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Vendor: Shiloh Run Studios
Publication Date: 2014
Series: 12 Brides of Christmas
#12: The Fruitcake Bride
Pastor Clayton Parsons waited a year to bring his fiancée, Karen Briggs, to his new church post. They plan a Christmas wedding, but in the meantime Karen helps the church ladies with various projects, including a bake sale. But revealing her fruitcake recipe could spell disaster for her future in Bakerstown, Missouri.
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Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5THE FRUITCAKE BRIDEDecember 13, 2015Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0
My thoughts: THE FRUITCAKE BRIDE is cute. A pastor, appropriately named Parsons, is marrying his long time friend, Karen. Karen thinks of Clay as more of a big brother than a groom, and is sure it's just a marriage of convenience. Plus, she's not at all sure she'll be a good pastor's wife. Her welcome to Bakerstown sign broke in half upon her arrival for pity's sake. I wasn't at all sure how this book would go. At first, with Karen's thoughts I figured that Clay would marry another woman and she'd marry someone else. But things changed, almost two quick. Some of the misunderstandings and accusations seemed contrived, but it did keep the tension high. This wasn't my favorite story in this collection, but it was okay. 3 stars.
SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Young love and enduring hope!January 9, 2015SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So sad to see this is the last of the 12 Brides of Christmas series! I loved it just as much as the others. Well written with the character shortcomings that we all feel we have. Karen comes from a sad background and therefore doesnt trust anyone can love her unconditionally. Clay Parson, given the nickname of Parson Parsons since hes the new pastor, has been her best friend since childhood. He struggles with getting Karen to see she is fully loved and flaws wont stop that. Karen struggles with overcoming her childhood pain, especially in a town where another girl has her cap set for Clay! Great secondary characters and events with perfect dialogue to match the story. And yes, there is fruitcake involved!!
I received this story for an honest review.
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5What's in your Fruitcake??January 1, 2015DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Fruitcake Bride is #12, the last story in The 12 Brides of Christmas series. This was a story of Pastor Clayton Parsons in his first church post. He now feels settled in and that he can ask Karen Briggs to marry him. They have know each other for quite some time. Karen's Aunt has passed away unexpectedly and with no family, she has agreed to be his wife. She was not sure if she could fill the job of Pastor's wife but with his help and the church people she is willing to try. That is until someone tells her that putting Rum into the Fruitcake for the Christmas benefit bake sale may have been against what the church believes. You could feel her insecurities and want of being accepted. Young love, hope and faith were found throughout. This was another nice Christmas romance that I enjoyed reading..
I was gifted a copy by Barbour Publishing for my honest opinion which I have given.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A Bride for Parson Parsons!December 22, 2014Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4When Karen Briggs steps off the train in Bakerstown, Missouri to re-acquaint herself with her fianc, she is not even sure that she wants to get married, or if Clay Parsons actually wants to marry her. Being the pastor's wife in a small town has its own ready-made challenges, which Karen quickly discovers; especially when one of the town's most eligible young women has her own heart set on marrying the handsome town parson..
Clay Parsons is thrilled to be marrying the only woman that he has ever dreamed of marrying. He and Karen were childhood friends and in spite of the recent years of separation, Clay's feelings for Karen have remained steadfast. When her aunt dies and leaves her penniless, he knows the timing is right to offer a proposal.
In spite of Clay's repeated reassurances, Karen continues to worry that she might jeopardize his good standing in the community with her awkward social blunders and domestic inabilities. But Karen is a wonderful cook. Will it take one of her delicious fruitcakes to prove to everyone, including herself, that she will make the perfect Christmas Eve bride for Parson Parsons?
I received an advance copy of this story in exchange for my honest opinion.
FirefliesNStardustAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Final installment in the 12 Brides of Christmas CollectionDecember 14, 2014FirefliesNStardustAge: 25-34Gender: femaleKaren Briggs travels to Bakerstown, Missouri to meet up with her best friend since childhood and now fianc and Pastor, Clayton Parsons. As they plan a Christmas wedding, Karen begins helping the local ladies with various projects that lead to some humorous situations and baking her famous Fruitcake recipe for a charity auction. However when the local gaggle of the town's leading ladies find out one of her key ingredients, it could be the final hit to Karen's confidence that she and Clayton are meant to be married.
Fruitcake Bride is the final installment of the 12 Brides of Christmas Novella series. I thought it was a cute tale and sweet addition to the end of this collection of Christmas tales, and I know I mentioned this in a previous review of one of the novellas, but felt like the collection would make a fun round of Hallmark Holiday movies. If you're looking for some easy reads to put you in the Holiday mood, many of the stories in this collection are worth the quick read.
Thank you to Barbour Publishing for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.