Five months isn’t enough time to grieve the death of her husband and marry again, but when the unexpected opportunity to take her sister’s place as the bride of wealthy New York businessman, William Vancer, presents itself, twenty-four year-old Charlotte Holbrook agrees. Their marriage of convenience will provide a secure future for her son, while William will be able to claim the inheritance he needs to expand his company westward.
To begin their perfect and perfectly safe arrangement, William allots the last twelve days in December to become acquainted with his new family—a task more easily accomplished than he had imagined. For in Charlotte he finds a tender heart and companion, while stepping into the role of father to her son, brings William a great measure of joy as well. Before the twelve days have passed, he finds himself wishing their marriage of convenience could be something much more.
For Charlotte, every day with William is one of overwhelming gratitude, as he anticipates and provides for her needs, as well as the fondest desires of her heart. More than material comforts, William offers friendship as well, and a loving concern that Charlotte has gone too long without. Guilt ridden, she struggles with her growing attraction and wonders how she can ever remain loyal to her first husband, while allowing herself to love William as he deserves.
My Review: 4 Stars
Charlotte has lost her husband and finds herself in a horrible situation trying to provide for herself and her 15 month old son, Alec. When she unexpectedly becomes the bride to the wealthy William Vancer, her life will be changed forever. While she is grateful for everything he has done for her and her son, she struggles with her feelings for him. Is it possible to love again after such a short period of time?
William is in need of a wife in order to receive his large inheritance. He thought this marriage of convenience would be the best thing for all involved. What he wasn't expecting was to fall in love with Charlotte and her son. How can he help her to see that loving him in return doesn't mean that she is betraying her first husband and that she has enough love for the both of them?
I loved seeing Charlotte and William's relationship grow from friendship into love. William was so patient with Charlotte and seemed to understand just what she needed. Their relationship was so sweet and I found myself letting out little dreamy sighs on several occasions.
I would say the only thing I didn't like about Twelve Days in December was it just ended! I wanted just a little bit more! An epilogue would have been amazing! Even if it was just a few months down the road. I guess what they say is true... when a book is good, you always find it too short! ;)
This was my very first book by Michele Paige Holmes and I can tell you that it definitely will not be my last! I love finding new authors to read! It really makes me happy! :)
And yes... even though this was a novella, I still did a casting.. ;) Hehe.