A Christmas Bride
Chapel Of Love, Book #1
A season of hope . . .
‘Tis the season in Shenandoah Falls and the first time Willow Peterson has been home in years. But she’s determined to fulfill the wishes of her recently deceased best friend and restore Eagle Hill Manor to its former glory-all in time to host the perfect holiday wedding. She just has to get the owner of the historic inn to hire her. Unfortunately, that means dealing with Scrooge himself…
After the death of his wife, David Lyndon has a bah-humbug approach to Christmas. But as December counts down and the wedding planning is in full swing, it’s harder and harder to stay immune to the charms of Willow, especially when he sees how much joy she brings his eight-year-old daughter. After a simple kiss under the mistletoe turns into something more, David is hoping he can turn the magic of the holiday season into the love of a lifetime. (Goodreads)
A Christmas Bride is the story of second chances, standing up for yourself, moving on with you life and learning to let go and move on. I always like these kind of stories, and I thought this one was well written and entertaining.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Willow is a honest hardworking woman who always tries to do the right thing, even if that causes her problems. She also has a vulnerable side, trying to overcome her past and her mother’s past. David has had his whole life planned out for him, whether he wanted it to be or not. But the one thing that was not planned was his becoming a widow with a young child, Natalie. He has become bitter from the turn his life has taken. I enjoyed reading the bickering and bantering between Willow and David, the interaction between the two of them and the chemistry that flames between them. And Natalie was adorable and my heart went out to her. The secondary characters were also well developed and added a lot to the story line. Most were likable and people you would want to get to know better. But some were easy to dislike and I wanted to see them get what they deserved.
I have read other books by this author and I have enjoyed them all. The author is very talented in writing life adventures that have a ring of truth to them. She is also very talented in bringing out the emotions of the reader. I felt happiness, sadness, frustration, anger and sympathy while reading this book. I think it takes a special author to create all of these emotions for the reader. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy quick read. I read this book in one day, and that is unusual for me. But I just had to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen and learn more about each of the characters.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written women’s contemporary. There was a little bit of heat but nothing over the top, which I liked. I am excited that this is the first book in a new series, because there are other characters I want to learn more about.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for the opportunity to read and review this book.