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Bah, Humbug! (Christmas Street #1)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  5,037 Ratings  ·  708 Reviews
Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller.

For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer's block - until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes this is the perfect place for his villain to hide the weapon. He digs int

Kindle Edition, 96 pages
Published September 9th 2011 by Word Garden Press
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There were typos and that drove me a bit nutty, but that isn't why I'm only giving it two stars. It was sweet enough, but the characters fell a little flat to me. (view spoiler)
Title: Bah,Humbug
Author: Heather Horrocks

Published: September 9th 2011 by Word Garden Press

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit

Pages: 96

My Rating: 3/5

Description: From Goodreads

Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller.

For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer’s block – until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes this is the perfect place for
Nov 22, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

I was looking for a cute holiday read that did not require a lot of commitment when I stumbled across this story as a free download on Amazon.

This story was exactly what I was looking for. A light short read that truly captured the feel and spirit of the holidays. It had the perfect recipe of romance, cute kids, snow and holiday festivities to meet my needs. Lexie and Kyle were both characters that you had no choice but to lik
Dec 28, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it
Recommended to Maria by: Bonnie
Shelves: contemporary
Lexi Anderson is a TV decorator who has recently moved to a new place with her two children. Kyle Miller is a famous writer that Lexi's kids adore and who happens to live right next to their house. Sounds like a perfect fairytale... but the first encounter between Kyle and Lexi does not seem like the perfect one!

This was a very cute novella. There were lots of funny moments, but also a very touching part. I liked how the protagonists’ relationship grew and became something more special than a fr
Nov 11, 2012 Britt rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, ebook
I only picked this book up because I needed to read a Christmas book for a reading challenge and this was free on amazon.

I have never been a huge fan of the novella, as I don't think many authors can pull it off without it feeling rushed. Unfortunately I don't think this author quite got there, it had potential but I think the ending seemed all rushed. Perhaps a simple kiss would have felt a bit more realistic. Further Lexi was questioning her feelings and being all scared about commitment and
Jan 14, 2012 Brandy rated it it was amazing
This was a VERY, CUTE, HALLMARK-MOVIE, type Christmas story. A short story, VERY-EASY - READ, I finished in a day and a half?

Young, divorced, up- and - coming - Martha Stewart of the new millineum, Alexis 'Lexie' Anderson just moved into her dream home in Utah. A week before Christmas, she is reading her children, Steven and Trista, a book from their favorite detective series by Jared Strong. Not realizing, that the author of her children's favorite detective sreies, Kyle Miller, lives next door
Dec 26, 2012 Tara rated it it was ok
This book was free and Christmassy so there's no reason not to download it. I started reading it on my new kindle on christmas day, i finished it in one night because it seemed depressing to be reading a christmas book the day after christmas

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Oct 12, 2012 Hannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
The story starts out nicely. I like how Lexi and Kyle are introduced. In particular, Lexi seems to be the most developed character; she's my favorite because she has a straight-forward yet witty personality. Everyone else is pretty flat. It's really annoying how the children are always grouped together. They kind of have their own personalities, but then they're still just "the children" with generic personalities.

The beginning is enjoyable as the plot builds up, but then around chapter 9, the s
Rach Kaup
Jan 02, 2014 Rach Kaup rated it it was amazing
This is a winter cozy for sure! Before I was even halfway through with this book, I bought the next one in the series! I thoroughly loved this book. I laughed and teared up here and there. But I mainly laughed. This was a comical romance, Chirstmisy, cozy book. And NO the romance was not too mushy like mashed potatoes!

