Five months isn't enough time to grieve the death of her husband and marry again, but when the unexpected opportunity to take her sister's place as the bride of wealthy New York businessman, William Vancer, presents itself, twenty-four year-old Charlotte Holbrook agrees. Their marriage of convenience will provide a secure future for her son, while William will be able to claim the inheritance he needs to expand his company westward.
To begin their perfect and perfectly safe arrangement, William allots the last twelve days in December to become acquainted with his new family-a task more easily accomplished than he had imagined. For in Charlotte he finds a tender heart and companion, while stepping into the role of father to her son, brings William a great measure of joy as well. Before the twelve days have passed, he finds himself wishing their marriage of convenience could be something much more.
For Charlotte, every day with William is one of overwhelming gratitude, as he anticipates and provides for her needs, as well as the fondest desires of her heart. More than material comforts, William offers friendship as well, and a loving concern that Charlotte has gone too long without. Guilt ridden, she struggles with her growing attraction and wonders how she can ever remain loyal to her first husband, while allowing herself to love William as he deserves.
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About the Author
In 2007 her first published novel, COUNTING STARS (Covenant Communications), won a Whitney Award for best romance. ALL THE STARS IN HEAVEN (Covenant 2009) and MY LUCKY STARS (Covenant 2012) complete the series.
Michele currently publishes HEARTHFIRE historical romance, and young adult fairy tales in the FOREVER AFTER line. She is also a part of the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER series, with BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH (Mirror Press, August 2016).
Michele attributes much of what she knows about good writing to time spent with her critique group and feels that joining a critique group is the single best thing an author can to do help improve his or her writing. She has been a member of RWA and URWA, LDStorymakers, and The League of Utah Writers. Michele enjoys both attending and teaching at conferences.
When not reading or writing romance, Michele is busy with her full time job as a wife and mother. She and her husband live in Utah with their five high maintenance children and a Shitzu that resembles a teddy bear. You can find Michele on the web at michelepaigeholmes.com and on Facebook and twitter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think I liked the two about the Abbot sisters possibly the best, though, as with all, I certainly have some questions about the realism of certain plot points. Sweet and clean romance.
Vancer Mansion, New York - 1828 Charlotte Holbrook, widow of Matthew, is preparing to see her sister, Marsali, wed to Mr. William Vancer, a wealthy businessman. Marsali was widowed when her husband perished in a shipwreck along with Mr. Vancer’s fiancee just 3 months ago. She and William have come to know one another well since sharing their tragedy and have decided to marry. However, on her wedding day, she is sobbing with nerves. William needs to marry by the end of the year to claim his inheritance and that leaves him only 12 days to do so. When it is revealed that Marsali's husband is actually alive but injured, Charlotte and William decide to marry instead. After Charlotte’s husband passed away, she had to work very hard at menial jobs to support herself and her 15-month-old son, Alec. William is nervous because he has essentially lost two fiancees. However, the wedding goes off nicely. As Charlotte gets to know William more, she finds that his kindness to her and Alec is so dear. He takes lots of time to play with Alec and teaches him things. He shows great potential as a father. In addition, he is generous and considerate of Charlotte and her feelings. Can Charlotte leave the past behind her and take on a new life? Will love start to grow between them? This is a very sweet and tender romance that I enjoyed very much. Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This novella is one that continues the story of two secondary characters from the author's book, Marrying Christopher. The first few chapter would be confusing and overwhelming for a reader who doesn't already know the plot of the full length book, since there is a lot of information given mixed in with some frantic scenes, but after that the pace slows and the focus shifts to Charlotte and William exclusively. The major theme is remarriage and reconciling with grief from the death of the previous spouse. Charlotte has conflicted feelings as she finds herself caring for William and he is surprised by his quickly developing love for her and her son, when the last minute marriage was for financial reasons. Their special moments together are sweet and the twelve days after their wedding are a lovely journey of the heart set in the midst of the holiday season. (Thank you to Ebooks For Review for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
I received this ebook through ebooksforreview in exchange for an honest review. This novella is part of the Hearthfire Romance series. Twelve Days in December tells Charlotte and William’s story after the event of Marrying Christopher. Although it was a short novella, I really appreciated reading about Charlotte and William’s romance. The story was well developed and I believe it concludes well the Thatcher’s romances as I understand the following books will introduce new characters. I always love Michelle Paige Holmes sweet romances and how she develops her characters. Once again she was able to bring the readers back in time to get a glimpse of her character’s lives and emotions. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!
I've loved this series and was really hoping that Mr. Vancer and Charlotte would get a happy ending. A marriage of convenience is a favorite theme of mine and as much as I, personally, would hate to enter one, I love to read about them. It's such a risky situation and could really go either way, but they always seem to work out okay--phew! Charlotte is widowed and when she joins her sister, who is newly arrived in New York, she meets Mr. Vancer. When her sister discovers that her husband really lives, she leaves William, almost at the alter. An arrangement is made between Charlotte and William, to benefit them both, and a marriage ensues. Given twelve days to adjust, this couple tentatively becomes better acquainted with one another and a sweet, heartfelt relationship develops--one of friendship, respect, admiration, and more. I couldn't help but admire William and Charlotte. They are each determined to make the best of their situation. William is so kind and I felt sorry for him. I love when Charlotte finally thinks beyond her guilt and steps up to do what she needs to do in order to unite herself with her new husband. I loved the swoony sparks that ignited in my heart and the genuine and deep emotions that drifted off each page. Content: mild romance; mild religious elements. Clean! *I received a copy through ebooksforreview.com in exchange for an honest review*
The Christmas novella Twelve Days in December by Michele Paige Holmes was a quick, touching story to read. Though a bit less intense that some of her other novels, Twelve Days in December tells the story of Charlotte, the widowed sister of Marsali, who last minute decides to marry Mr. Vancer when Marsali learns her husband Christopher survived the shipwreck. Author Michele Paige Holmes takes several of the characters from her novel Marrying Christopher, and gives us a delightful sequel in this novella. When Marsali chooses not to marry Mr. Vancer, Charlotte sees an opportunity to procure a safe home for her and her small son with a kind man. Not expecting love after the loss of her first husband, Charlotte nevertheless sees the genuine kindness of Mr. Vancer. While pursuing her own needs, Charlotte realizes that she will be helping Mr. Vancer claim his inheritance. So with a mutually beneficial arrangement Charlotte dresses in Marsali’s wedding gown and weds Mr. Vancer. To me, this story of Charlotte and Mr. Vancer was a peaceful, soothing story of how two strangers seeking to help each other can find happiness. Michele Paige Holmes is a gifted writer who shows us how being kind to others in difficult circumstances can bring happiness, contentment, and unanticipated joy. This was a delightful novella to read. Heather Moore gave me a complimentary copy of Twelve Days in December by Michele Paige Holmes for my candid review.