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.