PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: The Christmas Chronicles is a fantastic addition to anyone’s Christmas story collection!!! It is a beautiful telling of the Santa Claus tale. If you think you’ve heard every rendition of the Santa Claus tale…don’t miss out because this one is fantastic and unique! Slover will intrigue you from start to finish with his description of how the child Klaus grows up and becomes the man for whom the legend of Santa Clause is based. His realistic portrayal of Klaus and how and why he give the children of his village special hand carved toys for Christmas will melt your heart and make you want to believe that a good-hearted and pure soul could still exist somewhere in the world today.
BOOK SUMMARY: In this new holiday classic, Tim Slover crafts a marvelous, magical novel about how Santa Claus became the man he is today. After reading The Christmas Chronicles, you’ll believe all over again in the magic of the season. Snow is falling, and the clock ticks toward midnight on Christmas Eve while countless children, too excited to sleep, anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. But in Tim Slover’s deeply charming and utterly thrilling new novel, that’s the end rather than the beginning of the story. In this richly imagined tale of Santa’s origins, the man in full finally emerges. The Christmas Chronicles is at once an action-packed adventure, an inspiring story of commitment and faith, and a moving love story. It all starts in 1343, when the child Klaus is orphaned and adopted by a craftsmen’s guild. The boy will grow to become a master woodworker with an infectious laugh and an unparalleled gift for making toys. His talent and generosity uniquely equip him to bestow hundreds of gifts on children at Christmas—and to court the delightful Anna, who enters his life on a sleigh driven by the reindeer Dasher and becomes his beloved wife. Still, all is not snowfall and presents. Klaus will be shadowed by the envious Rolf Eckhof, who will stop at nothing to subvert him. But in the end, Santa’s magic is at last unleashed, flying reindeer come to his aid, and an epic battle between good and evil is waged in the frosty Christmas skies. By turns enchanting, hair-raising, and inspirational, The Christmas Chronicles is a beguiling tale destined to become a holiday favorite for the ages.