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The popular Mary Kay Andrews delivers a tasty holiday treat as she brings back the winning characters from Savannah Blues and Savannah Breeze for a little Southern cheer. It's the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to do up her shop for the Savannah historical district window decorating contest-which she intends to win. She throws herself The popular Mary Kay Andrews delivers a tasty holiday treat as she brings back the winning characters from Savannah Blues and Savannah Breeze for a little Southern cheer. It's the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to do up her shop for the Savannah historical district window decorating contest-which she intends to win. She throws herself into putting up a Graceland/Blue Christmas motif, with lots of tinsel, an aluminum tree, and all kinds of tacky retro stuff. The project takes up so much time that Weezie is ready to shoot herself with her glue gun by the time she's done, but the results are stunning. She's sure she's one-upped the owners of the trendy shop around the corner. But suddenly, things go missing from Weezie's display, and there seems to be a mysterious midnight visitor to her shop. Still, Weezie has high hopes for the holiday-maybe in the form of an engagement ring from her chef boyfriend. But Daniel, always moody at the holidays, seems more distant than usual. Throw in Weezie's decidedly odd family, a 1950s Christmas tree pin, and even a little help from the King himself, and maybe there will be a pocketful of miracles for Weezie this Christmas eve.


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The popular Mary Kay Andrews delivers a tasty holiday treat as she brings back the winning characters from Savannah Blues and Savannah Breeze for a little Southern cheer. It's the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to do up her shop for the Savannah historical district window decorating contest-which she intends to win. She throws herself The popular Mary Kay Andrews delivers a tasty holiday treat as she brings back the winning characters from Savannah Blues and Savannah Breeze for a little Southern cheer. It's the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to do up her shop for the Savannah historical district window decorating contest-which she intends to win. She throws herself into putting up a Graceland/Blue Christmas motif, with lots of tinsel, an aluminum tree, and all kinds of tacky retro stuff. The project takes up so much time that Weezie is ready to shoot herself with her glue gun by the time she's done, but the results are stunning. She's sure she's one-upped the owners of the trendy shop around the corner. But suddenly, things go missing from Weezie's display, and there seems to be a mysterious midnight visitor to her shop. Still, Weezie has high hopes for the holiday-maybe in the form of an engagement ring from her chef boyfriend. But Daniel, always moody at the holidays, seems more distant than usual. Throw in Weezie's decidedly odd family, a 1950s Christmas tree pin, and even a little help from the King himself, and maybe there will be a pocketful of miracles for Weezie this Christmas eve.

