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Review: A December Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella) by Denise Hunter

Title:  A December Bride (Novella)
Author:  Denise Hunter
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages:  99
Format: ebook copy
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Book Description 

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.



My Thoughts

I didn’t know when I chose to read this book that it was part of a series, which is called ‘A Year of Weddings’.  The series includes 12 books, one for each month of the year and all are written by different authors.  From what I understand you do not have to read the series in order, because they are not connected to each other.  A December Bride is the first one that I have read, but I do plan on purchasing and reading the others in the series.

A December Bride was a pleasure to read.  Since it is a novella with on 99 pages, it was a fast read also.  The story takes place in Chapel Springs, and the 2 main characters are Layla and Seth.  Layla stages homes for a living, and she is wanting to start her on business someday.  She has just recently had her fiance Jack taken from her by her cousin, and she blames it all on Seth for introducing the two to each other. 

Seth Murphy owns a hardware store and his family is well known in the community.  He also happens to be Layla’s ex-fiances best friend. 

One night while Layla is working, Seth comes in and orders a pizza.  It is the night of Jack’s wedding to her cousin and her date baled on her and she is really stressed because she doesn’t want to go alone.  One thing leads to another and Layla ends up going to the wedding with Seth.

While at the wedding reception the bride is being snobby to Layla and Seth blurts out that he and Layla are engaged.  He realizes what he has done, and can’t take it back.  He promises Layla that he will fix it, and tell everyone the truth. 

Later that night Layla gets a call from ‘big to do’ client that he would like to meet with her.  The client wouldn’t give her the time of day before, so she decides to use her and Seth’s ‘fake’ engagement to her advantage.

I will stop there so I don’t give anymore of the story away, but what follows was very satisfying and pleasure to read.  This novella is listed as a christian romance, but religion is not pushed on you.  There are a few mentions of God, but nothing more.  There is also a few kisses and light innuendos in the book.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a romance that is fun, clean and a fast read.  I look forward to reading the other novellas in this series.

Happy Reading!


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*I was given a free ebook copy of this book on behalf of the publisher by BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for my honest review.  All thoughts and views in this review are my own.  This post does include an affiliate link.  You can read my Affiliate & Disclosure Policy here.


Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver

Book Description

One woman undertakes a worldwide search to learn the secrets of a great marriage—and finds one foundational truth that could change everything.

Fawn Weaver was a happily married woman running a successful business—and then something happened. Maybe it was divorce rate reports on the evening news, The Real Housewives of Orange County, or any daytime talk show where husbands and wives dramatically reveal their betrayals. Everywhere she looked, Fawn saw negative portrayals of marriage dominating the airwaves and dooming everyone to failure.

Looking at Keith, the love of her life, she knew that wasn’t true. She was determined to find and connect with women just like her—happy and optimistic about marriage, deeply in love with her spouse, and committed to building a strong marriage that stands the test of time.

On a whim, she started the blog and sent the link to a few of new friends. What started as a casual invitation to five women exploded into an international online club with 150,000 members in more than 100 countries.

Happy Wives Club is Fawn’s journey across the world to meet her friends and discover what makes their marriages great. Join her on this exciting, exotic trip across six continents and through more than eighteen cities. Walk the streets of Mauritius, the historic ruins in Italy, and the vistas of New Zealand and Australia. Go from Cape Town to London, Manila to Buenos Aires, Winnipeg to Zagreb.

Along the way, you will meet everyday women whose marriage secrets span cultures. You will hear their stories, witness their love, and be inspired by the proof that happy, healthy marriages do exist—and yours can be one of them!

It turns out great marriages are all around us—when we look for them. Go on a trip with Fawn and learn the best marriage secrets the world has to offer.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading Mrs Weavers book ‘The Happy Wives Club’.  This book is not a how to book, but experiences and stories from couples all over the world on how they have kept their marriages happy.

There is so much negativity on television and in the world today about marriage.  I hear women say all the time “that’s just like a man” or “that is marriage”.  If you are not careful you can buy into the same thoughts.

In all the countries that Mrs Weaver traveled to and talked to couples the theme throughout seemed to be that ‘happiness is a choice’ and ‘divorce was not part of the equation’.

While reading each chapter I found myself comparing my marriage to all the couples.  This book made me look at my relationship with my husband in a new light.

At the end of the book Mrs Weaver list 12 Secrets of a Great Marriage, and a Note to Newlyweds.  I think out of all 12 Secrets that she list I think trust, respect and laughter are the most important. 

I recommend this book to men, women, married couples and those thinking of marriage.  You will enjoy reading others experiences and secrets.  This book will make you smile, and possible look at marriage in a new light.

Happy Reading!

*I was given a copy of this book on behalf of the publisher from Book Look Bloggers, in exchange for my honest review.

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