Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Review: An Arranged Christmas by Mary E. Taylor


Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: December 5, 2022
Pages: 64

Can Bain bring forth a Christmas miracle and prove his love to his reluctant bride-to-be?
Not if she has anything to say about it.

Her family faces financial ruin, but Lady Adalyn can’t accept that the only way to save them is to marry for money, not love. When her parents arrange for her to wed a stranger despite her objections, she flees her childhood home. Just when she thinks her daring escape has been a resounding success, she finds herself in more trouble than ever.

When her knight in shining armor sweeps in like a fairytale, Adalyn can hardly believe it. He’s charming and dashing, with the most beautiful green eyes she’s ever seen. She’s completely smitten with her handsome stranger. That is, until she realizes who he is…

Viscount Bain Cooke can't believe his luck. His future bride is witty and beautiful, with a strong mind and delightfully sharp tongue. She's less than thrilled with their engagement, but he couldn’t imagine a better fit. He only has until Christmas Day to change her mind, and time is running out.

Can Adalyn open her heart to the possibility of love in her arranged marriage?

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This book reminded me of why I don't typically like novellas. I really just feel like there's never enough time for things to lead to a natural happy ending in a novella, so events are either rushed or glossed over. The relationship building tension tends to be missing for me. That was pretty much my problem with this novel. 

I saw so much potential in the relationship between Adalyn and Bain, but there was not enough time for it to really develop so everything just felt too rushed. It would have been nice to have a bit more of a slow burn for this romance. 

It was also pretty clear that Adalyn and Bain were meant to be together early on. They hit off immediately until Adalyn found out who he was. Then she became quite the prickly pear, which made the resulting love story that much harder to buy for me. If there had been more time to flesh it out, I think it would have felt more believable. 

Overall I give this novella 3 out of 5 stars, because I should've know better. - Katie 

Mary E. Taylor is a historical romance author and freelance editor who adores anything romance, speculative fiction or horror. She lives in Southwest Florida with the love of her life, her amazing children, and all her furbabies.

She is also the founder of Let's Read It Romance, a blog dedicated to discovering new authors in the romance genre.

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