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!
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About the Author
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.co
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When her phone rang at three in the morning, ripping her from a desperately needed sleep, Maggie's first thought was bad news.
Her mind raced through the possibilities, starting with the worst-case scenario. Death, or at least life-changing injury. Police. Ambulances.
Heart pounding, brain foggy, she grabbed her phone from the summit of her teetering pile of books. The name on the screen offered no reassurance.
Trouble stalked her youngest daughter.
"Rosie?" She fumbled for the light and sat up. The book she'd fallen asleep reading thudded to the floor, scattering the pile of Christmas cards she'd started to write the night before. She'd chosen a winter scene of snow-laden trees. They hadn't had a flake of snow in the village on Christmas Day for close to a decade. They often joked that it was a good thing their last name was White because it was the only way they were ever going to have a White Christmas.
She snuggled under the blanket with the phone. "Has some thing happened?" The physical distance between her and Rosie made her feel frustrated and helpless.
Everyone said global travel made the world smaller, but it didn't seem smaller to Maggie. Why couldn't her daughter have continued her studies closer to home? Oxford, with its famous spires and ancient colleges, was only a few miles away. Rosie had done her undergraduate degree there, followed by a master's. Maggie had loved having her close by. They'd taken sunlit strolls along cobbled streets, past ancient honey-colored buildings and through Christchurch Meadows, golden with daffodils. They'd followed the slow meander of the river and cheered on the rowing crews. Maggie had hoped, privately, that her daughter might stay close by, but after Rosie had graduated she'd been offered a place in a US doctoral program, complete with full funding. Can you believe it, Mum? The day she'd had the news she'd danced across the living room, hair flying around her face, twirling until she was dizzy and Maggie was dizzy watching her. Are you proud of me?
Maggie had been proud and dismayed in equal measure, although she'd hidden the dismayed part of course. That was what you did when you were a parent.
Even she could see it was too good an opportunity to turn down, but still a small part of her had wished Rosie had turned it down. That transatlantic flight from the nest left Maggie with email, Skype and social media, none of which felt entirely satisfactory. Even less so in the middle of the night. Had Rosie only been gone for four months? It felt like a lifetime since they'd delivered her to the airport on that sweltering summer's day.
"Is it your asthma? Are you in hospital?" What could she do if Rosie was in the hospital? Nothing. Anxiety was a constant companion, never more so than now.
If it had been her eldest daughter, Katie, who had moved to a different country she might have felt more relaxed. Katie was reliable and sensible, but Rosie? Rosie had always been impulsive and adventurous.
"I'm not in hospital. Don't fuss!"
Only now did Maggie hear the noise in the background. Cheering, whooping.
"Do you have your inhaler with you? You sound breathless." The sound woke the memories. Rosie, eyes bulging, lips stained blue. The whistling sound as air struggled to squeeze through narrowed airways. Maggie making emergency calls with hands that shook almost too hard to hold the phone, the terror raw and brutal although she kept that hidden from her child. Calm, she'd learned, was important even if it was faked.
Even when Rosie had moved from child to adult there had been no reprieve.
Some children grew out of asthma. Not Rosie.
There had been a couple of occasions when Rosie was in college when she'd gone to parties without her inhaler. A few hours of dancing later and she'd been rushed to the emergency department. That had been a 3:00 a.m. phone call, too, and Maggie had raced through the night to be by her side. Those were the episodes Maggie knew about. She was sure there were plenty more that Rosie had kept to herself.
"I'm breathless because I'm excited. I'm twenty-two, Mum. When are you going to stop worrying?"
"That would be never. Your child is always your child, no matter how many candles are on the birthday cake. Where are you?"
"I'm with Dan's family in Aspen for Thanksgiving, and I have news." She broke off and Maggie heard the clink of glasses and Rosie's infectious laugh. It was impossible to hear that laugh and not want to smile, too. The sound contrasted with the silence of Maggie's bedroom.
A waft of cold air chilled her skin and she stood up and grabbed her robe from the back of the chair. Honeysuckle Cottage looked idyllic from the outside, but it was impossibly drafty. The ventilation was a relief in August but froze you to the bone in November. She really needed to do something about the insulation before she even thought about selling the place. Historic charm, climbing roses and a view of the village green couldn't compensate for frostbite.
Or maybe it wasn't the house that was cold. Maybe it was her.
Knocked flat by a wave of sadness and she struggled to right herself.
"What's happening? What news? It sounds like you're having a party."
"Dan proposed. Literally out of the blue. We were taking it in turns to say what we're thankful for and when it was his turn he gave me a funny look and then he got down on one knee and — Mum, we're getting married."
Maggie sat down hard on the edge of the bed, the freezing air forgotten. "Married? But you and Dan have only been together for a few weeks —"
"Eleven weeks, four days, six hours and fifteen minutes — oh wait, now it's sixteen, I mean seventeen —" She was laughing, and Maggie tried to laugh with her.
How should she handle this? "That's not very long, sweetheart." But completely in character for Rosie, who bounced from one impulse to another, powered by enthusiasm.
"It feels so right, I can't even tell you. And you'll understand because it was like that for you and Dad."
Maggie stared at the damp patch on the wall.
Tell her the truth.
Her mouth moved but she couldn't push the words out. This was the wrong time. She should have done it months ago, but she'd been too much of a coward.
And now it was too late. She didn't want to be the slayer of happy moments.
She couldn't even say you're too young, because she'd been the same age when she'd had Katie. Which basically made her a hypocrite. Or did it make her someone with experience?
"You just started your postgrad —"
"I'm not giving it up. I can be married and study. Plenty do it."
Maggie couldn't argue with that. "I'm happy for you." Did she sound happy? She tried harder. "Woohoo!"
She'd thought she'd white-knuckled her way through all the toughest parts of parenting, but it turned out there were still some surprises waiting for her. Rosie wasn't a child anymore. She had to be allowed to make her own decisions. And her own mistakes.
Rosie was talking again. "I know it's all a bit fast, but you're going to love Dan as much as I do. You said you thought he was great when you spoke to him."
But speaking to someone on a video call wasn't the same as meeting them in person, was it?
Maggie swallowed down all the words of warning that rose up inside her. She was not going to turn into her own mother and send clouds to darken every bright moment. "He seemed charming, and I'm thrilled for you. If I don't sound it, it's because it's the middle of the night here, and you know what I'm like when I've just woken up. When I saw your name pop up on the screen, I was worried it was your asthma."
"Haven't had an attack in ages. I'm sorry I woke you, but I wanted to share my news."
"I'm glad you woke me. Tell me everything." She closed her eyes and tried to pretend her daughter was in the room with her, and not thousands of miles away.
There was no reason to panic. It was an engagement, that was all. There was plenty of time for them to decide if this was the right thing for them. "We'll have a big celebration when you and your sister are here for Christmas. Would Dan like to join us? I can't wait to meet him. Maybe we'll throw a party. Invite the Baxters, and all your friends from college and school." Planning lifted Maggie's mood. Christmas was her favorite time of year, the one occasion the whole family gathered together. Even Katie, with her busy life as a doctor, usually managed to beg and barter a few days at Christmas in exchange for covering the busy New Year shift. Maggie was looking forward to spending time with her. She had a niggling suspicion her eldest daughter was avoiding her. Every time Maggie suggested meeting up, Katie made an excuse, which was unlike her because she rarely refused a free lunch.
Christmas would give her a chance to dig a little deeper.
In her opinion, Oxford was the perfect place to spend the festive season. True, there was unlikely to be snow, but what was better than a postlunch walk listening to the peal of bells on a crisp, cold winter's day?
It promised to be perfect, apart from one complication. Nick.
Maggie still hadn't figured out how she was going to handle that side of things.
Maybe an engagement was exactly what they needed to shift the focus of attention.
"Christmas is one of the things I need to talk to you about." Rosie sounded hesitant. "I planned to come home, but since Dan proposed — well, we don't see the point in waiting. We've chosen the day. We're getting married on Christmas Eve."
Maggie frowned. "You mean next year?"
"No, this year."
She counted the days and her brain almost exploded. "You want to get married in less than four weeks? To a man you barely know?" Rosie had always been impulsive, but this wasn't a soft toy that would be abandoned after a few days, or a dress that would turn out to be not quite the right color. Marriage wasn't something that could be rectified with a refund. There was no reason for haste, unless — "Sweetie —"
"I know what you're thinking, and it isn't that. I'm not pregnant! We're getting married because we're in love. I adore him. I've never felt this way about anyone before."
