How Hope describes Willows mom you can tell that, although she is a bit on the odd spectrum, she loves and cares a great deal about Willow. So yeah, this bothered me. Honesty time! I don't really like David, he's just not a character I connected with. I don't think he was a badly written character. Just one of those character that you love to hate I think. Although David's character got better, after undergoing some major personality checks, in the ending of the story he was still eh to me. Probably my biggest problem with this book, or any other book for that matter, is unnecessary sex scenes.
Now this book just had one, and was like three pages long i think, I skipped over it… , but I personally don't think there was any need for it. The novel could've gone without it but I digress. What I like: I really loved the fact that this book was told not only in Willows narrative but in David's and Mrs. It makes the book so much more enjoyable. I think out of the whole story my favorite character would have to be Mrs. I love reading her point of views because you get to see an older woman's perspective in life. You get to really see how Mrs.
M interacts with people her age and how she deals with new romance as a widow. Willow herself was an okay character, she maybe could have been more fleshed out. David as I said, I wasn't really a fan but out of all the characters, he's probably the character you get to know best in this novel. I adore the fact that this book puts you in the holiday spirit. There was a lot of activities going on, family dinners, matchmaking and chats with friends. I rated this book a Three. Although I had some issues with the characters and unnecessary scene s in this novel, I liked it.
This book is a cute, winter romance. Quick read and easy to get into. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good holiday romance. Oct 05, Gail rated it it was amazing. A heartwarming Christmas romance story filled with emotion that will make you laugh and cry. This is a story of love and second chances, being able to turn your life around even with family interfering and believe in the magic of Christmas.
I enjoyed every minute of Willow and David's story. Dec 07, Heather C rated it liked it Shelves: arc. It seems like the Christmas books I've read so far this season has revolved around small towns and someone returning back to the home that they grew up in. This book is like that but it has a good slow burn between Willow and David. Their lives have been entwined since they were little. When Willow's former job scandal sends her packing back home, David isn't all that happy to see his deceased wife's best friend in town.
Her plans are the complete opposite of what David wants. So begins the battl It seems like the Christmas books I've read so far this season has revolved around small towns and someone returning back to the home that they grew up in. So begins the battle between the two. There is definitely a build where the two of them are frustrated with each other but secretly attracted. The more they butted heads, the more the attraction grew. What I liked about this book is that David plays the role of Scrooge.
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He wants nothing to do with Christmas and Willow does everything she can to get him to open and up and learn to enjoy and celebrate the holiday. Slowly, she begins to worm her way into David's heart. There path is full of ups and downs but I think we can all agree that the best thing out of this entire store is the love and joy of David's little girl, Natalie.
I just adore that child and couldn't get enough of her. Overall I enjoyed this small town book that as a bit of everything. Politics, free spirits, scrooges, etc. It has it all. Dec 16, Lisa Richards rated it really liked it. I love stories about second chance romances, especially as neither Willow or David saw it coming. Willow had been best friends with David's wife so had never thought of David in that light. David had always had a political future and the last thing he had expected was to be raising a young daughter on his own after his wife's death.
At times he seemed unsure what to do with his daughter but quickly became a momma bear when a teacher treated her and other students unfairly. I so loved this side I love stories about second chance romances, especially as neither Willow or David saw it coming. I so loved this side of him as he seemed to be taking on Scroogy tendencies.
I loved seeing Willow fight for herself and the Inn. She was definitely just what was needed to bring life back into the Inn and love into David and his daughter's life. May 25, Kathleen rated it it was amazing. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the book… Hope Ramsay takes us from her small town in South Carolina to the small town of Shenandoah Falls, Virginia with A Christmas Bride.
Willow Peterson has come home after life in the big city brings her heartache and disillusion and with time on her hands to sort out her life, she will fulfill a dream for a friend who has died. She will bring to life her dream of restoring Eagle Hill Manor. There is only one flaw in her plan, she has to persuade I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the book… Hope Ramsay takes us from her small town in South Carolina to the small town of Shenandoah Falls, Virginia with A Christmas Bride.
David Lyndon comes from the first family of Shenandoah Falls, and is raising his little girl in the home of his dead wife. And he certainly does not want to host a wedding, cousin or no cousin. He wants to sell it and start a new life in a new home and the memories of his dead wife. But Willow Peterson is hard to resist and the pull he feels toward her and a kiss that ignites feelings that he thought were dormant and he gets right into the transformation of a dream. I enjoyed this book, although I am not one to read Holiday books in the summer, I could not put this one down and read it until I finished it.
