In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.
Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…
Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget!
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When her phone rang at three in the morning, ripping her from a desperately needed sleep, Maggie's first thought was bad news.
Her mind raced through the possibilities, starting with the worst-case scenario. Death, or at least life-changing injury. Police. Ambulances.
Heart pounding, brain foggy, she grabbed her phone from the summit of her teetering pile of books. The name on the screen offered no reassurance.
Trouble stalked her youngest daughter.
"Rosie?" She fumbled for the light and sat up. The book she'd fallen asleep reading thudded to the floor, scattering the pile of Christmas cards she'd started to write the night before. She'd chosen a winter scene of snow-laden trees. They hadn't had a flake of snow in the village on Christmas Day for close to a decade. They often joked that it was a good thing their last name was White because it was the only way they were ever going to have a White Christmas.
She snuggled under the blanket with the phone. "Has some thing happened?" The physical distance between her and Rosie made her feel frustrated and helpless.
Everyone said global travel made the world smaller, but it didn't seem smaller to Maggie. Why couldn't her daughter have continued her studies closer to home? Oxford, with its famous spires and ancient colleges, was only a few miles away. Rosie had done her undergraduate degree there, followed by a master's. Maggie had loved having her close by. They'd taken sunlit strolls along cobbled streets, past ancient honey-colored buildings and through Christchurch Meadows, golden with daffodils. They'd followed the slow meander of the river and cheered on the rowing crews. Maggie had hoped, privately, that her daughter might stay close by, but after Rosie had graduated she'd been offered a place in a US doctoral program, complete with full funding. Can you believe it, Mum? The day she'd had the news she'd danced across the living room, hair flying around her face, twirling until she was dizzy and Maggie was dizzy watching her. Are you proud of me?
Maggie had been proud and dismayed in equal measure, although she'd hidden the dismayed part of course. That was what you did when you were a parent.
Even she could see it was too good an opportunity to turn down, but still a small part of her had wished Rosie had turned it down. That transatlantic flight from the nest left Maggie with email, Skype and social media, none of which felt entirely satisfactory. Even less so in the middle of the night. Had Rosie only been gone for four months? It felt like a lifetime since they'd delivered her to the airport on that sweltering summer's day.
"Is it your asthma? Are you in hospital?" What could she do if Rosie was in the hospital? Nothing. Anxiety was a constant companion, never more so than now.
If it had been her eldest daughter, Katie, who had moved to a different country she might have felt more relaxed. Katie was reliable and sensible, but Rosie? Rosie had always been impulsive and adventurous.
"I'm not in hospital. Don't fuss!"
Only now did Maggie hear the noise in the background. Cheering, whooping.
"Do you have your inhaler with you? You sound breathless." The sound woke the memories. Rosie, eyes bulging, lips stained blue. The whistling sound as air struggled to squeeze through narrowed airways. Maggie making emergency calls with hands that shook almost too hard to hold the phone, the terror raw and brutal although she kept that hidden from her child. Calm, she'd learned, was important even if it was faked.
Even when Rosie had moved from child to adult there had been no reprieve.
Some children grew out of asthma. Not Rosie.
There had been a couple of occasions when Rosie was in college when she'd gone to parties without her inhaler. A few hours of dancing later and she'd been rushed to the emergency department. That had been a 3:00 a.m. phone call, too, and Maggie had raced through the night to be by her side. Those were the episodes Maggie knew about. She was sure there were plenty more that Rosie had kept to herself.
"I'm breathless because I'm excited. I'm twenty-two, Mum. When are you going to stop worrying?"
"That would be never. Your child is always your child, no matter how many candles are on the birthday cake. Where are you?"
"I'm with Dan's family in Aspen for Thanksgiving, and I have news." She broke off and Maggie heard the clink of glasses and Rosie's infectious laugh. It was impossible to hear that laugh and not want to smile, too. The sound contrasted with the silence of Maggie's bedroom.