You barely know him.
Maggie shifted, uncomfortably aware that knowing someone well didn't inoculate you against problems.
"I'm excited for you!" Turned out she could fake excitement as convincingly as she could fake calm. "But I could never arrange anything that quickly. Even a small wedding takes months of planning. When Jennifer Hill was married in the summer her mother told me they had to book the photographer more than a year in advance. And would everyone stay? It's Christmas. Everywhere will already be booked, and even if we managed to find something it would cost a fortune at this time of year." How many could she accommodate in Honeysuckle Cottage?
And what would Dan's family think of Rosie's home, with its slightly crooked walls and its antiquated heating system? Could English country charm compensate for frozen toes? In the summer the place was picture-perfect, with its walled garden and profusion of climbing roses, but living here in winter felt more like an exercise in survival. Still, Aspen was in the Rocky Mountains, and that had to be a pretty cold place in winter, too, surely?
Maybe she and Dan's mother would bond over the challenges of heating a property in cold weather.
"You wouldn't have to arrange anything," Rosie said. "We're getting married here, in Aspen. I feel terrible about not having our usual family gathering in the cottage but spending the holidays here will be magical. Remember all those years Katie and I used to stare out of the window hoping for snow? There's more snow here than you could ever imagine. Christmas in Colorado is going to be heaven. The scenery is incredible, and it will be a White Christmas in every way possible."
Christmas in Colorado.
Maggie stared at the dusky pink curtains that pooled on the dark oak floor. She'd made them during the long nights she'd spent watching over Rosie.
"You're not coming home for Christmas?" Why had she said that? She was not going to turn into one of those mothers who buried their children in guilt. "You must get married where and when you want, but I don't suppose Aspen will be any different from here in terms of arrangements. To arrange a wedding in under a month would take a miracle."
"We have a miracle. Catherine, Dan's mother, is a wedding planner. She's amazing. This only happened an hour ago and she's already made some calls and arranged the flowers and the cake. Usually she handles celebrities, so she has tons of contacts."
"Oh, well — super." Maggie felt as if she'd fallen in a river and was being swept along, helpless and flailing. "She doesn't mind helping you?"
"She's excited. And she has flawless taste. Everything will be perfect."
Maggie thought of her own imperfect life and felt a rush of something she recognized as jealousy. How could she be jealous of someone she'd never met?
Maybe she was having a midlife crisis, but surely if that was the case then it should have happened years ago when Rosie had first left home? Why now? She was having delayed empty nest syndrome.
She blinked to clear her misty vision and wondered why she'd ever thought it would be easy to be a parent.
Focusing on the practical, she made a mental list of all the things she'd have to do to cancel Christmas. The cake would keep, as would the cranberry sauce, waiting in the freezer. She'd ordered a turkey from a local farmer, but maybe she could still cancel that.
The one thing not so easily canceled were her expectations.
The White family always gathered together at Christmas. They had their traditions, which probably would have seemed crazy to some, but Maggie cherished them. Decorating the tree, singing carols, doing a massive jigsaw, playing silly games. Being together. It didn't happen often now that her daughters were grown, and she'd been looking forward to it.
"Have you told your sister yet?"
"She is my next call. Not that she's likely to answer her phone.
She's always working. I want her to be my maid of honor."
What would Katie's reaction be? "Your sister doesn't consider herself a romantic."
Maggie sometimes wondered if working in the emergency department for so long had distorted her elder daughter's view of humanity.
"I know," Rosie said, "but this isn't any old wedding. It's my wedding, and I know she'll do it for me."
"You're right, she will." Katie had always been a protective and loving older sister.
Maggie glanced at the photograph she kept on the table next to her bed. The two girls standing side by side, arms wrapped around each other, their cheeks pressed together as they faced the camera, smiles merging. It was one of her favorite photos.
"I know you hate flying, Mum, but you will come, won't you? I badly want you all to be there."
Flying. Rosie was right that she hated it.
In company when conversation turned to travel, she pretended she was protecting the planet by avoiding flying, but in reality she was protecting herself. The idea of being propelled through the air in a tin can horrified her. It all seemed out of her control. What if the pilot had drunk too much the night before? What if they collided with another plane? Everyone knew that airspace was ridiculously overcrowded. What about drones? Bird strikes?
