12/20/14

Book Review~Married For Christmas




Title: Married for Christmas
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Author: Noelle Adams
Purchase Links: Amazon


After years of dreaming, Jessica is finally getting married, but the marriage isn't exactly what she thought. 

Daniel is her best friend, and she's known him all her life, but he's never gotten over losing his wife two years ago. His dream is to become thepastor of the church in their hometown, but the small-town congregation keeps balking over calling an unmarried minister. Since Daniel needs a wife and Jessica wants a husband and family, she proposes an arrangement that benefits both of them. 

They can get married. They can be build a life together. They can celebrate Christmas as a couple. It's fine that he doesn't love her. And it's fine that she's not exactly suited to be a small-town pastor's wife. And it's fine that she's more attracted to her sexy, brooding husband every day. 

Jessica can be practical about this marriage. She knows what she's getting into, after all... 

I thought this was a great balance of contemporary romance with a Christian storyline. It isn't something you see very often, authors tend to be in one camp or the other, so it was refreshing to see both integrated so well. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the development of the characters was well done. I thought it did a very good job of reminding us that pastors are people, too. People with problems, struggles, and short fallings. I enjoyed the struggles that this couple had because they were realistic. Their arguments and concerns were understandable, and their struggles in faith were relatable. I'm only giving it four stars because it was very poorly edited and there are several simple grammatical errors and it was distracting at times.



Sex? Yes, between a married couple
Language? A little bit, but it's actually pretty adorable. 
Drugs and alcohol? They drink wine?
Religion? Yes, but only because he IS a pastor. It's not intended to be a Christian romance.
Anything else I should know? Nah.

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her handson, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.