A waft of cold air chilled her skin and she stood up and grabbed her robe from the back of the chair. Honeysuckle Cottage looked idyllic from the outside, but it was impossibly drafty. The ventilation was a relief in August but froze you to the bone in November. She really needed to do something about the insulation before she even thought about selling the place. Historic charm, climbing roses and a view of the village green couldn't compensate for frostbite.
Or maybe it wasn't the house that was cold. Maybe it was her.
Knocked flat by a wave of sadness and she struggled to right herself.
"What's happening? What news? It sounds like you're having a party."
"Dan proposed. Literally out of the blue. We were taking it in turns to say what we're thankful for and when it was his turn he gave me a funny look and then he got down on one knee and — Mum, we're getting married."
Maggie sat down hard on the edge of the bed, the freezing air forgotten. "Married? But you and Dan have only been together for a few weeks —"
"Eleven weeks, four days, six hours and fifteen minutes — oh wait, now it's sixteen, I mean seventeen —" She was laughing, and Maggie tried to laugh with her.
How should she handle this? "That's not very long, sweetheart." But completely in character for Rosie, who bounced from one impulse to another, powered by enthusiasm.
"It feels so right, I can't even tell you. And you'll understand because it was like that for you and Dad."
Maggie stared at the damp patch on the wall.
Tell her the truth.
Her mouth moved but she couldn't push the words out. This was the wrong time. She should have done it months ago, but she'd been too much of a coward.
And now it was too late. She didn't want to be the slayer of happy moments.
She couldn't even say you're too young, because she'd been the same age when she'd had Katie. Which basically made her a hypocrite. Or did it make her someone with experience?
"You just started your postgrad —"
"I'm not giving it up. I can be married and study. Plenty do it."
Maggie couldn't argue with that. "I'm happy for you." Did she sound happy? She tried harder. "Woohoo!"
She'd thought she'd white-knuckled her way through all the toughest parts of parenting, but it turned out there were still some surprises waiting for her. Rosie wasn't a child anymore. She had to be allowed to make her own decisions. And her own mistakes.
Rosie was talking again. "I know it's all a bit fast, but you're going to love Dan as much as I do. You said you thought he was great when you spoke to him."
But speaking to someone on a video call wasn't the same as meeting them in person, was it?
Maggie swallowed down all the words of warning that rose up inside her. She was not going to turn into her own mother and send clouds to darken every bright moment. "He seemed charming, and I'm thrilled for you. If I don't sound it, it's because it's the middle of the night here, and you know what I'm like when I've just woken up. When I saw your name pop up on the screen, I was worried it was your asthma."
"Haven't had an attack in ages. I'm sorry I woke you, but I wanted to share my news."
"I'm glad you woke me. Tell me everything." She closed her eyes and tried to pretend her daughter was in the room with her, and not thousands of miles away.
There was no reason to panic. It was an engagement, that was all. There was plenty of time for them to decide if this was the right thing for them. "We'll have a big celebration when you and your sister are here for Christmas. Would Dan like to join us? I can't wait to meet him. Maybe we'll throw a party. Invite the Baxters, and all your friends from college and school." Planning lifted Maggie's mood. Christmas was her favorite time of year, the one occasion the whole family gathered together. Even Katie, with her busy life as a doctor, usually managed to beg and barter a few days at Christmas in exchange for covering the busy New Year shift. Maggie was looking forward to spending time with her. She had a niggling suspicion her eldest daughter was avoiding her. Every time Maggie suggested meeting up, Katie made an excuse, which was unlike her because she rarely refused a free lunch.
Christmas would give her a chance to dig a little deeper.
In her opinion, Oxford was the perfect place to spend the festive season. True, there was unlikely to be snow, but what was better than a postlunch walk listening to the peal of bells on a crisp, cold winter's day?
It promised to be perfect, apart from one complication. Nick.
Maggie still hadn't figured out how she was going to handle that side of things.
Maybe an engagement was exactly what they needed to shift the focus of attention.