When the children were young she and Nick had bundled them into the car and taken them to the beach. Once, they'd taken the ferry across to France and driven as far as Italy (neveragain, Nick had said, as they'd been bombarded with a chorus of are we nearly there all the way from Paris to Pisa).
And now she was expected to fly to the Rocky Mountains for Christmas.
And she would. Of course she would.
"We'll be there. Nothing would keep us away." Maggie waved goodbye to her dreams of a family Christmas at the cottage. "But what about a venue? Will you be able to find something at such short notice?"
"We're going to have the wedding right here, at his home. Dan's family own Snowfall Lodge. It's this amazing boutique hotel just outside Aspen. I can't wait for you to see it. There are views of the forest and the mountains, and outdoor hot tubs — it's going to be the perfect place to spend Christmas. The perfect place to get married. I'm so excited!"
Honeysuckle Cottage was the perfect place to spend Christmas.
Maggie couldn't imagine spending it in a place she didn't know, with people she didn't know. Not only that, but perfect people she didn't know. Even the prospect of snow didn't make her feel better.
"It sounds as if you have it all covered. All we need to do is think about what to wear."
"Mm, I was going to mention that. It's pretty cold at this time of year. You're going to need to wear some serious layers."(Continues…)
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I loved this book, an absolutely perfect Christmas read, set in snowy Aspen at Snowfall Lodge, glamorous tree house accommodation that sounded so perfect I want to book right now(!), snowmobiles, dogsledding and lots of drama. There's the UK contingent - Maggie & Nick live in Honeysuckle Cottage in Oxford and are married, but have been living apart for a few months (unbeknownst to their adult daughters) and are planning on divorcing having just drifted apart over the years. They have two daughters - Rosie (living in the US, surprises them with news of her Christmas wedding to Dan in 4 weeks!), and Katie (A & E doctor, struggling with her job, VERY prickly). Then there's the US contingent - Catherine (Dan's widowed Mother, professional wedding planner, owner of Snowfall Lodge, lovely lady but very organised), Dan (the other half of the wedding, laid back, nice guy) and Jordan (Dan's best man - tree surgeon, lives in a lovely cabin he built himself in the woods, fabulous character - my favourite!). So with the surprise wedding all Christmas plans are changed and the UK contingent fly out to Aspen to be there for the Christmas wedding. Maggie & Nick are hiding the fact that they're divorcing and over-doing 'pretending' they're still the loving couple, Rosie feels a bit rushed about the wedding initially and Katie is just... annoying! I liked all the characters apart from her, I found her really irritating throughout most of the book. She didn't agree with the wedding and went out to Aspen to try and upset it all, thinking Rosie didn't know her own mind and needed to be 'helped' into realising it was the wrong decision. I really liked the way we had all the different perspectives from the different generations, each working through their own issues that they were keeping secret from one another. But when the secrets started coming out, mainly due to prickly Katie's interference, barriers came down and everyone started being a lot more honest about their feelings about... well everything! Their marriages, their lives, their jobs, etc., of course not without a lot of drama thrown into the mix in the meantime! But it all worked out absolutely perfectly in the end. A really lovely feel-good read in a magical Christmas setting. Perfect!
A lovely feel good Christmassy read set in snowy Colorado. The White family congregate in Aspen for the whirlwind wedding of younger daughter Rosie. Both parents Maggie and Nick, and eldest daughter Katie bring along secrets that they are trying to hide from each other and Katie is determined that the marriage will not go ahead if the groom is not worthy of her sister (which causes all sorts of tension). A delightful way to spend a couple of hours, with both laughter and tears. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. The bride's sister is certain that her young sibling is making a mistake and is out to stop the wedding. The bride's parents have been separated secretly for months and have successfully kept it from both daughters, but will they be able to continue their ruse? This is a comical at times and heartwarming holiday romance that feels like a holiday made for TV movies. It is my first read by this author but if they are all this good I will be reading more. I gave this book 4.4 of 5.0 stars for characterization and story line. I received a complimentary ARC copy to read. I voluntarily left a review of this book.
