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A Christmas Bride
     

A Christmas Bride

4.6 12
by Hope Ramsay
 

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A season of hope . . .
'Tis the season in Shenandoah Falls and the first time Willow Peterson has been home in years. But she's determined to fulfill the wishes of her recently deceased best friend and restore Eagle Hill Manor to its former glory-all in time to host the perfect holiday wedding. She just has to get the owner of the historic inn to

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A season of hope . . .
'Tis the season in Shenandoah Falls and the first time Willow Peterson has been home in years. But she's determined to fulfill the wishes of her recently deceased best friend and restore Eagle Hill Manor to its former glory-all in time to host the perfect holiday wedding. She just has to get the owner of the historic inn to hire her. Unfortunately, that means dealing with Scrooge himself...

After the death of his wife, David Lyndon has a bah-humbug approach to Christmas. But as December counts down and the wedding planning is in full swing, it's harder and harder to stay immune to the charms of Willow, especially when he sees how much joy she brings his eight-year-old daughter. After a simple kiss under the mistletoe turns into something more, David is hoping he can turn the magic of the holiday season into the love of a lifetime.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/17/2016
Ramsay (the Last Chance series) launches the Chapel of Love contemporary series with this well-written, gratifying romance. After blowing the whistle on her employer's misdeeds, Willow Peterson loses her job and returns to her northern Virginia hometown of Shenandoah Falls to start a new life. She decides to restore Eagle Hill Manor, a local inn formerly owned by her deceased best friend, Shelly, in time for another friend's Christmas wedding. David Lyndon, Shelly's widower, is a politician, not an innkeeper; he refuses to play host and instead puts the inn up for sale. However, his humbug attitude proves to be no match for Willow's fortitude, wit, and love for David and Shelly's eight-year-old daughter. At the behest of David's high-society, political family, he and Willow (whose mother is known as a troublemaking hippie) embark on a relationship, but they frequently clash over plans for the inn. Ramsay places sacrifice at the heart of the story. David's strength is evident from the start, and readers will be eager to see how he balances his obligations against his desires. Agent: Elaine P. English, Elaine P. English. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"Happiness is a new Hope Ramsay series."—FreshFiction.com

"4 Stars! Watching love bloom for this opposites-attract couple is poignant and impactful."—RT Book Reviews

"With skillful precision, Ramsay nails the political dynamics and small-town vibe and launches an endearing series that fans will savor."—Library Journal

"The town of Shenandoah and its characters were realistic, humorous, and authentic. I'm so glad that A Christmas Bride is the first of Ramsay's Chapel of Love series because there are more stories to be told - and I'll be reading them."—HeroesandHeartbreakers.com

"Every story by Hope Ramsay will touch a reader's heart."—New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak

"4 1/2 stars! A beautiful story about finding love again, about turning your life around, and what happens when Christmas dreams and wishes come true. "—HarlequinJunkie.com

"Witty, touching, and absolutely delightful - this story has heart!"—JoAnn Ross, New York Times bestselling author of The Homecoming on Welcome to Last Chance

"Last Chance, South Carolina, is a caring community filled with the promise of hope. Come for a visit!"—Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author of The Welcome Home Garden Club

Library Journal
10/15/2016
Ousted from her job at a medical device company when she discovers fraud and turns whistle-blower, Willow Peterson leaves New York and returns to Shenandoah Falls to get her life back on track. She also gets involved in planning a Christmas wedding at her best friend Shelly's home, Eagle Hill Manor. Shelly was killed before the house could be restored, but Willow knows it's just what she would have wanted. The stumbling block is getting aspiring congressman David Lyndon, Shelly's still-grieving husband and cousin to the groom, to agree. A heroine with a knack for stirring up trouble and a hero who finally gets his priorities straight come to terms about their mutual feelings in a story knee-deep in class issues, family expectations, political action, and characters both to love and loathe (among them an adorable eight-year-old and a domineering mother who makes Cruella de Vil look like a saint). VERDICT With skillful precision, Ramsay nails the political dynamics and small-town vibe and launches an endearing series fans will savor. Ramsay (Last Chance Hero) lives in Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455564804
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/27/2016
Series:
Chapel of Love Series , #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
234,263
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Hope Ramsay is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming contemporary romances. Her books have won critical acclaim and publishing awards. She is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her Southern heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Virginia where, when she's not writing, she's knitting or playing her forty-year-old Martin guitar.

