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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

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 5 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..."

  4. 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 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~

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

  6. 4 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    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

    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.

  9. 5 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Better than the last one I read of Mary Kay Andrews!

  11. 4 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.

  12. 4 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.

  13. 4 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 5 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!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megs ♥

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

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Very cute but also very predictable

  18. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Drelick

    Short and funny and full of Christmas feel goods.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    Book Description: Deck the halls with romance, intrigue, and great antiques! It's the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to garnish her shop for the Savannah historical district contest. She's ready to shoot herself with her glue gun by the time she's done, but the results are stunning. She's certainly one-upped the owners of the trendy boutique around the corner, but suddenly things start to go missing from her display, and there seems to be a mysterious midni Book Description: Deck the halls with romance, intrigue, and great antiques! It's the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to garnish her shop for the Savannah historical district contest. She's ready to shoot herself with her glue gun by the time she's done, but the results are stunning. She's certainly one-upped the owners of the trendy boutique around the corner, but suddenly things start to go missing from her display, and there seems to be a mysterious midnight visitor to her shop. Still, Weezie has high hopes--perhaps in the form of an engagement ring from her chef boyfriend, though Daniel, always moody at the holidays, seems more distant than usual. But throw in Weezie's decidedly odd family, a 1950s Christmas tree pin, and even a little help from the King himself (Elvis, that is), and maybe there will be a pocketful of miracles for Weezie this Christmas Eve. When looking for other books to read by this author I noticed that she has two "Savannah" books before. I am very anal about series readong so I am not sure if I should go back and read the two books beofre "Blue Christmas" or not. Or if this one is a stand alone book, so if you should have read the other two first. So if you know, please let me know. I really enjoyed this book. This is the 2nd book I have read by her. This was a quick light read. I would recommend this book at any time of the year. I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Andrews. Happy Reading!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I just finished reading a little book titled, "Blue Christmas," by Mary Kay Andrews which was published in 2006. She has a newer one out called, "Christmas Bliss," which I have yet to get my hands on. "Blue Christmas," is such an enjoyable book, no tears, just good Christmas cheer, a bit of a mystery, a whole lot of fun and vintage decorating. Weezie Foley owns an antique store in Savannah and she is frantically trying to decorate her shop and win the historical district decorating contest, but I just finished reading a little book titled, "Blue Christmas," by Mary Kay Andrews which was published in 2006. She has a newer one out called, "Christmas Bliss," which I have yet to get my hands on. "Blue Christmas," is such an enjoyable book, no tears, just good Christmas cheer, a bit of a mystery, a whole lot of fun and vintage decorating. Weezie Foley owns an antique store in Savannah and she is frantically trying to decorate her shop and win the historical district decorating contest, but she has some stiff competition from the new shop owners, Cookie and Manny, who are a decorating dynamo. Her boyfriend Daniel doesn't like Christmas, his mother left him and his two brothers years ago and ever since Christmas is always a bit blue for him, and that is where Weezie gets the idea to do a Blue Christmas theme. Please go to http://www.homeandlifestyledesign.com... to see my complete review of this lovely Christmas novel!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Coble

    This short book Feels like something dashed off to cash in on the holiday market. The whole thing was contrived and implausible. There's no way I'm going to believe that a businesswoman in a high crime area just leaves her house and neighbouring antiques store unlocked so that things can conveniently go missing. The main character is more wrapped up in material goods than anything else. We have to read a lot of detail about fabrics, antique dishes and other knickknacks, but there's little attent This short book Feels like something dashed off to cash in on the holiday market. The whole thing was contrived and implausible. There's no way I'm going to believe that a businesswoman in a high crime area just leaves her house and neighbouring antiques store unlocked so that things can conveniently go missing. The main character is more wrapped up in material goods than anything else. We have to read a lot of detail about fabrics, antique dishes and other knickknacks, but there's little attention paid to the needs and interests of the man she supposedly loves. He hates Christmas because of a family tragedy and her 'loving' response is to essentially tell him to stop bumming her out and get over himself. In fact, another character in the book uses those exact words about the situation. I don't think I'll spend any more time on works from this author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Blue Christmas is the third book in Mary Kay Andrews Savannah series. Whether it's the Christmas Season or not you'll be in the Christmas Spirit by the time you finish reading this! If you're looking for a light, quick read this one is perfect! It will warm your heart & make you laugh! With the Historic Districts Christmas Decorations Contest coming up, the competing shop owners the way & a mysterious visitor Weezie is at her wits end! Oh & of course there's always the family get to Blue Christmas is the third book in Mary Kay Andrews Savannah series. Whether it's the Christmas Season or not you'll be in the Christmas Spirit by the time you finish reading this! If you're looking for a light, quick read this one is perfect! It will warm your heart & make you laugh! With the Historic Districts Christmas Decorations Contest coming up, the competing shop owners the way & a mysterious visitor Weezie is at her wits end! Oh & of course there's always the family get to together to look forward to! Visit Mary Kay Andrews blog to learn more about her Savannah series & other books! >a href="http://www.marykayandrews.com/blog/in...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)

