A December Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella by Denise Hunter
Layla didn’t want to go to Jack’s wedding, but he was marrying her cousin, and the entire family would be there. She had to prove to them that she was over him, not pathetic, heart-broken or vindictive. So when Seth Murphy asked if she needed a ride to the wedding, she accepted his offer. Through a comedy of errors and perhaps just a wee bit of wishful thinking on Seth’s part, by the end of the long evening Layla found herself engaged to him. How had that happened?
Seth was only trying to protect Layla from her cousin’s barbed tongue and mean spirit. But now that he’d stepped into the breach, he really didn’t want to extricate himself.
In the meantime, Layla had dreams of operating a successful staging business, working with real estate companies to prepare their homes to sell. Was it wrong when she noticed that suddenly she received a little more respect for her aspirations once she was supposedly “engaged” to the owner of Murphy’s hardware store? Conflicted, she approached Seth with the idea of allowing the misunderstanding to stand awhile longer while she tried to gain the interest of a prominent businessman for a contract to stage his homes. Not only did he agree, Seth even went so far as to allow her to stage his historic house for the annual Christmas Tour of Homes. He didn’t really mind, since this would give him an additional three weeks to win her over. He intended to convince her he had serious feelings for her. Could he capture her heart in such a short time?
This is a short novella one can finish in just a few hours. It’s perfect reading for that chilly evening, snuggled in a chair with a mug of hot chocolate to keep you warm. Sometimes funny, sometimes reflective, this cozy read makes you believe in the power of persistence and love. And Layla learns a few important lessons about herself along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Included at the end of the book is a sneak peek at chapter one of Layla’s brother Beckett’s story.
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