Review: A December Bride by Denise Hunter

Posted June 28, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: A December Bride by Denise Hunter
A December Bride
by Denise Hunter

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 26th 2013
Series: A Year of Weddings #1
Narrator: Julie Lyles Carr
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
Pages: 120
Format: Audiobook
 

“…definitely a sweet romance…”
~ Under the Covers

I stumbled across this book randomly while browsing Amazon and the name caught my eye because I’ve seen, more than once, a Hallmark Christmas movie by that same name.  Of course, I looked into it and realized that this was the book that movie was based on and being that it was just a novella… I just had to read it.

Layla used to date Seth’s best friend.  She never thought she would end up with him but things accidentally threw them into a fake and public engagement.  One that she needs to keep up with because it’ll help her land a client her career desperately needs.  And on his end, Seth has always had feelings for Layla so he seizes the opportunity to make her see him in a different light than she’s had all along.

In trying to separate book and movie in my head, I think maybe the fact that this is a novella makes this a little harder to connect with and I don’t think we go as deep into the characters as we could.  It’s short and definitely a sweet romance, but it hit the spot for what I was looking during the holidays.  It captures the magic of the season, the cozy feelings of a small town, and finally a chance at love between characters that have known each other for a while.

Here’s a disclaimer for you.  I have a strong feeling I would’ve felt different about this book if I had read it before watching the movie.  But my experience was enjoyable because the things about this story that were similar to the movie (it’s not all the same) made me smile.  I was able to immediately picture characters and scenes in my head.  And it just brought the same cozy feelings I get every time I see this movie play.  So for me, that was a win!

 

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About Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 30 books, including "The Convenient Groom" and "A December Bride" which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are currently enjoying an empty nest.

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Thanks for the review.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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Awesome review Francesca!! It sounds like a great read! Shared on all my socials!!

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Thanks for the review Francesca