewife.com/the-santa-su...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. Whimsical, magical, warm and fuzzy: all the feelings a great Christmas story should inspire. Somehow, this book was all that and so much more. The newly divorced woman who is still struggling with her feelings of abandonment and loss touched me deeply, as did the lives of the people who lived in her farmhouse before her and the friends she makes in her journey this Christmas se Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. Whimsical, magical, warm and fuzzy: all the feelings a great Christmas story should inspire. Somehow, this book was all that and so much more. The newly divorced woman who is still struggling with her feelings of abandonment and loss touched me deeply, as did the lives of the people who lived in her farmhouse before her and the friends she makes in her journey this Christmas season. Ivy Perkins buys a Four Roses Farm in North Carolina off the internet without ever seeing it in person. When she arrives, let's just say, it didn't meet her expectations. She is rather rude to Ezra, the real estate agent, and not at all pleased with all the stuff left by the previous owners. Of course it's been years since anyone actually lived in the old farmhouse, but Ezra does his best to help Ivy in any way he can. When Ivy discovers a beautiful old Santa suit, she finds a letter to Santa in the pocket. A little girl only wants her father to come home from the war for Christmas and that's her only Christmas request for Santa. Ivy is intrigued by the questions this simple letter to Santa reveal and she is off on a quest in her new town to find the answers. Her journey opens her heart again and the wonderful people she meets fill it with a joy she never thought she could experience.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    Ivy Perkins buys a 106-year-old farmhouse, sight unseen, after a divorce. Known as Four Roses Farm, it was once home to Bob and Betty Rae Rose. Bob was famous as the town's Santa Claus, which Ivy learns when she discovers his lovely Santa suit tucked in a closet. In the pocket is a note from a young child, who simply wants her father to return home from the war. The note strikes a chord with Ivy, who finds herself wondering who the child was--and did she ever reunite with her father? Her investi Ivy Perkins buys a 106-year-old farmhouse, sight unseen, after a divorce. Known as Four Roses Farm, it was once home to Bob and Betty Rae Rose. Bob was famous as the town's Santa Claus, which Ivy learns when she discovers his lovely Santa suit tucked in a closet. In the pocket is a note from a young child, who simply wants her father to return home from the war. The note strikes a chord with Ivy, who finds herself wondering who the child was--and did she ever reunite with her father? Her investigation brings her in contact with the local townspeople, including Ezra, her realtor, neighbor, and handyman; a young woman named Phoebe; and a sweet town elder named Everett. Despite her reluctance to join in the town's many Christmas traditions, Ivy cannot help but be swept up in the small town and its spirit of Christmas. "You mean, what's a nice, single, big-city girl like me doing in a hick town like Tarburton?" This was an incredibly adorable, silly, cheesy book (more of a novella really). If you love Christmas movies, you'll find that this is basically a Hallmark Christmas movie in book form. And, as such, it's practically perfect: the snowy setting, a magical Santa suit, and a small town romance. What more could you ask for? Yes, you could pick at plot pieces and motives, but why? This is a quick read and a sweet one. Read in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. 4+ stars. I received a copy of this book from St. Martin's Press and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    This is a very short and sweet Christmas story about a woman going through a difficult time who decides to move away from Atlanta to a farm in North Carolina for a fresh start. The previous owners of her farmhouse used to go all out to celebrate Christmas. They decorated their home and played Mr. and Mrs. Santa among other things. The townspeople have really been missing their Christmas spirit and are hoping the new owner, Ivy, will pick up their traditions. For the most part, this book was just This is a very short and sweet Christmas story about a woman going through a difficult time who decides to move away from Atlanta to a farm in North Carolina for a fresh start. The previous owners of her farmhouse used to go all out to celebrate Christmas. They decorated their home and played Mr. and Mrs. Santa among other things. The townspeople have really been missing their Christmas spirit and are hoping the new owner, Ivy, will pick up their traditions. For the most part, this book was just what I expected it to be. It was short, sweet, and fun. There were new friends to be made and a simpler, small town life to be started. There was a lot of Christmas spirit and a bit of romance for good measure. The story was a little convenient at times, the relationships developed quickly, and it all wrapped up a bit too neatly, but that is all something that you expect from this type of story. Overall, it was really enjoyable, even if not completely realistic. 