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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Guinn Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9781593163327
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In How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas, Jeff Guinn combines solid historical fact with glorious legend to deliver another heartwarming holiday book for the whole family.

It’s 1620 and Mrs. Claus’ dear husband is off in the New World planting the seeds of what will become a glorious Christmas tradition. Meanwhile, Mrs. Claus has chosen to stay in England, where the first signs of a dangerous threat to Yuletide cheer are in evidence. The Puritans have gained control of Parliament and appear determined to take all the fun out of Christmas. But Mrs. Claus knows that it’s time for serious action when, in 1647, a law is passed by Parliament that actually punishes anyone who celebrates Christmas.

Using as its springboard the actual events of a day in 1647 when 10,000 peasants marched through the streets of Canterbury demanding their right to celebrate a beloved holiday, How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas is rich in historical detail, adventure, and plain ol’ Christmas fun. Children, parents, and entire families will enjoy this holiday classic!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 2/19/2014

    " Great piece of historical "fiction" :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/9/2014

    " The first book was much better. This one had too much about war. But the basic premise was still good. I will probably still read the third - I did request the library to purchase all three - and they did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 2/7/2014

    " Very good book, filled to the brim with the Christmas spirit and actually based upon actual history, very cool indeed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 2/1/2014

    " We have been reading one of these Santa series every December the past few years in preparation for Christmas. We enjoyed the Autobiography of Santa Claus for the history and the spirit. We decided to try this one just to mix it up a bit and it was a bit of a struggle to get through it. In general, the story was informative and the history was interesting. But the writing was redundant- reminding us constantly that Mrs. Claus, does, in fact, love Christmas, that she's really old, that she's magic, that she loves Christmas, what her firends names are, and that she loves Christmas. Each of these books has 24 chapters that you can use as a countdown to Christmas. There seemed to be a lot of uninteresting fluff added to this story to stretch it to the full 24 chapters and I was often bored. This one might just be sitting out on the shelves, unopened for future Christmases. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Lynch | 1/25/2014

    " This is a beautiful story about Christmas in an historical setting. I loved how they explained the meeting between Mr.& Mrs.C. A great addition to your holiday reading list! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/19/2014

    " It was fun to read, and interesting to get the historical aspects from it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 1/19/2014

    " This is a follow-on to The Autobiography of Santa Claus, which I had read several years ago. They sound like kids' books but really are more for young adults, or for read-aloud books to younger kids. Both books actually are more history - this one covering the Cromwell era in England, and make an entertaining way to expose children to historical events that might otherwise seem pretty boring to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 1/16/2014

    " First of all, you have to read The Autobiography of Santa Claus before this book. I think this book may be better. Autobiography sets the stage for this second book in the trilogy of Christmas. The first part of How Mrs. Claus starts off recapping things so I guess you could technically not read Autobiography first, but I suggest you don't. Layla Claus is left alone in England during a turbulent time of British history. King Charles I and Oliver Cromwell play a huge part in this book. I love how Jeff Guinn takes factual history and makes it another character in his story. He weaves the Puritians take over of England into them trying to cancel Christmas. The only bad things about this book is the fact that it drags in spots which would bore some children and the fact that he takes historical people such as King Arthur and Leonardo da Vinci and keeps them alive to help Santa out. I didn't enjoy that. I always thought that Santa used normal everyday people. However I'm willing to overlook this part. ;-) I would highly recommend this trilogy so far to parents to read to their children. It will instill Christmas in their hearts while teaching them some history at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 1/15/2014

    " Enjoyed exploring the history of the Christmas tradition of Santa Claus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 1/10/2014

    " A bit slower read and includes a good amount of history. Slow to start but still a good holiday read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 1/6/2014

    " We read this for book club. We had fun discussing it. I recommend reading this book during the Holiday Season --it was fun to remember that I believe in Santa and why I do! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 12/17/2013

    " Better than the Autobiography of Santa Claus (which is a good book). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/14/2013

    " Not really up my alley, but a heart-warming tale for the soft at heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Boncher | 12/14/2013

    " I never knew Santa had so many fun companions. It was a little annoying that the first 4-5 chapters were recapping the previous book, so I ended up just skimming those, but other than that, good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Smith | 12/13/2013

    " Good Book. Not quite as good as The Autobiography of Santa Claus but good. I love the British history and the importance of individual freedoms, including religious freedom, that are emphasized. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 12/11/2013

