Holiday Delight Review: Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks

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Holiday Delight Review: Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks
Bah, Humbug!

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Series: Christmas Street #1
Genres: Comedy Romance, Holiday Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Word Garden Press
Released on September 9, 2011
Pages: 96
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

When a holiday stager and her two children who love Christmas move in next door to a grinchy writer with writer’s block, the holidays are bound to have some shenanigans afoot.  This short holiday romcom looked like just the thing.


Lexi Anderston lost her parents and then thought she’d found family with a man who walked away from her and their two children, but the losses made her stronger and want to prove that she can depend on herself only to raise her kids.  She had some hard years of getting by, but now she is a local TV celebrity who is the new Martha Stewart and her favorite season is upon them.  It came as a shock to learn a guy she had a bad run-in with in the neighborhood turns out to be her kids’ favorite author.  She sets her mind to showing Kyle what Christmas magic can do for him and his forlorn extended family, but she has no plans for changes in her own status quo.

Kyle Miller may be the bestselling author of a line of children’s mysteries, but his latest manuscript is giving him fits.  Why did he say he’d make the earlier deadline?  And, right when he needs to focus most, his brother reminds him that he hasn’t taken his turn hosting the brooding Miller family hoidays or come around the family in a long time.  Kyle blows his brother off, but then encounters his feisty neighbor who insists on pushing him into the Christmas spirit.  Lexi might be big on the holidays, but Kyle is determined that she feel the magic of family and not be allowed to hide from love.

Bah, Humbug!  Is cute and quick.  It’s a novella so the characters and romance are moderately developed to get it all in.  The light and fun mood while still touching on deeper issues for both Lexi and Kyle was just what I was in the mood for.  It is far-fetched, but works for a holiday romcom.

So, if one is in the mood for a sugary quick bite, I can recommend this one.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #69
HoHoHoRAT #1
COYER Quarantine #82
Books N Tunes #45 Judy Garland’s Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

About the Book
Bah Humbug by Heather HorrocksBAH, HUMBUG! BY HEATHER HORROCKS

BAH, HUMBUG! (A Romantic Comedy Christmas Novella)

Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller.

For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer’s block–until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes it’s the perfect solution to his plot problem. He digs in and discovers two things: one, his villain’s weapon will fit inside a snowman’s body, and two, this particular snowman was supposed to be the backdrop for Lexi’s next show.

From this improbable beginning comes friendship, but can there be a happy ending for a woman who is afraid to get close again and a man who has shadows from his childhood?

Families join together and hearts are healed as this couple goes walking in a winter wonderland.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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1 year ago

Sounds like a fun little Christmas fix romance! 😉

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

It sure was. And, it got me in the mood for more. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

That sounds great for this time of year.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Perfect holiday mood-setter for me, Mary!

Anne - Books of My Heart

I’m reading many holiday stories which are ok or good but not great for HoHoHoRAT. But they are fun and I don’t take them too seriously!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

You are going to knock out quite a few for HoHoHoRAT and freebies. I have a couple more freebies that I’ll probably do, but not get to for the RAT.

Lover of Romance
1 year ago

Sometimes these books are best for a quick fix of a read and nothing super deeper. Glad you liked it and offered that sugar sweet feel for you.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, as long as it is taken for just what it is- a light bit of entertainment- it can be a fun, quick read.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

This sounds like a fun short read and I as luck would have it, I have a copy in my Kindle account. I might have to give this one a try.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

As luck would have it, eh? LOL I have a few on my Kindle, too. 🙂

1 year ago

Sounds good. Love the music pairing too.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  vvb

Sometimes a tune won’t stop running through my mind when I’m reading so I have to include it. 🙂

1 year ago

It sounds good to have a nice and light time

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

It does indeed. 🙂

1 year ago

I read this one a year or so ago and enjoyed it quite a bit. Like you said, short, fast, and not terribly realistic, but perfect for a holiday romcom if you’re in the right mood. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Berls

You encapsulated my thoughts on it well. I let some of the reality slide for a holiday read. 🙂

1 year ago

Sounds like some holiday FUN, even if a bit far-fetched. Nice review.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Jen

Exactly! I’m more tolerant of it in holiday romcoms. 🙂

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Oooo Holiday romcoms so fun!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Sure was! Reminded me of the ones on TV.