A DECEMBER BRIDE is Unobtrusively Christian


December Bride
A Year of Weddings Novella
by Denise Hunter
Zondervan Fiction Sept. 17 2013

E-ARC provided by publisher for review via NetGalley.  No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own unless noted.

Happily ever after begins today. The honor of your presence is requested at a December wedding.

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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. A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. NetGalley.com


I have got to look better at what I am about to read, because I was already engaged in the story before the word “God” was mentioned.  It was only mentioned about five times and there was no proselytizing.  What I am saying, and I can hardly believe it, is I did not mind the religion.  Sure, there was no nookie, but desire was mentioned and the character’s faith was expressed quietly and subtly.

It wasn’t “Hey y’all, we’re Christians and not ‘doing it’! And, Y’all shouldn’t do it either or you’ll burn in hell!”  And, it was stated that it was Christian and I did not see it.

There was a story behind the story and it was revealed naturally, the characters were each unique and their actions and attitudes were well written and felt organic.   The business aspect was interesting and I can believe how hard Layla worked to get hers off the ground.

The book was well written and a nice story! I’ve got to look more closely at the genre descriptions so I don’t get so surprised.   It’s also a fast read, and even suitable for teens.