31 December 2015

Twelve Days in December (A Hearthfire Romance) by Michele Paige Holmes

Twelve Days in December (A Hearthfire Romance)
by Michele Paige Holmes.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Regency, Novella, Clean Read.
Publication: December 9th 2015 by Mirror Press.
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.

Reviewed by Kelly.

12 days of December was really a sweet and quick read. The blurb of the book pretty much sums it up nicely.

William has been jilted four times before getting to the altar. This last time with Charlotte’s sister. At the last minute, Charlotte takes her sister’s place. William worries that before the wedding can take place in the two hours that this switch occurred, Charlotte will run and leave him. But Charlotte marries him to provide for her son.

Charlotte also has a tender heart and so does William which makes for the perfect match. Charlotte feels guilty at marrying so soon after her husband died but fears there might never be another chance.

So as this marriage of convenience starts, they both learn of the other with their 12 days after their marriage of his vacation for their honeymoon at home with Charlotte’s son. They both learn more of the other and both have big hearts so it is easy to see how they would form a bond and find that they care deeply for the other.

The words go swiftly in this book leaving me wanting more and feeling a sigh of contentment coming from me when I finished.

Michele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education, and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children’s literature.
Her first novel, Counting Stars (Covenant Communications 2007), won the 2007 Whitney Award for best romance. Her companion novel, a romantic suspense titled, All the Stars in Heaven (Covenant 2009), was a Whitney finalist, as was her first historical romance, Captive Heart (Covenant 2011). My Lucky Stars (Covenant 2012) completed the Stars series.
After having a novella published in A Timeless Romance Anthology European Collection (Mirror Press, 2013), Michele decided to focus on historical romance and began Hearthfire Historicals, with the debut novel Saving Grace. A companion novella, Loving Helen will be released February 2015.
Michele has been a member of the same critique group for over fourteen years and feels privileged to meet with fellow authors Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, LuAnn Staheli, Sarah M. Eden, J. Scott Savage, and Robison Wells. She has been a member of RWA and URWA, LDStorymakers, and The League of Utah Writers. Michele enjoys both attending and teaching at conferences.
When not reading or writing romance, Michele is busy with her full time job as a wife and mother. She and her husband live in Utah with their five high maintenance children and a Shitzu that resembles a teddy bear, in a house with a wonderful view of the mountains. You can find Michele on the web at michelepaigeholmes.com and on Facebook and twitter .

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