30 review for Blue Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Williams

    Always love MKA. One of my favorite authors and she's from ATL as am I which makes the books so much better. They're not all located in ATL but they are all in the South which you have to live here to understand the importance of this. These are really good characters with lots of humor and love. Always love MKA. One of my favorite authors and she's from ATL as am I which makes the books so much better. They're not all located in ATL but they are all in the South which you have to live here to understand the importance of this. These are really good characters with lots of humor and love.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Following the wacky stories of Weezy and BeBe has been loads of fun for me, so I didn't hesitate to pick this one up when I saw it on sale. Who wouldn't pass up a good Christmas story this time of year? It started off with a bang - Weezy attempts to win a window decorating contest for her antique shop in the historic district of downtown Savannah, but her Christmas decorations come up missing the night before the judging takes place. She suspects the gay couple down the street of sabotage when t Following the wacky stories of Weezy and BeBe has been loads of fun for me, so I didn't hesitate to pick this one up when I saw it on sale. Who wouldn't pass up a good Christmas story this time of year? It started off with a bang - Weezy attempts to win a window decorating contest for her antique shop in the historic district of downtown Savannah, but her Christmas decorations come up missing the night before the judging takes place. She suspects the gay couple down the street of sabotage when their own antique store is over-decorated, complete with fake snow and flamboyant lighting. The story continues in this typical nutty fashion with mysterious secret santas, vintage Blue Christmas tree pins, a trash can full of Chatham artillery punch, fruitcake made with maple syrup, missing puppies, and the mystery of who is sleeping in Weezy's shop. And then there is Weezy's grumpy scrooge of a boyfriend, Daniel, who hates the holidays and adds to Weezy's stress when she dares to invite his crazy family over for Christmas Eve dinner. All of this built up to what I had hoped would be an awesome finale for this series, but it just ... ended ... and it was CHEESY! It was almost as if the author ran out of steam and simply gave up. Most likely the book suffered through a major hack job with the publisher - it was a short read with less than 300 pages. But honestly, if Daniel hadn't finally proposed to Weezy and if I hadn't enjoyed the little quips about vintage wine collecting, I probably would have tossed this book against the wall or added it to my wallbanger shelf. It was that upsetting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    A cute and cozy book that will definitely help beat those winter blues! This is a read-in-an-afternoon book that definitely lifted my spirits! Wheezie Foley is such a great character. I love hearing about her antique shop and items she finds, and about historic downtown Savannah. She’s that great mix of fierce and quirky, and the supporting characters are a lot of fun! In Blue Christmas, Wheezie is preparing to sleigh the competition in the historic downtown Christmas decorating competition. But h A cute and cozy book that will definitely help beat those winter blues! This is a read-in-an-afternoon book that definitely lifted my spirits! Wheezie Foley is such a great character. I love hearing about her antique shop and items she finds, and about historic downtown Savannah. She’s that great mix of fierce and quirky, and the supporting characters are a lot of fun! In Blue Christmas, Wheezie is preparing to sleigh the competition in the historic downtown Christmas decorating competition. But her new neighbors across the way are putting up quite a fight! They seem to have endless budget and no regard for the rules of the competition. But when Wheezie finds her display destroyed, her neighbors become the least of her problems. Franticly, Wheezie starts from scratch creating a retro blue Christmas themed display in her windows. But things begin to disappear. Is someone out to sabotage her? And why is her boyfriend such a Christmas-hater? Wheezie will need to get to the bottom of it all if she wants to save Christmas! I actually read this a few weeks after Christmas, and it was such a fun book it really was a pick me up during the long, cold month of January! Though this is a sequel, you definitely don’t need to read her other books first. This can be a standalone! It’s a shorter book and a lot of fun! The type of book that you don’t need to take too seriously, and let’s you escape into the balmy Savannah winter for a few hours. If you love a sweet story with a side of southern charm, this is your book! Thank you to Harper Perennial for my copy! Opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I wanted to punch the main character in the nose. Or at least shake her really hard and tell her what an idiot she is. A person breaks into your vehicle and steals things. Then breaks into your house and steals things. Then breaks into your business to sleep there overnight--and steals things. And you don't call the cops?!? And the reason you don't call the cops is "Because it's Christmas"? What? ugh. Anyway, this is part of a series, but reading the previous stories is unnecessary. There was a I wanted to punch the main character in the nose. Or at least shake her really hard and tell her what an idiot she is. A person breaks into your vehicle and steals things. Then breaks into your house and steals things. Then breaks into your business to sleep there overnight--and steals things. And you don't call the cops?!? And the reason you don't call the cops is "Because it's Christmas"? What? ugh. Anyway, this is part of a series, but reading the previous stories is unnecessary. There was a very, very thin mystery involved (such as who is doing all the breaking in and stealing) but most of it was contrived, cutesy, or kinda boring. I listened to the audio version, and the voice was fine for the main character, but there was hardly any differentiation among voices to identify who else was speaking--well, all the guys had low voices, except for the raging queen who of course had a lisp. Whatever. Also very jarring to have the story end (cheeeesy ending) and then have recipes suddenly start up. They should have been put on a separate disk, or a readable insert, or something. "Will you marry me?" "Yes, of course!" "And the recipe for corned beef hash dip is..."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Robinson

