The Santa Shop

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A homeless man's journey from despair back to life and Christmas. Secrets revealed lead to an emotional and magical holiday. The perfect present: hope between two covers.
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Overview

A homeless man's journey from despair back to life and Christmas. Secrets revealed lead to an emotional and magical holiday. The perfect present: hope between two covers.
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Editorial Reviews

Robin B
Tim Greaton's The Santa Shop is one of a kind. It is a feel good story that is right for any age for many reasons. For younger folks it is a life lesson and for older folk it is a triumph that reminds each and every one of us to be grateful for what we have and life's lessons that never stop coming. I recommend this book for anybody who is looking for a fast read full of enrichment and enlightenment.
Teej Green
When I read this book I was taken on a journey that moved me to the depths of my being. This book took me through many emotions, happiness, fear, hope, and anger; the strongest was hope. There were places when I cried, and others when I laughed. I really LOVED this book. Anyone who picks it up and reads it will find that they can't put it down until the final page is turned. I am highly recommending this book to everyone I know. Pick it up and you will find the hope that you thought was lost.
Bren Currier
At the core of this amazing Christmas story is a conspiracy for good. I wept,I laughed, and I rejoiced as Skip moved through the most heartfelt story landscapes I think I've ever read. I couldn't put it down as I along with this character experienced the depths of grief, courage, and then redemption. But what has me still crying and thinking, is that conspiracy. We should all join it or form one of our own. If ever there was an answer to the ills of this world, I believe this author has found it
Sam Elmore
Greaton's characters come alive upon first appearance, and he has that rare ability to 'put you there in the scene.' If you have any imagination at all, the light reflected from the altar will hurt your eyes; you will feel real resentment at the offer of unsolicited charity; the extreme cold of the steel bridge rails will sear your fingers...and you will be the better for it.
Buy this book; read it with an open mind, and your heart will rediscover the real spirit of life; not just Christmas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972662604
  • Publisher: Focus House Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/13/2002
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 5.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Greaton lives in Maine with his beautiful wife and three amazing children. They share seven acres with one dog, two cats and a population of ducks that varies with the weather. He is a full-time corporate writer and novelist. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in forums all around the globe. You can find his novels in paperback and ebook formats at all quality book retailers.

Sometimes referred to as "Maine's Other Author" (TM), he prefers just Tim.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2004

    Santa Shop: A Novel of Hope

    When somebody reads the back of this book, they cringe a little. It deals with suicide, so some will not read it. But this story is so much better than what people think. It does have its happy parts, but you just have to wait to get to that point.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    A Novel of Hope

    After hearing about this book, I read the first few chapters on "The Santa Shop" website. I immediately went out and bought the book. I could not put the book down. This book is definately a novel of hope. I loved it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Christmas Through the Lens of Suicide

    Just from the title of my review you start to understand the power of this story. As someone who has lost a loved one to suicide, I can only say EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. We've all experienced down times in our lives and most of us have experienced loss. That's where this story begins-with terrible loss. But as Skip moves through the deepest stages of grief and begins his plan for suicide, I saw a reflection of my own life's challenges and felt myself changing as the story moved on. By the time Skip stood on the rail of a bridge above a steep ravine, I was literally begging him, screaming for him to stop.

    Read this book. Before you turn the last page you will have traveled a lifetime.and tears of happiness will streak your cheeks.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Must Read!

    I found this book to be very inspriational. I have given the book to 3 people 2 of them boast that they have only read one other book in their life since school, both of them found it impossible to put down and gave it to others who felt the same way. The other person I gave this book to had homelessness in their past and they connected with the book at such a deep level. I have been thanked by all 3 on more than one occasion. I highly recommend this book for all and as a gift to those who don't read often or have had tradedy in thier life. You too will find this book impossible to put down. Enjoy!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2004

    Santa Shop: A Novel of Hope

    how are you dad I really liked this book! And I told all of my friends about this book. And A lot of them started to read it and they liked it very very much! I can't wait for your next book!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2003

    Fantastic Book!!!

    What a wonderful story!! I couldn't put the book down!! This book tugs at every emotion! I definately will be looking for more books from this author! Captivating writing!!! Deep emotional content truly as it says a book of hope! Bravo!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2003

    A journey of wonder

    I"ve just finished "The Santa Shop" & yes, it was a great read. I must admit that I was initially skeptical - suicide is such a delicate issue; but hope & optimism are skillfully woven to overcome despair. It's the kind of book that sucks you in, right from the very beginning, & just never lets you go - with the writing, and the substance of the story, getting better & better as the reader accompanies Skip on his arduous journey. Skip's odyssey begins from the depths of emotional grief & physical depravity. His wife & child are dead & he believes that he is to blame. Having no other family left, he takes to the streets & lives among the homeless, guilt-ridden & despondent, & eventually comes the the conclusion that suicide is the only thing of which he is worthy. As Skip begins to plan his own death, we become aware of a quiet "conspiracy", a conspiracy of good faith - of hope. It is this counterplot that leads Skip, and the reader, from the edge disaster, to the realization, and affirmation, of belief in the goodness of life & our fellowman - it leads us to the wonder of "The Santa Shop".

