MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
A Christmas Bride is a short, cute, holiday read. Although the novel is called A Christmas Bride, the majority of it takes place in November. I liked this novel, didn't love it but I'd probably read again if only to get in the holiday spirit.
A Christmas Bride is about a young woman who has just had her heart broken and her named tainted. She flees the city, moving back to her home town. There she meets her God daughter and her deceased best friends widower who wants nothing to do with her. In this town she searches for redemption, acceptance, and a new path to take in her life.
What I didn't like: The fact that this book introduces quite a few characters but we don't get to really know any of them is kind of a bummer. More than half the characters in this novel are talked about more than actually being in the novel. I would have wished to get to know some of the key characters a little bit better. Something that nagged at me greatly throughout this book was that Willow talked about wishing she had a mom like Mrs. M, her best friends mother. I feel like this made Willow seem kinda like a brat for the simple fact her mom was great. How Hope describes Willows mom you can tell that, although she is a bit on the odd spectrum, she loves and cares a great deal about Willow. So yeah, this bothered me.
Honesty time! I don't really like David, he's just not a character I connected with. I don't think he was a badly written character. Just one of those character that you love to hate I think. Although David's character got better, after undergoing some major personality checks, in the ending of the story he was still eh to me.
Probably my biggest problem with this book, or any other book for that matter, is unnecessary sex scenes. Now this book just had one, and was like three pages long (i think, I skipped over it…), but I personally don't think there was any need for it. The novel could've gone without it but I digress.
What I liked: I really loved the fact that this book was told not only in Willows narrative but in David's and Mrs. M. It makes the book so much more enjoyable. I think out of the whole story my favorite character would have to be Mrs. M. I love reading her point of views because you get to see an older woman's perspective in life. You get to really see how Mrs. M interacts with people her age and how she deals with new romance as a widow.
Willow herself was an okay character, she maybe could have been more fleshed out. David as I said, I wasn't really a fan but out of all the characters, he's probably the character you get to know best in this novel. I adore the fact that this book puts you in the holiday spirit. There was a lot of activities going on, family dinners, matchmaking and chats with friends. Festive.
MY OVERALL RATING:
Although I had some issues with the characters and unnecessary scene(s) in this novel, I liked it. This book is a cute, winter romance. Quick read and easy to get into. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good holiday romance.
A Christmas Bride BLURB || source: Goodreads
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.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hope Ramsay
Hope Ramsay was born in New York and grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you’ll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. Hope earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Buffalo, and has had various jobs working as a Congressional aide, a lobbyist, a public relations consultant, and a meeting planner. She’s a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart, and is married to a good ol’ Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar.
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