    " This book is AMAZING! I love jeff Guinn's writing style! He incorporates Christian-related beliefs while including the 'Santa beliefs', && great history facts! I can't wait to finish it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 6/15/2013

    " Really loved "The Autobiography of Santa Claus" but this one fell short. Way too long, just not as good :-( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Curtiss | 5/28/2013

    " Love it. Last Christmas I read The Autobiography of Santa Clause. Next Christmas I will read The Great Santa Search. This is the Christmas cronicals. Must read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith Spidel | 4/14/2013

    " This one read a little more quickly than the first, but still wasn't a can't-put-down-treasure. Again, learned stuff, which is always a plus, and will press on through the 3rd in this triology... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) | 2/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this. It was well written and I learned a lot of historical happenings and how life was in the 1600's in England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/4/2012

    " I really enjoyed this. I did not know much about England's history in the 1600s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/25/2012

    " A bit slow moving at times, but a good holiday read overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 11/2/2012

    " I haven't read the first in this series and didn't really want to get sucked into a sappy Christmas story. I actually ended up really liking it and enjoyed the historical content of the book. Now maybe I will go back and read the first one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nita Boles | 6/21/2012

    " A little tedious if you're not a history buff, and too sophisticated for kids to enjoy wading through the history for the Santa in the story. But rewarding for older kids and adults. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 10/31/2011

    " What a fun way to learn some history. I think historical fiction might become a new favorite genre! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Mercer | 10/4/2011

    " A wonderful take that is rich with historical events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 8/2/2011

    " This was a great holiday read - definitely good to put one into the holiday spirit. I read the Autobiography of Santa Claus last year, and while I enjoyed that more than this book, it was still fun. I loved the combination of historical fact and holiday cheer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 3/5/2011

    " Good historical record of what Christmas meant 400 years ago and a different perspective on the puritans. Enjoyed, but sometimes the language of the main character was to repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/24/2011

    " It was fun to read, and interesting to get the historical aspects from it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/8/2011

    " The title makes this book sound super cheesy but it is really good and not cheesy. It is a historical/political recounting of Christmas. I listened to this book and loved the way it was performed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 1/6/2011

    " Great piece of historical "fiction" :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/31/2010

    " Love it. Last Christmas I read The Autobiography of Santa Clause. Next Christmas I will read The Great Santa Search. This is the Christmas cronicals. Must read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 12/26/2010

    " We read this for book club. We had fun discussing it. I recommend reading this book during the Holiday Season --it was fun to remember that I believe in Santa and why I do! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaunesay | 12/12/2010

    " Highly recommend this one if you're looking for one those "meaning of Christmas" stories, versus just a story set during the holidays. I'll be looking for the rest of these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/6/2010

    " This is a beautiful story about Christmas in an historical setting. I loved how they explained the meeting between Mr.& Mrs.C. A great addition to your holiday reading list! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/5/2010

    " This was a great holiday read - definitely good to put one into the holiday spirit. I read the Autobiography of Santa Claus last year, and while I enjoyed that more than this book, it was still fun. I loved the combination of historical fact and holiday cheer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 12/29/2009

    " Really loved "The Autobiography of Santa Claus" but this one fell short. Way too long, just not as good :-( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/28/2009

    " I really enjoyed this. I did not know much about England's history in the 1600s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 12/18/2009

    " This book is AMAZING! I love jeff Guinn's writing style! He incorporates Christian-related beliefs while including the 'Santa beliefs', && great history facts! I can't wait to finish it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 12/9/2009

    " I really enjoyed this. It was well written and I learned a lot of historical happenings and how life was in the 1600's in England. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 12/3/2009

    " Another interesting read for Christmas that shared a lot of history about todays traditions, however, it wasn't near as good as The Autobiography of Santa Claus! Mrs. Claus has a big heart and many good messages... one was "live to give." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katiebee | 1/9/2009

    " If you love the magic of Christmas and feel that Mrs. Claus and gotten the short end of the stick, you will enjoy this story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/8/2009

    " Good historical record of what Christmas meant 400 years ago and a different perspective on the puritans. Enjoyed, but sometimes the language of the main character was to repetitive. "

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About the Author

Jeff Guinn is the bestselling author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Last Gunfight and Go Down Together, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010. Formerly an award-winning investigative journalist and now a frequent guest on national radio and television programs, he lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.