1. A December Bride - eBookeBOOK
    A December Bride - eBook
    Zondervan / 2013 / ePub
    $3.99
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 19 Reviews
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  1. Metro Manila, Philippines
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A December Bride warms the heart.
    December 30, 2013
    ceemee
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Layla O'Reilly found herself accidentally and publicly engaged to Seth Murphy, her ex-fiance's best friend and the last person she would want to marry. When their upcoming and phony wedding finally got the attention of a big client she had been wanting to work for, there's nothing else she could do but to keep up the facade. How long could Layla keep up the pretenses, and could Seth - who has secretly loved Layla for years, win her heart?

    A December Bride is a good novella to warm the heart this cold month. The plot is very simple and for me, it's easy to tell what would happen in the end. Seth was described like in other romance novels - rich, has a rippling muscular body and almost perfect. The heroine, Layla, has some personal issues but as usual, is attractive and endearing. I wanted to know how God plays a part in the story but the Christian spin was the characters attending church regularly and that one time Layla talked to God. I wish the book was longer, but the details were all there so I wasn't left hanging too much. This is a very sweet read and I would recommend A December Bride to the romantics out there who need a quick pick-me-up love story.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Holiday Romance
    December 28, 2013
    Melissa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am so excited about this new series. Each book is written by an amazing author and Denise Hunter kicked it off with this first book, A December Bride.

    When I read a novella I don't expect to get pulled too deeply into the story because it's so short, which is why I like novellas. They are a quick read. But my heart was twisting at the tension and romance between Seth and Layla.

    This was a wonderful December/Christmas/New Years read. I loved this book.

    So many great moments in this book. Denise will keep you guessing how the characters will get out of the mess they are in and when will Layla wake up and see what a totally awesome guy Seth is?

    Well, you'll have to grab your own copy to find the answers to these questions. The novella's are all reasonably priced for ebook so don't be shy about getting yourself a copy. The book is also out on audio.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Love Story!
    December 26, 2013
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this story. It is the first novella in the A Year of Weddings series. Each month, a different author is releasing a wedding story. This story was a great way to kick off the weddings! A December Bride is connected with the characters from Denise Hunter's book, Barefoot Summer. I was able to read this wedding story just fine without having read Barefoot Summer, however, now I plan to go back and read Barefoot Summer as well.

    I love reading books by Denise Hunter. She writes great attraction between characters. Layla and Seth find themselves in a pretend engagement. The whole town thinks they are getting married on Christmas Eve. Layla is also working on staging Seth's house for a Tour of Homes, so they are spending a lot of time together. Will Layla be able to forgive Seth for something that she blames him for in the past? Will Seth be able to convince Layla that he would actually like the engagement to be the real kind instead of a farce?

    Even though this is not a full length novel, I felt that the characters were fully developed, their attraction felt very real and the story did not feel rushed at all. A very good story that I am glad I read during December. However, I would recommend this book for romance fans to read at any time of the year.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 24, 2013
    Fitzysmom
    One of my favorite things this time of year is Christmas novellas. Zondervan has put together a series of novellas called A Year of Weddings. Each book will have a different author but they all will center around a wedding. I think that will be a nice little treat each month of the year! Forget the jam of the month club, I'll take this thank you!

    A December Bride is such a fun start to this series. I found it amusing because I could relate to it on several levels. Who hasn't made a statement out of spite only to be trapped by it? The perfect part about the untruth was that Seth did it to protect Layla. Did he have ulterior motives? You'll have to read the book to find out!

    The chemistry between Layla and Seth was delicious, a little spicy and a whole lot sweet. The storyline flows and actually makes you feel like you are reading a full length novel. One of the great things about this series and this novella in particular is that if you enjoyed the story and you are longing for just a bit more, you can have it! For more of the characters and what happened to them before and after A December Bride you can read Denise's full length novel Barefoot Summer.

    The only possible drawback to this series is that it comes only in ebook or audiobook. I personally read it on my Kindle and didn't mind it a bit.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  5. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Short and sweet
    December 20, 2013
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm not a big fan of novellas. I usually find them too short—I want the full story, and that usually needs a full-length novel to achieve. So I was pleasantly surprised by A December Bride. It didn't try to achieve too much, and the nature of the story suited the shorter form.

    Layla O'Reilly's engagement to Jack ended when he met her cousin, Jennifer, and now Layla needs a last-minute date to their wedding (because if she doesn't take a date, everyone will think she's still in love with Jack). She ends up going with Seth Murphy, Jack's best friend, who she blames for the whole predicament because he introduced Jack to Jessica. A slight misunderstanding at the wedding gives her family the impression that she's engaged to Seth. Nothing could be further from the truth, but she needs Seth's help _

    I liked Layla. She'd had a difficult upbringing, but was determined to overcome that by starting her own business (staging houses for sale). And I liked Seth. Strong, honourable, fallible, real. The two had history, but the author did an excellent job of not bogging down the present story with the past history, but allowing it to come out when relevant. All in all, a fun story.

    A December Bride is part of the A Year of Weddings series, a set of novellas from a range of contemporary authors such as Denise Hunter, Rachel Hauck and Deborah Raney (not surprisingly, the plan is for a series of twelve books). My sense of order would have preferred the series to begin in January and end in December, but apparently that's not the case as A December Bride is the first story. It seems that each novella is a standalone story (although A December Bride is effectively a prequel to Hunter's full-length novel, A Barefoot Summer).

    An enjoyable, if short, read. Perfect for summer sunbathing (for us in the Southern Hemisphere) or winter snuggling (for the rest of you).

    Thanks to Zondervan and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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