Merry Humbug Christmas: Two Tales of Holiday Romance (Paperback)

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Sandra D. Bricker is a best-selling author of laugh-out-loud fiction for the inspirational market. Her books includeLove Finds You in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, Always the Baker,Never the Bride, and The Big 5-Oh! as well as contributions to the devotionalsBe Still and Let Your Nail Polish Dry and His Grace Is Sufficient: Decaf Is Not.

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.


ISBN 9781433680755
Format Paperback
Pages 297
Publisher Date 2013-10-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher B & H Books
Copyright Year 2013
Height 8.5 in
Wdth 5.5 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 0.7 lb
Language English
Subtitle Two Tales of Holiday Romance
Audience General/trade
Authors Bricker, Sandra D.
Country of Origin United States

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  • Not your average Christmas stories!

    Take your mind off of all of the hustle and bustle and unwind with two lovely stories filled with hope, laughter and the reason for the season. Christmas is so much more than baking cookies and buying gifts and Sandra's book proves it. She takes you into the lives of two best friends, each with their own unique situation. Making the decision to divide each of the girls stories within one book made for a brilliant read! I enjoyed how the background of Joss in the first story intertwined with Reese's second story and vice versa. It really makes you feel like you know them both so well that you could jump in and have a cup of coffee with them. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel!

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  • Laugh Out Loud Christmas Fun

    Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra Bricker was such a fun book to read. I literally read it in a day because I could not put it down. Told in 2 novellas, the stories follow two best friends as they each have highly unexpected and hilarious Christmas holidays. The book will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit! I received a free copy of this book to review as a member of the Launch team.

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  • Another excellent book from Sandra Bricker!

    I am one of those that love to get in the spirit of Christmas early, reading this book has certainly helped me to do so! But, I know there are others out there that aren't like me, they are more like Joss aka Merry Christmas Snow. Can you imagine being named that, the torture that would entail? Yeah, well neither could Joss so she changed her name & began a boycott on all things Christmas. Imagine her terror to find out her Humbug plans have instead been turned into the opposite and she's forced to go along with it. In the meantime, she learns that it's not as bad as what she'd first though....especially if you meet new friends to go along with the season. And her friend, raised celebrating a 'non traditional' Christmas longs for a family that she can join for that traditional holiday celebration. What she gets in teh process isn't what she planned for either! Come find out what happens with these two women and their lives when God steps in and situations change their ideals & beliefs about what Christmas is really all about. You'll be laughing as you do! Don't forget these would make excellent gifts for friends & family too!!

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  • Fantastic Christmas Read

    Merry HUMBUG Christmas by Sandra D. Bricker is two stories in one book: Once Upon a Jingle Bell and It Came Upon a Midnight Deer. The story line centers around two friends (Jocelyn Merry Snow previously named Merry Christmas Snow and her best friend Reese Pendergrass) who attempt to avoid the celebration of Christmas at all costs. Each year they determine to enjoy the Christmas season by not celebrating Christmas and by dodging all Christmas festivities. Until, that is, Reese decides that she wants to spend a traditional Christmas with her fiancé’s family. This decision turns the plans for another “anti-festive Christmas” into a tail spin. Both friends are in for a Christmas season that they will never forget. Jocelyn ends up on a “12 Days of Christmas” Cruise and finds companionship with a handsome Irishman, his stately mother, and a very sweet Christmas nut. Reese’s traditional Christmas turns into one catastrophe after another. Your sympathetic thoughts will surely turn in Reses’ direction. I personally love the references to the older/classic television shows and movies such as: Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, The Dick Van Dyke Show, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Bishops Wife and the Partridge Family. These two stories are full of wit, charm, laughter, and plenty of Christmas merriment. You can visualize the events in your mind as they take place in the stories. This is the type of “feel good book” that should be read curled up by the fire, while drinking hot apple cider, and watching the snow fall through your window. This is the first Sandra Bricker book that I have read and I plan to read many more.

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  • Merry Humbug Christmas

    These two novellas by Sandra Bricker are a fun spin for anyone who has had a case of the Christmas grouchies or has just not been in the Christmas Spirit. Joss does everything that she can to avoid all things Christmas. So she makes plans to set off on the Bah Humbug Cruise with her friend Reese. When Joss tells Reese about their plans for that year, Reese announces that she is engaged and that she will be going to meet her future in laws over the holiday season. Joss embarks on the cruise alone, only to discover that the Bah Humbug cruise has been cancelled and she has been rebooked on the 12 Days of Christmas cruise. To her horror, as she prepares to disembark, she discovers that the ship has already set sail. As determined as she is to stay holed up in her room and avoid the holiday festivities, a certain, handsome Irish gentleman is just as determined to capture all her attention. Reese arrives to meet her future in laws and meets with disaster and catastrophe along the way. As she tries to fit in and get to know the family, she causes horrible and unbelievable "bumps" in the road. Both of these novellas were laugh out loud hysterical! I enjoyed both of them so much. The novellas were a fun detour from the traditional Christmas novels. I highly recommend Merry Humbug Christmas. You will not be disappointed!

