Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review + Giveaway: A Convenient Christmas Wedding

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

A Convenient Christmas Wedding (Frontier Bachelors)
A Convenient Christmas Wedding
(Frontier Bachelors #5)
by Regina Scott
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
November 8th 2016 by Love Inspired

The Marriage Agreement

Proposing a marriage of convenience to a rugged logger is the boldest move of Nora Underhill's sheltered life. In return for Simon Wallin's protection from her overbearing family, the unassuming seamstress offers prime frontier farmland. But their paper marriage changes when Nora's greedy brother tries to draw her back into a life of drudgery. Her only option: move to Simon's farm, and into the center of his loving, unruly family.

Years of shouldering responsibility have left Simon cynical and reserved. But little by little, Nora's warmth opens his shuttered heart to joy. With their marriage claim under threat, can this practical arrangement blossom over the holidays…and become a love for all seasons?

Fifth book in the Frontier Bachelors series, following The Bride Ship, Would-Be Wilderness Wife, Frontier Engagement, and Instant Frontier Family. Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged, and bound to be grooms.

My Thoughts

I ask mercy… Mercy for mistakes, flaws, problems.
Mercy for things undone, words unsaid.
Was such mercy available to him?
- Simon

Regina Scott has created a delightful group of stories in the Frontier Bachelors series, all of which blend together a beautiful outdoor setting, multilayered characters, humor, tender romance, and spiritual themes. A Convenient Christmas Wedding, set in the Lake Union region of Washington Territory during December of 1866, features the large Wallin family that I have come to love. This is Simon’s story, the musician of the family who touched me so much back in Would-Be Wilderness Bride (click on title to see my review).

Nora, a talented seamstress, is determined to distance herself from her controlling brother and sister-in-law. I loved the subtlety with which the romance between Simon and Nora is conveyed, often through shared glances, gentle touches, etc. The book’s cover reflects a Christmas spirit that is beautifully woven throughout, and the Christmas play is especially moving. The humor that is a trademark of Regina’s writing kept me smiling, and as for the three-legged cow and talking dog … well, you’ll just have to read all about them yourself.

Characters from previous stories appear, but this book can stand alone.  A Convenient Christmas Wedding is one of my favorite stories in the series, and I just can’t get enough of the Wallin family. Within the Love Inspired line, 5 stars. Highly recommend.

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn't actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998).

Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency novellas ("The June Bride Conspiracy" in His Blushing Bride, "Sweeter Than Candy" in A Match for Mother, and "A Place by the Fire" in Mistletoe Kittens). Two of her novels, A Dangerous Dalliance and The Twelve Days of Christmas, have been translated into German. A Dangerous Dalliance and The Incomparable Miss Compton have been translated into Italian. Starstruck and Perfection have been translated into Dutch.

Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Tri-Cities of southeast Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born in 1959 and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally--both her parents are excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician. Her mother envisioned the plot for "Sweeter Than Candy," the novella which was written as a tribute to her. 

Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive: Signed copies of Would-Be Wilderness Wife (which introduced Simon Wallin, the hero of A Convenient Christmas Wedding) and Instant Frontier Family (which introduced Nora Underhill, the heroine of A Convenient Christmas Wedding), and a set of pioneer Christmas ornaments that say "Joy, Peace, Love."
- US only
- Ends November 18th

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  1. Thank you, Carole, for the lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Happy Thanksgiving and a merry Christmas!

  2. This looks like my kind of book!! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

  3. Regina's 📚 are so good. Love this cover. Thank you.

  4. I can't wait to read these books!!! The covers are so beautiful.