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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9780310338741
ISBN-13: 9780310338741
UPC: 025986338749
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Series: A Year of Weddings

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Publisher's Description

A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.

What started as a whim turned into an accidental—and very public—engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the façade 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-fiancé—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.

“Denise Hunter knows how to warm up an inspirational romance with sizzling chemistry. You’ll fall in love with this December wedding story!” —Kristin Billerbeck, bestselling author of What a Girl Wants

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A light, heartwarming read
    September 5, 2014
    Maan
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is a refreshing read if you want something short, light, and pleasantly romantic. What comes as a bonus is the Christmas setting, which we know is coming sooner than we think!

    Layla O'Reilly, our heroine, is about to attend the wedding of the year: her cousin and ex-fiance's. To say she avoided it like plaque is an understatement. As luck would have it, Seth Murphy, her ex-fiance's bestfriend and just another person she has vowed to not have anything to do with, comes to her rescue - the same Seth who has also been secretly in love with her for years.

    In a sudden twist of events, the civil date leads them to accidentally announce their own faux engagement! Failing to clarify their mistake, they are "forced" to act as if they were lovers soon to get married. You have to read the book to know the things they have to do to go through the fake engagement, and you have to read it to know how everything eventually falls into place!

    There are several things I like about this book. First is how everything is written in a "wholesome" manner, which proves that a romantic story doesn't need to be about sex. Second, I really like Seth's character, which I find to be the most developed one. Finally, as a Christmas-junkie, I love the holiday sceneries Denise Hunter sets up as backdrop to the romantic scenes.

    However, if you're looking for an intellectually-stimulating book, this may not be for you. Like what I said, it is a light read. If you don't want cliche romantic plots and characters (like Layla's scheming cousin), you might want to try something else. Finally, if you're looking for something more theologically-heavy, this may not help you as it only subtly touches the subject of faith.

    Overall, if what you're looking for is a refreshing, romantic, and heartwarming experience that you can read in one sitting, A December Bride definitely is for you!

    Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers review program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    It still works for February - the month of LOVE!
    February 24, 2014
    JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    OK mom. I have to take back what I said... I LOVE this book!

    When I started reading the book, I was sure it would end up on my "not a favorite" shelf in GoodReads. I could NOT have been more wrong. It's a FANTASTIC story. And now I find myself determined to go hunt down the rest of Denise Hunter's Chapel Springs stories.

    I seriously misjudged this novella and I'm so glad I gave it a proper chance. Otherwise, I might never have discovered how wonderful is truly is!

    It is possible I'm not the only one who might jump to the wrong conclusion so I'm going to give you a couple of hints that I really don't think will kill the story.

    The synopsis might give you the wrong idea - especially if you've ever read Zebra or Harlequin romance novels. You might expect it to be one of those things where the two characters make a shady deal about getting married and then doing a "quicky" divorce later. It's NOT! Thank GOD!

    Granted, the reasons for the "fake" engagement are not all that altruistic or even honest but they do not drag marriage through the mud like I was afraid they would. This is truly a good, decent, Christian story. And, while I hold that courtship is still the best way to head toward a marriage - it could be said that this is about what they have. They're "engaged" before they even kiss and there's a minimum of physical contact because the whole thing isn't real anyway.

    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.

    READ IT!

    Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great chemistry between main characters
    February 21, 2014
    Heidi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Wow, the chemistry and tension is great in this sweet novella! It was nice to read from both characters' perspective. Layla does have a strong/stubborn personality, and it was a nice moment when she released the hurt and blame she was harboring towards Seth. Their interactions and dialogue were fun and witty. The predicament was a little contrived, but it was easy to look beyond that since the author made it so fun. The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that the beginning is kind of choppy and disjointed, and Layla's bitter thoughts became repetitive, but the story smooths out later on, and Seth's perspective was much more compelling.
  4. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 18, 2014
    Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A December Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella, by Denise Hunter is the perfect story to launch this series. Addressing a multitude of issues, this story captures one's attention and holds it until the end.

    Layla O'Reilly is working part-time waiting tables until she can get her staging business up and running. When she ends up attending her ex-fiancé's wedding to her cousin with the man responsible for breaking them up, and walks out in a mock engagement to him, she is furious. But when she discovers that this engagement may open doors to launch her business, she agrees to continue the farce for a few weeks. Seth Murphy has loved Layla for years, but her anger toward him made it impossible to take any action. This situation is exactly what he has been waiting for. So he begins trying to win Layla's forgiveness, and prays that he can win her heart.

    I enjoyed this book. The characters deal with low self-esteem, anger, embarrassment, forgiveness, bitterness, and difficult family members. They attend church regularly. They appear to be believable, everyday people, and they captured my heart throughout the story.

    I would recommend this book to all who enjoy reading Christian romance.

    Kara

    I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Short, Light-hearted Read
    February 8, 2014
    Rambling Reader
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Because I have enjoyed many of Denise Hunter's books, I decided to begin the "A Year of Weddings Novella" series by reading her contribution to the twelve novellas collection, "A December Bride." Novellas can sometimes be disappointing to read because they lack character development and depth, but "A December Bride" examines the past of the two main characters Layla and Seth. Both Layla and Seth have been hurt in the past and face their share of uncertainties and insecurities. Set in Chapel Springs, readers of Denise Hunter's "Barefoot Summer will remember Layla as the sister of Beckett O'Reilly. Although her recent past is shared in "A December Bride," readers will have a more thorough understanding of her childhood and family background if they have read "Barefoot Summer." When Layla finds herself "accidentally" engaged to Seth, the scene is set for a light and sweet romantic novella. While having to spend more time together by staging Seth's house during the Christmas season, Layla and Seth have the opportunity to confront a misunderstanding from their past and begin building a new relationship. In many ways, it reads like a satisfying seasonal Hallmark movie.

    "A December Bride" is a short, light-hearted read that is perfect for a winter day. With authors like Denise Hunter, Rachel Hauck, and Meg Moseley, "A Year of Weddings Novellas" series offers a promising collection of short stories.

    I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from BookSneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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