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New Release Book Review: A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

Title: A Wedding in Decembera wedding in december small

Author: Sarah Morgan

Published: October 21st 2019

Publisher: Mira – AU

Pages: 416

Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

RRP: $19.99

Rating: 3 stars

This funny, charming and heartwarming new Christmas novel is USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan at her festive best!

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!

Review:

Sarah Morgan is at her ‘festive best’ in her new book, which is a touching family drama. A Wedding in December has all the feels, along with plenty of holiday cheer. Set in the snowy locale of Aspen, A Wedding in December encompasses plenty of love, laughter and heartwarming moments. It is a great Christmas holiday read.

A Wedding in December introduces the White Family. With mother Maggie at the helm, with her husband Nick, along with their two daughters, Katie and Rosie, this family is gearing up for the wedding of the year. This wedding comes as quite the shock for the White family, as Rosie’s new romance was swift and fast. But for Rosie’s loving parents, Maggie and Nick, something is going on behind the scenes which they both want to keep hidden from their daughter. Nick and Maggie know that in revealing their intentions to divorce, they will ruin Rosie’s special day. Their daughter’s wedding becomes a living nightmare for these parents, who cannot stand the sight of one another. Another person stiffly opposed to Rosie’s quick smart wedding is Katie, Rosie’s older sister. Katie is concerned that Rosie hasn’t thought through the implications of her desire to marry so quickly. She wants to warn her sister off the impending wedding, but she is sidetracked the handsome best man of the wedding. Finally, the person at the centre of it all, Rosie, is  having her own doubts about going ahead with this shotgun wedding. A Wedding in December is a story told with heart, passion and a touch of humour.

A Wedding in December marks the second novel I have read in the space of a year by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan. I was lucky to acquire this novel via my book club’s recent Secret Santa meet. When I unwrapped this book I was immediately struck by the beautiful winter Christmas feel cover. While we are sweltering here in Australia in forty degree plus conditions, A Wedding in December made for a cool change. This was a breezy and relaxing read, which came just in time for the holiday season.

A Wedding in December takes on a series of family related issues and sets these problems to a snowy backdrop. Sarah Morgan’s latest explores impending marriage, separation, strained relations, divorce, instant love, sibling bonds and familial relationships. The scenarios and accompanying dialogue presented by Morgan is realistic. I am sure readers will see elements of themselves and their lives reflected in the White family set.

Morgan’s characterisation is one of this book’s strengths. We are taken into the fold of the White family almost immediately and Morgan allows us to get to know each member of this family. As the book progresses, we pick up on their fears, desires, flaws and strong personality traits. Each was contrasted and Morgan ensures that all of her characters have something they need to face up to during the course of the book. It is a bumpy ride, with a few revelations, but by the close of the story everything is tied up.

I am unable to close off this review without giving recognition to the rich sense of place evoked by Sarah Morgan. Aspen is a place I’ve always dreamed of visiting during the festive winter season.  A Wedding in December reminded me of my desire to make this a must see destination in the future. Aspen is the perfect location for the festivities of a December wedding to take place and it provided a nice offset to the very hot conditions we are currently facing across Australia.  A Wedding in December offers a sense of pure holiday escapism to the reader.

A Wedding in December will awaken your Christmas senses and cheer. It is an undemanding read, which I liked, but I didn’t love completely. Women’s fiction fans and those who gravitate towards family drama based novels will be sure to enjoy all this one has to offer.

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan was published on 21st October 2019 by Mira – AU. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of A Wedding in December, Sarah Morgan, visit here.

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