#12: The Fruitcake Bride
Pastor Clayton Parsons waited a year to bring his fiancée, Karen Briggs, to his new church post. They plan a Christmas wedding, but in the meantime Karen helps the church ladies with various projects, including a bake sale. But revealing her fruitcake recipe could spell disaster for her future in Bakerstown, Missouri.
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Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is the award-winning author of thirty-five published books and novellas. Her novels include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and Gabriel’s Atonement, Book 1 in her Land Rush Dreams series.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My thoughts: THE FRUITCAKE BRIDE is cute. A pastor, appropriately named Parsons, is marrying his long time friend, Karen. Karen thinks of Clay as more of a big brother than a groom, and is sure it's just a marriage of convenience. Plus, she's not at all sure she'll be a good pastor's wife. Her welcome to Bakerstown sign broke in half upon her arrival for pity's sake. I wasn't at all sure how this book would go. At first, with Karen's thoughts I figured that Clay would marry another woman and she'd marry someone else. But things changed, almost two quick. Some of the misunderstandings and accusations seemed contrived, but it did keep the tension high. This wasn't my favorite story in this collection, but it was okay. 3 stars.
So sad to see this is the last of the 12 Brides of Christmas series! I loved it just as much as the others. Well written with the character shortcomings that we all feel we have. Karen comes from a sad background and therefore doesn’t trust anyone can love her unconditionally. Clay Parson, given the nickname of Parson Parsons since he’s the new pastor, has been her best friend since childhood. He struggles with getting Karen to see she is fully loved and flaws won’t stop that. Karen struggles with overcoming her childhood pain, especially in a town where another girl has her cap set for Clay! Great secondary characters and events with perfect dialogue to match the story. And yes, there is fruitcake involved!! I received this story for an honest review.
The Fruitcake Bride is #12, the last story in The 12 Brides of Christmas series. This was a story of Pastor Clayton Parsons in his first church post. He now feels settled in and that he can ask Karen Briggs to marry him. They have know each other for quite some time. Karen's Aunt has passed away unexpectedly and with no family, she has agreed to be his wife. She was not sure if she could fill the job of Pastor's wife but with his help and the church people she is willing to try. That is until someone tells her that putting Rum into the Fruitcake for the Christmas benefit bake sale may have been against what the church believes. You could feel her insecurities and want of being accepted. Young love, hope and faith were found throughout. This was another nice Christmas romance that I enjoyed reading.. I was gifted a copy by Barbour Publishing for my honest opinion which I have given.
I could really relate to Karen in this story. If you were brought up feeling insecure and worthless, it is really hard to overcome your fears and learn to trust. Anyway, this is a really good story. Highly recommend it.
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