It was a wonderful story and one you will want to put on your holiday reading list. Sep 27, 1-Click Addict Support Group rated it really liked it. I expected sweet, small town and family in a mix of love and loss. I was not disappointed. Willow had grown up in Shenandoah Falls and returned for a number of reasons. Regret, guilt and hope all mixed together when David Lyndon was back in her life. David had changed. He was a widower now with family expectations driving him further away from the man he used to be.
Family dinners, social and professional obligations, and a relationship that seemed to have more objections than a county courthouse, meant a story that played out like an entertaining hallmark movie of the week. A small town slice of life that was the perfect companion for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Sep 24, Isha Coleman rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads , netgalley.
Willow has had her share of disappointments. The biggest heartbreak brings her home to make someone's dream come true. Doing so isn't so easy when grief, Scrooge and obstacles dog her at every turn. Hope Ramsay knows how to pull the heartstrings and supply a reason to bring a smile to the face and have you whistling ARC Review: A Christmas Bride Chapel of Love by Hope Ramsay A shared tragedy helped to unite two broken people and one final promise, could be the beginning of something wonderful.
Hope Ramsay knows how to pull the heartstrings and supply a reason to bring a smile to the face and have you whistling a happy tune. A Christmas Bride is magic. Aug 05, Rhonda rated it really liked it. Dec 27, Debbie rated it really liked it. A great start to a new series by Hop Ramsay. I really enjoy her books, although I'm not a romance fan, I think of her books as more Chick Lit with romance thrown in. Aug 07, Linda Smatzny rated it really liked it. A feel good story featuring Willow Peterson and David Lyndon as the main characters. David was married to Willow's best friend who has been dead for two years.
Willow has moved back home because she is under a cloud due to the fact that she was a whistle blower at her last job. David is suppose to running for Congress but is only doing so because he is suppose to. The book was a very quick easy read. Sep 01, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read , romance.
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Very good small town romance, full of love, loss, family, and friends with a healthy helping of humor thrown in. When Willow was growing up, she couldn't wait to get out of Shenandoah Falls, away from her hippie, vegan, will-protest-anything mother. She succeeded and hasn't been home in years. But now she's back, trying to rebuild her life after a personal and professional betrayal.
When she discovered that her company was defrauding the government, she blew the whistle. Unfortunately for her, h Very good small town romance, full of love, loss, family, and friends with a healthy helping of humor thrown in.
Unfortunately for her, her CEO boyfriend was also involved and has taken the lead in trashing her reputation. When she goes to visit her deceased best friend's mother, she is dismayed to discover that Shelly's dream of restoring the inn died with her. Her encounter with Shelly's husband David shows a man determined to sell the inn and move on. David is still grieving the loss of his wife. The inn is a reminder of her and the way that she died.
He plans to sell it and move on with his plans to run for Congress. But Willow's arrival throws his well-ordered life into chaos. She wants him to fix up the inn enough to host his cousin's wedding, something his family is strongly against. They want him to concentrate on his political future. Various townspeople also have no problem voicing their opinions also. I liked Willow a lot.
She may be down, but she hasn't given up. She isn't backing down from her stance on the fraud case. However, her self-confidence has taken a little bit of a hit over what she sees as her bad judgment in boyfriends. She also feels that people look down on her because of her mother. Underneath, she is a woman with a big heart and plenty of love to give. I loved her relationship with Shelly's mom, who had been like a second mother to her.
And I loved her quick connection with little Natalie, who called her a "fairy godmother. He was so stiff and cold toward Willow at the beginning. I also disliked the way that he let his mother bully Natalie. I wanted to see him stand up to her. I softened a little bit when I saw how much he was still hurting over Shelly's death. He started to win me over when he stood up to Natalie's teacher over the spelling tests. The more I saw of him, the more I saw someone who buried his own needs and wants to live up to others' expectations. I really enjoyed the development of their relationship.
Willow, Shelly, and David had been friends for a long time. There had never been any hint of attraction between David and Willow until she came home, and both were surprised by it. David spends a fair amount of time feeling guilty about desiring someone other than Shelly. Willow doesn't want to feel anything for a man she thinks is too much like her ex. But she doesn't let any of that stop her from confronting him about the inn and telling him exactly what she thinks.
