15 December, 2023

Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews - [Book Review]

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Book Details:

Title: Bright Lights, Big Christmas

Author : Mary Kay Andrews

Genre: Holiday Fiction, Christmas, Romance

Publisher: St.Martin's Press

Print Length: 288 pages

Source: A copy borrowed from a friend


From Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Homewreckers and The Santa Suit, comes a novella celebrating love and the warm, glittering charm of the holiday season.

When fall rolls around, it’s time for Kerry Tolliver to leave her family’s Christmas tree farm in the mountains of North Carolina for the wilds of New York City to help her gruff older brother & his dog, Queenie, sell the trees at the family stand on a corner in Greenwich Village. Sharing a tiny vintage camper and experiencing Manhattan for the first time, Kerry’s ready to try to carve out a new corner for herself.

In the weeks leading into Christmas, Kerry quickly becomes close with the charming neighbors who live near their stand. When an elderly neighbor goes missing, Kerry will need to combine her country know-how with her newly acquired New York knowledge to protect the new friends she’s come to think of as family,

And complicating everything is Patrick, a single dad raising his adorable, dragon-loving son Austin on this quirky block. Kerry and Patrick’s chemistry is undeniable, but what chance does this holiday romance really have?

Filled with family ties, both rekindled and new, and sparkling with Christmas magic, Bright Lights, Big Christmas delivers everything Mary Kay Andrews fans adore, all tied up in a hilarious, romantic gem of a novel.

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My Review:

Perfect book to spread the holiday cheer!

Kerry who is staying with her mom getting bored in her hometown after losing a job as a designer had to join her brother in New York selling Christmas trees. Farming and selling christmas trees every year has been an important part of their family business and since her dad is not well, she had to take his place this time.

Kerry is not so excited about staying in a trailer till Christmas without proper bathroom and shower. But, she makes a lot of friends in that quiet neighborhood where they setup the stall and the trailer.

She loves Patrick from the neighborhood, who is a divorcee and father of a kid 'Austin'. She enjoys drawing a picture book for Patrick's son Austin and making wreaths with her creativity. Atlast, she becomes successful in selling all the trees with help from her brother Murph and gains some life long friendships. 

Will she return to her home town after Christmas? or will she try her odds in New York city with Patrick? That's the remaining story.
I enjoyed reading the book. It brought the festive mood and holiday cheer

 I like the characters, emotions and especially the ending. I loved the way the author portrayed the character of Austin. Cute, kind and compassionate.

I thought the pace is little slow for my taste. I expected to read more about Patrick. 

My Rating: 4/5

About the Author:

MARY KAY ANDREWS is the New York Times bestselling author of 30 novels (including The Homewreckers, The Santa Suit, The Newcomer; Hello, Summer; Sunset Beach; The High Tide Club; The Weekenders; Beach Town; Save the Date; Ladies’ Night; Christmas Bliss; Spring Fever; Summer Rental; The Fixer Upper; Deep Dish; Blue Christmas; Savannah Breeze; Hissy Fit; Little Bitty Lies; and Savannah Blues), and one cookbook, The Beach House Cookbook.

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