Sunday, November 26, 2023

Review: Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews


About the Book



St. Martin’s Press

Release Date
September 26, 2023

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Homewreckers and The Santa Suit, comes a novella celebrating love and the warm, glittering charm of the holiday season.

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.

My Review

When her mother requests her help, Kerry Tolliver answers the call.  She’s not thrilled, but she has to go with her older brother and his dog to New York City to set up their family’s Christmas tree stand.  It’s not the most glamorous thing to do especially since they are traveling and living in the family’s very old camper.

Kerry is at a stage in her life where she is trying to decide what she wants to do next and she’s hoping she can find the answers she's looking for while helping out.  When she meets their neighbors, Patrick and his son, the sparks fly.  She knows it can never last since she will be leaving New York after the Christmas tree shop closes for the season.  Patrick's life is in New York, while Kerry's in North Carolina.  There's no way anything can ever last with this relationship.

This is a sweet, heartwarming story.  It’s perfect for this time of year.  I always enjoy this author’s books, but this one really grabbed my heart.  It’s filled with characters you can truly care about. A poignant, touching story for the holiday season.  A real "feel good" story.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. This sounds good. I'll add it to my TBR. Have a great week! :)

  2. That looks like a fun read for this time of year. XO

  3. I'd be sure it was heading for a sad ending and be hesitant to start this one!

  4. I can't wait to read something by this author. This sounds so great.


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