I loved how the author had no foul or crude language in the book at all! So if children wish to read this, do it. And there is absolutely no sex in it and there are no steamy scene
Jan 05, 2013 Amy rated it did not like it
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Katie W
Jan 02, 2013 Katie W rated it really liked it
Cute, short, sweet and to the point. Lexi is a tv decorator, compared to being and up and coming Martha Stewart. She is a single parent with two adorable kids and they move to Salt Lake City to make a new start, right around the holidays. She reads these mysteries to her kids all the time and they're all big fans of the author, Kyle. Guess who lives next door? Yep. Kind of predictable, but very cute and clean.
Kathy Jo
Nov 21, 2016 Kathy Jo rated it really liked it
11/21/16 - In the mood for a Christmas book and this one is still a cute, fun read. Now on to the other books in this series! ;)

3.5 Stars

Cute, quick read. I've been in a Christmassy mood lately and this one fit it perfectly. Yes they fell in love fast, no the didn't kiss until the very end.. but it was still adorable. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series. :)
This book was quite quick -- the entire story spanned just a few days. While I don't prefer such a fast-paced story, I really did enjoy this one quite a bit. I do believe I'll look into getting another book from this author.
Nov 09, 2014 Reanna rated it really liked it
#HoHoHoRAT & #NovellaNovember read: A heartwarming tale for the holidays that includes snowman decapitation ;)
Joanne Moyer
I pretty much never read romances but for some reason I enjoy some Christmas Fluff around the holidays which is just what this book is. But it was fun and enjoyable fluff and I liked it
Michele at A Belle's Tales
Dec 03, 2012 Michele at A Belle's Tales rated it really liked it
This title was perfect for me since I can be a bit of a scrooge this time of year - Christmas just isn’t my favorite holiday. Because of that, I was really able to connect with one of the main characters -- Kyle -- in this romantic holiday tale.

This book is certainly not my typical read. I could very much see this as one of those Holiday Hallmark movies that my mother just lives for and forces me to watch from time to time. I groan and complain, but then end up loving it and crying like the big
Dec 15, 2015 Candice rated it really liked it
I got this book for free on Amazon. It's a short Christmas novella so I figured, eh, why not?!

Since this is a novella I felt like the story had a pretty quick pace to it. Alexa (Lexi) Anderson and her two children, Trista and Steven, have just moved from San Diego to Salt Lake City into their dream home onto a street that has been dubbed "Christams Street". Lexi has a home decorating show. They end up moving right next door Kyle Miller who happens to be the author of the kids favorite book serie
Nov 28, 2012 Sandy rated it liked it
BAH, HUMBUG (A Christmas Novella) by Heather Horrocks

BAH, HUMBUG is a romantic comedy novella featuring Lexi Anderson-the latest ‘Martha Stewart’ newcomer and novelist Kyle Miller.

Divorced mom Lexi and her two children have just moved into a new neighborhood only weeks before the Christmas holidays. With only seven days until Christmas Lexi is a whirlwind of holiday cheer and Christmas magic. But the morning she wakes up and discovers a stranger beheading the snowman in her front yard, Lexi need
Amy Denim
Lexi Anderson, the new Martha Stewart (minus the jail time) helps her neighbor, Kyle and his family find their Christmas spirit and in the process finds love and family for herself.
I wanna be Lexi Anderson when I grow up. I also wish I were Kyle Miller. He is a best selling novelist.
Maybe they'll adopt me.

I had no problem suspending reality and believing that these two fell in love in six days. The range of well written emotions the characters threw at each other (along with snowballs) and the f
Sep 05, 2012 Mandolin rated it really liked it
Kyle Miller writes best-selling books for kids, but he's anything but a jovial old elf. In fact, with painful Christmas memories, looming book deadlines and writer's block impeding his every move, he's becoming more and more like Scrooge. Lexi Anderson, his new neighbor and television's "new" Martha Stewart, couldn't be more different. Settling in her new house with her two children after a painful divorce, Lexi is determined to make her family's Christmas bright. Her yard is soon alive with ...more
Do you like marshmallows? Looking for a easy read where you can let go of reality and float along? Give this story a read. If you're in a critical mood, pick another book. :D

That seems harsh, I know. It's a cute, sweet fluffy tale of a whirlwind romance that has little to no tension and what tension there is seemed unrealistic. The heroine's children get along perfectly, they behave all the time (despite a huge upheaval in their lives), there's a predictable, by-the-numbers misunderstanding betw
Dec 23, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for a good Christmas romance around the holiday season. I don't feel like I'm in the spirit until I'm curled up with some tea and a Christmas story while it's gently snowing outside. Luckily, mother nature corroborated this year and so at the last minutes I found some Christmas stories to help make this season magical for me.

