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The Daughter Claus

(Santina #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  59 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
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
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
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
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
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own, 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 step in and 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 ...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
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
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 family
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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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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!
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.
A.B. Shepherd
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was looking for something fun to get me into the Christmas spirit. This wasn't it. The characters are entirely one dimensional. The story is cute but not well written. Quite disappointing.
Kelly Smith Reviews
Tina Klaus is just like every other college student. She's pretty, smart and has a crazy family, squabbling about the family business. But her REAL name is Santina Claus and her father? Santa Claus. The family business? You guessed it. Santa is getting on in years and is thinking of retiring, but Tina's brother, Nick Jr., doesn't want to be the next Santa.
Looks like it's up to Tina to save Christmas!

Holiday stories really aren't the same as they used to be. They're better! The Daughter Claus by
Elizabeth Ray
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
The Daughter Claus Review

"The Daughter Claus" sounded so interesting to me. Santa is married and has two children- a girl named Santina and a boy named Nick. This book is mainly focused on Santina. Santina has to keep her identity a secret (don't want a bunch of publicity interfering with the important work of the North Pole!). She is attending business school in Florida. Nick is supposed to take over the family business, but he has no interest in it. When Santa has health issues, Santina has to
Kel Crist
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rar-arc, 2014
I was provided a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

The Daughter Claus: By D.Thrush: “He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, ‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!’ “ As the poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas states, Nicholas Claus , aka Santa, fly’s off into the night to deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls. Only this year
Spunky N Sassy
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~~~Doris's Review~~~

This is a delightful read. If you want to get away frim the hustle and bustle. If you need a break...a break for some much needed humor, then this is the book you need to immerse yourself in. Can you believe that Santa Claus has a family? A very dysfunctional family. He has a daughter, Santina, a son, Nick, and his wife, Clara. Nick is in line to inherit the "business", he doesn't want it!. In fact, he perfers his band, Black Ice. He is the lead singer. Santina is in
Ryan Guy
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just what I was looking for in December!

A funny, modern spin on the Santa Claus story with a cast of quirky characters. There are a lot of nods to classic Santa themes with enough twists to make them interesting. Who knew Mrs. Claus was a health nut, the reindeer belonged to a Labor Union, and being a workaholic could cause Santa so many problems?
The book was well written and the family dynamics between Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their two grown children were relatable. I enjoyed the Christmas theme
Peggy Ostrom
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun read

I enjoyed this book a lot. It felt familiar, as if I'd read it before but I know I hadn't. I liked the characters, especially Santa as a grumpy, traditionalist. I recommend it as a great, fun read.
David Lindsay
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You would have thought that the story of Santa had been told enough times by now, but the author has created a new perspective on the classic Christmas tale and stood it on its head. She also answers the age old question of how Santa actually gets everything done in one night. I always wondered about that.

Father Christmas is suffering from the stresses of modern life and looking forward to retirement; Mrs Claus has taken up yoga and is trying to improve his diet; daughter Tina has daddy issues,
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book despite the writing style, which left a little to be desired. Choppy sentences at times and PLEASE STOP USING THE PHRASE GONNA! That made me a little nutty, and while it might have passed in an audio version, reading that "word" a zillion times was distracting and bothersome.

However, the story was cute, a light, predictable quick read. I appreciate the "story behind the legend" angle, and for the most part the characters were very likeable. Nick was pretty much a narcissistic
Ann Geffert
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ms. Santina, Thank You!

Afterall, she "saved the day", and the season, too! I think Tiina is a really good person, and that she sacrificed her own life plans and goals is a wonderful thing!

Her brother, Nick, on the other hand, is selfish. He could have at least helped his family and followed tradition and did the delivery, after Tina saw to everything else. I have to say I didn't like him very much!

Tina doesn't get enough credit or gratitude from her family, as they should give her. She does an
Sherri Morris
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A modern day Santa

What child has a wooden train listed as their hearts desire? Or a raggedy doll? North Pole meet 2015! Updated equipment. Updated techniques. An IT department? delivered by......a girl?!?! Join 'Tina' as she and her friends help to modernize the North Pole....and her father, Santa Claus.

I found this tale to be so delightful! It's about time that someone says 'why does Santa have to be male?'! I've been the Santa of my family for 35 years as my mother and grandmother
Judy Jacobson
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Daughter Claus" is an ingenious rendition of the Santa Story. D. Thrush's imagination comes through on every page. Many times I laughed when song lyrics from music we all love are evoked. I loved "Have you ever seen the Northern Lights!" I have seen the Aurora and Thrush captures this beautiful natural phenomenon perfectly during the story. I also loved the semi-subtle references to modern life. I loved the ending too! Who would have thought a story about Santa would capture my attention. ...more
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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 explore family and friendship, love and romance, relationships and life.

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