In this hectic world, I think we could all use a bit of cheer. If you’re looking to add a holiday book to your TBR list this season, Bright Lights, Big Christmas may be just what you’re looking for.
Kerry Tolliver is between jobs, living with her mother, and is now tasked with taking her ailing father’s place to help her brother sell the family’s Christmas trees in New York City. Staying in New York City before the holidays seems like a magical experience, but to Kerry it means residing in her family’s old, cold, bathroom-less trailer with a brother with whom she hasn’t really been all that close to. It’s definitely not ideal, but this venture is what makes the most money for the family’s Christmas tree farm.
As a reader who enjoys angst and a good helping of drama in her novels, I knew that going into a holiday read, I wasn’t going to be getting too much of that. That’s okay. With a holiday story, I believe that the majority of readers want that cozy, heartwarming, hopeful story, and that is what Bright Lights, Big Christmas delivers.
What I enjoyed most about this novel was the eclectic cast of characters. I cared about them, I rooted for them, and I wanted them to find happiness and love. Of course, the festive New York City setting added a nice touch as well.