Thursday, 11 February 2016

Twelve Days In December (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Twelve Days In December (Heathfire Romance series #3.5)
Author:  Michele Paige Holmes
Publisher:  Mirror Press
Published Date:  9th December 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to ebooks4review for the review copy*

Check out my review of book one in the series, Saving Grace, here!
Check out my review of book two in the series, Loving Helen, here!
Check out my review of book three in the series, Marrying Christopher, here!

Synopsis: A Christmas Novella from the bestselling Hearthfire Romance series by Michele Paige Holmes:

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. 

Review: I know, it’s not anywhere near Christmas time. But it is getting closer to Valentines and this is a historical romance? So does that give me a bit of a pass?

Anyway, I wanted to read this book because it is a historical novella in a romance series that I have been following. Even though the conclusion to Marrying Christopher was closed, I never wondered what happened to Charlotte and Mr. Vancer [a.k.a William] even though they were left with only a few hours to arrange their own marriage. If you want to know how that came about, you should read the previous books! That aside, I wasn’t curious until I heard what this novella was about. It seems like a grand idea, especially as all the romances in the series so far have been love matches and not hastily arranged ones.

My favourite thing about this novella was that even though it was short, it still had a story and a message and a theme to it. The theme being that Charlotte is only recently a widow, and she is still in mourning. Although arranging a marriage for herself is the best possible thing she can do for the safety of her son, it is hard to even consider loving someone else at the current moment. Which is a predicament I can imagine must be immensely hard to be put in. Even though it is only a short while with this book, Michele manages to bring across the theme incredibly well.

In this novella we also have a romance that finally includes a family, seeing as Charlotte already has a son. It’s not too often that we see those kind of historical romances seeing as in those times it wasn’t proper for a lady to have a child before wedding in the slightest.

The writing style in this novella was perfect as always. Expect nothing less from Michele’s writing folks, because it is always spot on. I also really appreciated the characters. Although we have seen them a little in book three they really do come to life here – William especially. Charlotte even reminded me a little of Grace, but she stayed unique as her own character too.

The romance was sweet, if not a little fast. It doesn’t classify as insta love in the slightest. But even if it was a little fast, this can be excused because it’s only a novella.

Looking forward to book four!

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Olivia’s Question: Do you read books with the seasons? With that I mean Christmas books in winter, holiday books during summer, etc...

Olivia-Savannah x

38 comments:

  1. I actually love reading books about Christmas anytime of the year because it makes me feel like it's Christmas again. :P :)

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    1. I think I have those same feelings. Christmas is my favourite time of year!

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  2. on a slightly random note - I love the dress you're wearing in that picture! :)

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    1. Thank you! It's actually my older sister's prom dress that I borrowed for the sake of the picture :3

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    2. well it looks very nice on you :)

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  3. I love Christmas. It is one of my favorite holidays ever but then you said historical and you lost me. I just can't do historical. I'm so picky about it.

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    1. My favourite holiday as well :D I understand though, with it not being your genre. I love historical fiction myself.

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  4. I remember your reviews for the other books! So glad that you enjoy this series so much. I love HR, so I already have the first book on my TBR. Can't wait to read it. Great review!

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    1. Yes, I really do love it as my constant dose of historical fiction <3 I hope you like the series when you do read it. I wish I could go back and read it for the first time.

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  5. So, it's Christmas in February! :) I love the cover of this book, but when reading the synopsis kept thinking how awkward to be marrying her sister’s husband. Maybe it's just me. Great review. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Hehe I suppose it is ;) It is such an awkward situation and that is why I loved it so much! There's humor in it too :3

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  6. Looks like a great book. I want to win.

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  7. [ Smiles ] Another interesting book to check out!

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  8. That is a lovely gown you have on, Olivia! And, the lavender polish completes the look so nicely. Last night, I gave myself a mani. My fingers are sporting pale pink which puts me in the Valentines mood perfectly. Well, I'd say you definitely get a pass with Twelve Days In December. I read historical romance often and this one sounds like something I would enjoy. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Why thank you! I especially appreciate that you even noted I did my nails to match <3 Oh yes, that sounds perfect for Valentines! I think this book suits that time as well.

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  9. There's nothing wrong with keeping the Christmas spirit alive throughout the year. It sounds like this one was just what you needed!

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  10. This sounds like a great read! Glad you were able to read it- no matter the season. I sometimes read seasonal books- and can usually enjoy them in any season. Though, I do tend to like snowy and holiday books more during the winter. :) Maybe because I am so cozy while I am reading them!
    ~Jess

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    1. Hehehe, I know there is something nice and warm about stories like these during the winter months. But technically, it is still winter and pretty cold outside!

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  11. Thank you for the lovely review, Olivia! And I agree, your dress is very pretty :)

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  12. Beautiful story concept. I, too, can enjoy Christmas stories anytime.

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  13. Christmas stories are fun year around

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  14. Hope you'll enjoy the next book! I've been meaning to venture into this world, but I've yet to find a good rec. Any ideas?

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    1. Oh yes, historical fiction is great! If it's for historical romance this is my personal favourite series. Mary Hoffman does a great job with it as well.

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  15. Would love to snag this sweet swag of interesting sounding books.
    4 stars are awesome

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    1. The covers have always been beautiful when it comes to her books!

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  17. Thank you for the chance. I love to read historical romances.

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