A December Bride is one in a series of novellas, A Year of Weddings by various Christian ficiton authors. I'm planning on reading the first three, but for now I was reviewing A December Bride by Denise Hunter.
Here is the book's synopsis:
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.
It is sometimes difficult for me to like a novella. I feel like the characters and story can't be developed properly because it is too short. I didn't feel that at all in A December Wedding.
I enjoyed the main characters- Layla and Seth Murphy. I remembered references to them from Barefoot Summer, a full novel from Denise Hunter that I read last year. They made compelling characters and their personalities played off of each other well.
The story development- though a little hurried because of the length of the novella- flowed along smoothly. And the developing romance was sweet and didn't seem awkwardly paced despite the short length.
I really enjoyed this read. I look forward to the others, although they have different authors. I give this one 4 stars and a PG for content.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.