Title: The Runaway Christmas Bride
Series: Montana Born Christmas 2015
Author: Scarlet Wilson
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: November 2, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 5 stars
Varsity coach Mitch Holden thinks he’s seen everything until Scotswoman Emma McGregor steps out of her car, in a bridal dress and veil, and asks him where she can find a job. Mitch is stunned but directs her somewhere to stay… and finds himself unable to keep from checking up on her.
Emma McGregor has had the worst day of her life. Finding out her groom didn’t really want to marry her was a devastating blow, but Mitch and the town of Marietta reach out to her in a way she couldn’t have imagined. Nowhere seems to do Christmas like Marietta does.
But Mitch has secrets of his own. Everyone knows about the injury that tragically ended his promising football career, but there’s more to the story… Will the magic of Marietta sprinkle some Christmas dust on their broken hearts and help them find their happy ever after?
Read on for my thoughts on The Runaway Christmas Bride. No true spoilers, promise.
Christmas miracles is something Marietta, Montana is known for. And a runaway bride, pffft.. seen that too. But this Christmas season the magic of this small town with its friendly atmosphere, open smiles and welcoming attitude are exactly what Emma needed – right now. Emma’s world had dropped out from under her feet these last weeks and today was the final blow. She got into her car and drove until she was tired enough to pull off at the next town which just happened to be Marietta, Montana.
Mitch has made Marietta his home now. After a professional injury ended his professional football career and that same injury changed the direction of his life, Mitch was content as a high school varsity football coach and counselor. Probably the absolute last thing he expected to be seeing right now was a woman in a wedding gown on the street. But it was obvious that she was in trouble so he did what he did best – be helpful and solve problems.
Mitch and Emma are both wounded souls. While Mitch has had some time to deal with his life changes, Emma hasn’t. And she is reeling right now. But she’s landed in the right small town where her troubles just might turn around – as much as they could. It will just take the right man and the kind of Christmas magic this town is known for.
The Runaway Christmas Bride is such a touching, emotional story. We understand very quickly what issues Emma and Mitch are dealing with and it seem obvious that they have met exactly the one other person who would understand their pain completely. Their romance is fun, charming and lighthearted.
From Miracle Lake to Chris Kringles’ magic glitter home baked cookies, this is a magical Christmas romance that Marietta, Montana pulls off so well. Come for a visit with old friends and make some new ones as well. The charm of this story is simply perfect for Christmas reading. And if you hear bells ringing, remember Clarence. 🙂
*I received an e-ARC of The Runaway Christmas Bride from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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