A Wife by Christmas
As Christmas approaches, Hank Chandler is determined to find a wife to mother his sister’s orphaned children. When schoolteacher Janell Whitman offers to help him with his niece and nephew, she seems to be the perfect match—but she won’t accept his proposal. Instead, she insists she’ll find him another bride before the holidays.
Janell moved to Turnabout, Texas, to put her past behind her and focus on her future—one that doesn’t include marriage. But while she plays matchmaker and cares for Hank’s children, she loses her heart to the two youngsters…and their adoptive father. If Janell reveals her secrets to Hank, will he still want her to be his Christmas bride?
Winnie Griggs writes solid romances that are a little bit Christian but not overwhelmingly so. Anyone can read and enjoy them.
The Holiday Courtship is a solid read, if not my favourite from her, involving the care of two orphaned children, one of whom was made deaf by the accident that killed her parents.
My problem with this one is the category romance format. It’s an unwritten rule (or is it actually a rule?) that these books begin with a really loooong section devoted to a very short space of time. In this book’s case, more than one quarter of the text is devoted to less than twenty-four hours in the timeline.
By this point the heroine has not just met the hero and his niece and nephew, but has taken them out, cared for and cooked and cleaned for them, made a longer-term commitment to help them, AND has received an offer of marriage from the hero.
It’s too much too soon, and I find that the way the starts of these books are dragged out makes it hard for me to slog through.
If you get beyond that, as I said, this author writes solid stories with some interesting topics. She really gets these little communities in developing parts of the US in the late nineteenth century. There’s plenty to like here, but I sometimes find the category romance format tiring to get through.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.