"Christmas is one of the things I need to talk to you about." Rosie sounded hesitant. "I planned to come home, but since Dan proposed — well, we don't see the point in waiting. We've chosen the day. We're getting married on Christmas Eve."
Maggie frowned. "You mean next year?"
"No, this year."
She counted the days and her brain almost exploded. "You want to get married in less than four weeks? To a man you barely know?" Rosie had always been impulsive, but this wasn't a soft toy that would be abandoned after a few days, or a dress that would turn out to be not quite the right color. Marriage wasn't something that could be rectified with a refund. There was no reason for haste, unless — "Sweetie —"
"I know what you're thinking, and it isn't that. I'm not pregnant! We're getting married because we're in love. I adore him. I've never felt this way about anyone before."
You barely know him.
Maggie shifted, uncomfortably aware that knowing someone well didn't inoculate you against problems.
"I'm excited for you!" Turned out she could fake excitement as convincingly as she could fake calm. "But I could never arrange anything that quickly. Even a small wedding takes months of planning. When Jennifer Hill was married in the summer her mother told me they had to book the photographer more than a year in advance. And would everyone stay? It's Christmas. Everywhere will already be booked, and even if we managed to find something it would cost a fortune at this time of year." How many could she accommodate in Honeysuckle Cottage?
And what would Dan's family think of Rosie's home, with its slightly crooked walls and its antiquated heating system? Could English country charm compensate for frozen toes? In the summer the place was picture-perfect, with its walled garden and profusion of climbing roses, but living here in winter felt more like an exercise in survival. Still, Aspen was in the Rocky Mountains, and that had to be a pretty cold place in winter, too, surely?
Maybe she and Dan's mother would bond over the challenges of heating a property in cold weather.
"You wouldn't have to arrange anything," Rosie said. "We're getting married here, in Aspen. I feel terrible about not having our usual family gathering in the cottage but spending the holidays here will be magical. Remember all those years Katie and I used to stare out of the window hoping for snow? There's more snow here than you could ever imagine. Christmas in Colorado is going to be heaven. The scenery is incredible, and it will be a White Christmas in every way possible."
Christmas in Colorado.
Maggie stared at the dusky pink curtains that pooled on the dark oak floor. She'd made them during the long nights she'd spent watching over Rosie.
"You're not coming home for Christmas?" Why had she said that? She was not going to turn into one of those mothers who buried their children in guilt. "You must get married where and when you want, but I don't suppose Aspen will be any different from here in terms of arrangements. To arrange a wedding in under a month would take a miracle."
"We have a miracle. Catherine, Dan's mother, is a wedding planner. She's amazing. This only happened an hour ago and she's already made some calls and arranged the flowers and the cake. Usually she handles celebrities, so she has tons of contacts."
"Oh, well — super." Maggie felt as if she'd fallen in a river and was being swept along, helpless and flailing. "She doesn't mind helping you?"
"She's excited. And she has flawless taste. Everything will be perfect."
Maggie thought of her own imperfect life and felt a rush of something she recognized as jealousy. How could she be jealous of someone she'd never met?
Maybe she was having a midlife crisis, but surely if that was the case then it should have happened years ago when Rosie had first left home? Why now? She was having delayed empty nest syndrome.
She blinked to clear her misty vision and wondered why she'd ever thought it would be easy to be a parent.
Focusing on the practical, she made a mental list of all the things she'd have to do to cancel Christmas. The cake would keep, as would the cranberry sauce, waiting in the freezer. She'd ordered a turkey from a local farmer, but maybe she could still cancel that.
The one thing not so easily canceled were her expectations.
The White family always gathered together at Christmas. They had their traditions, which probably would have seemed crazy to some, but Maggie cherished them. Decorating the tree, singing carols, doing a massive jigsaw, playing silly games. Being together. It didn't happen often now that her daughters were grown, and she'd been looking forward to it.
"Have you told your sister yet?"
"She is my next call. Not that she's likely to answer her phone.
She's always working. I want her to be my maid of honor."