This is one of the funniest stories I have ever read! Besides humor, the story was heartwarming. Even though it had its ups and downs, I enjoyed every minute of it. Often, I felt Katie was overbearing, but meeting Jordan, the best man in her sister’s wedding, softened her. Rosie was flighty and let her sister's doubts sniggle their way into her mind bringing doubts about her upcoming wedding. Then add to the drama of the sisters, their parents, Maggie and Nick, brought their own spectacle to this comical, romantic, Christmas tale. The characters were well-drawn, and the storyline was fascinating. There were a lot of loose ends, but the author did a wonderful job tying the story together, creating a book worth reading. I recommend A WEDDING IN DECEMBER to anyone who loves reading about sisters, enjoys humor and a Christmas romance. My thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of A WEDDING IN DECEMBER in exchange for my honest review.
I adored this book! It reminded me of a book Sophie Kinsella/Jane Green would write. I love to read any books about Christmas and this definitely put me in the mood! I was rooting for Maggie & Nick from page 1 and I loved how the author went back and forth throughout the novel to follow their story. Some of the book was a bit predictable- as most Christmas stories to me are but I couldn't put it down and I am hoping this turns into a Hallmark movie, I would love to see if the tree house rooms look like I picture it. :)
This is a heartwarming and touching Christmas story set in the beautiful Rocky Mountains (I may be biased as I live in Colorado). I enjoyed that it is told from alternating POV’s of the Mother, Maggie, and two daughters, Rosie and Katie. They are each facing different major milestones in their lives and learning to be the person they really want to be. It has humor, real life family drama and of course, romance. I loved the detail of the scenery and the winter wonderland setting it had me envisioning. I highly recommend this book to put you in the Christmas Spirit. Not going to post a spoiler, but I would really love a continuation of Katie’s story in the future. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book.
This book kind of drove me crazy with all the secrets everyone was keeping from each other and what happened when they started being revealed. Maggie is the mother of Rosie and Katie, she and their father Nick are keeping it a secret that they have been discussing getting a divorce and have been separated for several months. Maggie is also keeping a secret from all her family. Katie has been avoiding her family and trying not to come apart because of a traumatic event that happened to her at the hospital where she works, plus she is considering not being a doctor. Rosie has been sitting on her feelings for a long time because she does not like confrontations. It takes Rosie getting married in Colorado at Christmas in less than a month's time to shake up her family enough to start them on a path to healing, but in the process Rosie might lose the man of her dreams. I loved the ending of this book as it was full of sage advice. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you're a fan of winter romances, you better add this book to your reading list. This book was multi-layered and focused on more than just a falling in love story. I liked the focus of family that was prevalent in this book. There were similarities in mannerisms between family members that helps instill connection between the characters. Sarah Morgan always makes her characters flawed, which I love! It makes them easy to relate and empathize with.
Sarah Morgan's voice is always magical as she weaves tales of love, family and ever afters ... but give her a wedding and a winter wonderland to work with and she's pure delight! Her latest brings to life a family filled with uncertainty, change and the unknown as a couple on the verge of divorce comes together for their youngest daughters wedding amid family revelations, rediscovery and unknowns. The characters are mesmerizing from the start. Maggie and Nick have been married for decades but secretly living apart from each other for half a year without informing their daughters. Now their youngest has sprung a sudden wedding on them and they decide they have to get through the festivities before they can break their daughter's hearts with their news. Oldest daughter Katie is a self-confident doctor who has everyone believing she's in charge of her life when she's secretly falling apart and doubting every aspect she thought she knew in life after an encounter no one knows anything about. Youngest daughter Rosie is madly in love and has stars in her eyes to marry the man of her dreams, but she's always been non-committal and impetuous ... is this relationship truly developed enough to last or is she still just flitting wholeheartedly into her present joy until the next big thing comes along? Her sister's doubts have her starting to doubt herself! I highly recommend this book to anyone enjoying a beautifully written rendition of the ups and downs of family, love and life. The characters are a joy to read, the scene is painted beautifully as they roam the gorgeous snow covered hills just during the Christmas season and the emotional pull of each story touches a readers heart.
