Returning home to her family’s farm in the Midwest for her Christmas wedding was never Beth Dean’s plan. But it’s the only way her beloved grandmother will be able to attend. And even her New York City friends will find the family’s old barn elegant. But when her fiancé’s family wants her to sign a prenup, her hopes for her future marriage may be crumbling even as the guests arrive.
Beth’s childhood friend, Jen Fitzgerald, has always dreamed of starting a wedding planning business. And when Beth decides to have her wedding back home, it’s the perfect chance for Jen to show everyone what she can do. But when the caterer cancels and a blizzard comes in through the barn door, Jen wonders if she’s bitten off more than she can chew—and how she’s going to get through the wedding while seeing her old flame, Jared, for the first time in years.
Meanwhile, Beth’s friend Destiny is trying to put on a brave face while she wonders why she never left home to follow her dreams like Beth. The groom’s parents are brought face to face with the tensions in their own marriage as they argue over their son’s. And Sylvia, a native New Yorker, is wondering how long she can survive in a town that doesn’t even have a Starbucks, while unexpected sparks fly with Winston, a gruff local tree surgeon with a heart of gold. But when a surprise snowstorm blankets the area, keeping the guests together on the farm, everyone learns to put aside their differences and enjoy their unexpected Christmas blessings.
Title: White Christmas Wedding
Author: Celeste Winters
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Howard Books
My Rating: 4 stars
WHITE CHRISTMAS WEDDING is an enjoyable story, although a bit crowded, to be frank. Most of what you’d need to know before picking up this story can be found in the Cover Description. One couple to be married back in the bride’s small hometown because her beloved grandmother isn’t able to travel is the heart or purpose of all the other couples being in one spot at this time. And there are disasters, mistrust, new romances, old rekindled romances, flower eating horses and a blizzard to complicate things even further.
I’m usually pretty good at keeping characters straight within a complex set of mini-stories within the overall storyline – but this one was definitely a challenge in that regard. If I had to choose one character to focus on it’s not the bride but her best friend, Jen. She’s trying to fulfill her own dream while giving her friend the best wedding she can come up with and things just keep going wrong.
I enjoyed myself, WHITE CHRISTMAS WEDDING is a good story, it’s just a bit overcrowded for my taste. Emotions run the gambit from outrage to unexpected giggles at some of the happenings in this story. If you are a reader who loves a good romance, can easily keep multiple couples straight in your mind and enjoy a complex situation with many layers – then you’re going to enjoy WHITE CHRISTMAS WEDDING.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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