October Book: Bah, Humbug! (A Romantic Comedy Christmas Novella)

I have read a lot of material since my last book review (May) but it has been awhile since I read an actual book.  To tell the truth, I was so ready to read a novel again that I just picked the first one I saw, literally.  It happens to be this one called Bah, Humbug! (A Romantic Comedy Christmas Novella) by Heather Horrocks.

I’m not really big on Christmas-themed books because they are so predictable.  This is one of them.  It’s a cute, no-brainer kind of story:  A professional, Martha Stewart type moves to a new city with her two children vowing never to marry again after her divorce, happy on her own with her kids.  She moves to a Christmas-lined neighborhood, where everything is white and perfect.

Next door is the ‘Scrooge’ of the story, an author who has family issues after his mother dies.  He is on a very tight deadline to finish a new book just days before Christmas but he has writer’s block.

The story is basically that he kind of finds an idea for his book in a beautiful, perfect snowman built by his neighbor in her yard.  She finds him out after he accidentally destroyed it and that’s how they meet.  It so happens that he is her children’s favorite author, anxiously awaiting the release of his latest novel and she can’t seem to shake him after that.  She does her Martha Stewart decorating magic on his yard and in his house for the benefit of bringing his wounded family back together as he is the host for their Christmas dinner that year.  They all share their sad stories, cry, dry their tears, and find closure.  He falls in love with his neighbor and she realizes that she is in love with him too and the children fall in love with him too all culminating to a rapid marriage proposal to end the story.  BREATHE!

That really is all there is to it.  The book is very rushed at the end and very unrealistic.  Seriously, no one gets married that quickly.  Also, the story is very predictable.  I already knew what was going to happen before I read it and that frustrates me!  There is nothing more annoying that reading something that you could have written yourself.

If you are looking for something rapid to read with no real fascination or surprises in store, then this is ok.  Personally, I don’t give it a grade above a D.  Sorry.

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