Book Review: A December Bride by Denise Hunter

Title: A December Bride

Author: Denise Hunter
Series: A Year of Weddings
Publisher: Zondervan
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Book Summary:
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.


Layla O’Reilly is working part time at Cappy’s Pizzeria while she is getting her home staging business off the ground. Cooper, her date to her ex-fiance’s wedding, backs out 5 hours before the wedding. And just when things can’t get worse… they do! Seth Murphy, her ex-fiance’s best friend, comes into the pizzeria. Layla blames Seth for introducing Jack, her ex-fiance, to her cousin, Jessica (who Jack is going to marry in 5 hours).Before the night is over things are going to get even worse. Seth offers her a ride to the wedding and by the end of the night in an effort to help her save face with her mean cousin, Seth has announced their engagement.The next morning things start looking up… If she can stay engaged to Seth for a couple more weeks, Layla has a chance of securing a contract that will finally get her home staging business off the ground. What’s in it for Seth? A chance to prove to Layla that they are meant to be together!

I both loved and hated how short this book was!
Seth and Layla were both great characters – I loved them both! But it would have been fun to have other characters developed more (I guess I will have to read Denise Hunter’s book “Barefoot Summer” to learn Beckett & Madison’s story)

Rating: 4.5 stars
Content: Very Clean
Source: Review Copy


  1. it’s funny when I was reading this I thought of you, the entire series is supposed to be good, clean romances, I’m glad you liked it as well as I did.