3.5★ Rounded up for the Christmas spirit. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    A delightful, sweet Christmas romance! Ivy has just gone through a divorce and decides to start a new life in a new town. She buys an old farmhouse called The Four Roses that she's only seen a picture of and moves from Atlanta to a small town in North Carolina. There she finds the farmhouse is in need of some unexpected repairs. Also the previous owners have left all the furniture and other things. Her realtor, who lives nearby, provides assistance with fixing some things and helping her find th A delightful, sweet Christmas romance! Ivy has just gone through a divorce and decides to start a new life in a new town. She buys an old farmhouse called The Four Roses that she's only seen a picture of and moves from Atlanta to a small town in North Carolina. There she finds the farmhouse is in need of some unexpected repairs. Also the previous owners have left all the furniture and other things. Her realtor, who lives nearby, provides assistance with fixing some things and helping her find the people she needs in town to help. In a closet Ivy finds a beautiful, old Santa suit and in one of the pockets she finds a child's Christmas wish - that her father return home from the war. This intrigues Ivy and she becomes embroiled in a search for answers about the child and her father, whether he came home from the war, did the child get her wish, where are they now? Quite a mystery. Ivy makes some friends in the small community and even finds her first new client. This is not a long book; I read it in a day. I enjoyed the mystery and the characters, as well as the small tight-knit community. Thanks to St. Martin's Press through Netgalley for and advance copy. This book will be published on September 28, 2021.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    This was a wonderful Christmas pick me up. I loved the sweet mystery and the sweet romance. Andrews never disappoints. One of my favorite Christmas reads this year. I highly recommend this must read. 5 star pick me up.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    The Santa Suit is a great read to get into the spirit of Christmas, one of hope and surprises. But all Ivy Perkins wants is a new beginning, a place to heal after a painful divorce. So, Ivy, her sweet pup, Punkin, and her baby chicks head out of Atlanta to the mountains of North Carolina to the sight unseen (in person) purchase of Four Roses Farm, a white farmhouse on a small acreage, formerly owned by the Rose family. First thing that she notices is the farm is a little more rundown than the ph The Santa Suit is a great read to get into the spirit of Christmas, one of hope and surprises. But all Ivy Perkins wants is a new beginning, a place to heal after a painful divorce. So, Ivy, her sweet pup, Punkin, and her baby chicks head out of Atlanta to the mountains of North Carolina to the sight unseen (in person) purchase of Four Roses Farm, a white farmhouse on a small acreage, formerly owned by the Rose family. First thing that she notices is the farm is a little more rundown than the photos showed but her real estate agent Ezra steps in to help with emergency fixes, as a neighbor would do. She soon discovers the Rose family was into Christmas with Bob playing Santa and Betty Rae, Mrs. Claus. They lit up the farm with Christmas lights that drew people to see the wonder of the season. Ivy doesn't even want to put up a tree. When going through the Roses' things she discovers a Santa suit and inside a pocket a letter to Santa that touched her...that of a little girl who wants her daddy to come home from the war. Phoebe, a new friend she met at the courthouse is helpful in getting a lead on the little girl and widens her circle of acquaintances. It was heartwarming to watch Ivy unwound, settle in, makes some friends, and get into the Christmas spirit, helping others. This is a quick read that has a sweet story with a surprise or two, including a little romance. Some surprises that tie things together but you need to read to find out. I received a complimentary ARC from St. Martin's Press and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    This was a cute quick book about a girl who moved to a whole new city and state to start over after her divorce. She bought an old farmhouse online and I could totally see me doing this. The old farmhouse, the quaint little town, the cute real estate guy .. yep I would do it! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review. My first Christmas book of the season! A feel good book! To be published September 2021.