This is the story of a family dealing with the loss of a wife and mother. The father is a Navy Commander, and his family is uprooted when the Commander is transferred to a base in northern Michigan.
Tiger is the oldest boy and also the narrator of the story. His youngest brother Johnny is always sick and going from living in California to northern Michigan during the winter certainly doesn't help matters any. When the Commander is forced to leave prior to Christmas to fulfill his secret mission for the United States Military, the boys pray to St. Nick for their father's safe return.
In addition to the magic of Christmas, I truly enjoyed how the author worked in the details of life in Michigan like the roads after a storm and the winter sports. Those details give the reader the feeling like they are right there in the story alongside Tiger and Johnny.
For the Love of St. Nick by Garasamo Maccagnone has received some excellent reviews--many of which you'll find at Amazon.com. I found it be a truly magical, heartfelt tale of the season, and one that I will share with my family time and again to fill our house with the spirit of Christmas.