Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Convenient Christmas Wedding by Regina Scott

November 9, 2016 Christian, Christmas, giveaway, historical, Regina Scott, romance 31

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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

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SERIES:  Frontier Bachelors #5
GENRE: Christian Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2016
PAGES: 288

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“What better time than a wedding to ask a man to marry you?”

a-convenient-christmas-wedding-book-reviewAs 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

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about the author

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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.”

– US only

– Ends November 18th

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31 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Convenient Christmas Wedding by Regina Scott”

  1. Debbie Clatterbuck

    I think this review and synopsis is great and I love the cover. The book sounds very interesting and I can’t wait to read it. It’s on my TBR list already.

  2. Janice Moore

    I liked many things here! I liked…
    the pretty dresses on the cover
    like Carrie, I like mail-order marriage of convenience books
    the author’s mother’s sweet inspiration
    the generous giveaway of 2 books – thank you!
    books with faith theme
    humor mentioned in one of the books – I need to hear about the talking dog!

  3. Merry

    I love the book cover. I always enjoy reading the Love Inspired line of books and this looks like a great book for holiday reading.

  4. Regina Scott

    Thanks, Carrie, for the lovely review! Fleet the talking dog is one of my favorite characters too. I have a friend with a husky–she helped me determine how Fleet would act, and what he would “say.” Glad you enjoyed the book.

  5. Trixi

    I’ve read, reviewed and fell in love with this book myself Carrie!! Like you, it was the first one I’ve read, and I definitely want to go back and read the books before this. I never got lost as to who was who 🙂 Marriage of convenience/ Mail-order brides are also my favorite and I pick up anything with this theme regardless of the author.

    Great review, thanks for the chance to win two other books by Regina!

    • Carrie

      Hi Trixi! Yes, i pick up anything with this theme too!! If you know of any other good ones, let me know! 🙂

  6. JACKIE MCNUTT

    I really enjoyed the review ! The book series looks wonderful, I really enjoy Regina’s books. Thank you for giveaway

  7. Deanne Patterson

    Thank you, Carrie for the exciting review. You definitely make me want to read this book. It sounds so exciting ! This author has such great books. I love the historical aspect of them. The cover is gorgeous. I can’t wait to read this. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  8. Pam Lunsford

    I love love pioneer books especially if it’s marriage of convenience or mail order brides. I’m always looking for this type of book or wagon train books. Regina is a very good author.

  9. Yvette-Bookworlder

    I love marriage of convenience & mail order bride stories! I’ve been wanting to read more of Regina Scotts books (I enjoyed Instant Frontier Family) and this sounds like it would be a really fun read.

  1. Tour Highlights and #Giveaway: A Convenient Christmas Wedding (Frontier Bachelors #5) By Regina Scott – Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    […] Reading Is My SuperPower – Review: “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. . . . 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.” Wishful Endings– Review:”A story with some charming humor, inspiring moments, and lovely romance that is sure to delight inspirational romance readers.” Bookworm Lisa – Review:”This is a feel good book that is perfect for the holidays. . . . While this book starts out as a marriage of convenience, it doesn’t take long for the reader to see that they are perfect for each other and it needs to become a romantic relationship. I loved how they seem to find mishap after mishap that throws them into situations where they learn to trust each other and develop affection.” Bookworm Nation – Guest Post: Five Reasons to Agree to a Marriage of Convenience: […]

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