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    The Santa Suit, by Mary Kay Andrews is an absolutely charming, full-storied novella about newly divorced, Ivy Perkins, who decides it’s time to remake her life and start over in rural North Carolina. She purchases a farmhouse, sight unseen, and discovers not only a house full of furniture, but a vintage Santa Suit in the attic, which seems to possess a kind of magical quality to it. Curious about its providence, aided by a touching Santa note she discovers in the pocket, she begins a quest to fi The Santa Suit, by Mary Kay Andrews is an absolutely charming, full-storied novella about newly divorced, Ivy Perkins, who decides it’s time to remake her life and start over in rural North Carolina. She purchases a farmhouse, sight unseen, and discovers not only a house full of furniture, but a vintage Santa Suit in the attic, which seems to possess a kind of magical quality to it. Curious about its providence, aided by a touching Santa note she discovers in the pocket, she begins a quest to find out what became of the young girl in the letter and her poignant request to Santa many years ago. This story is a delightful, well-fleshed out story that contains so many elements that make it a truly wonderful tale, and it strikes the right balance of sweet, without being overly sappy and unbelievable. It has so many components to it: a bit of a mystery, a sweet older gentleman, an aging Irish Setter, baby chicks, a romance, likeable characters, and Christmas spirit! And despite it being a novella, which is possibly a perfect length for the busy, festive season, the story has depth, and is meaningful and moving. This is my kind of Christmas story and was a true delight to read!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ I enjoyed this one! This was only the second book by Mary Kay Andrews and it was a hit for me. I was hoping for something lighter and this definitely fit the bill. I was hooked by the story right away and couldn’t wait to see how things would work out for Ivy and the rest of the characters. I found this to be a delightful and entertaining read. Ivy is starting over after a divorce. She is moving to a new town into the home that she pu This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ I enjoyed this one! This was only the second book by Mary Kay Andrews and it was a hit for me. I was hoping for something lighter and this definitely fit the bill. I was hooked by the story right away and couldn’t wait to see how things would work out for Ivy and the rest of the characters. I found this to be a delightful and entertaining read. Ivy is starting over after a divorce. She is moving to a new town into the home that she purchased sight unseen. The house needs a bit more work than she thought it would but she is determined to make it work for her, her dog, and her chickens. When she is cleaning out some of the things that the previous owner left, she finds a Santa suit with a child’s note in the pocket. She decides to see if she can find out more about the little girl who left the note which brings her to meet and connect with some pretty wonderful local people. I really liked Ivy and the rest of the key characters. I loved how genuine the relationships between the characters were and I liked the way that Ivy just seemed to fit into the little town as if she had always been there. There was just enough romance to keep things interesting but the mystery behind the note to Santa really moved the story along. I found the story to be really charming and I was happy with how things worked out in the end. I would recommend this book to others. This was a really cute story with just enough Christmas cheer to be perfect for the holiday season. I definitely plan to read more of this author’s work in the future. I received a digital review copy of the book from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley. Initial Thoughts This was a cute story. I thought that Ivy and the rest of the characters were very likable. It was fun to see how everything came together as the story progressed. This was a fun shorter read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donna Davis

    3.75 rounded up. I love a good Christmas story, but so many of them are cloying or insipid. A friend recommended this one to me, and she wasn’t wrong. My thanks go to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for the review copy. Ivy is newly divorced, and she comes away from it with bruised feelings, but also money. Since she works from home, she has the choice to go anywhere, so she buys a farmhouse in a tiny town in North Carolina. She pays for it without ever seeing it in person, and it comes “as is 3.75 rounded up. I love a good Christmas story, but so many of them are cloying or insipid. A friend recommended this one to me, and she wasn’t wrong. My thanks go to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for the review copy. Ivy is newly divorced, and she comes away from it with bruised feelings, but also money. Since she works from home, she has the choice to go anywhere, so she buys a farmhouse in a tiny town in North Carolina. She pays for it without ever seeing it in person, and it comes “as is.” At this point, I say, Welp, you’re in for it now, hon. And