This is a fun one, because not only did I get an ARC of Bright Lights, Big Christmas as an audiobook . . . I got to met Mary Kay Andrews and get an autographed copy of the hardback! She was absolutely delightful, and so was this book.
In this fun Christmas tale, Kerry Tolliver embarks on a festive adventure from her family’s Christmas tree farm in North Carolina to the bustling streets of New York City. Every year, her family sets up in the same neighborhood to sell Christmas trees, developing friendship with the neighbors. Kerry hasn’t been since she was a kid, but this year she’s filling in for her dad, forced to live in Spammy, a tiny rustic camper, with her cranky brother, Murphy.
Kerry starts to develop a friendship with one of the neighbors, single dad Patrick. Both Kerry and Patrick’s son Austin enjoy drawing, and they begin draw pictures together that start to become a story. An elderly neighbor stops by to critique their work, and it’s not long before Kerry remembers her passion for art.
When the elderly neighbor goes missing, Austin begs Kerry to help find him. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say that what they find is a little different than they expected.
I’ve always loved visiting New York City at Christmastime, and I could just picture this little stand and the quirky neighborhood of friends. You’ll fall in love with Kerry, Murphy, Patrick, Austin and even Spammy! I highly recommend this festive and funny holiday tale.
I’ve read so many good Christmas books this year! Check out more of my Christmas book reviews.