A Convenient Christmas Wedding

A Convenient Christmas Wedding

by Regina Scott

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A Convenient Christmas Wedding by Regina Scott

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488008085
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Frontier Bachelors , #5
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 155,773
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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. Since her first book was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She and her husband of over 25 years reside in southeast Washington State.

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A Convenient Christmas Wedding 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked Simon despite disliking him in previous books, and I enjoyed Nora more than I expected. Loved their name game and the animals. Too much unBiblical Christmas dogma/tradition for me. Clean, chaste romance.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
A Sweet Christmas Romance Christmas is often an incredibly busy time of year, and I don’t always get to read as much as I would like, even of Christmas books! That’s why I was delighted to receive A Convenient Christmas wedding before the hustle and bustle of the season really begins to kick in. Now I find I am in a joyful frame of mind as I undertake the tasks and fun that prepare our hearts and home for celebrating Jesus’ birth. This latest installment of Frontier Bachelors finds us revisiting Wallin Landing and the family that is creating the town little by little. This novel belongs to Simon, the infinitely practical and sometimes infuriating Wallin brother. I really enjoyed getting to know his personality and found I could relate to him, sometimes better than to his bride, Nora, an always cheerful and giving woman who marries Simon in a desperate attempt to escape a horrible family situation. I love that we get a lot of historical detail, especially of Christmas traditions. I enjoy learning how Christmas was celebrated historically, about the Yule Log tradition and the kissing bough; the differences between the latter and mistletoe is interesting, but the scene it lends itself to is both touching and romantic, one of the best parts of the story, in my opinion. The romance between the couple who marries for convenience, not expecting love but merely a business arrangement of sorts, is a sweet one that takes its time, relatively speaking. The love develops over the whole of the novel, though the time frame it encompasses is not very long. It does seem natural and endearing, however; I never feel as if the author tries too hard to make sparks ignite between the characters, it just happens because it occurs naturally between the two people involved. Simon and Nora each learn what it means to give—and receive—love over the course of the story. With her trademark humor and spot on historical detail, Regina Scott has penned another winner for readers. I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical romance, especially frontier-type stories, and to anyone who would like to enter into the Christmas spirit a little bit more fully. Though easily read as a standalone, those who have enjoyed previous Frontier Bachelors novels will delight in the recurring characters and the updates to their stories, too. I received a free copy of this book from the author but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
I loved immersing myself into this story and the life and heart of the Wallin family. Simon and Nora make a deal for a marriage and hold on to it despite the interference of their families. Simon is such a great complex character. His logical thinking and forward going ideas, always putting the families best first yet rarely taking the time to play and have fun has set him outside of the family circle. Nora takes the term low maintenance to a new level. She is used to so little everything she has makes her happy. She is filled with energy, faith, hope, and light. As soon as Simon says 'I Do' Nora's attitude starts rubbing off. Under the gruff exterior is caring, thoughtful, loving man who is willing to learn to live, love and laugh, if Nora is his teacher. I enjoyed the romance, the sweet dance they had around each other as the feelings grow and their commitment gets depth. Simon's faith to God gets a new wind, his direction in life gets a new purpose, and Nora's smile lights up the room from happiness and joy of living. Delightful and captivating story with lots of inspiration, filled with life at the ranch, family squabbles, living and learning to love, finding your way in life and fulfilling dreams during Christmas time ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Regina Scott is a wonderful storyteller, and I reveled in her delightful twist on the marriage of convenience trope! Simon and Nora’s story is engaging, entertaining, and sure to make you smile. I love the Wallins and especially enjoyed the humor and heart Nora brought to their family. I also loved the animals she brought, too! A Convenient Christmas Wedding is a lovely story and a cozy Christmas read! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book 5 in the Frontier Bachelors series. I have not read any of the previous books and had no trouble keeping up with this one, so I will say it is a stand alone book. However if the first four are as good as this one I now need to go back and read them all. I know there is history with this town and the Wallin family. Simon Wallin is a cynical, hardworking, opinionated man. He is not looking for romance, he just wants what is best for his family. When the somewhat corky Nora Underhill hatches a plan that will help him and his family he is not sure what to think. Their relationship takes some twist, turns and misunderstandings but it is fun to watch them figure it all out. Nora feels Simon is her only hope of standing up to her brother. Will he accept her proposal and if so will everything work out as she has planned. Nora has a heart of gold but finds herself in a tight situation. The entire Wallin family is fun, loving and has personalities all their own. I love how they stick together and stick their nose into each others business.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
These two wed under no false pretenses and only for gain of property for Simon and protection for Nora. What ensues is a tale of tender love developing despite their best intentions, of a whole clan of family who embrace Nora in their midst, and the true meaning of Christmas threaded throughout! The entire Wallin family is warm, inviting, loving and each member adds their own distinct characteristics to the story. Nora has never experienced this before, only the overbearing control of her brother and his wife. She begins to thrive under their care and really comes into her own. She loves helping where she can and this—at first—rankles Simon as he doesn’t want her to feel obligated to “serve” his family. He quickly learns she’s happiest in this role. Her tenderness & care begin to soften his heart and gets past the barriers he’s put up over the years. A wonderful and warm-hearted Christmas story sure to please the palate of anyone who reads it! My favorite scene was the Christmas play at the end, it reminded me of why we celebrate it, the birth of Christ. It brought tears to my eyes! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. A favorable review was not required and all views are strictly my own.*
