Review: Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews

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☆☆➹⁀☆4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What it’s about:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental comes a novella that celebrates love, the holidays, and antiques. Christmas is coming, but Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is doubly distracted both by her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, chef Daniel Stipanek and also by the fact that her best friend and maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk is due to give birth any day and is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love Harry. Listeners have come to love these characters in Mary Kay Andrews’ three previous Savannah novels: Savannah Blues, Savannah Breeze, and Blue Christmas. Christmas Bliss offers Andrews’ legions of fans the best of many things: familiar characters, a new novella for Christmas, and a celebration of Mary Kay Andrews’ own favorite pastime — antiquing. Blue Christmas was a fan favorite, and now Christmas Bliss is sure to fly off store shelves and into the hands of Andrews’ fans in bestselling numbers.

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My Thoughts:

Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews is a fun holiday-ish tale.  It is not really about Christmas, but it is set in the weeks leading up to Weezie’s Christmas wedding.  While this is book four of an established mystery series, I found it easily readable as a standalone novel.  It has Ms. Andrews’ trademark southern setting and strong southern women who have to deal with outlandishly funny predicaments.

The story starts out less than blissfully.  BeBe gets bad news from her ex-husband’s lawyer, and from there the drama and comedy take off.  From runaway pets, goofy construction workers, overly enthusiastic wedding helpers to a fiancé photographed with a gorgeous, touchy woman while out of town on business, there is no end of things for Weezie and BeBe to deal with.

Weezie and BeBe are great characters; they’re strong, sassy, and charming.  The plot is straight forward and well paced making Christmas Bliss a light-hearted read. As a mystery, it wasn’t particularly good, but as a lighthearted chick lit it was a very fun read.  This charming read will delight readers whether or not they are fans of the Weezie and BeBe series.

The audio book is narrated by Kathleen McInerney

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