“Merry Humbug Christmas” by Sandra D. Brincker. Two tales of holiday romance.
This Christmas inspired book has two short stories that share common characters. Both stories are set the week of Christmas and center around 2 main characters Joss Snow and Reese Pendergrass. These women have been friends for years and have spent the last several Christmases together, usually trying to avoid the Christmas of the holiday. This year the plan was to sail on the Bah Humbug Cruise, and just enjoy the warm weather, good food and fellowship.
But plans change rather dramatically when Reese becomes engaged to Damian and now has to go meet his family. Joss continues with her plans for the cruise. The first story is about Joss and her cruise, in “Once Upon A Jingle Bell,” Joss rushes to meet the cruise ship and is practically run over by another passenger. After recovering, slightly, she finds the check in area, only to discover her cruise has been cancelled due to lack of participation. She is booked on other cruise, with a cabin upgrade, that leaves shortly. As she rushes to the other end of the pier, she does not notice that rather than an anti Christmas cruise, she is now on the super Christmas Cruise. But Joss meets other passengers who help her change her mind about Christmas and all it has to offer.
The second story is “It Came Upon a Midnight Deer” and it follows Reece and Damian as they enjoy the Christmas with his whole family at their cabin in the woods. Reece grew up in a hippy vegetarian family, so the holidays were a bit different that most. She is nervous about meeting the family and wants to make a good impression. But the trip is off to a rocky start when Damian hits a buck on the way up the mountain and they have to hike several miles in the snow to reach the cabin. And it goes down hill from there. But Reece sees how this loving family works and plays together.
Both stories have many funny elements that are just so realistic, especially at the holidays, when everything seems to much more difficult but important. This is an easy to read book and would make a great take along for the flight or drive this Christmas season.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, B&H. All opinions expressed are my own.
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B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.
The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. “I’m a Christian woman, first and foremost,” she says. “So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line.”
Sandie’s real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor’s proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
“Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects … and still pursue my writing dream,” says Bricker, “well, that’s the best of all worlds, as far as I’m concerned!”
And one of the author’s pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy — a red-haired collie with “killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown.”
ABOUT THE 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.