What would Katie's reaction be? "Your sister doesn't consider herself a romantic."
Maggie sometimes wondered if working in the emergency department for so long had distorted her elder daughter's view of humanity.
"I know," Rosie said, "but this isn't any old wedding. It's my wedding, and I know she'll do it for me."
"You're right, she will." Katie had always been a protective and loving older sister.
Maggie glanced at the photograph she kept on the table next to her bed. The two girls standing side by side, arms wrapped around each other, their cheeks pressed together as they faced the camera, smiles merging. It was one of her favorite photos.
"I know you hate flying, Mum, but you will come, won't you? I badly want you all to be there."
Flying. Rosie was right that she hated it.
In company when conversation turned to travel, she pretended she was protecting the planet by avoiding flying, but in reality she was protecting herself. The idea of being propelled through the air in a tin can horrified her. It all seemed out of her control. What if the pilot had drunk too much the night before? What if they collided with another plane? Everyone knew that airspace was ridiculously overcrowded. What about drones? Bird strikes?
When the children were young she and Nick had bundled them into the car and taken them to the beach. Once, they'd taken the ferry across to France and driven as far as Italy (neveragain, Nick had said, as they'd been bombarded with a chorus of are we nearly there all the way from Paris to Pisa).
And now she was expected to fly to the Rocky Mountains for Christmas.
And she would. Of course she would.
"We'll be there. Nothing would keep us away." Maggie waved goodbye to her dreams of a family Christmas at the cottage. "But what about a venue? Will you be able to find something at such short notice?"
"We're going to have the wedding right here, at his home. Dan's family own Snowfall Lodge. It's this amazing boutique hotel just outside Aspen. I can't wait for you to see it. There are views of the forest and the mountains, and outdoor hot tubs — it's going to be the perfect place to spend Christmas. The perfect place to get married. I'm so excited!"
Honeysuckle Cottage was the perfect place to spend Christmas.
Maggie couldn't imagine spending it in a place she didn't know, with people she didn't know. Not only that, but perfect people she didn't know. Even the prospect of snow didn't make her feel better.
"It sounds as if you have it all covered. All we need to do is think about what to wear."
"Mm, I was going to mention that. It's pretty cold at this time of year. You're going to need to wear some serious layers."(Continues…)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Wedding In December centers around the White Family -- mother Maggie, father Nick, oldest daughter Katie, and youngest daughter Rosie. Katie is in her 30s and working as a successful emergency room physician in London and Rosie is a doctoral candidate in the US. Maggie spent her life raising her daughters and taking care of her family and has now found herself in a bit of a midlife crisis since her girls are grown. When Rosie enthusiastically announces her engagement and the wedding that will be taking place in Aspen, Colorado on Christmas Eve, Maggie has to face her life, her insecurities, and her fears head on. The book also addresses issues in Katie and Rosie's lives as they determine what their futures hold. As a mother to two daughters, I really connected to A Wedding In December. The book is told in three POVs -- Maggie, Katie, and Rosie. The three accounts provided a beautiful narrative of the story that unfolds in this novel. I related uniquely with each of the three woman but I think I most enjoyed Maggie's chapters since I don't read as many stories told from a woman of her age or in her place in life. Maggie and Nick's marriage is struggling and I always find it refreshing to read honest portrayals of marriage and work through the problems with the characters. A Wedding In December illustrates mother-daughter relationships, young love, and "comfortable" married life beautifully and authentically. I loved this one so much. I can confidently say that as long as Sarah Morgan is writing Christmas books, I will be reading them. /5 steam rating for some description, fade to black, one full sex scene
This story was a heartwarming holiday romance! The story followed three narratives: Maggie and her daughters, Rosie and Katie. I liked to see an older woman have her own narrative in the romance. I’ve heard complaints that contemporary romances are usually about younger girls in their 20s or 30s. Though two of the narratives were about girls of that age, one also told the story about their mother who was at a different place in life. The story was set in December, but it wasn’t completely Christmas themed. I think it could be read throughout the winter, not just at Christmas. There were some Christmasy parts, but mostly it was about winter in Aspen. I loved reading about the snowy activities they were doing, while I was warm indoors. I liked reading about the snowball fights and sleigh rides, but I’d rather stay inside and read about it instead. I really enjoyed this book! Thank you HarperCollins for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
**I received A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan through NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review** **I give 'A Wedding in December' 4.5 Stars** A Wedding in December is a fun holiday story that captures the essence of togetherness in the midst of chaos. All of the characters have an innate sense of wanting to do the right thing, while harboring a close secret of their own. Even Rosie, the woman the White family are all gathered to celebrate, has second doubts about her impending nuptials (after a very brief courtship)! I found the book to be delightful, as it highlights the fact that family can stay united, no matter what complications can get thrown their way. Despite challenges, true love and devotion exists among family and loved ones. The holidays can bring about lots of stress, but within all the layers of tension lies the deep meaning of togetherness. If you’re into stories that feature family bonds with a touch of tension, then this is the book for you. A Wedding in December is a holiday story you definitely want to read, even after the holidays are over!
