Review of Two Christmas Tales
Have I told you how much I enjoy getting daily ebook deals emailed to me courtesy of BookBub? You have to check it out if you don’t get the emails. Thanks to them, I discovered “The Daughter Claus” by D. Thrush and immediately purchased it. I love Christmas stories this time of year and I love twists on old, familiar stories. This book fit both criteria.
The Daughter Claus Review
“The Daughter Claus” sounded so interesting to me. Santa is married and has two children- a girl named Santina and a boy named Nick. This book is mainly focused on Santina. Santina has to keep her identity a secret (don’t want a bunch of publicity interfering with the important work of the North Pole!). She is attending business school in Florida. Nick is supposed to take over the family business, but he has no interest in it. When Santa has health issues, Santina has to step into his shoes. Will she be the new Santa or will Nick step up?
I loved the premise of this story. It was really fun to think about Santa having a family and passing the tradition on from generation to generation. Growing up at the North Pole, you would think Santina had a charmed childhood. However, her dad was a workaholic. She definitely experienced some growth with her relationship with her father in this story. Santina was a really likeable character with relatable issues of family dynamics. She was very loyal and dependable for her family. I enjoyed reading about her. I also enjoyed the secondary characters of Lisa, Santa, Clara, and Walter. Nick was not my favorite, but I didn’t mind him.
It it was really cool to read about the North Pole being run like a typical business, with issues from the union to efficiency. I loved how well-suited Santina was to her job and there was a little bit of girl power in this story. Although Santa was painted in a more negative light than usual, I felt like he was still shown to have a good heart, so it didn’t ruin my childhood fantasies. Ha ha. The author needs to continue to work on engaging the reader. The story did not always “flow” and I would have liked to know the characters more deeply. They were not fully developed and we often didn’t get an “inside look” on their emotions and thoughts. However, because the content was so interesting, I give the story 3/5 stars.
The Claus Clause
After reading book one, I eagerly downloaded book two. I really enjoyed the story and wanted to see what would happen next. This was the perfect series to read in the days leading up to Christmas!
In book two, Santina decides she enjoys being Santa and wants to take over her father’s legacy. However, Santina’s uncle and cousin have an issue with Santina being the next Santa since she is a woman. Santina’s cousin, Kris, is sent to the workshop to start training to take over. In the midst of worrying about this, Santina is trying to keep her long-distance relationship with George strong. We also read about Santina’s brother, Nick, and his music career. Walter and Lisa also have a subplot as they try to decide if they’re right for each other and have a lasting relationship.
Book two focused a lot more on the secondary characters than book one did. Santina is my favorite, so I would have preferred it to focus more on her, but since I already knew the previous characters, I was okay with getting to know them better. If anything, I would say that book one took a while to reach its obvious solution. Book two also had a somewhat obvious solution, but once it was revealed, the book ended rather quickly. It wrapped up a little too suddenly and easily for me. It had some of the same issues with book one with engagement and character development. However, I still enjoyed reading it and would happily read a third. This author has a great idea for a twist on a classic and that makes it worth 3/5 stars!