The Gift-Wrapped Bride

The Gift-Wrapped Bride

by Maureen Lang

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ISBN-13: 9781630584771
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/27/2014
Series: 12 Brides of Christmas , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 227,479
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Maureen Lang writes stories inspired by a love of history and romance. An avid reader herself, she’s figured out a way to write the stories she feels like reading. Maureen’s inspirationals have earned various writing distinctions including the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, a HOLT Medallion, and the Selah Award, as well as being a finalist for the Rita, Christy, and Carol Awards. In addition to investigating various eras in history (such as Victorian England, First World War, and America’s Gilded Age), Maureen loves taking research trips to get a feel for the settings of her novels. She lives in the Chicago area with her family and has been blessed to be the primary caregiver to her adult disabled son.

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The Gift-Wrapped Bride 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Didn’t care for it. The Gift Wrapped Bride is the fourth book in Barbour Publishing’s The 12 Brides of Christmas series. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t enjoy it much past chapter two. I found the story intriguing when it opened, but quickly lost interest. Ms. Lang did a very good job with the descriptions and details, but the story itself just fell flat. I was unable to connect with the characters and there wasn’t really anything to hold my attention. Sophie Stewart is one of the main characters and I really wanted to like her, but she seemed so childish. The entire story she denies Noah even the slightest chance, because of all of the pranks he played on her during school. Even though she hasn’t seen him in five years and it is quite evident that he’s changed, she refuses to accept that he isn’t the same annoying boy as when he left. I don’t understand how she could hold such a grudge about something so minor as a few harmless pranks. She ignores him, is rude, refuses to accept his help, and definitely will not allow his courting her. Noah Jackson is the hero and I felt so bad for him. The way Sophie treats him is terrible and he just keeps coming back, determined to show her the change in him. He is very sweet and kind to her, always looking out for her best interests. I had really hoped for his sake, that he would move on and find someone else. I expected this to be a sweet romance, but honestly, there wasn’t any romance at all until the last few pages. I have no idea how the characters managed to “fall in love,” because they spent very little page time talking. Sophie did her best to be Noah’s enemy throughout the story, so I’m not quite sure how she had such a startling turn around right at the end. It seemed quite unbelievable that she would suddenly love him, even after realizing that he isn’t the villain she had painted him as being. The only reason I’m giving this book two stars is because of the spiritual element. The subject was on forgiveness and the Lord’s ability to change people when they come to Him. I really appreciated the importance Ms. Lang put on this and how she used the characters’ actions and reactions to illustrate the point. I’m truly sorry that I didn’t enjoy this novella. I had high hopes for it, but it sadly fell short of them. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sophie and her family move to a growing Chicago where her brother and his friend had moved 5 years earlier. Noah was a bully when he was younger and Sophie doesn’t want to give him a second chance. This is a sweet, simple story of Christmastime romances, building trust and learning to grow up.  I loved the Christmas program in the story and how Noah incorporated those in need into it.  A reminder to us all that people can change from when they were kids.   I received this book for an honest review. 
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
THE GIFT WRAPPED BRIDE is a typical hatred to love romance. Sophie was not happy with her parents for moving to Chicago and parading her around as a horse gone to auction to eligible bachelors. She's also less than thrilled that her enemy Noah Jackson seems to be relentlessly pursing her. Noah made some mistakes, but now he has a heart for God and for troubled youth. Not only that, but he knows how to reach them. I really liked Noah and his wisdom and persistence in pursing Sophie. Sophie I wanted to sit down and have a good talking to about her rudeness. The ending was very rushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whole book but thpought about
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy it. I think Sophie was to childish to Noah and the story line did not interest me at all. I hope the rest of books are better. Sorry gave the book a rating of 2
Netty73 More than 1 year ago
One of the most annoying main characters I have ever run across. I've been enjoying this series, but this entry makes me want to give up!  
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I loved this being set in Chicago before it became a large city.  It was a nice novella about how one can learn to be a more compassionate person as you grow older.  Every one should be given a second chance.  I received this novella  from Barbour publishing for a fair and honest opinion.
jemangels More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this book yet, so I can't really give this book a rating, but I have enjoyed other Barbour books. This is book 4 of The 12 Brides of Christmas series. I have bought or pre-ordered 11 of the books, but I cannot find #12. Am I missing something?
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
This historical romance was a nice quick enjoyable read.  Sophie and her parents leave Ohio in November 1848 to bustling Chicago in their wagon.  They were settling where others of their friends and family had led the way, including Noah and her brother. Noah was not one of Sophie's favorite boys in her memory of their past encounters.  But now he has grown up although in Sophie's opinion to still be of the same nature. Despite others who have told her that Noah has changed and is no longer that same boy she once knew, Sophie doesn't want to be bothered.  Yet Noah sees something in Sophie that he hopes will become a part of his future.  With Christmas fast approaching, Noah's plans a Christmas pageant.  As she sees Noah working with the children, will Sophie's feelings change about Noah?  Or will she remain unforgiving? I enjoyed it but perhaps the ending came a bit quickly in this story. I was given an ebook copy of this story by the publisher for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago