Title: Twelve Days in December
Author: Michele Paige Holmes
Series: Hearthfire Romance #3.5
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: December 9, 2015
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.
I was excited to read this book since I had already read the other books in the series and loved them. This one did not disappoint and was just as well-written as the others. This was a very sweet story and a quick read. I enjoyed getting to know Charlotte and William better. I like how the story showed their commitment to the marriage, but also their reservations. Many of the scenes in the book felt vivid and very real, almost as if I were there too. While the story is set at Christmastime, it is a story that can be read any time of the year.
Rating: 4.5 stars – Highly Recommend
Source: review copy