A December Bride by Denise Hunter
A Year of Weddings Novella
Layla O’Reiley needs a date to a wedding. And not just any wedding. It’s her ex-fiance’s wedding to her cousin. But last minute, her date can’t make it and she’s stuck with Seth Murphy, the man she blames for introducing her ex-fiance to her cousin. Not exactly who she had in mind as her date.
Seth comes to Layla’s aid, but takes it a little too far when he reveals that he and Layla are engaged to be married- and in less than four weeks, no less! Layla is horrified, but when her fake engagement to Seth opens a door of great opportunity for her future, how long will Layla and Seth keep up the ruse of their engagement? How long will they have to pretend they are engaged? And will they develop real feelings for each other?
Will Layla be a December bride?
This novella was a fun, quick read. I enjoyed reading this simple story, which is the first in A Year of Weddings novella series.
Layla is a character who has a lot of hurt in her past. She doesn’t come from the model family. Her dad is a recovering alcoholic, but the past has affected her present. People don’t always look at her with respect or understanding. She feels less than others. And to top it all off, she has to attend her ex-fiance’s wedding to her cousin. How awful is that?
Despite the hurt Layla carries, she is a strong, independent woman. She knows where she has come from, but she is also motivated to make her dream of the future become a reality.
I also enjoyed Seth’s character, who has secretly loved Layla for years. His attempt to protect Layla, although honorable, has unintended consequences. As he tries to win Layla’s heart, he has to help her see that she is worthy of a great life. She is special. To what lengths will he go to win her heart? Their engagement may be fake, but Seth would do just about anything to make it real.
Rating: 4 stars
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