About the Book
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.
Christian Fiction/Contemporary Romance
4.5 out of 5 (stars)
This is the first of Denise Hunter’s books that I’ve read and I loved it! I was hooked from the beginning.
Usually, novella authors struggle with character development because of word count, but not Denise. The characters in this book were nicely put together and very agreeable with the plot. I enjoyed each character’s role and cheered the ones I thought were sweet, scowled at the ones that were “appropriately” nasty (ahem, talking about a certain cousin), laughed at every funny thing Denise tucked into the right corners, and gasped in shock at the right twists. To sum up how sweet and interesting this piece was, I read it in less than twenty four hours!
I liked that Denise dealt with identity/self esteem issues, as well as anger, bitterness and forgiveness. I especially liked that she positioned a certain character to show what true love, tenderness, gentlemanliness, and patience is about (talking about the adorable hero! 😉 ). Although the book’s message undertone was fairly mild, Denise showed that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or what anyone thinks of you; God has prepared a special someone for everyone, and He can lift you up and take you to greater heights regardless of the odds.
I will certainly be reading other books by this author!
About the Author
Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
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