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I adore a well-written marriage of convenience story, and this one did not disappoint! What made it so interesting was that both Simon and Nora had no expectations to marry or find love- him because of his blunt personality and her because of her verbally abusive relatives. They are both up front and open about their bargain, but naturally Simon harbors protective feelings towards Nora that develop into something more. He is a hero in Nora's eyes because he treats her with respect, and it was heart-warming to see their attraction and romance blossom. Simon's siblings and family are an important part of the story as they demonstrate unconditional familial love and give her hope for the same in her own life. A sweet holiday romance that's perfect for the season! I've read one of the other books in the series and loved it as well, I'm looking forward to reading the rest! (I received a copy of the book from the publisher; all opinions expressed are my own)
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
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.)
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
(4.5 Stars) I love the Love Inspired Historical line because I know that I'll be getting an enjoyable story full of sweet romance, uplifting and inspirational characters, and clean content. I got exactly what I was expecting...and more! Nora only wants to be loved and appreciated. Born to older parents and left in the care of a needy brother and sister-in-law when they died, she's never felt free to spread her wings. After moving to Seattle, she comes up with a brilliant plan--if she's married and has someone to protect her from her family, then she'll be free to explore her interests and opportunities. Choosing Simon as her lucky groom, they strike a bargain and a marriage of convenience begins. I love Nora! I've been trying to be more grateful and positive lately and I love how she can make the best of any situation, finding the good in all. Simon is a little more reserved, but the wall of ice around his heart can't withstand Nora's cheer. He quickly learns to adapt to the unexpectedness of his new life. And can I just say that I adore Simon's family? I haven't read the other books in this series, but this one can definitely stand alone. I've always wondered if I was the bride in this type of marriage, if I could find love. Watching sweet, hard-working, gentle characters make their ways in life, find satisfaction and happiness, and even love, is so heartening. This book is like drinking a mug of thick, chocolatey hot chocolate on a cold winter's day--it'll warm your insides, melt your heart, and leave you with a contented feeling. Content: mild-moderate religious elements; very mild romance. *I received a copy through the tour host. I voluntarily reviewed this book; All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This was a fun light hearted book for me. In order to get out from her not so nice brother Nora went to the extreme and did something not done by women in her time and proposed to Simon. It was nice to watch their relationship grow from one of convenience to one of love. I really enjoyed the setting of this book as I enjoy a good historical fiction book and add in a little romance and that is just a bonus for me. The author also did a good job with the descriptions of everything from the characters to the landscapes to the feelings of each person. I have enjoyed many books by this author and with each book I enjoy her writing even more. Even though this is a part of a series you are able to read it as a stand alone book.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story! This is the fifth book in the Frontier Bachelors series and I have enjoyed each novel. Yet, I think this is my very favorite so far! I love the situation of a marriage of covenience and the logical way Simon and Nora entered into their arrangement. It set the stage for a romance to blossom between these two characters whom I liked so much. I liked the way Nora’s presence as his wife lifted Simon up to enjoy life. She learned to love Simon for who he was, but she did impact him and he learned to see life in a less cynical manner. I also enjoyed seeing Nora grow and become more confident in herself once she spent time with Simon and his family. She had previously lived her life feeling unimportant and unloved. Her life with the Wallins was a big improvement from her past. Once again, it was great to return to this family and the rugged setting of Washington state. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, I would recommend it, but I do believe that this story could be enjoyed on its own, too. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
LOVE this series! Very good read, held my interest throughout and, Regina did not let me down with this story. I had a hard time putting this book down. Nora and Simon were raised so completely different and how many times in those days does a woman 'propose' to a man, to a man she didn't really know even. Yes, an interesting storyline and I loved how they dealt with all the family 'interference', from both families. This has been a great series, does it continue, I hope so! I voluntarily offered to read and review this book.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
A Convenient Christmas Wedding by Regina Scott Frontier Bachelors Series Book Five Nora Underhill came to Seattle with the Mercer Brides. She wanted to get away from her brother and sister-in-law. They treated her as a maid and she saw the move West as her freedom. When she learns her brother is also moving to Seattle, she gathers all the courage she has to ask a man to marry her. Simon Wallin is the cynic of the family. He sees every angle something could go wrong. He is the loner of the family, too. When Nora asks if he'll marry her and protect her from her brother—his first thought is no. When she mentions the hundred and sixty acres of land she can bring to the marriage—he knows his family needs it. Sacrifice for family. And it's not like it's a real marriage. This story returns the reader to Wallin Landings. The Wallin family is full of unique characters. The second and third books; Would be Wilderness Wife and Frontier Engagement contain two of the brothers stories. I hope the rest of the siblings get their own books one day as the author makes this family so real and personable. **Received from author for honest review
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th book in Regina Scott's 'Frontier Bachelor' series and the best yet! In my opinion, that is. The book drew me in from the very beginning and I could not wait to finish it! Read it in less than one day. Regina Scott is a fine writer, who creates stories that stir the imagination, are populated with believable characters and locales and are very God honoring. I certainly hope she plans more stories in this series, for there are more Wallins that need their story told. *I received a preview copy of this book .