I selected Bah, Humbug! for one of my Christmas reads, as this year I’m lacking the whole Christmas spirit. I love the meaning behind Christmas but dislike greatly the cost, especially as this year is going to be my tightest one yet, so yes bah, humbug! is very apt.
Bah, Humbug! is told from the third person view point as we follow Kyle, an author who hates Christmas and who’s using his struggle to meet a deadline for his latest book as an excuse to avoid his family and his new neighbour Lexi, a beautiful, independent, famous TV presenter who hosts a decorating show.
Lexi is an expert at making homes look beautiful, a talent that I am sadly lacking and it’s not from a want of trying. Preparing for her next show and making her home fit into the Christmassy street, Lexi sets to work to make her new house presentable.
Lexi stood back and surveyed her work. The snowman was magnificent. The three balls were perfectly round, each smaller than the one below it. He was the perfect snowman, eyes of coal, a carrot nose, twig arms, red licorice lips and a brightly colored muffler.
I’m feeling a little resentful of how Lexi makes everything perfect, so imagine my pleasure when the grump Kyle from next door comes over and removes the snowman’s head! Kyle, not realizing he has a new neighbour and that the snowman was prepared for a TV show, gets caught by Lexi, and their first encounter was slightly antagonising, little does Lexi realise that her neighbour is her children’s favourite author.
With a bad start, the relationship between Lexi and Kyle can only improve as they find themselves helping each other out over this Christmas period. They discover and share their pasts, the relationship improves and grows as we join Lexi and Kyle on their journey of healing by facing and overcoming their challenges.
“Sometimes it’s good to face the feelings, feel them and then let them go. You can’t go on pushing them back forever.”
Bah, Humbug! is a short story so there is not a huge amount of depth to the characters, however, I was fine with that especially as I appreciated Bah, Humbug! was a quick, simple, feel good read to invite the happy, peaceful feelings associated with Christmas.
An emotional rollercoaster to drive all those bah, humbugs away as romance blossoms, problems are faced and overcome, and family love increased.
Bah, Humbug! is a short, light-hearted and fun read that allowed me to experience a whole range of different emotions. I laughed and cried as Kyle and Lexi’s hearts softened towards each other, enabling them both to overcome the difficulties in their lives. There was no real depth to Bah, Humbug! but this seemed to just increase my enjoyment, as it’s a simple romance that helped me to remember the importance of family and friends at Christmas. Of course the ending is just too good to be true but that’s ok, it’s Christmas!
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