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The Marriage Agreement
Proposing a marriage of convenience to a rugged logger is the boldest move of Nora Underhill’s sheltered life. In return for Simon Wallin’s protection from her overbearing family, the unassuming seamstress offers prime frontier farmland. But their paper marriage changes when Nora’s greedy brother tries to draw her back into a life of drudgery. Her only option: move to Simon’s farm, and into the center of his loving, unruly family.
Years of shouldering responsibility have left Simon cynical and reserved. But little by little, Nora’s warmth opens his shuttered heart to joy. With their marriage claim under threat, can this practical arrangement blossom over the holidays…and become a love for all seasons?
Fifth book in the Frontier Bachelors series, following The Bride Ship, Would-Be Wilderness Wife, Frontier Engagement, and Instant Frontier Family. Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged, and bound to be grooms.
“FIVE STARS! . . . I cannot recommend this novel highly enough.” — Huntress Book Reviews
“This is a sweet marriage-of-convenience tale and Scott’s love of history is apparent. Along with the fully fleshed out storyline and characters, the vivid descriptions and balance between the hero and heroine make this an engaging and truly enjoyable read. The drama will keep the reader turning the pages until the end, which comes all too soon.” — Leslie L. McKee from RT Book Reviews
SERIES: Frontier Bachelors #5
GENRE: Christian Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2016
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“What better time than a wedding to ask a man to marry you?”
As I mentioned in my review of No One’s Bride on Monday, I love mail order bride/marriage-of-convenience stories. A Convenient Christmas Wedding, as you might guess from the title, falls into the latter of the two tropes. If you’ve been following Regina Scott’s Frontier Bachelors series, you will enjoy catching up with the Wallin family. But if, like me, this is the first book you’ve read of the five – no worries. You’ll be happy to meet these characters and it won’t be a problem to figure out who goes with whom.
This is a sweet romance between two strong characters, and while there’s not a lot of overt chemistry between them it shows up in subtler ways throughout their story. Like Simon’s hand at the small of Nora’s back. Or the ladder scenes. Or that first kiss! In addition to the romance, there’s also some great humor. I mean, you can’t really go wrong with a three-legged cow and a talking dog. Plus, the Wallin siblings are not beyond teasing each other, except of course for serious Simon. But, watching Simon soften under Nora’s influence is swoonworthy in its own right.
Bottom Line: Fans of marriage-of-convenience stories will find much to love about A Convenient Christmas Wedding. (Plus – isn’t that cover so pretty?!?) Nora is easy to love, and Simon is one of those deliciously brooding-but-good-hearted heroes we all adore. I could have done without Nora’s brother and sister-in-law… but I also think that was kinda the point. Regina Scott sweeps you away to the Pacific Northwest frontier and gives you a front row seat to a sweet and Christmasy story to cozy up with on a cold winter’s night.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author through Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Perfect Christmasy read!
KissingBook Level: 3 / It’s subtle but you still may forget to breathe on occasion
Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998).
Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency novellas (“The June Bride Conspiracy” in His Blushing Bride, “Sweeter Than Candy” in A Match for Mother, and “A Place by the Fire” in Mistletoe Kittens). Two of her novels, A Dangerous Dalliance and The Twelve Days of Christmas, have been translated into German. A Dangerous Dalliance and The Incomparable Miss Compton have been translated into Italian. Starstruck and Perfection have been translated into Dutch.
Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Tri-Cities of southeast Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born in 1959 and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally–both her parents are excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician. Her mother envisioned the plot for “Sweeter Than Candy,” the novella which was written as a tribute to her.
Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.
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– 1 winner will receive: Signed copies of Would-Be Wilderness Wife (which introduced Simon Wallin, the hero of A Convenient Christmas Wedding) and Instant Frontier Family (which introduced Nora Underhill, the heroine of A Convenient Christmas Wedding), and a set of pioneer Christmas ornaments that say “Joy, Peace, Love.”
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– Ends November 18th
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