BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CHRISTMAS
Mary Kay Andrews
St Martins Press
September 26, 2023
I missed my annual reading guilty pleasure this spring: Mary Kay Andrewss yearly summer release. But, the next best thing, to satisfy my craving, is her Christmas book. I must admit, it felt very incongruous to be reading a book about selling Christmas trees in freezing cold weather while we are living through the worst September heat wave.
Not many surprises here. This is a cute Christmas tale. A brother and sister from North Carolina are running a Christmas tree lot in New York. There seems to be bad blood between them for a while. A potential love interest shows up early for the sister. Regular stuff!
There’s lots to love about this story. I love that there is a cross reference to MKA’s previous Christmas book, The Santa Suit. It’s a little bit of continuity. And, I love that part of the story is a retro RV trailer from the 1970s. It is pictured on the cover. And, I love the little boy who likes to hang out with the sister at the tree lot. Actually, I love all the characters.
It’s a nice, comfortable and enjoyable holiday read. Perfect for the time of year when everyone is stressed out and running around like crazy preparing for the holidays. It’s just what I expected!
And they lived happily ever after! (I didn’t expect anything else!)
Thank you to MKA for writing this holiday book. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.