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    A First Novel With The Right Stuff

    December 12, 2002 Reviewer: Sam Elmore from Amelia, La. There are no superflous words or padding in this Novel...it is purely distilled emotions, guided by a very adept writer. Powerfully written, yet crafted with a velvet pen. Greaton's characters come alive upon first appearance, and he has that rare ability to 'put you there in the scene.' If you have any imagination at all, the light reflected from the altar will hurt your eyes; you will feel real resentment at the offer of unsolicited charity; the extreme cold of the steel bridge rails will sear your fingers...and you will be the better for it. Buy this book; read it with an open mind, and your heart will rediscover the real spirit of life; not just Christmas. This is not a ho-ho-ho sleigh ride with Santa; It is a veritable roller-coaster ride from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. This is the most engaging first novel I have read since Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird." Sam Elmore Amelia, La.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Highly recommend

    Altho the main character is guilt ridden, grieving and internally despondent, as the pages turned, I could feel a strength in him that he wasnt even aware he had. He may not have cared about himself but he sure did give alot of thought about others. The author sucked me in and I felt emotionally vested all the way to the end of the book. Totally relatable for anyone who feels their life has been stretched and challenged beyond their ability to control.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    Poignant and uplifting

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    read this

    I want to believe whole heartedly that Gray, Vermont and The Santa Shop exist. Real or not, they will forever be alive in my mind. The power of this book rests in the author's ability to walk us through the depths of despair, making us feel Skip's desperation and allowing us to truly understand why he believes suicide is the only way to atone for the death of his wife and son. This book is filled with loneliness, sadness and the utter loss of faith. And then something amazing happens. After we have emotionally joined Skip in his desperate search for an end to his pain, the author moves not just the character but also the reader to a better place. Yes, I know with all my heart that Skip's pain is real. And that what makes this journey so amazing. Our belief grants it impact and power. While the title might sound like a feel good story, The Santa Shop is more about hopelessness and recovery. I know I recovered. A very worthy read by a wonderful author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    Tears of joy...

    I've heard that this author is a charitable activist, and after reading this book I'm sure it's true. At the core of this amazing Christmas story is a conspiracy, but it's a conspiracy for good. I wept, I laughed, and I rejoiced as Skip moved through one of the most heartfelt story landscapes I think I've ever read. I couldn't put this book down as I along with this character experienced the depths of grief, courage, and then redemption. But what has me still crying and thinking, is that conspiracy. We should all join it or form one of our own. If ever there was an answer to the ills of this world, I believe this author has found it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2002

    A Novel about Life

    This book is NOT about a ho-ho-ho ride in Santa's sleigh; rather, it is a veritable roller-coaster ride from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. You will be the better for having taken the ride. This Author's first novel is one that 'grabs' you. Mr. Greaton has that rare ability to put the reader IN the scene, along with his remarkably-crafted characters. You will lament the too-soon ending, and you will probably feel the urge to begin again at page one. (Go ahead. I did.) This is the most absorbing book I've read since Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird." Buy this book; read it--you will find renewed hope and a sense of joy long unfelt. Sam Elmore, Amelia, La.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2002

    A Truly Rare Book

    This is a truly engaging story; once started, putting it down was NOT an option. It is rare to find a book that allows you to feel as though you walk the journey yourself. The social undertones of The Santa Shop with its vivid portrayal of homelessness brought me through the currents of life that can sweep any person to that place. The author has done a wonderful job of bringing together the despair that so many feel in the holiday season and the hope that can be found even when your not looking for it. This is a very well written novel that captures the meaning of Christmas in a way that is rarely depicted. I think it¿s a must read and I am so glad I did!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2002

    Awesome Book!!!

    This book is one of the best books that I have ever read! I was really moved by this book. I highly recommend this book to everyone who doesn't believe in Miracles. It will change your mind. And if you do believe in Miracles, this is more proof for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Touching story

    Highly recommend to other readers. I don't think this one will be a disappointment. It is a story of hope and encouragement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Interesting

    Had an interesting ending. Overall good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Ok

    Short story. Ending rather abrupt and unsatisfying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    You'll Come Away from this One With a Full Heart!

    Oh, yeah! This one's a keeper! Well-rounded tale of one man's landslide into utter despair, and the very creative and (ultimately; you have to wait for it!) heart-warming role "Christmas" in the guise of "Santa" plays in coaxing him away from the precipice (both figuratively and literally). Just what the doctor ordered for this Christmas-Season reading!

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    highly recommended

    a nice, enjoyable, easy read.

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