Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks
Word Garden Press (Sept 2011) | Kindle, 96 pages

Contemporary Romance

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!






A midnight book worm who loves dystopian and young adult fantasy and paranormal romances. As long as the leading man is dead sexy, she's happy. [Becs no longer reviews for the site.]


Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books December 7, 2012 at 2:00 am

I picked up a copy of this a short while ago, but haven’t started it yet. I too have not been feeling the Christmas spirit quite yet – a lot on my plate and Christmas is that last thing I’ve been thinking about. Perhaps I’ll jump into this short story this weekend to bring around some Christmas cheer! :)

Thanks for the review…. I think I’m going to enjoy this one.


Becs December 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I hope you do enjoy this one and I hope things clear up for you personally,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas Chrystal :D


Heather Horrocks December 7, 2012 at 5:29 am

Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m so glad I have grumpy Kyle for those of us (including me) who are not perfect like Lexi!
Heather Horrocks


Becs December 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Welcome to Book Chick City Heather, I’m sure you are as perfect as Lexi.
I will be looking to read more of your work as I enjoyed your humour.

Hope you have a great Christmas x


Gemma December 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

This has been sitting on my TBR pile on my kindle for ages. After your review, I have decided I really need to bump this up a bit!

Great review Becs

(p.s. You even got a lovely comment from the author)


Becs December 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Thank you Gemma, It’s a really quick read so clear a spot on your TBR pile and add a little Christmas cheer.

Merry Christmas x


Lisa December 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I’ve just popped off to amazon to download this. It sounds the perfect Christmas read :)


Becs December 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Lisa, it’s a Kindle freebie and I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Christmas x


Blair mirth December 9, 2012 at 8:13 am

I have had this on my kindle for yonks. I must pick it up. I am in the mood for a xmas kindle read. Thanks for the review.


Becs December 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

You are welcome Blair, I hope you enjoy Bah, Humbug! as much as I did.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas x


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