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  • Funny Christmas stories.

    I know when I start reading a book by Sandra D. Bricker that it is going to be a lot of fun. Merry Humbug Christmas was just that. A lot of fun. A girl who avoids Christmas somehow ends up booked on a "Twelve Days of Christmas" cruise. Her best friend goes to "meet the parents" and it turns out to be a comedy of errors. I loved it. This book has everything; humor, romance, and Christmas (including an ugly sweater contest and over-the-top pajamas). What's not to love?

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  • Two for the price of one!

    Bah Humbug! Joss and her BFF, Reese, always "uncelebrate" Christmas together. However, life circumstances change that tradition, causing them to spend Christmas apart this year. "Once Upon A Jingle Bell" takes us on a journey with Joss as she unexpectedly spends the holiday on an over the top Christmas cruise. Can her quirky cruise mates coax her out of her cabin and show her how to enjoy the season? Will cupid make an appearance in place of Santa? "It Came Upon A Midnight Deer" reminds us all of our overwhelming desire to make that perfect impression during the first meeting with the potential in-laws. Except this meeting is nowhere close to perfect! Reese's escapades will leave you in tears from laughter. Whether you are Scrooge or one of Santa's helpers, you will love Sandra Bricker's light hearted writing style. A quick enjoyable read for all ages.

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  • Hilarious Christmas tale

    Merry Humbug Christmas, Two Tales of Holiday Romance by Sandra D Bricker This book is about best friends Joss and Reese and their mutual dislike of Christmas. They usually celebrate Jocelyn’s birthday by taking a trip but this year they are unable to go together so they each go their separate ways. Once Upon a Jingle Bell, A Merry HUMBUG Christmas Novel On December 25 at 7:17 a.m. in San Bernardino County, California, unto the world a child was born. Merry Christmas Snow. Not only did Merry hate her name she hated everything Christmas. She disliked it so much she changes her name to Jocelyn M. Snow, aka Joss. This year for Christmas she decides to take the Bah Humbug Cruise. Unbeknown to her the cruise is canceled and she is rescheduled on the 12 Days of Christmas Fun Cruise. There is meets gorgeous Irishman Patrick Brenneman. Join them as they take one hilarious voyage after another and get to know one another. You will have to read this outstanding story to see if they find love or not. While on the cruise Joss runs into CEO of Vandermere Hotels & Spas, Rodney Jenkins and family, she has been trying to get him to sign with her advertising company. Will misspoken words cost her their account. See how fun a family of seven can be. It Came Upon a Midnight Deer, A Merry Humbug Christmas Novel Dr. Reese Pendergrass is engaged to Dr. Damian Palmer. She comes from humble roots while his family lives like the rich and famous. Join Reese as she meets the Palmer family for the first time over the Christmas holidays. She will take you on one misadventure from another while she tries to prove her worth to Damian.s family. Her story will have you laughing out loud over and over again. Reese’s adventures will bring you to the ER, have the fire department swinging by and have her and everyone else questioning her sanity. Is their love strong enough to withstand the trials of Christmas. Read more to find out. The author Sandra D. Bricker is know for her laugh out loud books and this is no exception, in fact it is hilarious. I had a hard time putting it down. Her character bring their Christmas traditions and escapades alive.

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  • Fun Read

    If you like clean Christian romance, humor, Sandra D. Bricker, or feel good Hallmark type books, read "Merry Humbug Christmas"! I love the humor in both stories! I think “Once Upon A Jingle Bell” was a fun read and it had some twists that I wasn't expecting. “It Came Upon A Midnight Deer” was really sweet. I especially like how everything came full circle at the end. Both of these stories drew me into the book and I had a hard time putting it down. I think both stories are memorable and interesting. Sandra Bricker is one of my favorite authors. I love how she pulls me into a story. I was excited to be on the launch team for this book and received a free copy. I still would have loved these stories even if I had paid for them though! I recommend this book for teens and adults.

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  • Sandra D. Bricker has done it again!

    What's better than a Sandra D. Bricker book? A Christmas book by Sandra D. Bricker! Merry Humbug Christmas arrives just in time for the holidays! You'll follow Joss as she tries to avoid Christmas and Reese as she searches for the idyllic Christmas she always longed for - or does God have other plans for them? Their adventures will certainly make your own Christmas a little merrier!

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