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The Santa Shop (The Samaritans Conspiracy Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Tim Greaton
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More than 80,000 Tim Greaton books have been downloaded in just the last few months. "The Santa Shop" is only one example of why his brand of emotional fiction will keep you rivited and leave you thinking and smiling for days after you've turned the last page.

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Skip Ralstat is a man so steeped in grief and despair that life seems no longer possible. After the death of his wife and child, Skip blames himself. He has given up his friends, his job and now, devoid of all hope, he survives on the mean streets of Albany. He knows it can't go on, that life must end...but will it?

In "The Santa Shop" we get our first glimpse at the Samaritans Conspiracy, a secretive group of individuals who are seldom seen and never recognized.

Also, don't miss "Red Gloves" the second novel in this emotional, life-affirming series. With Maine teenage corpses stacking up and her life crumbling around her, Lead Detective Priscilla Harris seeks out a red-gloved stalker who is either a murderer or a saint.


A message from the author:

Dear Readers,

Thank you so much for considering my work.

It surprises me how often I'm asked if I've ever been homeless or if "The Santa Shop" is in some way autobiographical. I've been fortunate to always have had a roof over my head but my childhood was pretty dark, a fact for which I do not fault my parents. They did the best they could, but I owe a great debt to a local childhood library and the hundreds of authors who showed me that life could one day be better. They were right, of course, but it's impossible to limp from the shadows of a difficult past without carrying scars, and that pain is what I believe readers feel in my work.

Thank you again for taking the time. If you do choose to join Skip on his dark, emotional journey, it is my sincere hope that the ending will lead you to a brighter place. For my novels to help even one troubled soul find shelter, that would be success.

Best wishes always,

Tim Greaton

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 361 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 180 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 097266260X
  • Editeur : Focus House Publishing (30 juin 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003LBRITQ
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A different look at Christmas 30 novembre 2011
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There's a tendency for Christmas novels to dwell on its joyful, superficial, glittery aspect, but here is one with a difference. It deals with the darker side of Christmas - the side experienced by lonely, deprived and ill people, the homeless and the bereaved, who find this time of good cheer and happiness hard to bear.
Our hero is Skip who lost his family in a Christmas Eve fire. He was at a boring office party and so escaped the same fate. However, he's consumed by guilt and falls apart, ending up on the streets. He makes up his mind to commit suicide on the anniversary of the deaths of Tabitha his wife and Derek his son, but bumps into an assortment of warm-hearted, selfless people who start to test his resolve. It takes a visit to The Santa Shop in Gray, Vermont, to point Skip towards making the right decision.
This is a sad book but it's also joyful. You see the depths of human despair and people at their worst, but also people at their caring, generous best. Skip's journey is tough physically and mentally but it's as enlightening for the reader as it is for him.
A really amazing, thought-provoking book. You have to read it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Santa Shop 16 novembre 2002
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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 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!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An emotional story that will stay with you 18 juin 2011
Par Mistress of The Dark Path - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I normally have a set outline for reviews, but this book has left such an impression on me that I felt compelled to deviate from that format. There is a good reason for this and I will explain. This story is about a man who had a horrible Christmas experience that brought him to a suicidal state one year after that tragic incident. For me, I have never been suicidal, but Christmas has always been an emotional time for me due to similar reasons. My mother died just two weeks before Christmas when I was nine years old. The doctors knew she wouldn't make it and warned my family to prepare for her upcoming death. Brain cancer had left her in a very weakened state, but she wanted to see me and my younger brother open our gifts one last time. So we celebrated early with her that year. Then just a few days later, the cancer won the battle and took her from us. When the actual time for Christmas arrived, my father, brother, and I were in a rather depressed state. A few small, cheap gifts were exchanged. My father was trying, in his own way, but he wasn't our mother who did Christmas in a big way. Also, despite medical insurance, the cost of cancer had left us nearly destitute.

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. Then, just a couple days before Christmas, I would go to whatever store was within walking distance to purchase little gifts for my brother and father. I wrapped these meager offerings up and placed them under the tree with the order they not be opened until the appropriate time.

Once Christmas eve had arrived, I would drag my brother to the living room and awaken my father from his drunken stupor. Under my supervising eye, they would open those gifts and each might give a smile. It wasn't much, but somehow I had to make the holiday better for them. They had both fallen to depression, drinking, and other things by this time and I was the only one hanging on. In some way, I was trying to give them a bit of happiness. Then, after the wrapping was cleaned up, my father passed out again, and my brother back in his room, I would go off alone to cry. I had done what I could. All the holidays until I left home seemed to pass this way with only one or two minor exceptions.

That first Christmas when I was eighteen years old was spent in Army barracks in North Carolina. I had just arrived at my unit two months before and only the soldiers who had been in the unit longer were given leave to go home. Perhaps not more than a dozen or so of us were left and I didn't know the others. I sat in my barracks room with its ugly cinder-block walls, once again depressed and even more alone than ever before. Then someone started pounding on all the doors, ordering us out into the hallway. We stumbled out, it was perhaps around 7pm so most hadn't gone to sleep, yet it was dark outside already. They told us all to go to the barracks entrance steps. I didn't want to and argued against it, but they told me it wasn't an option. To my surprise, upon reaching the entrance, a gathering of families were outside singing Christmas carols for us. It was a very cold night, yet they braved it to give us a little cheer. We even received cookies as a small gift. The children smiled so happily, knowing us soldiers needed that extra lift for the holiday. For ten minutes they stood there, just singing in chorus, in the cold, before moving on to the next building. It touched my heart to see people who selflessly came out on their holiday evening to show that they remembered us. The soldiers who sat alone in the dreary old barracks. Maybe they will never know how grateful I was for that kindness, but I hope they did.

So you are probably wondering why I related my story to you. Well, if it touched you at all, then this book will as well. It is about depression, Christmas miracles, and people giving out of the goodness of their hearts. I couldn't read this all in one sitting. It brought out my own memories and caused tears to pour forth from my eyes. I had to walk away from it a couple of times, but always felt compelled to come back and read more. It touched me deeply and I'm glad I read it. For this reason, I'm giving it five stars. Any author that can write a story that pulls so deeply at my heart is truly talented. You will not be sorry for having read this story. It is truly a beautiful tale.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Every town should have a Santa Shop!! 7 janvier 2003
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Tim has written a wonderful book, more about life than Christmas, which was an inspiration to me. His characters are alive and you feel as if you know them. You hurt when they hurt, love when they love, and feel what they feel. His descriptions put you right there and I wanted to help!! So much of life packed into this story, and I was wishing for more at the end!
A must read for everyone; read it to your children! I will be watching for this author's works!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Christmas Through the Lens of Suicide 23 mai 2011
Par Tiffanyjkl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful Book!!!!! 16 novembre 2002
Par "teej1969" - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
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.
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