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.
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.