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The Daughter Claus

(Santina #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  83 reviews
*** Wishing Shelf Award Finalist 2017 ***
*** Readers' Favorite Finalist 2018 ***

Tina has daddy issues. Santa is a grumpy workaholic who focused all his attention on grooming her brother to fill his boots when he retires. But Nick has plans of his own to become a rock star. Now after a family emergency, it's up to Tina to leave college and return home to the North Pole to t
Kindle Edition, 205 pages
Published November 20th 2013 by D. Thrush
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Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, ebook
Tina and Nick are starting their lives on different paths. Tina is a business major in college and Nick has started a band. Both are happy in their choices but they know that Nick is supposed to carry on the family business as Santa Claus when his dad retires. Problem is, Nick has no desire to leave the band and head to the North Pole.

This story is cute with plenty of conflict and confusion between the family members. It is a new way to see Santa, he isn't quite the jolly elf I imagined him to b
Nick Iuppa
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You may think you’ve heard this story before. You know: grumpy father, nervous mother, over-indulged first-born son, ignored sibling. Except that in this case Dad is Santa, Mom is Mrs. Claus, and Junior is Nick who wants to become a rock star even though he’s required to take over the family business. That leaves the ignored and under appreciated sibling, Santina Claus (Tina for short), Santa’s daughter.

The good news is that Tina is more than just the forgotten kid in the family. She’s the most
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
It's rather pleasant, but feels more like a fiction writing exercise than a real book-book, if you know what I'm trying to say.

Mostly this is because there's way too much telling instead of showing. For example, we see Santina enter her brother's house for dinner with George, but then instead of showing us the date, we simply hear what she thought of George afterwards. The same thing happens with the reindeer - we repeatedly hear they are grumpy and make picayune demands, but then we never actu
Michelle Strommen
Adorable. Perfect Christmas story. I’m like a child about Santa, so this story was just great. It made reading just joyful and happy
Billy Buttons
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: The Daughter Clause
Author: D. Thrush

Star Rating: 4 Stars
Number of Readers: 17
Editing: 8/10
Writing Style: 8/10
Content: 8/10
Cover: 6/10
Of the 17 readers:
14 would read another book by this author.
8 thought the cover was good or excellent.
17 felt it was easy to follow.
14 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
10 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
7 felt the author’s
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, arc, rmrn
When Santa was hospitalized he expected his son, Nick, to take over the family business. It has always been the son who was next in line for the job. But Nick didn't have any interest in the business. He wanted to be a rock star and was not leaving his band. So that left it up to his daughter, Tina, to take care of it. As a business major, that wasn't a problem. The problem was her insecurities. She had always felt forgotten about/ignored by her father so she didn't know if she could do the job ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This a fantasy book about the daughter of Santa Claus, which in this story is Santina. Even though it seems the dream of every kid to live in the North Pole, where is Christmas all year, Santina doesn't feel that way, nor does her brother Nick. However, she gets stuck in the family business.
This was a very fun and intriguing book to read. The plot was interesting and fun. I genuinely wanted to know the outcome. The characters were interesting as well. I was very fond of Tina, she has such a kin
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
PST. A few spoilers in here... The Daughter Clause was a perfect pick up for heading into the winter season to get into the Christmas mood. It doesn’t start in winter by makes it way there with a family whom we all can relate to. I enjoyed seeing Santina grow into the person that she was meant to be, finding purpose and understanding the role of her father. I do wish I had more information on the characters, like George, I did not know anything about him beside he was in the band and shy. I had ...more
Rate: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Author: D. Thrush
Published: November 20, 2013
Series: #1 of Santina Series


Thank you to the author, D. Thrush, for providing an ARC of her novel The Daughter Claus via Goodread’s Making Connections.

Santina Claus is the firstborn child of Santa Claus. You know, the one who says “Ho ho ho” during Christmas? The red suit guy? Well guess what, he has a toy company and two children.

The Daughter Claus is about Santina “Tina” Claus, a business major, who tries to get away from her fam
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an unbiased review

The writing style of this book is very awkward. Sentences are short and truncated and the dialogue is very stilted. Also, I absolutely hate Lisa. She is the most annoying person and the worst counselor in the world. She forms an inappropriate relationship with one of her students, and it’s not the first time. All she ever wants to talk about is herself. She and Nick would be perfect for
Jennifer Holloway
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love brain candy!

This is a very light , easy to read book. One you can gulp down in a single sitting. This being said, be prepared to reach for Kleenex as there are definitely heart tugs....It is after all a book about Santa and his family!
Susan Brinkman
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice first book in series

What a wonderful idea. An inside look at life as a member of the Claus family. A good concept, and well written. I'm going to go on to the next book in this series right now.
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
if this is made into a hallmark movie,it would be a good date movie.
Lisa Martin
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read on a cold fall morning when I just couldn’t get up and moving. The story line reminds me a lot of one of my favourite Christmas movies “Santa Baby”, with a slight twist on details and names. Good read for any young adult or anyone looking for a little light reading Christmas fun. I was glad to see it is part of a seri. Looking forward to reading book two, and seeing where these fun characters take me next.

*recieved free copy of The Daughter Claus from the author through Voracious Reade
Vonda Mîkesell
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much I sent my daughter a copy! This is a fun story.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I chose this book because it is Christmas related. I saw that it is categorized as Chick Lit and it didn't disappoint. I wish it was a little more Christmas themed. I really enjoyed the family dynamic and the pressures of everyday life. I enjoyed the business aspect, and how it differed from a generic holiday book. I wish we got to see more attitude from the reindeer instead of just hearing that they had one.

**I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers Onl
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can Santa be a woman?

I first thought this is a kind of crazy book? I am reading about Santa Claus like he is a person, has a family, and vacations in a warm sunny place. Then I read on and became entangled in wants vs responsibility, and loyalty. I ended the book with a big smile on my face and a happy heart.
Linda Mcadams
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Santa has two children. His children couldn't be more different and each has different plans for their future that do not include taking over the reigns of the family business.
Santa wants to retire and then has a heart attack. What's going to happen now.
Great Christmas book and an easy read. This is the first in a series and I am not a huge series fan so I have not decided if I will continue..
Mallorie Borup
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted a fun Christmas story. But this just wasn't it. It was poorly written and it was more about the business of Christmas than the magic. ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
Gave up, it was too ridiculous. Although it might be a good kid book.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Laura B
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, christmas
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Sabrina Claus to the rescue

A very cute read. Nice to see that women do stand up to males and succeed in endeavors they least expected. This book will make you question what you believe about Christmas and Santa, in a good way. It is interesting to ponder what happens when Santa has to retire. And the look into the inner workings of making the toys for all the girls and boys is fascinating. Of course there is romance, because this is a romance novel. But that doesn't take away from the happenings
Rose Grabowski
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is a reimagining of the Claus family and the North Pole. Santa is getting older and not feeling well. He wants to hand the family business down to his son Nick. Nick is in a rock band and has no interest in taking over as Santa. Santa's daughter Santina is in college working on a business degree. She is asked to take over management of the north Pole for a while until they can get Nick to change his mind. She has been told that she can't take over the business because she is a woman. ...more
Gail Willadsen
Dec 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This reads like a Hallmark Christmas movie in book form. If you want overly hokey and nonsensical, this book is for you.

While I do love me some sappy feel-good Christmas movies, at least with those, I’m only wasting 2 hours on low-quality entertainment.

Add in that they celebrate US Thanksgiving (at the North Pole? Come on!), Tina’s new best friend is a crappy therapist in her late 20s who has a thing for inappropriately younger guys, including Tina’s own brother, this book - and probably the who
Joshua Grant
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
D. Thrush takes a fun spin on Christmas romance in The Daughter Claus! Tina’s brother is supposed to become the next Santa Claus but his incompetence and lack of interest lands the job on her shoulders. As if that’s not complicated enough, the reemergence of an old romantic flare and battling an elf union put things over the top. This book is just fun and Thrush’s writing is full of life and humor! If you love Christmas, romance, or a bit of both, this one’s for you!
Janet Gibbons
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a nice twist!

What a nice twist! I wasn't sure that I would like a female becoming Santa Clause. It sounded like a women's lib kind of thing. BUT I was pleasantly surprised by the struggle Sabrina made in her decision to take over for her dad who had a heart attack. I couldn't put the book down. I had to see what happened next. Not getting involved with a guy until so far into the book was a nice twist on a romance story as well. I loved it!
Saidah Gilbert
It wasn't very exciting but I kept reading until the end just to see what happened. The book felt like an old movie from before I was born (I was born in the 90's). The attitudes were very old-fashioned. If cell phones and other modern devices weren't mentioned, I would've thought this book was happening in the past. ...more
Kathy Austin
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Cute, fresh take on Santa and his family. Full of laughs and giggles. Easy to get hooked on the characters. Story flows well and kept me interested. So much so, that I'm on book 2 and plan on getting 3 and 4. Notice...the cover shown here is not the cover currently. New cover is dark blue with snowflake. ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-challenge
It was definitely not easy being the daughter of Santa Claus. To make things worse, her brother who was supposed to be the heir to being Santa, completely refused and so she was left with a lot of work and no recognition. Could she be the next Santa in line? It is all up to her father.
A cute Christmas story with a new twist!
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I grew up in Levittown, New York, and currently live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest corner of the U.S. where there seem to be a lot of authors. Rainy weather is good for writing or curling up with a good book!

I write from the heart and find it difficult to part with my characters when their stories end. Each of my novels explores family and friendship, love and romance, relationships and life

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