she is, sort of. The realtor, Ezra, known locally as “The House Hunk,” has taken a shine to Ivy. He helps her with the heat; when she discovers that the old furniture is still there in the house, he and a friend cart it off for her, and when there’s a problem with her own furniture, he helps bring it all back in. And initially, she regards his attention as a nuisance, maybe even a stalker; but between the fine reputation he enjoys locally, and the number of times he helps her out of difficult situations, she gradually warms to him. Ivy is a likable protagonist. She’s self-sufficient, but she isn’t cold. She sets about making friends right away. Her new bud, Phoebe, is in a state because she’s fallen in love with someone she met online, and has used a picture of someone else. Now the man Is coming to see her, and she’s panic-stricken. Other new friends include a local business person for whom she does some free, and very good, advertising, and a 96 year old man. Her dog, Punkin, goes everywhere with her, and she talks to him all the time, the way that some of us also do. When she needs assistance it’s because she doesn’t know the area, or because a job requires an extra set of hands, not because she is some helpless airhead. An engaging character indeed. My rating reflects a couple of sloppy bits that the author and editor should have caught and dealt with immediately. They’re small, but they interrupt the magic, because they cause me to think about the two slackers rather than the story and characters. The first is when she offers Ezra coffee, but warns him that all she has is instant. Two paragraphs later, she is brewing the coffee. Oh, come on! Clean it up. A bit later, after Ezra and a friend have schlepped furniture in from the truck, he asks if she’s been out to play in the snow, and she tells him she doesn’t want to spoil its beauty. “It’s so beautiful, all that clean, untouched white.” And so I wonder: did they teleport the furniture indoors? Because otherwise, surely that snow would have been touched in a whole lot of places. There are a couple of other inconsistencies, albeit smaller ones, and I am using a fair amount of ink to discuss problems that may seem trivial, but this is no debut author, this is a successful writer with a host of books in her repertoire, and she should know better. The plot, on the other hand, is excellent. There was one development that I thought was obvious, but when I finished my eyeroll, I was surprised to see that she didn’t take it where I expected, and instead did something much better. I particularly like the way the romance unfolds, and the way that Ivy helps Phoebe out of her dilemma. There are other threads—involving a Santa suit, of course—that are equally delightful. So, in spite of my complaints, I do recommend this charming, fluffy tale to you. It’s a mood elevator, and we can all use some of that. It’s for sale now.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Opening the first page of a new MKA book makes my heart happy! I’m excited to be kicking off my holiday reading with this short ‘n sweet, 224 paged little gem, The Santa Suit. My first holiday book of ‘21. Ivy Perkins, along with her English setter Punkin, and chicks Ivy refers to as “the girls,” moves from Atlanta to North Carolina for a fresh new start after her divorce. Fulfilling her dream of owning an “older white farmhouse,” she buys sight unseen, a 106-year-old white farmhouse with a barn Opening the first page of a new MKA book makes my heart happy! I’m excited to be kicking off my holiday reading with this short ‘n sweet, 224 paged little gem, The Santa Suit. My first holiday book of ‘21. Ivy Perkins, along with her English setter Punkin, and chicks Ivy refers to as “the girls,” moves from Atlanta to North Carolina for a fresh new start after her divorce. Fulfilling her dream of owning an “older white farmhouse,” she buys sight unseen, a 106-year-old white farmhouse with a barn on two acres. She finds it needs a lot more work than she’d expected. She’s greeted by her realtor Ezra Wheeler who is not what she’d expected either. He’s not old but around her age, kind and overly helpful, and yes, very nice looking. When going through the previous owners things, she finds a red velvet Santa suit with a note in the pocket. The note is a mystery pulling at Ivy’s heartstrings. It leads Ivy on a hunt to see if the little girl who wrote the note to Santa, got her wish. The Santa Suit is an inspiring story of finding your creative spark, of friendship, bringing joy to others, and finding lost family and love in the most unexpected places. It’s a fun holiday novella full of Christmas spirit — I absolutely loved it! *Thanks to St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley for kindly providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    I enjoy escaping with a Mary Kay Andrews book. I’ve never been disappointed. She balances the perfect mix of romance, mystery and interesting characters. This feel-good book had the right amount of everything and I finished it in just a few days.

