Sandra D. Bricker in her new book, Merry Humbug Christmas published by B&H Books gives us Two Tales of Holiday Romance.
From the back cover: Dont lose your head over the holidays.
Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.
In Once Upon a Jingle Bell, A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snows answer to this years quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until shes rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.
In It Came Upon a Midnight Deer, Reeses guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damians family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws family cabin ablaze, shes pretty sure there wont be even ONE golden ring in her future.
Merry Humbug Christmas is about best friends Joss and Reese and their mutual dislike of Christmas. They usually celebrate Jocelyns birthday, who was born on December 25th, by taking a trip but this year they are unable to go together so they each go their separate ways. It was originally going to be the Bah! Humbug cruise but it turned into the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. Reese gave up the cruise to be with her fiance and meet her future in-laws but they hit a deer and This is a wonderful, charming romance, actually two, that is going to make you laugh. Joss and Reese are two individuals that capture our attention and keep us glued as they go through their Christmas metamorphoses. Both stories are great fun and a true delight to read and enjoy.
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I couldn't get into these stories. The main characters came across self-centered and shallow. The plot lines seemed contrived and hokey. The emotion and angst the girls were supposed to be feeling was explained, but never felt. I usually enjoy Christmas novellas but these weren't my cup of tea.
These two novellas bring the holiday spirit back into your life. In my opinion, they are not too sugary sweet that you can't stand to read it. The stories are funny, and for the most part, realistic. The romantic scenes were just enough detail without being R-rated. I appreciated how the author brought the two stories together at the end--giving you the satisfaction that the two friends found happiness in the Christmas season.
This was the first of Sandra's books that I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Merry Humbug Christmas is full of humor and the characters were unpretentious, quirky and loveable at the same time, real people you could meet in everyday life.
This is a story about Christmas and family, and that's a winning combination with me. The secondary characters of Patrick's mother and Damian's extensive family are delightful. Yet there is a bittersweet element, as both Joss and Reese felt like observers when it came to celebrations. Joss "couldn't manage more than the role of simple observer, never a participant" and Reese "felt as if she stood on the outside, looking through a frosted window at the joy and celebration inside." But all that is about to change, with much laughter and joy.
Christmas can be a difficult time for many people, and Sandra created an interesting vehicle with the way Joss and Reese partnered up to avoid all the trappings of celebration each year. I was particularly drawn to Patrick, a man whose deep spiritual convictions made an impact on Joss: "She wasn't sure she'd ever known a man who openly prayed, and she wondered what it must be like to have such a cemented foundation of faith and reverence for something so clearly . . . unclear."
Humor is one of Sandra's strengths, evidenced by the picture at the bottom of this post, and there were several laugh-out-loud moments. Joss and Patrick doing karaoke, for instance - and Reese's whole thing with the deer.
Merry Humbug Christmas is a funny, light-hearted, romantic read - truly a "feel good" book. Recommended.
This book was provided by B&H Books through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.