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Merry Humbug Christmas, Two Tales of Holiday Romance

Title:  Merry Humbug Christmas, Two Tales of Holiday Romance
Author:  Sandra D. Bricker
Pages:  297
Year:  2013
Publisher:  B&H Publishing Group
This book contains two novellas.  The first story features Joss Snow and the second story focuses on her best friend Reese Pendergrass.  Both young women have been celebrating Christmas, actually the lack thereof, together for the past five years.  Joss has their annual trip all planned out when Reese throws her a curveball; Reese has gotten engaged and will be spending Christmas with her fiancé’s family.  Joss decides she will go ahead and take the trip alone.  Thus begins the nightmare cruise of her life, the 12 days of Christmas!  She had originally signed up for the Bah Humbug cruise, but it got canceled and someone rebooked Joss on this cruise.  Joss tries to get off the boat before it sails, but she is too late.  She meets Connie, a widow spending her first Christmas alone and one who loves all things Christmas.  Joss also is introduced to the handsome, Irish, architect Patrick.  Joss also discovers a potential client for her public relations firm is on board with his family, so she decides to get involved with some Christmas activities that their interested in to foster a mutual relationship.  Patrick seems too good to be true to Joss, but she falls for him anyway.  Can their romance last past the cruise?
In the second story, Reese travels with her fiancé to meet them and spend the Christmas holiday getting to know them better.  Her fiancé, Damian, is from a wealthy family and Reese was raised as a vegan by former hippies.  She is very nervous about fitting in with Damian’s family.  Well, just about everything that could go wrong does go wrong.  She has mishap after mishap involving Damian’s family.  She misses her best friend, Joss and wonders how she is enjoying her anti-Christmas vacation.  Reese has always dreamed of the “perfect” traditional Christmas with oodles of wrapped presents under the tree, lots of meat and dairy products at dinner and a “normal” family.  She really feels she just is a square peg trying to fit in a round hole.  What does Damian see in her?  After all this, will he still want to marry her?
There were some funny moments in both stories, but I felt that they couldn’t overcome the lack of plot in either story.  Reese was just portrayed as too ditzy for me and too fashion conscious.  She calls her fiancé, Damian, by a nickname…Damie, which I found annoying.  While there was mention of going to church and other “religious” traditions, I really don’t think this should be geared toward a Christian audience.  If I could, I would have rated this book 3.5 stars because of some of the humorous moments.
My rating is 3 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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