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About this Book
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.
This was a good read, but not what I expected. It’s actually two mini-stories about the Christmas season of two friends. First we get to travel with Joss Snow, formerly known as Merry Christmas Snow, on her Humbug Cruise. Unfortunately for Joss the cruise was cancelled and she was booked on a Christmas cruise. There are plenty of laughs and some sweet moments as Joss comes to terms with Christmas. Best supporting character in this story was Connie Rudolph, such an opposite of Joss they complimented each other so well.
In the second story we get to know Joss’s best friend, Reese, who is meeting her fiancé’s family for the first time. This is a recipe for disaster after disaster after disaster. There was a fun dynamic among Damien’s family as they made fun of each other and the brothers rough housed. Best supporting character, Joss’s future sister-in-law, Reggie. A lady who had seen a lot of disappointment in life, yet was rock solid in her faith and outlook on life.
Although this was a good story, it wasn’t one of my favorites by this author. The second story especially was a little too “slap stick” for me. However, I will read stories by this author every chance I get.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
|Always the Designer, Never the Bride, Emma Rae Creation Series #3
By Sandra D. Bricker / Abingdon Press
No matter how busy she is, dress designer Audrey Regan can’t say no to her friend Carly when she asks her to be maid of honor—and create the perfect wedding dress. Carly’s nuptials promise to be the event of the year. Then the groom’s best man—tattooed biker J.R. Hunt—walks in and turns Audrey’s world upside down!
FCB: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Sandra: David. He and I have so much in common in our approach to faith. We’re highly emotional individuals, and I’ve identified with his struggles so much. I’m looking forward to just sitting on the edge of the Milky Way, maybe dipping our toes in, and chatting for an eternity or two about how lovely it is to put our love to paper, sing joyously before the Lord, and how far into the depths of despair He can reach to pull us back again.
FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
Sandra: "David, seriously? That whole Bathsheba thing…Really?!"
FCB: When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
Sandra: First, it was a ballerina … until I started to grow into my 5’10" overweight body! But by around the age of 8 or 9, I knew I was destined to be a writer.
FCB: With it April Fool’s Day, is there a favorite April Fool’s joke that you’ve played or was played on you that you care to share?
Sandra: Well, I kind of hate to admit it, but I’m a big jokester. It doesn’t have to be April for me to get an idea into my head like convincing my mother that I’d decided to be a nun, or the time I kept a boyfriend going for days thinking that his car had been stolen so that I could secretly have a new stereo system installed for his birthday…I had more fun with the stolen car episode than I did in giving the great gift! How did I know you’d be the prankster!
FCB: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Sandra: A good review is one that is truthful without taking on that snarky quality that reviewers sometimes can adopt. The review is meant to give an honest assessment of the pros and cons of a book, and I’m a student of the "If you can’t say anything nice, then…" school of thought. I don’t think it should be an excuse to rag on someone who has put their best foot forward, even if they’ve tripped up a bit. I think the best reviewers out there — even ones that haven’t necessarily enjoyed my genre or plot — are the ones who start with something positive, then give a courteous-but-honest reason why they think something just didn’t work. I have to tell you truthfully though … I really love my reviewers. They’re people who are well read, and I learn a lot about writing by what they really love and by understanding the things I’ve tried that they just don’t get.
Thanks so much Sandra! If you want to learn more about Sandra check out her website at:
Review Summary: This story was just FUN! The characters are a variety of personalities from the serious, but sometimes impulsive Audrey Regan to the charming and very quirky Aunt Sophie. The plot was enjoyable as well. Audrey Regan is trying to make it New York as a wedding dress designer, yet she’s near the end of her money and her last hope is a high maintenance socialite. When she returns home for the wedding of her best friend, Carly more fun and fireworks when she runs into J.R. Holt, the brother of the groom, motorcycle riding, free spirit the sparks become to fly. The back drop for this story is once again the Tanglewood Inn the wedding destination for Atlanta. This is a feel good story with laughs and some serious moments as well.
Digging a Little Deeper: This is the third installment of the Emma Rae Creation Series. I read book one, but not book two. Picking up with book three was not a problem. You can start with book three and enjoy the story but it was definitely more enjoyable having some background on the characters.
There are a variety of characters in this story. I loved the interaction between characters. The girls and their slumber party was just fun and was a great reminder of the importance of friendships where one can laugh, cry, and pray others. Audrey was an interesting and sometimes unpredictable character. But the interaction between her and JR was also fun to watch. I love Aunt Sophie and her quirky ways. It is always fun how she is able to drop pearls of wisdom in the midst of her delusions.
As I’ve already mention this was a feel good story. There are plenty of laughs in this story but it’s not all laughs. There are some very touching moments in this story.
I would recommend this story to anyone who is looking for a light read that has some laughs, then this is a book for you. Sandra Bricker’s writing style is easy to follow.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to give anything but my honest review.