Bah, Humbug! was a fun holiday story. Surprisingly, even though it was fairly short I felt like you got to know the main characters well. Lexi is positive, det
Josie Ann
Dec 23, 2011 Josie Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I get into talking about this book, I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE the cover of this book; I think it's safe to say that I definitely have a cover crush!! This book was an amazing read, and it really got me into the Christmas spirit. Lexi Anderson, the main character, is a divorced mother to two children, Trista, who is 11-years-old, and Stephen, who is 7-years-old. Lexi is also a TV hostess, and is often referred to as Martha Stewart of the new millennium. In the story, Lexi ...more
It was cute at times but the characters are very flat and simplistic. And, SPOILER ALERT, I can't stand insta-love. "Hi, I've known you for two days, I'm madly in love with you, marry me." It's insane and pretty much impossible for any author to pull off in a believable way which makes me wonder why so many authors do it. Give your characters time to know each other. There's no shame in not writing love at first sight. It doesn't make a story any less romantic for two people to find out who they ...more
This novella is a super quick read. I bought it at christmas, thinking I would read it right away, and then forgot about it while the holidays bustled around.

The writing is good, but not great. I feel, if the author had given herself the time, or pages to write a little bit more into the story, it would have made a lot more sense....but then again, I like to have my romantic fiction have a bit more of a realistic stance to them. The ending, (spoiler alert!) where Kyle just decides to propose to
Nov 25, 2014 Raquel rated it it was ok
When I first downloaded this story I was looking for something to soothe my longing for home, since I'm overseas at the moment, so I judged by the description that this would be my best bet. I adore Christmas time and though this story has all the makings for a good Christmas short it unfortunately never makes it there. Instead of the stereotypical devices often used in Christmas tales playing into the plot to add, for lack of a better word, fuzzy all over feeling to the reader, I found that the ...more
Doina Condrea
Dec 05, 2016 Doina Condrea rated it really liked it
For a tiny little book it was good, especially since it's not my kind of book usually. It was cute, a bit sad but all feel-good and sweet. I have limited experience so I can't say if it is realistic for two people to fall in love so fast as Kyle and Lexi did but it made for a cute story. Then again if you want reality, you won't find it in romance books..
Everything happens in the week before Christmas. It was a bit Shakespearean in that regard. However, unlike Romeo and Juliet, Kyle and Lexi are
Anna Dye
Sep 02, 2016 Anna Dye rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed BAH, HUMBUG!, A Romantic Comedy Novella By Heather Horrocks that I couldn't put down. It is a light romance with a Christmas theme.
Lexi Anderson is a Martha Stewart-type TV hostess who happens to buy her first home for her and her two children. The first week there, she builds a snowman to be the center back-stage prop for her TV show the next day. Lo and behold, when she looks outside that night, she sees a man with the snowman's head in his arms. She can't believe the gall of the
Feb 07, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas, ebook
Oh how fun it is to read a story about a man without Christmas spirit living on the most highly Christmas decorated street in town. This story was the perfect Christmas story. It has me wanting snowmen and love for Christmas. I also want to live on a Christmas Street!

Alexis Anderson moves into a new city in order to have her own Martha Stewart type of show. she doesn't have family or friends and is starting over with her two children. When she meets the next door neighbor they get off to a rock
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 09/09/2011
Author: Heather Horrocks
Recommended for: fan's of romcom stories and novellas
Edition: Kindle

This is a romantic comedy book written by Heather Horrocks, I found this novella on the Kindle Store for free and so I thought I would give it a go. I thought that this was incredibly well written and is a fun and lighthearted read. It was the type of story that was slightly predictable and with it been a short story the ending (a quick proposal) made it seem like the whole thing was
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I’m an author who had a somewhat unorthodox upbringing. I was raised in South America and the Middle East, and wrote my first stories as a teenager in Kuwait, where my sister and I proved it really is hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. I wrote my first novel in three months on a typewriter when I was 21, I used every romance cliché possible (including amnesia — need I say more?), and never ...more
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