It's Review Week here on Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author - a review a day, all week long!
We're kicking off Review Week with a look at "Santa Maybe" by author Aubrey Mace.
I was first introduced to Aubrey's writing with her novel, "Spare Change." Her voice was fresh and unique, and I was drawn into the story immediately. I was very pleased to receive a copy of "Santa Maybe" to review (from the author, at no cost to me) and looked forward to reading it ... but my daughter snagged it out of my hands. After she finished it, she informed me that it was great, and I could read it now.
As much as I loved "Spare Change," which went on to win a Whitney Award, by the way, I loved "Santa Maybe" even more. Aubrey's writing skills have only improved, her plot line is original, and I read the whole thing in one sitting.
A synopsis: Abbie owns a bakery, and pours her heart and soul into her business. She's not married, and her sister keeps needling her to get out there and find a man. Abbie believes herself to be happy most of the time, but she has to admit, there are moments when she wonders if she ever will have a family of her own. One Christmas Eve, just to be silly, she leaves a note for Santa, asking him to bring her a man. To her shock, when she wakes up the next morning, she finds a man asleep under her Christmas tree, and he has no idea who he is or how he got there.
Abbie spends her time trying to help him find his way back home, but soon she wonders if she really wants him to get found. Maybe she could just keep him.
I laughed several times during the story and eagerly turned each page to see what would happen next.
In all fairness, I have to say I did find the ending slightly reminiscent of "Never Been Kissed." That said, it was a delightful read and one I will recommend wholeheartedly.
(This book was published in 2009 by Cedar Fort.)