  23. 4 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    Recently divorced Ivy Perkins wanted a fresh start far away from her present home in Atlanta. And in a little obscure town of Tarburton, she found the perfect place to call home — the Four Roses Farm. A quaint farmhouse complete with a barn on two lovely acres of land. But Ivy got more than she bargained for. After all, the house was over 100 years old and needed a lot of TLC. Luckily for Ivy, the townsfolk of Tarburton were a friendly and helpful lot. Especially Ezra Wheeler, her real estate age Recently divorced Ivy Perkins wanted a fresh start far away from her present home in Atlanta. And in a little obscure town of Tarburton, she found the perfect place to call home — the Four Roses Farm. A quaint farmhouse complete with a barn on two lovely acres of land. But Ivy got more than she bargained for. After all, the house was over 100 years old and needed a lot of TLC. Luckily for Ivy, the townsfolk of Tarburton were a friendly and helpful lot. Especially Ezra Wheeler, her real estate agent. Ezra was fairly new to Tarburton as well, but he developed a lot of business connections that made it easier for Ivy to navigate her way through the cleanup and move in process. Determined to start her life with a clean slate, Ivy commences to clear out the abandoned furnishing and wardrobes. In the process of clearing out the many boxes and chests, Ivy finds a Santa suit. It was a beautifully preserved suit made with real velvet and real white fur trim. Upon inspection of the gorgeous suit, Ivy finds a note hidden in the jacket pocket. The note was from a little girl named Carlette asking that Santa bring her daddy home from the war. Filled with emotion upon reading the note, Ivy resolves to find Carlette and learn the outcome of Carlette and her family. The Santa Suit is an easy, fast read. The book, considered a novella, still contains all the elements of a full novel. The characters are well fleshed out, and the storyline flows nicely with the exception of an abrupt romantic interlude. Overall, The Santa Suit is an enjoyable novella that is sure to stir up family and Christmas memories. Five heartfelt stars. I received a digital ARC from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    Here in SoCal we are having a heat wave that is lasting a bit longer than usual. I thought a Christmas in July story was just what I needed. Ivy Perkins is young, attractive and recently divorced. She decides she needs to start over in a new environment and buys a farmhouse via the internet. She and her dog ‘Punkin’ have set out from Atlanta for Tarbuton, North Carolina. (BTW: it is stated she often has full meaningful conversations with her dog –hmmm doesn’t everyone do that?) When she arrives a Here in SoCal we are having a heat wave that is lasting a bit longer than usual. I thought a Christmas in July story was just what I needed. Ivy Perkins is young, attractive and recently divorced. She decides she needs to start over in a new environment and buys a farmhouse via the internet. She and her dog ‘Punkin’ have set out from Atlanta for Tarbuton, North Carolina. (BTW: it is stated she often has full meaningful conversations with her dog –hmmm doesn’t everyone do that?) When she arrives at the farmhouse, she is greeted by Ezra Wheeler, her internet realtor. She is surprised when she sees him ~ with a name like Ezra she was sure he was an old geezer but he is young ~ her age! An additional surprise is that the farmhouse doesn’t look like the ‘Four Roses Farm’ posted. Ezra stated that the last name of the previous owner is Rose and it is December so there aren’t any flowers yet. He opens the house for her and they discover the house still has furniture as well as clothes from the previous owner. . Ezra assures her that he will get a truck and move anything she doesn’t want to the thrift store. While sorting boxes, she finds a beautiful Santa suit with a note from a child with a Christmas wish. Ivy finds out that the owner’s parents Bob and Betty Rae were very much into the Christmas spirit and not fully decorated the farmhouse every year but were Mr. & Mrs. Santa to all the children. Ivy is touched and wonders if the child got her wish. Awww such a great ‘feel good story’! I loved every page!!! Want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press, for this eGalley. This file has been made available to me before publication in an early form for my honest professional opinion. Publishing Release Date scheduled for September 28, 2021

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dallas Strawn

    I loved this book. Seriously, it was great. Dare I say, my favorite Mary Kay Andrews book to date??? It was short, just the perfect length, and sweet, heartwarming, and it gave me all the feels and the perfect touch of Christmas spirit to brighten up my June afternoon. Fresh off a divorce, Ivy Perkins moves to a small North Carolina town to take over an old run down farmhouse, and the owners have left all of the belongings behind, and inside, Ivy finds an old velvet Santa Suit with a note inside I loved this book. Seriously, it was great. Dare I say, my favorite Mary Kay Andrews book to date??? It was short, just the perfect length, and sweet, heartwarming, and it gave me all the feels and the perfect touch of Christmas spirit to brighten up my June afternoon. Fresh off a divorce, Ivy Perkins moves to a small North Carolina town to take over an old run down farmhouse, and the owners have left all of the belongings behind, and inside, Ivy finds an old velvet Santa Suit with a note inside with a note from a little girl saying all she wanted for Christmas was for her daddy to come home from the war. Cue the waterworks. Ivy proceeds to unravel that mystery and find out what happened. This book surprised me, truly, with how emotional and full of heart it was for such a short little story, and it really swept me away for a day. I can’t wait for everyone to get to pick up The Santa Suit this fall and have it wrapped under their trees as gifts to family and friends. Coming in late September from St. Martins Press! 5 ⭐️

