My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Christmas Romance Novella
Book Description: A Christmas Novella from the bestselling Hearthfire Romance series by Michele Paige Holmes:
Five months isn’t enough time to grieve the death of her husband and marry again, but when the unexpected opportunity to take her sister’s place as the bride of wealthy New York businessman, William Vancer, presents itself, twenty-four year-old Charlotte Holbrook agrees. Their marriage of convenience will provide a secure future for her son, while William will be able to claim the inheritance he needs to expand his company westward.
To begin their perfect and perfectly safe arrangement, William allots the last twelve days in December to become acquainted with his new family—a task more easily accomplished than he had imagined. For in Charlotte he finds a tender heart and companion, while stepping into the role of father to her son, brings William a great measure of joy as well. Before the twelve days have passed, he finds himself wishing their marriage of convenience could be something much more.
For Charlotte, every day with William is one of overwhelming gratitude, as he anticipates and provides for her needs, as well as the fondest desires of her heart. More than material comforts, William offers friendship as well, and a loving concern that Charlotte has gone too long without. Guilt ridden, she struggles with her growing attraction and wonders how she can ever remain loyal to her first husband, while allowing herself to love William as he deserves.
My thoughts: This is a very sweet romantic Christmas novella.
Charlotte is a widow and has come for the marriage of her sister to William. A change of circumstance puts Charlotte in a position to marry William instead. This provides security for herself and toddler son. She is willing to help others, giving up some of her own hopes.
This book takes place for twelve days after their wedding. It is a confusing time for both of them and they take their relationship slowly to come to know one other.
I loved how sweetly William and Charlotte try to put each others feelings before their own. William is willing and able to step up as a husband and a father. He immediately takes to Charlotte's son and gives him love and attention.
The process to love isn't always easy but it is wonderful when it happens. I loved that Charlotte was a widow and that her heart wasn't closed up because of the death of her husband. This is a book about second chances and living life after heartbreak.
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