    This is the first book I have read in this series (this is the 3rd book, normally hate to read books out of order), I thought that this book was very well written, I found it a very sweet book to read. The perfect kind of book to curl up and read. I haven't read anything by this author before but I definitely will do. This novel features Weezie Foley , she is in full swing of decorating her antiques shop ready for Christmas, this is the perfect festive novel to read, it definitely got me in the m This is the first book I have read in this series (this is the 3rd book, normally hate to read books out of order), I thought that this book was very well written, I found it a very sweet book to read. The perfect kind of book to curl up and read. I haven't read anything by this author before but I definitely will do. This novel features Weezie Foley , she is in full swing of decorating her antiques shop ready for Christmas, this is the perfect festive novel to read, it definitely got me in the mood and gave me a nice warm feeling inside after reading it! Definitely a book to read cuddled up to the fire on a cold winters night!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    I have enjoyed several of Andrews books so I decided to pick this one up for the holiday season. In this book Weezie is determined to win the holiday decorating contest. It was fun to read how she put together a retro 50's scene in her window with items that she had in her store. Her boyfriend, Daniel simply hates Christmas which has Weezie a bit put out but she is determined to make the best of it. And then things start missing but the usual items like money and credit cards aren't taken. The s I have enjoyed several of Andrews books so I decided to pick this one up for the holiday season. In this book Weezie is determined to win the holiday decorating contest. It was fun to read how she put together a retro 50's scene in her window with items that she had in her store. Her boyfriend, Daniel simply hates Christmas which has Weezie a bit put out but she is determined to make the best of it. And then things start missing but the usual items like money and credit cards aren't taken. The search is on and Weezie doesn't want the police involved. There are a few good lines and it was a light, fast read but nothing to write home about.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ani

    This was my first Mary Kay Andrews book and it is still my favorite. I guess I like it so much because it is set around Christmas but I also found the characters very relatable. As I read other books my Ms. Andrews I see there is always a heroine, who lives in the south and into design. Besides cooking there is also a mystery of some sort to solve. A quick and sweet book. I was sad when it was done. After this book I promised myself I would read all books by Mary Kay Andrews.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Graves

    If you did not grow up in the South or have friends or relatives here, you might not care for this book. In a few places it tries a bit too hard to be drop dead funny, but the nuances would fall flat if you didn't know life here. I was charmed with this, the slimmest volume in Mary Kay Andrews portfolio. It reminded me of myself in places, well loved characters in my town in of my life.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    A cute Christmas story about what Christmas is all about. Including crazy Mothers, a dysfunctional family gathering, wacky neighbors and a boyfriend who hates Christmas. Semi chick lit and definitely less cheesy than some of the other holiday books I have read. A bit predictable though. Easy to read and I finished in one sitting.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this! I thought it was charming, and the atmosphere felt so warm-weather Christmasy (my most familiar!), and very true to Savannah. Wow, I enjoyed a frothy book AND I read it out of order? What is happening to me??

  29. 5 out of 5

    Madbethcash

    Weird cute Christmassy little short story. I laughed so hard I almost cried at the dinner party scene. Weezie yes was a bit too into the Christmas spirit, but again, it was Christmas, so I personally just let it all slide.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Barber

    I like that she uses the same charachters in her books. It makes you feel like you've returned to old friends when you pick the new book up. When I go to the beach I like something mindless to read for a day or two to wind down and her books seem to do the trick.

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