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    The Santa Suit is a lovely, heart-warming story about Ivy Perkins, a recent divorcee who moves to an old farmhouse to start over. A feel-good holiday read, the story is filled with wonderful characters, small-town charm, and a sweet romance. I love Mary Kay Andrews’ books and read this endearing story in one sitting. The characters are great, and I loved learning more about them and their connections to each other. Ivy is a relatable and interesting protagonist with a lot on her plate. Because sh The Santa Suit is a lovely, heart-warming story about Ivy Perkins, a recent divorcee who moves to an old farmhouse to start over. A feel-good holiday read, the story is filled with wonderful characters, small-town charm, and a sweet romance. I love Mary Kay Andrews’ books and read this endearing story in one sitting. The characters are great, and I loved learning more about them and their connections to each other. Ivy is a relatable and interesting protagonist with a lot on her plate. Because she bought The Four Roses farmhouse sight unseen, Ivy didn’t realize how many issues her new home had, and as her to-do list grows, it seems as if nothing can go right. On top of that, she has lost her creative mojo, and she is struggling to find inspiration. Starting over is so difficult, especially when everything that can go wrong does, but Ivy’s strength and resilience, as well as the support of new friends, help her through it. Ivy’s new friends are fantastic, and one friend, in particular, is most helpful. Aaron is the real estate agent who sold her the farmhouse, and he often helps Ivy with repairs and other house-related issues. I like how their relationship grows throughout the story and how kind and helpful Aaron is. He is a good man and a great match for Ivy. I also love the small-town charm throughout the book. It’s the type of place where everyone seems to know everyone else, and the holiday atmosphere makes it even more charming. Fun community activities and helpful, friendly citizens make Ivy feel at home. Also, as Ivy explores The Four Roses, she learns even more about the town. When Ivy finds a letter in a beautiful Santa suit she finds in her house, she is intrigued and feels compelled to find out more. This part of the story is lovely and connects Ivy even more to the old farmhouse and the town. I feel like Ivy not only learns a ton about the townspeople and the previous owners of her farmhouse, she also learns a lot about herself and what is important to her. In this new environment, Ivy has a chance to redefine her life, and she does just that. This is a light, quick, and slightly magical story with wonderful characters and positive messages. A story about starting over, finding oneself, and opening up your heart to life, The Santa Suit is an uplifting and heart-warming holiday read. Thanks so much to St. Martin’s Press and Mary Kay Andrews for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    4.5 Stars After her divorce, Ivy Perkins wanted a fresh start and so she buys Four Roses Farm from an online listing, sight unseen. When she arrives, the farmhouse is a bit more neglected than the pictures led on, so Ivy’s got her work cut out for her. Thankfully, she’s got the help of the ruggedly handsome real-estate agent, Ezra. At first it seems like Ivy isn’t all that grateful for the help and not particularly excited to carry on the Christmas traditions of the original family. However, whil 4.5 Stars After her divorce, Ivy Perkins wanted a fresh start and so she buys Four Roses Farm from an online listing, sight unseen. When she arrives, the farmhouse is a bit more neglected than the pictures led on, so Ivy’s got her work cut out for her. Thankfully, she’s got the help of the ruggedly handsome real-estate agent, Ezra. At first it seems like Ivy isn’t all that grateful for the help and not particularly excited to carry on the Christmas traditions of the original family. However, while cleaning out the clutter Ivy finds a Santa Suit with an old letter tucked into the pocket, setting her on a mission that will change her life. I couldn’t blame Ivy for her feelings after getting her history. After being hurt by the two people she loved most in the world it would be hard to trust again. Plus, Christmastime had been a painful time of year for her, but all that starts to change as she accepts help and makes friends. Ezra was a sweetheart, showing up and helping even when Ivy was a bit prickly at first. Underneath that guardedness was a heart of gold and I loved how her mission made it impossible to keep to herself. Instead, Ivy got tangled up with others in the little town, a happy side-effect. Of course, she got more than a bit tangled up with Ezra, too, and I was all for it! I just loved the idea of an old farmhouse: original wood trim and floors, fireplaces, built-ins, and a wrap-around porch. Four Roses Farm sounded so lovely, albeit a little neglected, and I’d move there in a heartbeat! The Santa Suit was a charming novella full of winter/holiday ambiance: old-fashioned Christmas lights, fragrant pine tree, steaming hot cocoa, playing in the snow, and a heartwarming romance! There seemed to be a little meant-to-be magic involved, a couple of twists, and I loved how everything came together at the end! A copy was kindly provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenna | JennaStopReading

