Book Review: "Boo Humbug" by Rene Gutteridge and Book Giveaway!

'm giving away
a brand new copy of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winner on Monday, November 5. Good luck!

Oh there's no place like Skary for the Holidays

Welcome back to Skary, just in time for the holiday season! Lois, the town's budding playwright, has got it set in her mind that the town will put on a Christmas play this year. Not just any play, her revised version of the Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. Since Lois is in charge, chaos
ensues. Wolfe feels like this play will be a flop but he goes along with it to escape the doldrums of being a father. Meanwhile his editor, Alfred Tennison, keeps avoiding being in the play but instead helps out with marketing. His efforts have hyped up the play so much that hundreds are planning to come by for opening night. But is the marketing deceiving? Will the show go on as planned?

I love going back to Skary for the holidays. It's always gives a good laugh and the characters are insane but lovable. Lois drives me nuts again. Her intentions are good but man, would I go crazy if I had to be in her play. It was funny thought reading about her insistence on having things try to go her way even though her warped mind can't see how wrong it would be. I found it hilarious that Lois told Dustin to follow poor Ainsley around because she is the picture of optimism. Poor Ainsley because right then she is anything but optimistic thanks to Wolf shirking fatherly duties. Surprisingly, Melb didn't annoy me like she had in the other books. She was being a tad overprotective with her son but then what new mother isn't? So I was pleasantly surprised to find myself not wanting to skip over her appearances. Both her and Ainsley reactions to being mothers are refreshing and it's also fun to read about Oliver and Wolfe's new experiences to fatherhood. The comment about changing diapers from two different perspectives was a hoot. Alfred's scenes were wonderful especially the scene at the end which was very moving and heartwarming. While this book is short, it's great fun to read. It's never preachy but the true meaning of Christmas is obvious. It will definately get you in the mood for the holidays. And if you happen to be a Scrooge, look out: you will get a smile on your face after reading this book.

Rene Gutteridge is the author of 10 novels, including the Boo series, the Storm series, The Occupational Hazards series and My Life as a Doormat, a Women of Faith selection for 2006. She has been published over 30 times as a playwright, and holds a degree in screenwriting, graduating magna cum laude from Oklahoma State University. Rene is married to Sean, a musician, and they have two young children. They make their home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Boo Humbug by Rene Gutteridge is published by Waterbrook (2007)


  1. Anonymous11:59 PM

    Being from a small town in Indiana, I'd love to read this book. Thanks so much!! Pam (aliadam from FR)

  2. Please enter me in the drawing. I am intrigued by the story.

  3. Anonymous8:24 AM

    This sounds like a really cute story! Please enter me into the drawing.

    Jennifer aka kairilily from FR

  4. Anonymous8:12 AM

    Thanks so much for the invite to your blog. I'm afraid I missed your drawing for Boo Humbug, but I WILL read it somehow,someday! :)
    Ms. Gutteridge is a fantastic writer. I have read the entire series thus far, and I love the characters and settings!
    BTW-your review was great!
    Theresa (gimmebooks from PBS)

  5. Anonymous9:39 AM

    I recently found out I live right by Rene in OKC and have started reading & enjoying her BOO series. I would love to win this book, thanks!

  6. This is a series that I am trying to build up - please enter me!


  7. Anonymous4:18 PM

    Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks.

  8. Anonymous6:02 PM

    Please enter me in the drawing as well. I've read many of Rene Gutteridges books, and have enjoyed them all.

    Tara (taybug) from PBS.

  9. Anonymous10:49 PM

    Sounds like a really cool book, and I would love to read it!
    Please enter me.
    itsmyemail (at)

  10. Throw my name in Deb, I never received mine! *weeping into tissue*

  11. Hey Debrah-it's Stephanie from FR-I think I figured this "blog-thing" out-HA! Please enter me into the drawing & thanks again for the great book & bookmarks!!! :-)))

  12. you said for me to come check it out so i am! or you can find me on pbs

  13. Ive been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book! Please sign me up!

  14. congrats to ceecee for winning!

  15. Hi, I would love this book. Please enter me into your wonderful contest! I appreciate it. Cindi


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