Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra D. Bricker

Merry Humbug Christmas
Looking for some fun holiday novellas? Check out this two-in-one. This title is on sale for Kindle at $0.99 right now. (see link below)

Let’s begin with the summary:

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.

"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.

"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.

And now, my review:

I liked how Sandie gave us the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song at the opening of every chapter with new, humorous lyrics that foretold the story. Clever! And her character’s antics were so fun. Poor Merry Christmas Snow (Joslyn) doesn’t celebrate Christmas. Every year she signs up for a non-Christmasy cruise, but this year, the cruise line has a surprise for her. A surprise that leads to a great blessing, ironically, at Christmastime. Meanwhile, (from the second novella), Reese, who was named after the peanut butter-chocolate candy, has such trouble on her visit to meet her fiancĂ©’s family at Christmas. Hilarious, klutzy trouble.  

Sandie’s prose and gentle message of hope sneak in amongst her quirky characters and their adventures. I chuckled aloud as I read, truly enjoying myself. The holidays can be a heavy time of year, but these light novellas will brighten them up. They’re the perfect length for the busy Christmas season.


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