Reese Reed enjoys telling a good tale, and in this one, we're reminded that even the most perfect marriage comes with challenges. Your beloved might snore, root for the wrong football team, or maybe he’s the newly appointed Santa Claus. Talk about compromising! Jessica Christmas wishes she would have read the mysterious contract she signed before marrying Kris Kringle. They’re young, head over heels in love, and who would turn down immortality? Not these love birds! Kris is kind, selfless and although he has an allegiance to a secretive society of “Elders," he is the love of Jessica’s life. Soon after their vows, the honeymoon comes to a screeching halt when Jessica and Kris realize that immortality comes with a startling price. The rollercoaster doesn’t stop there! Aska, their Elder chaperone, soon explains that they’re going to be stationed at the North Pole.
Although the newly appointed Mr. and Mrs. Claus are excited (after the initial shock has worn off) to bring the world the joy of Christmas, they have plenty of obstacles to overcome. Many are obstacles any couple can relate to, some like getting over the fear of reindeer flight are a little more out there. Claustrophobic makes you feel connected to Jessica and Kris to the very end. It’s fanciful and it’s definitely an interesting new twist on a story we all thought we knew. Reese Reed keeps this tale short, and although there isn’t a lot of background on those mysterious “Elders,” it’s a story that’s hard to put down. You don’t have to be a Christmas fanatic to enjoy Claustrophobic, but don’t be surprised to find yourself humming “Jingle Bells” before it’s all over.
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ISBN 1453756167 EAN 9781453756164 Publisher Createspace Publish Date Oct 3, 2010 Copyright Date Jan 1, 1970 Binding Paperback
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- The Story of Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Claustrophobic by Reese Reed is a new, modern take on an old origin story—the story of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who they are, where their magic comes from and how they came to have one of the most important jobs in the world.
Jessica Christmas and Kris Kringle are young, beautiful and in love. In order to get married, they must sign a contract with the mysterious elders—a contract with some confusing provisions. They know that they’ll be leaving their tropical island paradise to go do an important job, but they have no idea what’s in store for them. The north pole, flying reindeer, immortality—it’s all very new and very strange.
Jessica has some trouble adjusting and begins to miss her home, warm weather and her youth. Eventually she must make a choice, one that will affect the rest of her life and the life of her love.
Origin stories are inherently interesting. We love to figure out why things are the way they are. Why does Santa Claus look the way he does? Why does he deliver toys one night a year? Why do children leave him milk and cookies? Claustrophobic finds new ways to explain old questions. It also offers interesting moral questions and answers—how much can love overcome? How much change can one deal with before losing one’s identity?
Claustrophobic is a quick, fun read—great for some light beach reading or some relaxing evening entertainment. You’ll pick it up and you won’t put it down until you’re finished. Get ready for the real story behind the legend of Santa Claus.
- The Decision of an Eternity
A nice weekend read that is sure to get you thinking Claustrophobic is classic Reese Reed—turning stories we think we know well upside down and giving us a whole new perspective on the characters that have been part of our lives for years.
Not only is the story of Jessica Christmas compelling, it’s surprisingly relatable. Who among us hasn’t been thrown completely out of our element at least once in our lives? Jessica, of course, has an imperative decision to make, and in the end we readers are pulling for true love to prevail, as perhaps we always do.
Reese Reed paints a wonderful picture of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, adding even more dimension to the beloved couple we all thought we knew pretty well, as Jessica makes the decision of not just a lifetime, but an eternity.
Claustrophobic is a page-turner, and while every reader is surely pulling for a happy, love-wins-all ending, he or she is also privileged enough to be privy what life might be like without the iconic Mrs. Claus.