Series: A Year of Weddings #1
Published by Zondervan Fiction on 17 September 2013
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What started as a whim turned into an accidental - and very public - engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the facade in Chapel Springs this holiday season - for the sake of her career . . . and his heart?
Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy, the best friend of Layla O'Reilly's ex-fiance would be the last person she'd marry. But the news of their upcoming (and phony) nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency, a coup that would put her fledgling home-staging business on the map. Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, even when she was dating his best friend. Maybe she'll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then, but he has to try. And Layla is willing to keep up their engagement farce until she's landed her client. For Layla, it's the chance to save her career. But for Seth, it's his last chance to win her heart. A year's worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.
*I received a free ARC of A December Bride from Zondervan Fiction via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
A December Bride is a short, quick read, about Layla whose fiancé was snatched by her cousin Jessica. When it’s time for their wedding, Jason’s best friend, Seth shows up at the restaurant where she works to suggest they go to the wedding together. Layla is relieved to have a date, but she would have brought anybody but Seth – as she holds him responsible for breaking her engagement.
I never really got to like or understand Layla very much, and I didn’t get a romantic feel from her and Seth very much. Layla is willing to go to great lengths to secure a new job staging homes before they are sold, and pretending to be engaged to Seth, both to keep Jessica away, and to impress the right people. I felt that their relationship was very rushed, and it didn’t seem real, even in the end.
A Decmber Bride is not what I expected, there is more focus on Layla and her new business than anything else. But apart from that, I didn’t feel like I got to know her at all, Seth actually had more depth than her. Seth also showed his feelings, and was willing to fight for something he loved, whereas Layla was willing to lie to obtain what she thought she deserved. The writing is good, though, and the flow is even and made for a quick read.
I hope the other stories in A Year of Weddings series will be able to sweep me off my feet, but A December Bride kind of missed the mark for me. It seems I am a minority, though, as this book has an average of over four stars on Goodreads.