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- File Size: 442 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Publisher: Focus House Publishing (30 Jun. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003LBRITQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,135 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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In this first person narrative, we get acquainted with Skip, a man who after the tragic loss of his wife and baby son ends up living on the streets of Albany. Filled with remorse and guilt about the death of his family, he decides that he can't go on living anymore. While working out how to take his own life, he meets another homeless man, who tells him of a special bridge that people use to say farewell to their earthly existence.
On hearing this Skip decides that jumping off the bridge is a good way to go and he sets out to find this bridge, in the hope of reaching it before Christmas Eve.
As we follow Skip on his journey, we get a realistic idea of what he is going through. His desire to die is well told and easy to sympathise with. The people he meets along the way are nicely described. Most of them he meets only once, but they are believable and real. Some of the characters that jump out are Father Johnston, a priest who lets Skip sleep in the chapel for a night, Barwood Stone, the homeless guy who tells him about the bridge and Jenny, owner of a corner store.
The Santa Shop is not a very long story - probably not more than 10.000 words. But it doesn't need to be longer. It is a well written story that has a good structure and keeps you wanting to read on. Ultimately you feel empathy for the main character Skip and although you don't want him to die, are willing to follow him on his journey to a better and happier life.
The conspiracy that engulfs Skip is not a transparent one. It is a good conspiracy anyway, which leaves you to think that the world really can be a better place if more conspiracies like this happened more often.
I recommend The Santa Shop to anyone who is in need of a feel good story. Especially one that can be read curled up on the couch on a cold winter afternoon.
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.
We tried to hang in there that first year. My father attempted to play the dual role of mom and dad, but eventually his depression caught up with him. Alcohol became his alternative and what money we had went toward feeding that need in him to drown out his sorrows. Our Christmas' became a decorated tree with little or nothing under them. Every year, I would cry myself to sleep and mourn the loss of my mother who had always known how to make holidays so special. By the time I had reached fourteen, it became too much. I planned ahead and saved every dollar I had, usually it wasn't much, maybe twenty or thirty total.Read more ›
The book starts with a couple leaving and signing over their house and workshop over to someone but it doesn't say why.
The 2nd chapter starts with a homeless man Skip who feels so down as he blames himself for the death of his wife and baby son even though it was a dope head neighbour who caused the fire which tore through the apartments killing other neighbours as well. Skip had gone to a works christmas party and he felt that he should have been home to save them.
Skip comes across a priest who takes him in for the night and gives him some breakfast the following morning. Skip see the priest speaking to what appears to be another homeless person.
Skip says he goodbyes to the priest and sets off on his way and determines that he has to pay the ultimate price for the death of his family by taking his own. As he wanders around considering what and how he should do this he nearly gets run over by a train but is pulled back by someone. Who was this person who saved him? Skip thinks it was the other homeless person he had seen the priest talking to earlier that morning. He shouts and catches up with him and the man tells him a story about Santas Leap.
Skip says his goodbyes to the homeless man and decides there and then that he is going to go there but needs money to get there which is $50 which he ends up getting.
He finally arrives at Gray and looks for the bridge where Santa's Leap is.
I won't say anymore as it will spoil the plot but a great read at this time of year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a thought provoking book and would recommend to others. Would enjoy reading more books from the same authorPublished 7 months ago by Clare Bracken
Bought for my 11 year old granddaughter, I've not actually used it myself but she says it's really good.Published 7 months ago by JM
Perfect, purchase arrived really early and in lovely condition thank you, super seller will use againPublished 14 months ago by lynda duncan
Such a good book, I could not put it down. Wonderful story. Can't wait for more of the same. FabulousPublished 20 months ago by Mrs Janet L Ward
Just a good read full of great values and moral codes without being cheesy . Was a quick read that left me deleting ok about being human and reminding me about the power of just... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2014 by susi
Really enjoyed this story but was very disappointed with it's abrupt ending. I believe there is a another,longer version so I may read that, but I would have preferred to read it... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2014 by Pandora
Could not really get into this book, being quite honest. I have now reached the stage that unless a book grips me, I do not continue, as I have so many other books in paper form... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by English murdered