Title: A December Bride (Novella)
Author: Denise Hunter
Format: ebook copy
Authors Website: www.DeniseHunterBooks.com
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.
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.
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