by Laurie Brown

October 2004
ISBN: 0-8217-7763-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Davies Preston knows that his latest mission is going to be a royal pain. He is sent to America to seek out the granddaughter of one of the Queen’s cousins, who happens to be a duke. His orders are to bring her back at all cost. Little does he expect what he is about to encounter...

Matty Maxwell has been taking care of herself and her two adopted children reasonably well. After inheriting her aunt’s farm in Tennessee, and her father passing away, she has been mostly on her own. It isn’t always easy, but she is strong and resourceful. She loves her children and is determined to get a formal adoption as soon as she can, no matter the obstacles.

The first time Matty meets Preston she shoots him, mistaking him for a cattle thief. Preston knows that it is not going to be easy to convince her to travel all the way back to England with him. She does not believe she is the granddaughter of a duke, so Preston decides to use his knowledge about Matty’s past and the circumstances under which they met, to manipulate her into returning with him.

Laurie Brown’s historical romance The Christmas Wedding was what I would call a delightful surprise. I had never read Ms. Brown’s books before so I truly didn’t know what to expect. What I found was a charming, slightly humorous, heartwarming historical romance. Although the storyline is not exactly new, Ms. Brown’s writing and use of humor certainly gives it a refreshing tone. Matty is a woman who has seen quite a bit throughout her life, yet she has been able to keep an air of innocence about her that makes her endearing. She has a huge heart, which is evident through her adoption of the children. As to Preston, he is perfect for her. He is not overwhelmingly domineering, and although he does manipulate her, he isn’t exactly forcing her to do anything. Watching their relationship unravel, along with the touches of humor weaved into the story, kept me turning every page eagerly. The Christmas Wedding is most definitely a book I recommend.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Mireya.

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