With Christmas only three days away, Carol Claus agrees to her father’s request that she leave the North Pole on a mission to help save Christmas. Joining single father Ben Hanson and his children for the holidays seems an easy enough task until Santa informs her that Ben is the man behind the disturbing new book ‘Beyond Bah Humbug: Why Lying to Your Children about Santa Claus is a Bad Idea’.
Posing as Miss Kane, the children’s new nanny, Carol pulls out all the stops to show Ben how fun Christmas can be, all the while struggling to understand how one man could hate the holidays so much. How could she, Santa’s only daughter, be so attracted to a man who refuses to believe her father exists?
Carol Claus, aka Carol Kane, must go and do the impossible. In three short days, she has to find a way to convince Ben Hanson that Christmas is a magical time of year. I will admit her way of going about it would have driven me bonkers, but then again, I’m practically a prime candidate for Ben Hanson’s book: “Beyond Bah Humbug: Why Lying to Your Children about Santa Claus is a Bad Idea”. So I sympathized a great deal with his point of view. Though there is something magical when children believe in Christmas and Santa Claus. And Ben’s children, Hillary and Patrick, are more than ready to join Carol in celebrating Christmas.
Written in both Carol and Ben’s point of view, the reader gets a terrific view of both sides. Their viewpoints are fairly realistic and fun to read.
Since this is a novella, everything moves at a quick pace. It felt more like Carol had a week or two to pull everything off. But she was a master at elf management, so she put her skills to work to get everything done in record time. While the ending was predictable, it was done well. After all, happy endings are expected in Christmas stories.
Caroline Mickelson’s writing is quick paced with just the right amount of detail. I know I won’t hesitate to read another one of her books in the future.