Such a fun book to read at Christmas time. I wish it has been longer - I want to know how things turn out for the characters!
What a delightful book. Christmas makes the best stories. i will look for more of your books.
I wanted to like this. Cute premise. Way too talky and the character of Kate was a total irritant. Skip.
loved it. it was a complete page turner. loved the families with all their charm and real life problems. So funny. So heart warming.
Rosie is about to be married…but she is having second thoughts…BIG TIME! Katie, her sister, is determined Rosie is making a mistake…and boy is she planning on proving it. Maggie, their mom, is hiding her own big secret. Sarah Morgan always creates the best characters with the best quips and funny interactions. This book made me laugh out loud in places. Not only is it funny…it is heartfelt and inspiring. And the setting of the beautiful mountains of Colorado is amazing. I felt like I was right there enjoying the scenery. This is a perfect, fun romance for any season. But, the setting of Christmas and family wedding just puts the perfect spin on a great story. I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
This was such a feel good book, I loved it. You won't be disappointed.
Love the book great Xmas story2
Oh my goodness, this was wonderful! A Wedding in December is told from the POV of the three White family women: mother Maggie and her two daughters Katie and Rosie. Rosie, the baby of the family who spent much of her childhood very sick and may have moved across the Atlantic partially to escape the eternal smother-style mothering Maggie and Katie tend to employ toward her, surprises everyone when she calls them in late November to say she's getting married. In Colorado. To a man they haven't yet met. On Christmas Eve. Yes, THIS Christmas Eve. Any family would probably be a bit surprised, even concerned perhaps. Is it too soon? Will everything be ready on time? How can they help from so many miles away? And yes, some of those concerns are what the elder White women are thinking. But this is a Sarah Morgan book, so you know it's going to be more complicated than that! Maggie hasn't yet told her children that their father moved out months ago and they're planning on divorcing. (And of course *now* isn't the time to tell them, right? Just pause a moment and consider the hoops she might start jumping through to keep them in the dark--and then multiply by at least ten, because Sarah Morgan novel.) Katie, and ER doctor who was running on empty about ten months ago, had a hellish day at work several weeks past and just got through with a different kind of on-the-job difficulty minutes before taking her sister's call, is sure Rosie is moving too fast and buys her ticket to the States with the intention of stopping the wedding altogether. (Yes, she even admits this out loud to her flatmate. And amazingly, hearing it out loud doesn't make her reconsider. Yikes.) Throw in one of the world's best (if slightly bossy and full of her own issues) future mothers-in-law, the (hopefully) future groom, his frustratingly loyal and gorgeous best friend (who knew the hefting-great-tree-trunks workout was so effective?) and of course, Mr. White himself, and you've got the makings of one heck of a story. Add in a curious mountain lion, a blizzard, ONLY ONE BED (of course--I mean, you knew that already, didn't you?) and somebody's midmorning delight getting interrupted by--well, almost everybody in the book--and you know this is one book you're not going to be able to put down anytime soon. I know I wasn't! And I haven't even mentioned the text message at about 94% that nearly had me in tears... Verdict? A Wedding in December is one holiday book I am so glad I had the chance to read! I'll be counting the days until Ms Morgan gives us her next... Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Family Crises Surround a Christmas Wedding Maggie is looking forward to having her family back together for Christmas at Honeysuckle Cottage near Oxford when her impulsive daughter, Rosie calls and upends the family’s plans. She’s getting married at Christmas in Aspen, Colorado in the US. Of course, Rosie wants her parents there. The problem is that Maggie and Nick are waiting for their divorce to be final. Maggie can’t bear to tell the family at the wedding, so she asks Nick to pretend they’re still together. Katie, Maggie’s older daughter, is a busy ER doctor in Oxford. She’s working too many hours and struggling with an incident that happened at work. She immediately thinks Rosie is making a mistake and is determined to stop the wedding. Rosie, herself, is nervous. She made an impulsive decision to marry Dan. She does love him, but what if it was too quick. She knows she’s impulsive and sometimes it doesn’t work out well. This is a lovely, heartwarming story of a family overcoming their problems and coming back together at Christmas. The setting at a gorgeous lodge in Aspen is perfect. It’s a wonderful spot for a wedding and healing hearts. Maggie is a strong character. She wants to hold the family together, but is she making the right decision to divorce Nick? I didn’t care for Katie. I thought she was too sanctimonious and take charge. Luckily, she grew over the course of the story. This is a great romance in the spirit of Christmas. I received this book from Harlequin for this review.
Romance set in Aspen – A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan I haven’t been to Aspen and I haven’t been skiing either but now I feel I have! This is the best way to visit a skiing lodge isn’t it? No risk of injury and it’s lovely and cosy in the armchair where I read this. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to ‘live’ this novel, but for now, it’s the perfect read! I’m even breaking my no Christmas novels before December rule and it was totally worth it! The Colorado setting, the snow, the idea of a wedding……aahh it was just all so lovely. There’s cosiness and romance yes, but there’s also some ups and downs along the way for the characters of course, so there’s lots to enjoy. Sarah Morgan is a writer who is fast becoming one of my go-to feel good authors and this is a charming read. It’s pure escapism and it’s a delightful literary journey! The story itself is fresh and interesting. There might be a marriage, there might not; the family all have their hidden problems; there’s trouble on the horizon etc but this is wrapped up in such a nice Christmas package. I liked the multiple POV and the way each character was nicely drawn, distinct and unique so that I felt part of the family from the start. That’s the skill of this writer – you don’t just get great locations, but she gives you a whole cast of friends to go with! The Morgan magic does it again.
Three beautiful love stories revolving around the marriage of Maggie's youngest daughter, Rosie, who decides to marry in less than a month to a young man she knows little about, causing great family confusion. Maggie, Rosie and Katie are living different times in life. Between crises and doubts, they will need to make decisions that can change the course of their lives. The men are fantastic, I just hoped for a better dialogue in solving Rosie's drama. Narrated in the third person and with each chapter of one of the women, Sarah Morgah created a great Christmas story. Talking about second chances, resilience and love.
