Merry Humbug Christmas is two short stories tied together by the heroines being BFFs. We get to read what happens to each of them as they spend their first Christmas apart after years of celebrating together. They were great relaxing reads to sit and read with a cup of hot cocoa. I actually chuckled out loud in both of them.
At first I wasn’t sure about the heroine in the first story, but she grew on me. It was definitely a pivotal Christmas in her life; finally a happy one! The hero is great too, and I wish that I could actually hear his accent. I like how he brings around the real message of Christmas.
Reese, the second heroine, was likable from the start. The story is believable, but I truly hope that all those things never happen to someone in real life – at least not in the same week like they happen to Reese! The hero is practically perfect, but that’s the stuff heroes are made of, right? I’m glad that Reese learns how much she really does love her own crazy family.
I think the author did a great job with making these fun, yet full of lessons. The quirks of the characters themselves, and the crazy antics of the supporting characters add to the interest yet keep it real. Using the 12 days of Christmas song as a spoof and inserting it in between the chapters just added to the fun.
Here is the backcover copy:
A 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 Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s 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,” Reese’s 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 Damian’s 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, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by B&H Books. This book was sent to me through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.