Review of Wedding in December and Blog Tour with Excerpt and Giveaway!
Title: A Wedding in December
Author: Sarah Morgan
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2019
This funny, charming and heartwarming new Christmas novel is USA TODAY
bestselling author Sarah Morgan at her festive best!
In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest
daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s
parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are
determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of
their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six
months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly
romantic winter wonderland.Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that
impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save
her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man,
Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…
Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts.
Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big
day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family
Christmas none of them will ever forget!
“Morgan’s gently humorous aesthetic will leave readers feeling optimistic and satisfied.” – PublishersWeekly on A WEDDING IN DECEMBER
Sarah Morgan’s A Wedding in December follows the story of a family coming together to celebrate the wedding of impetuous youngest daughter, Rosie, who is marrying after knowing the man for three months. Secrets abound, doubts surface, and will anyone live happily-ever-after?
Morgan has created very believable, though not always likable, characters in A Wedding in December. All the female characters seem to keep secrets under the guise of protecting family members, and each discovers that protecting is a form of trying to control; we all know that’s impossible.
While in past novels, I’ve not minded Morgan’s use of multiple POVs, here I think it tends to make the story untidy and fosters repetition. Much of the novel is told in dialogue wtih characters offering long explanations for behavior. By the time I neared the end, I was tired of “hearing” them talk. I wished that there had been more immediate action.
However, A Wedding in December was a solid read with some funny moments. The romance between Kate and Jordan, though predictable, added a little steam while Maggie and Nick rediscovering each other was earnest and fulfilling.
A Wedding in December is definitely a novel for Sarah Morgan fans who will appreciate the style and charm. It’s will have you longing to drink hot chocolate and start decking the halls.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
“I wouldn’t miss the wedding for anything.” Katie needed to meet Dan in
person and figure out a way to save her sister from herself. And if she managed
it early on in the week, then they might still all be home in time to spend
Christmas in Honeysuckle Cottage.
With luck, her mother would be too focused on Rosie to notice that
anything was wrong with Katie. “I can’t wait to be Bridesmaid of Honor, or
whatever the correct title is. Don’t dress me in purple polyester, that’s all I
ask. I don’t want static shock. And don’t spend too much money.” Because
this wedding isn’t happening. She turned as the door opened and Mike walked
into the room. “I need to go. I’m at work.”
“I’m proud of you. Katie. I tell everyone my big sister is a doctor.”
Big sister is falling apart.
She was a fraud. “Go. Have fun, but not so much fun you forget your
“I know. I’m the inhaler police. Party. Live life. I’ll call you
tomorrow.” She ended the call and slid her feet back into her shoes.
Mike raised an eyebrow. “Nothing like giving out advice you don’t take
yourself. When did you last party and live life?”
“I’m partying in my mind. I’m at a virtual party right now.”
“Does that come with a virtual hangover? Who is getting married?”
“My sister. In less than four weeks.”
“This is the sister who is studying fairy tales?”
Katie winced. “I might have overdone that joke. She’s studying Celtic
languages, myth and folklore at a certain Ivy League college. She would claim
it contributes to the understanding of the culture and beliefs of society. It
has been the subject of many lively arguments round the dinner table. She
really is super smart, but I still think of her as my little sister and I
overdo the teasing.” She rubbed her forehead with her fingers. “It feels like
yesterday I was reading her board books.”
“Big age difference?”
“Ten years. I think my parents had given up on having another child, and
then Rosie arrived.”
“And you were hit by a massive dose of sibling jealousy?”
“What?” Katie stared at him. “No. I adored her. Right from the first
moment I saw her funny little hairless head.” She thought about Rosie, an
adorable toddler, following her everywhere. Rosie in her favorite dinosaur
pajamas. Rosie turning blue with an asthma attack. “I confess I might be
a tad overprotective, which is why I’m flying to Colorado to meet this guy.”
“You haven’t met him?”
“No. And don’t look at me that way. I’m already freaked out. They’ve
known each other a couple of months. What can you know about someone in a few
months? What if he’s a gambler, or a narcissist? He could be a psychopath.
Maybe a serial killer.”
He leaned against the door and folded his arms. “Dr. Doom. Always the
“I am not Dr. Doom. I am Dr. Reality, thanks to the years I’ve spent
working here. Having the realities of life under your nose tends to cure
optimism. There are no certainties in this life, we both know that.”
“All the more reason to grab the happy moments that come your way. Maybe
a couple of weeks enjoying outdoor living and breathing in mountain air will
be good for you.”
“Maybe.” Blocking out his concerned look, she let the door swing closed
She didn’t care about outdoor living. She didn’t care about mountain air.
She didn’t even care about a white Christmas.
She was flying to Colorado for one reason, and one reason only.
She was going to stop her sister’s wedding.
USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin. Romantic Times has described her as ‘a magician with words’ and nominated her books for their Reviewer’s Choice Awards and their ‘Top Pick’ slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family. Find out more at www.sararahmorgan.com.
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