A December Bride by Denise Hunter ~ A Contemporary Fiction Novella Review

A Year of Weddings Novella
Denise Hunter
Contemporary Christian/Christmas

About the book: 

What started as a whim turned into an accidental - and very public - engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the facade in Chapel Springs this holiday season - for the sake of her career . . . and his heart?

Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy, the best friend of Layla O'Reilly's ex-fiance would be the last person she'd marry. But the news of their upcoming (and phony) nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency, a coup that would put her fledgling home-staging business on the map. Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, even when she was dating his best friend. Maybe she'll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then, but he has to try. And Layla is willing to keep up their engagement farce until she's landed her client. For Layla, it's the chance to save her career. But for Seth, it's his last chance to win her heart. A year's worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.

My thoughts:

One of my favorite things this time of year is Christmas novellas. Zondervan has put together a series of novellas called A Year of Weddings. Each book will have a different author but they all will center around a wedding. I think that will be a nice little treat each month of the year! Forget the jam of the month club, I'll take this thank you!

A December Bride is such a fun start to this series. I found it amusing because I could relate to it on several levels. Who hasn't made a statement out of spite only to be trapped by it? The perfect part about the untruth was that Seth did it to protect Layla. Did he have ulterior motives? You'll have to read the book to find out! 

The chemistry between Layla and Seth was delicious, a little spicy and a whole lot sweet. The storyline flows and actually makes you feel like you are reading a full length novel. One of the great things about this series and this novella in particular is that if you enjoyed the story and you are longing for just a bit more, you can have it! For more of the characters and what happened to them before and after A December Bride you can read Denise's full length novel Barefoot Summer.

The only possible drawback to this series is that it comes only in ebook or audiobook. I personally read it on my Kindle and didn't mind it a bit.

A Year of Weddings Series

1 comment:

  1. A terrific story, excellent writing, real characters and great world-building! And it's easy to get right into the story - even if you haven't read any of the others that Denise has written. I didn't even realize this was part of a continuing series until I got to the end and saw "other books by Denise Hunter..." - which I now have to read...of course.


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