The Truth About Elves – Ekta R. Garg

Published By: Atmosphere Press
Pages: 126
Released On: 19/10/2021

As a bartender in Las Vegas, Curtis seems to have the dream life. He’s single, lives close to the strip, and only has to worry about when to pick up the next extra shift. No one knows the truth about what happened ten years ago, and no one knows how he spends three months every year: as a part-time elf for Santa Claus.

When Curtis went to the Arctic Circle the first time, he thought he could escape the unthinkable. Now, the anniversary of the worst day of his life is coming up, and he’s been asked to do the unbelievable. If Curtis wasn’t a man of his word, he would turn his back on the whole thing. But Mr. C took Curtis in when he had nowhere else to go, and now the boss is calling in a favour – the kind that will make Curtis face the memory of the unimaginable.

If you’ve ever wondered whether holiday magic is real, come find out. Embrace the season and the power of forgiveness along with Curtis as he discovers The Truth About Elves.


Thanks to Atmosphere Press for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

A very short book, easy to read in just one sitting, so if you’re after a quick read, this is definitely for you. 

I thought it was going to be a happy little Christmas novella about elves working at the North Pole with Santa. But it was a lot deeper than that. It’s all about forgiveness, forgiving others, but most importantly forgiving yourself, especially when things happen that are out of your control. 

I suppose, even if it doesn’t actually revolve much around the North Pole or Christmas, in my opinion, it does still show the magic that the very belief of Santa Claus can bring. It also portrays elves in a completely different way. We tend to imagine elves as small people, with rosy cheeks and pointy ears, always happy. In this, elves are just everyday people who just so happen to spend 3 months of the year working at the North Pole. And I think that’s amazing. The idea that our very best friend or next door neighbour could be working for the big man himself. That definitely adds a magical sparkle to everyday life.

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