You can learn more at:
HopeRamsay.com
Twitter, @HopeRamsay
Facebook.com/Hope.Ramsay

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A Christmas Bride 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
It’s so early for a Christmas-themed story, but Hope Ramsay’s ability to put often broken characters together with compassion and a wonderful story trajectory had me sold. The first in a new series, we’re moving to a small town to regroup, reconnect and refresh hearts, heads and lives. Willow has returned to Shenandoah Falls to regroup, realign and restore an old manor house as a way of honoring her now deceased friend. The home is owned by this friend’s widower’s family, and her first task, after determining that she can do this, is to convince David that it is both needed and right. David is still reeling from the death of his wife, dealing with their young daughter and trying to not open wounds that are still barely contained. He wants no part of anything Willow has to say, and is particularly disturbed by his own reaction to her. Oh these two – so afraid of moving forward and gripping tightly to what they ‘think’ is appropriate. Their hesitation in acting on their attraction is understandably uncomfortable, and the flak that both will take from everyone who purports to have a say (and in a small town – this means EVERYONE). Even more intriguing is the issues that both have to work through, and the gradual softening of David to the outside world. Until Willow, only his daughter Natalie saw that gentle side since his wife’s death, even though it did take some time for Willow to see it….. But, knowing her friend, she knows his heart is there, if buried under cotton wool with a hard-shell for everyone BUT Natalie. With a wedding to plan, plenty of conflict from the outside do-gooders who question nearly everything and the occasional head to head battles where David seems to feel the need to put his foot down, the story proceeds through all of the difficulties with healing, growth and heart shining through. Secondary characters were plentiful, but most outstanding was Natalie. At eight years old, she could be a hindrance to the overall plot progression, and it is understandable that David is rather guarded of her, but her effervescence and brightness shine through, giving everyone that child-like hope and excitement for the next day. A wonderful story that brings all the shiny feelings of Christmas, hope and love forward – I can’t wait for the next. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
13835877 26 days ago
A Christmas Bride is an adorable and sweet romance. Even though the cover and title both scream Christmas romance, I would read this story any time of year. Young children in novels are typically either a great fit or they are rather annoying. Natalie was adorable and a great fit. Now David's mother was a nightmare of a woman who I wouldn't have been able to stand in the presence of without wanting to snap. Mrs. M and her bridge club were my favorite part of the book, as well as Willow's mother. The bridge club playing matchmaker and gossiping about David's libido was hilarious. A Christmas Bride is the perfect combination of romance and comedy.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great love story
Anonymous 6 months ago
Totally loved this sweet story. Great characters and such a wonderful story. I really enjoyed the story but can live without that witch of a mother Pam. Loved the little girl too and I can imagine a sweet little red head.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
I love stories about second chance romances, especially as neither Willow or David saw it coming. Willow had been best friends with David's wife so had never thought of David in that light. David had always had a political future and the last thing he had expected was to be raising a young daughter on his own after his wife's death. At times he seemed unsure what to do with his daughter but quickly became a momma bear when a teacher treated her (and other students) unfairly. I so loved this side of him as he seemed to be taking on Scroogy tendencies. I loved seeing Willow fight for herself and the Inn. She was definitely just what was needed to bring life back into the Inn and love into David and his daughter's life.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Ahh, mistletoe, peace on Earth, jingle bells AND wedding bells! Dashing through the snow to get to the church on time, sounds heavenly, dreamy and so romantic. Too bad for beautiful Willow Peterson her reason for going back to Shenandoah Falls was for the funeral of a dear friend who left behind an unfinished restoration of a historic inn for a holiday wedding. David Willow, owner of the inn and widower has nothing but contempt for the holidays, even though he knows his young daughter still believes in the magic of the season. His resolve is weakened as Willow’s kind heart and generous nature thaws his ice cold heart; and that kiss under the mistletoe…kindles more than just warm friendship and thoughts of hot chocolate. If his politically driven family has anything to say about, there