    I really enjoyed Weezie and her pluck in the first novel, in this series, however I did not care for her in this one nearly as much. She meets a homeless woman and the things she does for the lady, while nice, make absolutely no common sense. No woman, or serious business person would behave as Weezie does. I like people to be compassionate and to show care for others but that compassion needs to be within the boundaries of common sense or plausibility and I did not find Weezie's action to fit th I really enjoyed Weezie and her pluck in the first novel, in this series, however I did not care for her in this one nearly as much. She meets a homeless woman and the things she does for the lady, while nice, make absolutely no common sense. No woman, or serious business person would behave as Weezie does. I like people to be compassionate and to show care for others but that compassion needs to be within the boundaries of common sense or plausibility and I did not find Weezie's action to fit those criteria. I also did not care for the way Weezie pushed and expected Daniel to behave according to her morality. She showed no sensitivity to what would be a sensitive and even painful situation for him. Her behavior seem heartless even if she felt she was doing good. I don't care for high handed maneuvers regardless if they are done by male or female characters. I might read another in this series but I'm not sure. I was looking forward to this book and came away really disappointed. Oh yeah, the pseudo-mystery is so easily solved that it is almost an insult. This was just not up to par.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I normally really, really enjoy Mary Kay Andrews' books, but this one didn't live up to par. I enjoyed her other two books about Weezie & BeBe--the characters & story lines were strong and compelling. However, I felt that this story fell flat. The characters seemed one-dimensional, the story was silly, to say the least, and it didn't live up to the Savannah Blues/Savannah Breeze series. I read it because I like the characters and I like Mary Kay Andrews, but it was nothing special. I felt that th I normally really, really enjoy Mary Kay Andrews' books, but this one didn't live up to par. I enjoyed her other two books about Weezie & BeBe--the characters & story lines were strong and compelling. However, I felt that this story fell flat. The characters seemed one-dimensional, the story was silly, to say the least, and it didn't live up to the Savannah Blues/Savannah Breeze series. I read it because I like the characters and I like Mary Kay Andrews, but it was nothing special. I felt that the story didn't really draw me in as a reader until the last 10 or so pages, and just when things started to get interesting, the book ended! There were so many story lines that just were left hanging at the end of the book. I also didn't particularly like the change of heart of two of the characters at the end of the book--I felt that it was unwarranted and out of the blue. I also felt that Daniel was acting so strangely throughout the book, and all of a sudden, he started behaving normally at the end. It just fell flat for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    Cute, interesting Christmas cozy mystery. An easy feel-good book and I loved the antique aspect of the story. It also comes with a few great recipes!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mauoijenn

    Christmas book in this series was a neat addition. Enjoyed it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Not as fond of this book as I had hoped but still willing to give the series a try. I did have problems with the relationship between the hero and heroine. He hates Christmas and doesn’t support her need to decorate or celebrate. One scene particularly stuck with me. He is griping because she invited people over to her house for Christmas dinner (most are his relatives). She’s not asking him to pay for it, cook it or clean it. She just wants her boyfriend to attend. My first thought was that she Not as fond of this book as I had hoped but still willing to give the series a try. I did have problems with the relationship between the hero and heroine. He hates Christmas and doesn’t support her need to decorate or celebrate. One scene particularly stuck with me. He is griping because she invited people over to her house for Christmas dinner (most are his relatives). She’s not asking him to pay for it, cook it or clean it. She just wants her boyfriend to attend. My first thought was that she could have cut the dinner count down by telling him he wasn’t invited.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Guzman

