The Perfect Mrs. Claus by Barbara Matteson is a delightful Christmas time tale. The story centers around Savannah Brady and Matthew Buck. Savannah is a widow, as her husband Bradley had passed a couple years prior to an aneurysm. They also had a son named Patrick who unfortunately lives overseas. Matthew is a divorced father- his daughter Athena also living overseas with his ex-wife Summer. Matthew spots Savannah as she watches as Howardson’s decorate the store with Christmas decor, and he feels a strong pull towards her and strongly feels that she could complete his Enchanted Land of Claus by portraying Mrs. Claus. They sit down to discuss his ideas and from there, the book begins to unfold into a very endearing story of two lonely people coming together to find love again later in life.
I honestly adored this story more than I thought I would. I loved how kind and level-headed Matthew was and I envisioned him as this sweet, handsome gentle soul. Savannah is determined and witty, but also kind as well. I thought their characters fit together perfectly and their interactions had me chuckling and smiling as I read along. I would absolutely recommend adding this to your list of to-read’s if you enjoy sweet love stories with older, mature characters. This would be a perfect book to read with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.