You get three romances for the price of one in this latest offering from Sarah Morgan. Rosie is getting married…to a man she’s only known for about 12 weeks. Her mother Maggie, home in England, is upset to learn that the wedding will be in Colorado at Dan’s family lodge and that his mother Catherine is handing all of the arrangements, including dress shopping. When older sister Maggie, a workaholic ER doctor, hears that her impulsive baby sister (who she’s mothered her entire life thanks to Rosie’s asthma) is getting married to someone she’s never even met, she makes it her mission to stop the wedding. Unbeknownst to both girls, their parents have separated and are heading for divorce, and they’re going to pretend they’re still a perfect, loving couple until after the ceremony. As they all converge on the resort in Aspen, sparks start to fly…both angry and passionate ones! Thanks to Katie’s warnings, Rosie’s starting to doubt her relationship, Katie is sparring with Dan’s best friend Jordan, and Maggie and Nick are discovering that the passion they used to share may just be dormant, not dead. Will Katie succeed or will distracting Jordan teach her a thing or two about love? There is much to be frustrated about in this story: Katie’s smothering interference, Rosie’s disregard for her mother’s feelings by allowing Catherine to take over, and the pacing of Katie and Jordan’s relationship. The highlight is the romance between the middle-aged parents. It’s so refreshing to feature a mature relationship imbued with passion, and Morgan gets to the heart of what it takes to save a marriage. Fans of Morgan and light-hearted romance will enjoy this one. I received a complimentary ARC of this book from HQN through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
I loved this book, an absolutely perfect Christmas read, set in snowy Aspen at Snowfall Lodge, glamorous tree house accommodation that sounded so perfect I want to book right now(!), snowmobiles, dogsledding and lots of drama. There's the UK contingent - Maggie & Nick live in Honeysuckle Cottage in Oxford and are married, but have been living apart for a few months (unbeknownst to their adult daughters) and are planning on divorcing having just drifted apart over the years. They have two daughters - Rosie (living in the US, surprises them with news of her Christmas wedding to Dan in 4 weeks!), and Katie (A & E doctor, struggling with her job, VERY prickly). Then there's the US contingent - Catherine (Dan's widowed Mother, professional wedding planner, owner of Snowfall Lodge, lovely lady but very organised), Dan (the other half of the wedding, laid back, nice guy) and Jordan (Dan's best man - tree surgeon, lives in a lovely cabin he built himself in the woods, fabulous character - my favourite!). So with the surprise wedding all Christmas plans are changed and the UK contingent fly out to Aspen to be there for the Christmas wedding. Maggie & Nick are hiding the fact that they're divorcing and over-doing 'pretending' they're still the loving couple, Rosie feels a bit rushed about the wedding initially and Katie is just... annoying! I liked all the characters apart from her, I found her really irritating throughout most of the book. She didn't agree with the wedding and went out to Aspen to try and upset it all, thinking Rosie didn't know her own mind and needed to be 'helped' into realising it was the wrong decision. I really liked the way we had all the different perspectives from the different generations, each working through their own issues that they were keeping secret from one another. But when the secrets started coming out, mainly due to prickly Katie's interference, barriers came down and everyone started being a lot more honest about their feelings about... well everything! Their marriages, their lives, their jobs, etc., of course not without a lot of drama thrown into the mix in the meantime! But it all worked out absolutely perfectly in the end. A really lovely feel-good read in a magical Christmas setting. Perfect!
A lovely feel good Christmassy read set in snowy Colorado. The White family congregate in Aspen for the whirlwind wedding of younger daughter Rosie. Both parents Maggie and Nick, and eldest daughter Katie bring along secrets that they are trying to hide from each other and Katie is determined that the marriage will not go ahead if the groom is not worthy of her sister (which causes all sorts of tension). A delightful way to spend a couple of hours, with both laughter and tears. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. The bride's sister is certain that her young sibling is making a mistake and is out to stop the wedding. The bride's parents have been separated secretly for months and have successfully kept it from both daughters, but will they be able to continue their ruse? This is a comical at times and heartwarming holiday romance that feels like a holiday made for TV movies. It is my first read by this author but if they are all this good I will be reading more. I gave this book 4.4 of 5.0 stars for characterization and story line. I received a complimentary ARC copy to read. I voluntarily left a review of this book.
This is one of the funniest stories I have ever read! Besides humor, the story was heartwarming. Even though it had its ups and downs, I enjoyed every minute of it. Often, I felt Katie was overbearing, but meeting Jordan, the best man in her sister’s wedding, softened her. Rosie was flighty and let her sister's doubts sniggle their way into her mind bringing doubts about her upcoming wedding. Then add to the drama of the sisters, their parents, Maggie and Nick, brought their own spectacle to this comical, romantic, Christmas tale. The characters were well-drawn, and the storyline was fascinating. There were a lot of loose ends, but the author did a wonderful job tying the story together, creating a book worth reading. I recommend A WEDDING IN DECEMBER to anyone who loves reading about sisters, enjoys humor and a Christmas romance. My thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of A WEDDING IN DECEMBER in exchange for my honest review.