    I love me some Mary Kay Andrews. I have been following this author for years. Her books are always funny, full of characters and very southern. I read this one for the holidays sake. It was short, full of heart and familiar characters. I look forward to reading more for the new year. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    A favorite section of the book was the description of Weezie setting the table for the holiday meal with sterling candlesticks (no two of which matched), etched wineglasses from several different patterns, and flow blue Johnson Brothers Claremont. The choice of table cloth was particularly heartwarming: I smoothed my grandmother's starched white damask cloth over the battered pine harvest table in the dining room, and with my fingertips, traced the tiny patches where she'd so painstakingly mended A favorite section of the book was the description of Weezie setting the table for the holiday meal with sterling candlesticks (no two of which matched), etched wineglasses from several different patterns, and flow blue Johnson Brothers Claremont. The choice of table cloth was particularly heartwarming: I smoothed my grandmother's starched white damask cloth over the battered pine harvest table in the dining room, and with my fingertips, traced the tiny patches where she'd so painstakingly mended it. If I looked closely, and I did, I could see the faintest ghost outlines of stains from family dinners long ago...I had plenty of beautiful linens I could have set the table with that night...But Meemaw's tablecloth, with all those tangible reminders of happy family occasions, was the only one that would do for such a special night.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    This is a hard copy book that was signed by Kathy Trouchek herself. It was a cute Christmas story I enjoyed very much. Andrews brings back my favorite charcters from Savannah Breeze and Savannah Blues, Weezie and Bebe. This is just a short novella about the holiday season with Weezie, her boyfriend Daniel, Bebe and her boyfriend Harry and Daniel’s family, who Weezie is just getting to know. I love the antique aspect of these books. Andrews is big in antiques and uses this hobby as a theme in her This is a hard copy book that was signed by Kathy Trouchek herself. It was a cute Christmas story I enjoyed very much. Andrews brings back my favorite charcters from Savannah Breeze and Savannah Blues, Weezie and Bebe. This is just a short novella about the holiday season with Weezie, her boyfriend Daniel, Bebe and her boyfriend Harry and Daniel’s family, who Weezie is just getting to know. I love the antique aspect of these books. Andrews is big in antiques and uses this hobby as a theme in her books. I like to read at least one Christmas book every year. I’m glad I chose this one this year.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Sort of a throw-away story from Mary Kay Andrews. Not as funny as her longer novels, and there's not enough interest in the thin 'mystery'. It was better than a kick in the teeth, but disappointing. Only disappointing because I expect a lot after how I enjoyed Hissy Fit and Savannah Blues. Sort of a throw-away story from Mary Kay Andrews. Not as funny as her longer novels, and there's not enough interest in the thin 'mystery'. It was better than a kick in the teeth, but disappointing. Only disappointing because I expect a lot after how I enjoyed Hissy Fit and Savannah Blues.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Just - The romance reader

    With each book read I become an even bigger Mary Kay Andrews fan. Her wit, humor and southern charm make each of her books truly entertaining and delightful to read. Each book contains spunky and very amusing characters. I look forward to the next book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fluffy Flowers

    Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews brings back her lovable character Weezie from the hilarious Savannah Blues. You'll still enjoy this book even if you haven't read the first one. If you love vintage treasures, Elvis, and all things shabby chic you'll probably like it. Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews brings back her lovable character Weezie from the hilarious Savannah Blues. You'll still enjoy this book even if you haven't read the first one. If you love vintage treasures, Elvis, and all things shabby chic you'll probably like it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Devin Conway Chatwood