will be no more mistletoe moments and the lovely Willow will be left behind when David takes to the campaign trail. Is he really the man Willow needs or is he a puppet for his family to command? Small town romance, the sounds of Christmas and conflicts far from the kindness of the season, A CHRISTMAS BRIDE by Hope Ramsay is another magical offering for Holiday Romance junkies! Willow is a delight, far too kind-hearted to be able to stand up to the calculating cruelty of the Willow family. David has long been under the thumb of his mother and I really, really wanted to take that man aside and give him a good talking to! The show stopping character was David’s young daughter, gotta love the sweet innocence and unfiltered words that fly from the mouths of a child. A quick read, filled with angst and issues, hopes and dreams, and a shot of reality. I received this copy from Forever in exchange for my honest review.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
I love Hope Ramsay’s last chance series. She has a definite feel for turning small towns into integral characters within the story. Her latest series, beginning with A Christmas Bride, is no exception. After blowing the whistle on Medicare fraud, Willow leaves New York with her reputation in tatters. She returns home to Shenandoah Falls to regroup. Once there she reengages with the town she grew up in and finds new ways to love it. She throws herself into planning the wedding of the year at the historic Eagle Hill Manor which is also in need of repairs. No good Christmas story is worth its salt if it doesn’t have at least a few Scrooge references and this is no exception. The local Scrooge, turned George Bailey, is none other than David the owner of the inn. At its core, this book is about finding the person you were meant to be and those around you providing the unconditional support necessary for such changes to happen. The fact the hero and heroine are in their 30s makes it all the more impactful. Those ready for the holiday season to begin should dive right in. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I loved this romantic Christmas story. I loved Willow but didn't really like David at the beginning since he was so wimpy with his mother. I am glad he grew up in the story. I look forward to the next book in this series. I received a copy of this from Grand Central publishing for a fair and honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given an advance copy of this book. It is a new series by Hope. If this first book is any indication, it will be a fantastic series. I can not wait to read more about the families in Shenandoah Falls. This book is a story about Willow and David. I would recommend this to everyone that enjoys romance.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
I love the start of a new series, and after having read this first one located in Shenandoah Falls, VA, I have found a whole slew of other characters that need their own story. Not everything gets resolved in this one, which has me thoroughly excited to find out what will happen in upcoming books. You will find stormy family dynamics that affect David and Willow's future. David's eight-year-old daughter, Natalie, is a true gem and plays a big role in both of their lives, especially with a wedding and Christmas just around the corner. Some of the characters are overbearing, controlling, and have personalities that make you want to scream. You will also meet older, wiser characters, such as Poppy, Faye, Viola, and Grace, who through their own experiences, know when to join forces, and with good intentions, intervene. I found this book to be entertaining yet serious, problematic yet thoughtful, romantic without being sappy, and a joy to read. [I received an early copy from the author for a fair and honest review.]
CathrineLake More than 1 year ago
***I would like to thank Netgalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) providing me with “A Christmas Bride” for free, exchange for a honest review*** I always forget how invested I get with characters in books. A Christmas Bride is such a bittersweet romance story. You will laugh out loud and have tears in another moment. Either it be happy or sad. Hope Ramsay just has a way of bringing it out of you. Or at least she did for me. You know how it will end because it is a romance story so it ends in a good way. I am giving it 5 star rating because there are some unexpected twists that I just didn't see happening. But I am still left wondering what happened with Willow’s whistle blowing claim. Maybe the next one will tell me.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
A shared tragedy helped to unite two broken people and one final promise, could be the beginning of something wonderful. Willow has had her share of disappointments. The biggest heartbreak brings her home to make someone's dream come true. Doing so isn't so easy when grief, Scrooge and obstacles dog her at every turn. Hope Ramsay knows how to pull the heartstrings and supply a reason to bring a smile to the face and have you whistling a happy tune. A Christmas Bride is magic.