    Thank you Netgalley for a free copy of this in exchange for a review! This was my first Mary Kay Andrews and I was pleasantly surprised by the storyline and characters. I really enjoyed the depth to the story and how it all came full circle at the end. The characters each had their own little side story, too, which kept me engaged in each conversation throughout the story. I liked the main character, Ivy, and how she worked so hard to be strong, independent, but also a good friend to others. She i Thank you Netgalley for a free copy of this in exchange for a review! This was my first Mary Kay Andrews and I was pleasantly surprised by the storyline and characters. I really enjoyed the depth to the story and how it all came full circle at the end. The characters each had their own little side story, too, which kept me engaged in each conversation throughout the story. I liked the main character, Ivy, and how she worked so hard to be strong, independent, but also a good friend to others. She is someone I would aspire to be like if I ever found myself in her situation (divorced and living on my own unexpectedly)! The town she moved to seemed charming and welcoming, and she didn't hesitate to make social connections and to get involved with the community. I also really liked Ezra. My biggest complaint about this book is that we didn't get to hear anything from his end - I think the book would've benefited from a dual perspective. I would've liked more back story on him, too. He was intriguing and genuine and kind, something I love to see in male leads. Overall this was a solid read and I would read another by her!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    Ivy, newly divorced from her cheating husband, leaves Atlanta and buys a rural North Carolina property sight-unseen. Her realtor, Ezra, turns out to be both helpful and handsome. The house had been known for its Christmas light display in the past, but Ivy isn't so sure she wants to get into celebrating Christmas just yet. The previous owner left, among other items, a Santa suit with a child's note in the pocket. Ivy's determined to locate the writer, and meets many kind people in the small town Ivy, newly divorced from her cheating husband, leaves Atlanta and buys a rural North Carolina property sight-unseen. Her realtor, Ezra, turns out to be both helpful and handsome. The house had been known for its Christmas light display in the past, but Ivy isn't so sure she wants to get into celebrating Christmas just yet. The previous owner left, among other items, a Santa suit with a child's note in the pocket. Ivy's determined to locate the writer, and meets many kind people in the small town as she searches for Carlette. If you're looking for a feel-good holiday novella with a happily ever after ending, this one fits the bill perfectly. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review an advance copy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    When you need a break from heart-wrenching historical fiction and tense thrillers, The Santa Suit may be just what you’re looking for. What a nice pre-holiday treat. Ivy Perkins is recently divorced and needs a new start. Sight unseen, she purchases an old farmhouse in North Carolina called The Four Roses, named after the family that had lived there. When Ivy moves in, she finds the house filled with the former owner’s furniture and boxes and boxes of their belongings. One box holds an old and b When you need a break from heart-wrenching historical fiction and tense thrillers, The Santa Suit may be just what you’re looking for. What a nice pre-holiday treat. Ivy Perkins is recently divorced and needs a new start. Sight unseen, she purchases an old farmhouse in North Carolina called The Four Roses, named after the family that had lived there. When Ivy moves in, she finds the house filled with the former owner’s furniture and boxes and boxes of their belongings. One box holds an old and beautiful Santa suit. She learns that the now deceased and much beloved Bob Rose had served as the community’s Christmas Santa for years. In the suit’s pocket, Ivy finds a child’s holiday wish that touches her heart and sets her on a mission to learn more about the little girl who wrote it many years ago. With the help of her real estate agent Ezra and some nice neighbors, Ivy learns more about the story in the note and the lovely community she has moved to. Author Mary Kay Andrews has written a novella sure to get you in an early holiday mood. No surprises in this sweet story. Just a joyful read for those of us who know how every Hallmark TV movie ends but watch them anyway. Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to discover the magic of The Santa Suit in advance of its September 28, 2021 publication. Rated 4.25 stars.

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