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Bright Lights, Big Christmas

NYT bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews delivers another delightful Christmas story!

I have been a longtime Mary Kay Andrews fan, and her Christmas books are always special! I finished this feel-good novella in one sitting and did not want to leave these characters and the lovely found family they'd become. Charming and full of Andrew's trademark warmth and wit, this holiday romance hits all the right notes.

Kerry, an artist whose life is at a crossroads, must fill in for her ailing father and go to NYC to help her brother Murphy sell Christmas trees from the family farm in North Carolina. There, she helps revive the family business, reevaluates her life, and meets friends who become family. She also meets Patrick, a handsome single father to the cutest little boy, Austin, who steals every scene he is in! The character development was very well done, and I really connected with Kerry and came to care for the other characters in the book as much as she did. And her slow-burn romance with Patrick was sweet and hopeful.

Set in a lovely Greenwich Village neighborhood, it feels like you're right in the middle of a Christmas movie. With themes of found family, finding yourself, love, and starting over, this is heartwarming, cozy, and full of holiday spirit!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to review this ARC. I loved it!

My steep was Almond Sugar Cookie Black tea from Simpson and Vail. This is one of my comfort teas; it's delicious, and I always have it on hand!


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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