I adored this book! It reminded me of a book Sophie Kinsella/Jane Green would write. I love to read any books about Christmas and this definitely put me in the mood! I was rooting for Maggie & Nick from page 1 and I loved how the author went back and forth throughout the novel to follow their story. Some of the book was a bit predictable- as most Christmas stories to me are but I couldn't put it down and I am hoping this turns into a Hallmark movie, I would love to see if the tree house rooms look like I picture it. :)
This is a heartwarming and touching Christmas story set in the beautiful Rocky Mountains (I may be biased as I live in Colorado). I enjoyed that it is told from alternating POV’s of the Mother, Maggie, and two daughters, Rosie and Katie. They are each facing different major milestones in their lives and learning to be the person they really want to be. It has humor, real life family drama and of course, romance. I loved the detail of the scenery and the winter wonderland setting it had me envisioning. I highly recommend this book to put you in the Christmas Spirit. Not going to post a spoiler, but I would really love a continuation of Katie’s story in the future. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book.
This book kind of drove me crazy with all the secrets everyone was keeping from each other and what happened when they started being revealed. Maggie is the mother of Rosie and Katie, she and their father Nick are keeping it a secret that they have been discussing getting a divorce and have been separated for several months. Maggie is also keeping a secret from all her family. Katie has been avoiding her family and trying not to come apart because of a traumatic event that happened to her at the hospital where she works, plus she is considering not being a doctor. Rosie has been sitting on her feelings for a long time because she does not like confrontations. It takes Rosie getting married in Colorado at Christmas in less than a month's time to shake up her family enough to start them on a path to healing, but in the process Rosie might lose the man of her dreams. I loved the ending of this book as it was full of sage advice. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you're a fan of winter romances, you better add this book to your reading list. This book was multi-layered and focused on more than just a falling in love story. I liked the focus of family that was prevalent in this book. There were similarities in mannerisms between family members that helps instill connection between the characters. Sarah Morgan always makes her characters flawed, which I love! It makes them easy to relate and empathize with.
Sarah Morgan's voice is always magical as she weaves tales of love, family and ever afters ... but give her a wedding and a winter wonderland to work with and she's pure delight! Her latest brings to life a family filled with uncertainty, change and the unknown as a couple on the verge of divorce comes together for their youngest daughters wedding amid family revelations, rediscovery and unknowns. The characters are mesmerizing from the start. Maggie and Nick have been married for decades but secretly living apart from each other for half a year without informing their daughters. Now their youngest has sprung a sudden wedding on them and they decide they have to get through the festivities before they can break their daughter's hearts with their news. Oldest daughter Katie is a self-confident doctor who has everyone believing she's in charge of her life when she's secretly falling apart and doubting every aspect she thought she knew in life after an encounter no one knows anything about. Youngest daughter Rosie is madly in love and has stars in her eyes to marry the man of her dreams, but she's always been non-committal and impetuous ... is this relationship truly developed enough to last or is she still just flitting wholeheartedly into her present joy until the next big thing comes along? Her sister's doubts have her starting to doubt herself! I highly recommend this book to anyone enjoying a beautifully written rendition of the ups and downs of family, love and life. The characters are a joy to read, the scene is painted beautifully as they roam the gorgeous snow covered hills just during the Christmas season and the emotional pull of each story touches a readers heart.
A lovely holiday story and a great novel that involves family, sacrifice and communication. It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. I loved how the writer developed the characters: they're realistic, likeable, fleshed out and you cannot help rooting for them. The plot is full of twists and turns and I found it engrossing and entertaining. I look forward to reading other books by this author. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.