The Engagement Charade

The Engagement Charade

by Karen Kirst

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A Temporary Betrothal

Pregnant widow Ellie Jameson is hiding a secret: her betrothal is a sham to keep her safe from her interfering in-laws. It’s simple friendship that prompts her reclusive boss to pose as her fiancé. But can Ellie keep her feelings for Alexander Copeland from developing into something more?

When he moved to Gatlinburg after losing his wife and child, Alexander had one rule: stay out of other people’s lives. Easier said than done with the café owner’s eternally optimistic cook interrupting his enforced solitude. He only intended to protect Ellie, not propose to her. But with a little trust, and a helping of forgiveness, this temporary arrangement could be a recipe for lasting happiness…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488017728
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Series: Smoky Mountain Matches
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 244,717
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

An East Tennessee native, Karen Kirst attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she received a B.A. in Speech Communication. She divides her time between being a wife, homeschooling mom, and romance writer. She and her husband, along with their three sons, recently said goodbye to military life and are thrilled to be back home in Tennessee. Her favorite pasttimes are reading, visiting tearooms, and watching romantic comedies.

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The Engagement Charade 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book 11 in the Smoky Mountain Matches series, however I feel it is also a stand alone book. I have only read one or two previous books in this series and had no problem keeping up with this novel. I do feel there is some history of some of the characters I may have missed, but it would just have been fun to reconnect with them not something that is a must to understand this book. I fell in love with Ellie Jameson, she has a fun personality even if her past is not full of happiness. Ellie must learn to stand on her own and face her fears to find true happiness. Alexander Copeland, took a little longer for me to warm up to, but he can not resist the joy Ellie bestows on everyone, even if he is a bit grumpy and a recluse. Alexander is willing to do just about anything to protect Ellie, even pretend to be her fiancé. Will he be able to protect Ellie and his heart too. I enjoyed the friendship, love, romance and suspense found in this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Smoky Mountain Matches is a series that I have enjoyed immensely. The readers have met the characters previously, and the forever so grouchy cafe owner Alexander Copeland has intrigued my mind in previous books. And he has a good reason for his behavior, no doubt about it. Ellie Jameson, the talented cook the town hired to help Alexander while he was sick, has more in common with Alexander than she could have believed. They both have suffered losses in their lives, difficult circumstances and deep sorrow is no stranger to either of them. I liked the bond they had, the fragile friendship turning into a protection from harm and danger, looking after each other, and taking care of each other. The sweet tenderness that was tangible between them was adorable. Alexander had lost his faith and hope for the better days and a brighter future with his wife and son. He would have rather sulked in his office to avoid people, but Ellie was determined to be his friend, to make that connection. Both Ellie and Alexander are stubborn yet kind and good hearted people, who only wanted the best for each other and the people around them. The healing process Alexander had to go through to be able to move on, to live again, and to trust and love again is a remarkable thing that stands out in this story. The development of his faith in God with Ellie's guidance is a beautiful thing to witness, as well as his healing heart and opening mind. There is a lot of going in the town, the threats from Ellie's former in-laws are frightening, the going on's at the cafe and with their friends, Alexander's relationship with his family, and Ellie's pregnancy all give a lot of juice and vigor to the tale that I read on one sitting. It is an interesting, intriguing, and alluring story that I didn't want to put down until I came to the very satisfying ending. A delightful mix of life and love, with a hint of danger and threats to give it a bit spice, faith in God to give it meaning, and growth in characters as they heal, mend their fences with their past, and nourish their souls with love that is showered upon them as they open their hearts to the people around them. A lovely, encouraging story about forgiveness and healing, finding love and blessings in life when we least expect them. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side