    Cute 😄

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emma Rund

    terrible... also please stop referring to gay men as one single very specific type of man who loves decorating and being sassy...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Fun and heartwarming. A sweet adventure and an easy read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was a cute book. As the third one in the series I kind of feel it was more about getting to know the characters a little bit better than an actual major storyline. In my opinion, none of her characters can compare to Callahan Garrity, but I think this is going to become a good series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Blue Christmas was a good choice to get me into the mood for a joyous holiday. This is a light, comfy read, and though it's takes place in the south it's lacks nothing in my Christmas perception. I really enjoyed the vintage decorating and references to sixties Christmas songs by pop singers. Weezie Foley is out to win the annual Christmas decorating contest for her business, Masie Daisy. She spends a great deal of time and money creating beautiful topiary trees, a fresh fruit door topper and ot Blue Christmas was a good choice to get me into the mood for a joyous holiday. This is a light, comfy read, and though it's takes place in the south it's lacks nothing in my Christmas perception. I really enjoyed the vintage decorating and references to sixties Christmas songs by pop singers. Weezie Foley is out to win the annual Christmas decorating contest for her business, Masie Daisy. She spends a great deal of time and money creating beautiful topiary trees, a fresh fruit door topper and other natural displays to dazzle the judges. To her dismay someone vandalizes her creations before the judging day and she needs to start from scratch. After finding an elegant vintage blue Christmas brooch in a box lot bought at auction Weezie decides to go with a blue Christmas theme. This allows for creative use of some of her antiques as she goes on an all out blue binge. Blue glass tree ornaments, old fashioned blue bulbs, blued dyed tulle, mixed with a bit of silver and white, the aforementioned Christmas songs and one great princess phone dyed; yes, blue. I love vintage Christmas pins so was fascinated by the Blue Christmas Tree pin Weezie finds. The Princes Phone brings back fond memories of my "all I want for Christmas" teen wish. Some of the 45's Weezie plays, Bobby Vinton's Navy Blue, Elvis's Blue Hawaii, though not in the Christmas spirit fit with her 60's teen theme and are some of my favorites. And though I like Phil Spector I had to look up the compilation "A Christmas Gift for You". There's a love story and cozy mystery, a furry dog, Jethro, who "sheds, drools and farts", a slew of quirky friends, relatives, and a colorful gay couple who are business competitors. There are some funny scenes and like most books of this nature a heartwarming wrapping up of all. All in all a good book for December.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megs ♥

    Cute book to get you in the Christmas spirit. Contains a little mystery and romance too. :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ben Cela

    I really enjoyed the first half of this short book. I loved the plot of Weezie trying to win a Christmas tree contest against a rival small business. The details of her decorating and the auctions were fun. Then the story kind of drags on. It seemed like multiple short stories in one that all fit but there wasn't one big climax...there were like three. Even so, I enjoyed this cute, little Christmas story, especially while listening to Christmas music with some fuzzy socks on! I really enjoyed the first half of this short book. I loved the plot of Weezie trying to win a Christmas tree contest against a rival small business. The details of her decorating and the auctions were fun. Then the story kind of drags on. It seemed like multiple short stories in one that all fit but there wasn't one big climax...there were like three. Even so, I enjoyed this cute, little Christmas story, especially while listening to Christmas music with some fuzzy socks on!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Fun, festive and fast read . . . perfect story to get me in the mood to decorate for Christmas. (I might even load a playlist with some of the same music that Weezie listened to!) I don't wish to give any spoilers out but I must admit to thinking that the main character, Weezie, was some what of a dimwit and I wasn't terribly fond of her significant other, Daniel. Oh well . . . Merry Christmas! Fun, festive and fast read . . . perfect story to get me in the mood to decorate for Christmas. (I might even load a playlist with some of the same music that Weezie listened to!) I don't wish to give any spoilers out but I must admit to thinking that the main character, Weezie, was some what of a dimwit and I wasn't terribly fond of her significant other, Daniel. Oh well . . . Merry Christmas!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Very cute but also very predictable

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)

    Quick southern holiday read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Lynx

    Too saccharine

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    A quick, easy Christmas read. I loved the antiquing aspect. It was a bit over the top and unbelievable. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite work for me. My thanks to the publisher for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Curtis

    Mary Kay Andrews definitely doesn't disappoint with this fun little Christmas story! Mary Kay Andrews definitely doesn't disappoint with this fun little Christmas story!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Christmas story palate cleanser.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Some of the tropes feel really wrong, but the overall story made me happy and this was the right book at the right time.

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