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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review of Bah, Humbug! A Romantic Comedy Novella by Heather Horrocks

Publisher: Word Garden Press
Format Read: Kindle
Release Date: November 9, 2011
Buying Links:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble 

Book Blurb (from goodreads):
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.
Reviewed By: Bea

Bea's Thoughts:

Do you like marshmallows? Looking for a easy read where you can let go of reality and float along? Give this story a read. If you're in a critical mood, pick another book. :D

That seems harsh, I know. It's a cute, sweet fluffy tale of a whirlwind romance that has little to no tension and what tension there is seemed unrealistic. The heroine's children get along perfectly, they behave all the time (despite a huge upheaval in their lives), there's a predictable, by-the-numbers misunderstanding between the hero and heroine at the beginning, and in within a week, they meet, fall in love and get engaged. I just didn't find it realistic. 

The hero doesn't like Christmas, for understandable reasons, but it's both convenient and manipulative. (Without going into spoilers, my family and I have had the same sort of event occur at two different holidays. I resent an author so blatantly manipulating my feelings instead of putting time and effort into story and character development.)


Huh, the more I write, the less I like the story. As I read it, I rolled my eyes a lot and was critical but I also laughed and teared up. "Bah, Humbug!" is a quick read, cute and sugary sweet. If you want depth and believability, this isn't the book for you. Also, for a story of this length, there were too many typos and copy editing errors. I know, one or two are almost inevitable, but the proofing seemed rushed on this one.

I own this ebook.

4 comments:

  1. I got this one as a kindle freebie ages ago so after reading your review I'm glad I didn't pay for it. Great review...I might just skip this one :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    1. It definitely works best as a freebie. I don't regret reading it but I'm not likely to re-read it.

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  2. I doubt I will read this. I like even my light reads to have some substance. Thanks for the review.

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  3. hahaha...i love your first sentence. This sounds like fun.

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