A lovely holiday story and a great novel that involves family, sacrifice and communication. It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. I loved how the writer developed the characters: they're realistic, likeable, fleshed out and you cannot help rooting for them. The plot is full of twists and turns and I found it engrossing and entertaining. I look forward to reading other books by this author. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
“She felt strange- a combination of giddy teenager and anxious mother. She knew life did that- it dished out good and bad on the same plate and you were expected to eat it all up. She knew from experience that it was possible to smile and cry at the same time. To grieve and rejoice in the same breath.” Heartfelt and humorous, this is a novel about falling in love and finding love all over again. It’s about family and forgiveness, pushing through whatever life throws at you and being brave enough to take chances with relationships, careers, and life in general. I absolutely adore Sarah Morgan’s novels, they are a delightful combination of life, love, family and friendship. A Wedding in December is the perfect warm and cozy read this fall!
What a fantastic read! I read a lot, and I’ve rarely been so engaged with a book. I tend to read fast, but I do to choose some books to sip and savor. This is one of those. The author has done a very good job setting up a very complex story. It is told from the viewpoints of the three main women in the book: mother Maggie, older daughter Katie, and younger daughter Rosie. The whole book is kicked off when Rosie calls her mum in England from the United States, stating that she is now engaged and will be married at Christmas in Aspen. While her mother doesn't mention her disappointment, the older woman had been planning for their big family Christmas that she does every year. We find out a little later why this is even more important to her this particular year. When older sister Katie finds out, she is determined to stop the wedding because she believes her sister is too impulsive and is making a mistake. The doubts Katie expresses in the first phone call shattered Rosie's happiness, and now the bride-to-be is beginning to doubt herself, her relationship, and her actions. The women's parents, Maggie and Nick, have been separated for a few months though their daughters don't know. They decide, at Maggie's insistence, that they not let on about this development during the wedding preparation and the wedding. She doesn't want anything to ruin her daughter's big moment. This setup is all done rather slowly, and we don't learn some of the details about everything for a while. Katie has her own secrets for sure as well. It isn't easy to see right away what has caused a rift between the parents as they seem to get along pretty well. I feel like I may have already given away too much. this is a complex tale of three women who are each a crossroads in her life, so each has their own story arc and lessons they need to learn as the story moves forward. There are some wildly funny moments, like when the parents get off the plane in Aspen, and Mum is very drunk because she is such a bad flyer. There are actually some emotionally gripping moments that will have you reaching for a tissue. I like Dan, the fiance, because he just seems to be able to roll with anything that happens with his fiancee’s crazy English family. The older sister was harder to like. She is a very intense character, and even though she tries to be protective, she ends up being hurtful more often than not. I enjoyed seeing the way Maggie and Nick's relationship evolved during the course of the book. (I also love it when an older couple gets “screen time” in a book.) The author made what happened between them seem completely natural and fitting for their characters. The story was in parts predictable, but the author made the characters so unique and individual that even if what happened was predictable, you still felt for the characters and saw it to be natural for their story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It brought all the feels. I highly recommended it.
This is a book that will stay with you for awhile. Ms. Morgan somehow comes up with complex characters and plots that take the reader deeper than normally expected of a Christmas book. A Wedding In December has a family that is so busy hiding things from each other and even from themselves that they really have no idea of what is going on in the lives of their loved ones. The wedding of the youngest daughter should be a joyous occasion, yet they are all miserable. They have each protected flighty Rosie for so long that no one believes she could actually know her own mind or heart. Her parents are unhappy and hiding something from their daughters. Her sister, Katie, is unhappy and making everyone else apprehensive. Now the bride and groom aren't seeing eye-to-eye. Will there be a wedding in December after all? I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
When I requested this book I had two things on my mind. One, the cover was breathtaking and two, I need material for a post I am planning for November. The last few books I had received from Netgalley were a bust so I was hoping this would be shake what I was afraid would become a book slump. That's exactly what it did. A Wedding in December made me so happy. I constantly fluctuate on how I feel about Christmas but this book left me with all warm feelings about the upcoming holiday season. I want to pull out my tree and start decorating. I want to curl up with hot chocolate and start this book over again. Some of the things that I loved about this book was how Christmas wasn't spent the way the family is used to but as the book went on they realized it was only important that they were together. I shipped all of the couples in this book which really took me by surprise! Lately romance has been turning me off and I haven't be into any couples in the books I've been reading. To suddenly adore three couples was a welcome surprise. My favorite couple was probably Nick and Maggie. Seeing that romance respark between them was so incredibly sweet. I think me in a bad mood would have rolled her eyes and groaned but as I was reading this, I was cheesing the whole time. Nick clearly still loved and cared for Maggie. He came over to help her book her flight knowing she was afraid and went along with her plan to hide their divorce from the girls. He was probably my favorite character after Rosie. I don't even know how to put into words why I loved Rosie so much. I just did. I wanted to jump inside of the book and become her friend. She stole my heart without pause and honestly she can keep it. The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of in this book was the constant "are you sure?" from Rosie's mom and sister. Of course someone is going to start doubting anything they are doing if two people close to them are constantly saying they think it's a mistake. Katie, especially, got on my nerves at times but most pessimistic people do.
