White Christmas Wedding
By Celeste Winters
Read by Charlotte Penfield
Publisher: Simon & Schuster |Simon & Schuster Audio
October 1, 2019
Runtime: 8 hours
This heartwarming, feel-good holiday romance brings together a loveable cast of characters who find hope where they thought it had been lost and romance where no one ever expected it.
Returning home to her family’s farm in the Midwest for her Christmas wedding was never Beth Dean’s plan. But it’s the only way her beloved grandmother will be able to attend. And even her New York City friends will find the family’s old barn elegant. But when her fiancé’s family want her to sign a pre-nup, her hopes for her future marriage may be crumbling even as the guests arrive.
Beth’s childhood friend, Jen Fitzgerald, has always dreamed of starting a wedding planning business. And when Beth decides to have her wedding back home, it’s the perfect chance for Jen to show everyone what she can do. But when the caterer cancels and a blizzard comes in through the barn door, Jen wonders if she’s bit off more than she can chew—and how she’s going to get through the wedding while seeing her old flame, Jared, for the first time in years.
Meanwhile, Beth’s friend Destiny is trying to put on a brave face while she wonders why she never left home to follow her dreams like Beth. The groom’s parents are brought face to face with the tensions in their own marriage as they argue over their son’s. And Sylvia, a native New Yorker, is wondering how long she can survive in a town that doesn’t even have a Starbucks, while unexpected sparks fly with Winston, a gruff local tree surgeon with a heart of gold. But when a surprise snowstorm blankets the area, keeping the guests together on the farm, everyone learns to put aside their differences and enjoy their unexpected Christmas blessings. https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/White-Christmas-Wedding/Celeste-Winters/9781797100753
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
This is a sweet tale with multiple love stories that setup a future wedding barn series. There are a few amusing twists involving ex-loves, a snowstorm, horses, pre-nups, and hypothermia. But the focus is on friendship and supportive love.
There were a few times church is mentioned, and God might have been mentioned as well, but, I do not know the author so, the assignment of a “Fiction > Christian > Romance” category for the book went unnoticed until I looked at description more as I began to write this. As you may know I am religion-averse and it was not ringing any bells for me so I kept listening, and enjoying, the book.
The set-up is a battle of wills and taste between wealthy, urbane, overly aesthete “New Yorkers” versus the good people, the down-to-earth, more stable and moral people with untainted and deeply-held values. The people from New York are mostly shallow until the magic of the small Michigan town changes some of them. This is a simplistic, and frankly, “something-ist, un-pc” view, of the people of the “big city” as well as painting all the Michiganders as unspoiled.
I found the narrator had interesting pronunciation a couple of times: once, “trough” was pronounced “Trau” instead of “trof,” which, in a barn, wherein this is focused, are the two accepted pronunciations. “Tro” is how bakers sometimes pronounce it. Other than that and a slight over emphasis – as if recounting juicy gossip, the narration was fine.
The story focuses on love, friendship and family, as well as the enlightening effects of a good snowstorm.
And, who doesn’t love a white Christmas (except perhaps anyone who has to travel in the snow to get to Christmas); It’s a romantic-construct cemented in Bing Crosby’s old movie, “White Christmas.” This wedding will have an abundantly white Christmas.
AUTHOR at GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8207329.Celeste_Winters