A Merry Little Christmas by Brandy Bruce ~ Book Review

December 21, 2020


Author: Brandy Bruce
Series: Romano Family, Novella
Genre: Christian Holiday Romance
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: December 8, 2019
Pages: 115

Mandy Romano feels like Christmas is one long checklist she wishes she could avoid. She usually loves the holiday season, but this ear she just can't get into the Christmas spirit. And when her husband's ex-fiancée shows up in town, Mandy begins to think she really does need a Christmas miracle to save this holiday. Is there any way for her family to have the sweet, simple holiday her heart longs for?


This is not my first book by Brandy Bruce. I really enjoy her writing. I first encountered her when I grabbed the book The Last Summer and I completely enjoyed it. Then of course I had to read the second book to that After the Rain. Both of those books were great reads and I highly recommend them. I have not, however, read any of the Romano Family collection that she has and that has to be quickly remedied!

In this book, A Merry Little Christmas we re-visit the family seven years later, focusing on Mandy and Leo who are the characters from her Table for Two. Even though I have not read the previous books I didn't feel lost and I read it as a stand alone novella and completely understood what was happening. However I think it would of been a bit more enjoyable if I had so I could understand the family dynamics a little bit better. 

This was a very quick read (I read it in a couple of hours) and very sweet but it hit upon a subject I think we sometimes shy out of. Mental illness whether on its beginning stages or deeper is something that we should all talk about. Mandy is struggling. She loves her family and her life but sometimes life gets overwhelming and there is a struggle to find joy in even the little things. I liked how the author didn't end this in a "and everyone lived happily ever after" but rather in a more realistic way. Mandy didn't have an easy fix for herself but she found a way to be okay with others helping her and taking some of the burdens or activities out of her calendar and being okay with that. She also is seeking professional help so that she can find ways to cope and manage these feelings. 

I really enjoyed this short book and I definitely recommend it, especially if you just need a quick read in your day!

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it

(I received a copy of this book from the author via Just Read. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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Brandy Bruce was scribbling stories in purple spiral notebooks at the age of 12. She traded in notebooks for a laptop and now writes romance novels. Having worked as a book editor for a traditional publishing house for more than a decade, Brandy is thrilled to work in an industry she loves. She's currently a freelance editor, a writer, a wife, a mother to three fabulous children, and she's someone who really loves dessert. Brandy makes her home in Virginia with her family. She's the author of After the Rain, Looks Like Love, The Romano Family Collection, and the award-winning novel The Last Summer.

To know more about her books visit:https://www.authorbrandybruce.com/

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