Once David makes the decision to cooperate about the inn, he realizes that his attraction to Willow is a large part of why he did it. As he gets sucked into helping with the inn he also gets to spend more time with her. I loved seeing the effect that they had on each other. Willow is able to help David break out of the shell of grief he'd been in and start to live again. David helps Willow to see that she is much stronger than she thinks she is. The attraction between them continues to grow until it bursts into flame. I loved that scene and the morning after, as each of them begins to believe that they could have something special.
But interference from David's family has him making a really boneheaded mistake, which drives a wedge between him and Willow. I loved that she stood her ground, and ached for her heartbreak over his actions. He finally realized the truth and his speech at his cousin's wedding showed just how much he had changed. I loved his big moment at the end as he opened up his heart to Willow. The epilogue was great. There were some awesome characters and situations throughout the book.
Willow's mom is still the same hippie she was when Willow was a kid, but Willow is much more accepting of her now. I really enjoyed seeing the two of them grow closer. The part with the park protest was hilarious. There is also some mystery regarding who Willow's sister's father is, though I have my suspicions. I really liked Shelly's mom and her obvious love for David. She could have been a real obstacle in his relationship with Willow, but instead she was behind him providing the kick in the tail that he needed.
I loved their conversation in the kitchen the morning after he slept with Willow. She gave him some good advice from someone who'd been in his shoes. On the other side of the coin was David's mother. I didn't like her at the beginning, and absolutely nothing changed by the end of the book. She is a snob and a bully and incredibly self-centered. I loved picturing the look on her face every time he stood up to her. My favorite secondary character was Natalie.
She, too, was grieving her mother's death, which made her especially vulnerable to her grandmother's bullying. David wasn't much better at the beginning, and I ached for Natalie and her unhappiness. I loved seeing her blossom under Willow's influence. It was especially satisfying, though heartbreaking, too, to see her confront David and her grandmother over the way Willow was treated. I'm looking forward to the next book and seeing more of Dusty. Sep 24, Mary Brown rated it it was amazing. Goodreads Review: A Christmas Bride is the story of second chances, standing up for yourself, moving on with you life and learning to let go and move on.
I always like these kinds of stories, and I thought this one was well written and entertaining. The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Willow is a honest hardworking woman who always tries to do the right thing, even if that causes her problems. David has had his whole life planned out for him, whether he wanted it to be or not. But the one thing that was not planned was his becoming a widow with a young child, Natalie. He has become bitter from the turn his life has taken.
I enjoyed reading the bickering and bantering between Willow and David, the interaction between the two of them and the chemistry that flames between them. And Natalie was adorable and my heart went out to her. The secondary characters were also well developed and added a lot to the story line. Most were likable and people you would want to get to know better. But some were easy to dislike and I wanted to see them get what they deserved. I have read other books by this author and I have enjoyed them all. The author is very talented in writing life adventures that have a ring of truth to them.
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She is also very talented in bringing out the emotions of the reader. I felt happiness, sadness, frustration, anger and sympathy while reading this book. I think it takes a special author to create all of these emotions for the reader. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy quick read. I read this book in one day, and that is unusual for me. But I just had to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen and learn more about each of the characters.
There was a little bit of heat but nothing over the top, which I liked.
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I am excited that this is the first book in a new series, because there are other characters I want to learn more about. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Forever Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book. Nov 27, Hannah rated it liked it.
The majority of the book David is still in love with his dead wife and is being very obtuse about Willow, he's down right hateful to her because she is making him feel something he should only be feeling for his wife. The majority of the Lyndon family were pompous, stuck-up, and hateful. Willow I liked, she did what she knew was right and is being punished for it, but she's not going to back down. She goes back home to fulfil the dream of her best friend who died unexpectedly the year before. She only has to convince her bestfriend's husband to let her and give her the chance to buy it from him.
David hates the Inn he inherited from his wife, he blames her death on the Inn and he can't wait to sell the thing. When Willow comes back into town and makes him feel things he hasn't felt for anyone but his wife and asks that he open the Inn again for his cousin's high profile wedding and give her the chance to buy it he's doubtful, but Willow also has a special connection with his daughter, and seeing her work with his daughter and the society that is shunning her he starts to have doubts about everything he thought he wanted.
