Monday, January 11, 2016

Twelve Days in December (A Hearthfire Romance) 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.

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I was so excited to read this novella.  After the last book, Marrying Christopher, I really wanted to know what happened to William and Charlotte.  I wanted so badly a happily ever after for them both.

This is a novella in the Hearthfire Romance series.  I really think you need to read the previous books to fully feel and understand these characters, but reading Marrying Christopher is the most important.

I loved the feelings that came shining through so clearly in this book.  The desperation, resignation, insecurities and hope were all so clear and almost tangible.  I found myself chanting in my head, "come on, come on, come on..."  I guess I was almost desperate for them to get that happy ending (or beginning) that I was hoping for.

William is one of the most kind and generous people ever.  He wants to be loved and love in return.  His history has made him insecure but that hope is always there.  It is his consistent friendship and kindness that create a safe place for Charlotte to relax into and work through her guilt and confusion.  I love that.

One of the best moments for me was when Charlotte steps up to protect and defend William and by so doing gives something to William that he couldn't give himself.  It was the turning point for Charlotte and I really felt that.

I loved this little story.  It was so satisfying!  Love, love, loved it.  

Content:  Clean

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