Maggie receives a phone call in the middle of the night from her daughter, Rosie, who is attending school at Harvard in the United States. She informs her mom that she's getting married at Christmas to a man she's only been dating for a short time in Aspen Colorado. Maggie and her husband Nick are separated with a divorce pending but haven't told their daughters yet. They agree to wait until after the wedding to tell them and they agree to pretend to be together during the time period they are in the United States. Their other daughter, Katie is a doctor who works in the ER in Oxford but is struggling after on the job incident. She also thinks her sister is making a mistake and is not flying to the US the attend the wedding, she's flying their to make sure wedding doesn't happen. What I really liked about this book is that it seems like I was getting three stories in one. Possibly with three happy endings..... Christmas books are my absolute favorite to read and this is a very well written and enjoyable book to read.
I loved everything about this heartwarming Christmas story! Winter in Colorado was the perfect setting, and all of the characters were wonderful. I especially liked Maggie. I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary Advance Reader Copy.
Quaint, alluring, and evocative! A Wedding in December is a delightfully amusing, heartfelt tale that sweeps you away to the beautiful winter wonderland of Aspen, Colorado and immerses you into the lives of the White family, especially three strong women, as they gather to celebrate, interrogate, support, heal, grow, communicate, repair relationships, take chances, and start anew. The prose is vivid and expressive. The characters are genuine, reliable, and compassionate. And the plot, including all the subplots, intertwine and unravel effortlessly into a mesmerizing tale of life, love, friendship, self-reflection, determination, independence, happiness, humorous mishaps, romantic moments, and the special bonds between sisters. Overall, A Wedding in December is another absorbing, uplifting, magical tale by Morgan that does a brilliant job of highlighting her exceptional ability to create relatable characters, idyllic places, and memorable storylines that thoroughly enchant from start to finish.
Maggie White has received a call from her daughter, Rosie, in the middle of the night announcing that she is in love and is going to get married on Christmas Eve in Aspen, Colorado. Maggie lives in Oxford England and Rosie is working on her PhD in the U.S. She has met a young man named Dan and they are in love. Maggie is rather taken aback because they have only been dating for a few months, yet she knows that since Rosie is impulsive at times, she hopes she is not making a mistake. Maggie works in academic publishing and has loved spending her life raising her children and making a home for her family. Maggie is married to Nick, an Egyptologist. They are currently separated. He has spent a lot of time during their marriage on long trips. Now, they realize that their marriage has become stale and perhaps they would be happier apart. Their second daughter, Katie, is a physician working in the emergency department in Oxford. She works many long hours as they are short staffed. She loves her work and takes it very seriously. Right now, she seems to be hiding something frightening that happened to her that has made her very nervous. When she hears Rosie’s news, she is against her baby sister marrying this man that she hardly knows. She has always worried about Rosie who has asthma that has resulted in many emergencies during her childhood. The wedding is being planned by Dan’s widowed mother who is a renowned professional wedding planner. She owns a large resort in Aspen where the wedding will take place. Therefore, Maggie and Nick will pretend that their marriage is fine and fly to Aspen. Katie is going to fly over as well. When they all come together in Aspen, they begin to face their individual difficulties in this beautiful and serene place. Truths emerge and they examine their hearts. What will they find? Can each one find the happiness and contentment that they seek? This is a feel good story with some laughs and some common sense. The characters are very well created and I think the reader will either connect or be angry with them. Such is the talent of a good author. For instance, Katie grated on me but then again, she is created as Cactus Katie, so well done, Sarah Morgan. Come enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh, clean air of Aspen. Although I’m not a personal fan of snow, I think even I would enjoy being there. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
