Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Real Santa by William Hazelgrove

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.

My Thoughts:
Things aren't going well for George when he finds out his 9 year old daughter is starting to not believe in Santa. Unless she gets some empirical evidence, she is done. But George, who is an engineer, is willing to go to drastic lengths to ensure his little girl believes for a while longer. And he has less than two weeks to pull it off.

As a parent, I could understand wanting your children to not grow up so fast, to believe in magic for as long as possible. I knew where George was coming from and I could sympathize. I was rooting for him. This is a very engaging story that pulled me in from the first page. The characters are so real with their flaws and hopes. A very readable story and one that I recommend. Especially if you like stories with humor and a little holiday magic. 

My Rating: *****

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Where to get it:

Amazon | B&N

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