STORY: A Christmas Novella from the bestselling Hearthfire Romance series by Michele Paige Holmes:
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.
REVIEW: 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.
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