on Nov. 7, 2011 :
Tim Greaton's book, The Santa Shop, was given to me by a really good friend. It is one of those books that has a mix of emotions. The reader is given an inside look at the main character's inner most thoughts. As the story unfolds, I kept wondering what is the connection between the first and subsequent chapters. It isn't until the very end that all the pieces fall together.
I personally love the book and I hope that others will love it as well.
(reviewed 67 days after purchase)
J. C. Allen
on June 15, 2011 :
The Santa Shop by Tim Greaton was a poignant and uplifting story about one man’s journey from the depths of despair and despondency to the dawn of redemption and recovery. Skip Ralstat lost his family in a fire. He blames himself for not being there to save them, and his guilt leads him to plan his own suicide by jumping from a bridge called Christmas Leap. Along the way his plot gets hijacked by the “Santa Conspiracy”.
Well written and edited, Mr. Greaton has a wonderful talent for making his characters real, the dialog believable, and the locations familiar. You feel his pain and grief, you stand on the bridge with him, and you experience his awakening and hope. A beautiful story.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on June 11, 2011 :
"The Santa Shop" by Tim Greaton – An Unexpected Breath of Fresh Air
Skip is homeless. He's been living on the street long enough to know his way around. After the accidental death of his wife and son, for which he holds himself responsible, he loses his job, his home and his self-esteem. Desperately contemplating suicide, he meets Father Johnston and his life begins to change.
We walk through Skip's day, learning about his life. Neither asking for sympathy, nor denying his fall from grace, Skip reminds us we're all worthy of a little respect. Although he's fallen about as low as he can go, he maintains what small dignity he has, refusing a handout, especially when it's accompanied by a lecture.
Although set at Christmastime, "The Santa Shop" is a book that readers can enjoy at any time of the year. It's appropriate for young teens to adult readers. I read part of it aloud to my teenage son and he's decided to read the book—clear evidence that "The Santa Shop" bridges generations.
Greaton treats the character of Skip with unusual insight and tenderness. He lovingly portrays the other characters as well, showing the compassion they have for their fellow man.
I greatly enjoyed "The Santa Shop" and look forward to reading more books by Tim Greaton in the future.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)