Oct 02, Kari rated it really liked it Shelves: , kindle , for-review. A Christmas Bride is the first in a new series by Hope Ramsay. I really enjoyed David and Willow's story. Willow has moved back home after losing her job for being a whistle-blower at work. David was married to Willow's best friend until her tragic death two years earlier.
All he wants to do is sell her Inn and move away. This story was heartbreaking at times. David's grief over the loss of his wife came across as very real. Even two years later, it was hard for him to move on. Willow was perfect for him as he was for her. He made her see what she really wanted for herself. One of my favorite parts of the story was how David's relationship with his daughter changed as he started realizing what was really important.
The story also has a lot of great secondary characters that I look forward to reading more about in future books. Sep 08, Kimberly rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley.
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Review featured at www. First I never found myself liking any of the characters. Besides being a political jerk the first half of the book is all about how much he loved his deceased wife and even touched his wedding ring over and over and then BAM! There is a b Review featured at www. There is a background story that never gets answered. I can see how somebody else may enjoy the story but I am just not one of them.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Aug 02, Yaritza rated it it was amazing. What a lovely story. I loved the chemistry between David and Willow. They were able to open there hearts to happiness even though the circumstances were difficult.
It is hard to move on when a spouse passes away especially at a young age. Hope really created characters that were strong in nature and had dreams that clashed with one another's life. I loved that Christmas is a time to be with family and friends especially during a Christmas wedding, wish I dream will be my special day someday.
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We want them to look their best. As much as Rina hated to admit it, cute pets got adopted faster. And as the person in charge of the Fool's Gold Holiday Pet Adoption, she intended to make sure every single animal looking for a home put his or her best foot forward. Or paw, or claw or fin. Not that she would be doing anything to groom the fish. Although she was putting little fish-friendly Christmas trees in the tanks.
Her normally tidy grooming space was currently overflowing with cat collars and doggie bandanas in holiday prints. Over the next two weeks, she would be bathing, brushing and clipping until all the pets up for adoption gleamed. Kaitlyn looked up at her, her green eyes as dark and beautiful as her father's. Fifteen minutes later Rina had finished cleaning off her table and washing her brushes. She collected her backpack and walked toward the break room. One of the veterinary assistants stopped her. Rina glanced around to make sure they were alone.
Even so, she lowered her voice. Jesse sighed. You love Cameron. Tell him. Rina winced. Someone might hear you. Everyone is gone but us. Cameron's out at the Castle Ranch, checking on one of the goats there. If not now, when? Are you going to waste another year being in love with a man who has no idea how you feel?
Rina opened her mouth, then closed it. She wanted nothing more than to confess her feelings to the man she loved. But she wasn't the one who was the problem. He'd bought the practice from the retiring veterinarian, with a promise that all the staff would stay. That included her, the practice's resident groomer. He'd requested everyone meet with him on a Saturday afternoon. She'd walked into the building, not sure what to expect.
He'd turned, smiled, and she'd been lost. Seriously, there had practically been a swell of music and cartoon animals putting ribbons and flowers in her hair. She wasn't sure what it was about Cameron that got to her. The wavy dark hair and deep green eyes were only the beginning of his good looks. Still, her feelings weren't all about how handsome he was. It was the way he cared about his work and how he treated his staff. But if she had to guess, she would say her fate had truly been sealed the moment she'd met Kaitlyn.
She adored the little girl and they had become instant friends. Kaitlyn was smart and funny and just as caring as her dad. The only part of their family that didn't make sense was the absence of a mother. Cameron didn't say much about his ex, so all of Rina's information had come from his daughter. Kaitlyn was fairly matter-of-fact about her past, stating her mommy had left shortly after Kaitlyn had been born.
Rina could still remember her steady gaze as she'd said, "Babies are a lot of work and my mommy wasn't ready. Cameron had shared few details, but those he mentioned were in line with what Kaitlyn had said. That his wife had walked away from her newborn and husband and had never returned. Since then, from what she could tell, he'd devoted himself to being a single father and working hard at his practice.
He never dated, hadn't once been caught flirting and showed no interest in one woman over another. In a town with a man shortage, he was practically an irresistible force. Rina had told herself she would get over her crush, that it was just that Cameron was new and shiny. But as time had passed, her feelings had only grown. Now everything was complicated because of the fact that she took care of Kaitlyn. Every school day, Rina arrived at the McKenzie household early, made sure Kaitlyn was up and dressed, then fixed her breakfast and walked her to the bus.