A WEDDING IN DECEMBER is a lovely holiday-centered women's fiction that celebrates family, romance, and self-discovery. Told in separate parts from the perspective of the mother (Maggie) and two sisters (Rosie and Katie), the book encounters romance at different stages and at the heart of it all is the love amongst family. The family has always had Christmases at their parents' house in the UK, but this year is different- Rosie has just announced that she will be wedding her boyfriend of a few months in Colorado on Christmas Eve. Rosie is 22 and working on her doctorate at Harvard. She has a history of terrible asthma attacks, which often leads to the family babying her. She also tends to be impulsive, which gives them pause with the wedding. However, she knows she loves her fiance and adores his mother, Catherine, who is planning the wedding for them (since she is a wedding planner). Katie is an emergency department doctor who has been questioning her life choices. She knows she has wanted to become a doctor ever since Rosie's asthma attacks that landed them in the hospital. However, after a traumatic event, her emotional healing has been slow-going and she has been questioning her life and goals. When she hears Rosie is getting married, Katie knows she needs to protect Rosie from her impulsiveness and so decides to weed out her fiance. This determination is what has gotten her into her current job and means she will not go easily with her sister's plans. However, the best man has thrown a wrench in her plans, even as she interrogates him. Maggie, the mother, was a fascinating character. She has dedicated her life to her daughters and now finds herself on the precipice of divorce (amicable, mutual). She never wants to rock the boat too much and so has been hiding their separation from the girls until they can sit down together. However, with the wedding, the time is definitely not right, and so, she and her husband decide to pretend to be married. Maggie had taken a career that allowed her flexibility with her children, as her husband's offered none, and now, she finds herself wanting a new path. As she considers her future, her marriage, and her children, she will find herself and some of the old spark she has lost. Combining beautifully into an arching story across generations, this book is almost like three in one, each with a lovely story to tell. The Christmas setting is absolutely perfect, and even the side characters are people who you wish could be your friends. Morgan has a wonderful way with words and heart-warming feelings, and this book shines beautifully in her typical style. Anyone who is looking for an uplifting and satisfying holiday-centered read will be delighted by this lovely book. Highly recommend for fall reads to get you into the spirit! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Rosie and Dan are getting married! It's Christmas, it's Colorado, it's romantic, and it's filled with secret angst! Told from the viewpoints of various members of the White family, this is the story of how we find happiness even when we don't expect to. Rosie's parents Maggie and Nick have been separated for 6 months but is there still a spark? Her sister Katie isn't sure that Rosie's made the right decision but is her opinion clouded by her own uncertainty her professional life as a physician. Then there's Jordan, the best man. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A light, fun read that would be just as nice in the heat of summer. You know there's going to be a happy ending - this is a Christmas wedding, after all!
A Wedding in December is a story of love in all it's forms and the lengths one will go to protect their loved ones even when that protection isn't needed. Set between England and Aspen, Colorado during the Christmas holidays, this story draws on many emotions and conflicts between the characters. Rosie was sickly as a child with severe asthma so everyone is overprotective of her. When she announces to her family that she is getting married at Christmas after a whirlwind relationship, Maggie and Katie are worried. Maggie is hiding the secret of her impending divorce from her two daughters and gets her husband, Nick, to agree to hide the truth until after the wedding. Katie has always been the protective, older sister who became a doctor but after facing a trauma at work, she is dealing with her own issues and projects her insecurities onto Rosie about the wedding. The amazing story that follows and the resolutions will have the reader experiencing a variety of emotions from tears to laughter. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and couldn't put it down. I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher but all thoughts and feelings are my own.
Whenever I pick up a book by this talented author, I know, without a doubt, that I will not only be enchanted but I will also be loving it as well. This one proved the point. Yes, it’s a romance that is not rushed and one to be savored, but it’s more than that . It’s a story about the complexities, and dynamics of family and secrets that are being kept. In this case the White women, Maggie, Katie, and Rosie are the ones keeping the secrets . Each woman is filled with uncertainties about their futures. Will Maggie, Katie and Rosie find happiness and peace in the season of hope and new beginnings? A perfect holiday story filled with complex characters that are perfect in their imperfections. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.