I'm a bit sad to have finished the book now, but excited to join in the blog tour and hopefully introduce some new people to Sarah's books. I'm like a moth to the flame when it comes to Christmas books, I browse the shelves and want them all (despite a slightly big reading pile at home), but Sarah Morgan is a new author to me, so I started reading with no expectations or assumptions. I think this made reading A Wedding In December an even better experience.
The story follows the White Family: Maggie the mum, who is unsatisfied with life and work and on the verge of divorce, Nick the adventurer and university professor, and daughter Katie the exhausted doctor. They are all heading to Aspen with inner turmoil and secrets to hide, en route to youngest daughter Rosie's whirlwind wedding. The chapters are titled and divided Maggie, Katie, and Rosie, which confused me a little to start with, but it just seemed like a way to switch perspective as the story seamlessly moved forward.
There is love (of the new and rekindled kind) lust, and maybe a voyage of self-discovery or two, with some clever moments of tension in between. The White family has Christmas traditions just like many of us and it's that mix of Christmas traditions old and new that I think a lot of people will enjoy and relate to.
If some of the scenes were in an episode of a soap opera, I might have made a few comments predicting what was coming on screen, but in the pages of A Wedding In December, the slight sense of predictability didn't matter. The setting, and what it brought out of the characters as they opened up, was handled really well and kept me engaged throughout.
It's a page-turner with a few twists and turns, but there was just one thing missing. With a book so
visual and descriptive as this one, I just wanted to breathe in the fresh mountain air and smell the scent of pine cones as I read! Now if Santa could just be nice and leave the rest of Sarah Morgan's books underneath our Christmas tree that would be great!
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A Wedding In December is out now published by HQ Stories and you can find out more about Sarah Morgan here. This review copy was gifted by HQ Stories for this blog tour, but all opinions are my own.