After years of dreaming, Jessica is finally getting married, but the marriage isn't exactly what she thought.
Daniel is her best friend, and she's known him all her life, but he's never gotten over losing his wife two years ago. His dream is to become the pastor of the church in their hometown, but the small-town congregation keeps balking over calling an unmarried minister. Since Daniel needs a wife and Jessica wants a husband and family, she proposes an arrangement that benefits both of them.
They can get married. They can be build a life together. They can celebrate Christmas as a couple. It's fine that he doesn't love her. And it's fine that she's not exactly suited to be a small-town pastor's wife. And it's fine that she's more attracted to her sexy, brooding husband every day.
Jessica can be practical about this marriage. She knows what she's getting into, after all....
©2013 Noelle Adams (P)2015 Noelle Adams
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What a wonderful read for the holidays. This sweet romance goes perfectly with a day spent baking cookies. The original review was posted on our review site.
In order to write a truly good Christian romance the characters need to be well developed and the reader should feel like there was some connection to Christ in the story. The only thing that made this story a Christian romance was that the main character's love interest was minister. The main character didn't have a relatio!ship with God and if she did it was superficial. This book shows that the writer has a superficial understanding of God and is just dabbling in the genre to try and find her voice. Writing Christian fiction or romance requires the ability to fully flush out your characters , have something to say that shows or reflect the character of God and have God be the main focus and not an after thought. It's a delicate balance to pull this off and not come off as preachy. There are few writers that pull this off like Tessa Afshar, Francine Rivers or Rachel Hauck. These women have written books that resonate and have not used sex to move the story along. Just because your characters have sex doesn't mean you have to go into detail about it. That alone precludes this being a Christian romance.
Overall its a good story. It just seems wrong to classify this as a Christian romance when the only thing remotely Christian about it is that one of the characters is a minister and not even a very good one since he was willing to perpetrate a fraud to get a job. It should be 1 star but the writing was sound and the idea was OK just not executed well and I don't want to be completely mean. If it wasn't classified as Christian it would be 3 stars.
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Worth to re read. Such a good story. Like all Noelle's stories. Excellent narrator. Heart warming and great message too
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