Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Review: A Christmas Wedding by Tracy Wolff

Title: A Christmas Wedding
Author: Tracy Wolff
Published: November 11, 2008
Publisher: Harlequin
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 244
Source: Personal Library
Characters: Desiree Hawthorne-Rainwater, Jesse Rainwater
My Rating:

Desiree is determined to hold on to her husband. She's loved Jesse Rainwater since the day the legendary horse trainer came to work at her father's ranch. Now, on the eve of their daughter's wedding, Jesse hits her with a bombshell that forces Desiree to re-examine their life together.

And she isn't going down without a fight. She hasn't struggled all these years to lose the thing that's most precious to her. Desiree knows they share something true and strong, even if they lost sight of it somewhere along the way. Now her toughest battle lies ahead: to prove to Jesse that theirs is a love worth fighting for.

"I've had it, Desiree."

What drew me to reading this book was the fact that the two lead characters were already in an established marriage. I don't recall reading any other romance novels like that. Sure, I've read a couple of chick-lit novels like that, but not so much romance novels.

The characters were relatable and very likable that I couldn't decide whom to side with, the wife or the husband. At first I was siding with the husband, and then I would read more of the backstory and side with the wife. Throughout the entire book I was going back and forth between the two of them. But the one thing that remained constant was my desire for them to work it  out.

Ever since Desiree's father died and left the ranch to her, things have been strained between her and her husband. He's been feeling more like their relationship was employer and employee instead of husband and wife. When the book isn't in the present day, it chronicles their journey together.

My only complaint with this book was the fact that the entire story took place over the course of one day. I would have liked to actually read more about them actually putting forth the effort to make it work. Instead it was just them agreeing to work on their marriage.



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