Series: Chapel Cove #6
Publication Date February 23, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
For her daughter, she'll do anything. Even marry a man she hardly knows.
Widowed Melanie Montana has spent far too many holidays sitting beside hospital beds with people she loves. But not this year. Knowing it could be their last, she's vowed to make it the best ever Christmas for her four-year-old daughter, Alia.
With the support of the Chapel Cove townsfolk, she'll find ways to make all Alia's dreams come true. Lots of books and reading a story together every single night - tick. A sleigh ride in the snow - tick. A steam train ride- tick. Even her own pony - tick. That's the easy part.
The biggest item on Alia's list is more of a challenge - a daddy for Christmas. And not just any daddy. Alia knows exactly who she wants her mommy to marry. The man she calls Dr. Santa, better known as pediatrician Dr. Mark Stewart. When they’ve both been hurt before and closed their hearts to love, only a Christmas miracle can give Melanie and Mark a happy-ever-after.
But when God, as well as the determined child, seems to be pushing them together, how can they possibly resist?
A heartwarming and uplifting story of faith, love, and pancakes.
Welcome to Chapel Cove, Oregon, where life begins at forty.
Stunning coastline, a harbor against life’s storms, and a welcoming community await in Chapel Cove. A place where those hurt by challenges, disappointments, and failures or reminded of their unfulfilled hopes and dreams can make a fresh start. And, if they’re brave enough to accept it, maybe find a second chance at love, if only they’ll allow God to safely anchor them in their hearts’ home?
Discover this small town filled with love, hope, and faith, in Chapel Cove, a series of sweet and clean standalone Christian romances. Join bestselling authors Marion Ueckermann, Alexa Verde, and Autumn Macarthur in Chapel Cove today!
Book 1 - Remember Me by Marion Ueckermann Book 2 - Love Me by Alexa Verde Book 3 - Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur Book 4 - Choose Me by Marion Ueckermann Book 5 - Hold Me by Alexa Verde Book 6 - Marry Me by Autumn Macarthur (this book, launching winter 2019) Book 7 - Accept Me by Marion Ueckermann (launching winter 2019/20)
I would like to thank Autumn MacArthur for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Cherish Me
Modern-day marriages of convenience seem so far-fetched to me! And yet, if I believe the books I read, there are all kinds of situations in which they make sense. And somehow, Autumn MacArthur has come up with a scenario that is one I’ve never heard before and it works. Don’t get me wrong, though. I’m not sure I would personally ever marry a complete stranger just because my sick-unto-death child requested it!
Alia was so cute! Her obsession with unicorns was a riot. I could just picture her with her little knit unicorn hat (complete with horn) on. I loved her faith which was so strong and certainly reminded me of why Jesus says we need to come to him as little children. There was a point, however, where I was thinking she was acting up and petulant and wondered why Mel continued to capitulate to her wishes. And then, almost right away, Mel was wondering if she should continue to coddle her and explained how this was a side effect of her medication. Oh.
Mel struggled with her faith. After watching her father die, then her father-in-law, and then her husband died, she began to question her faith, especially when her daughter got so sick. I appreciated her struggle and loved the way she came to realize that God had not deserted her. That Jesus was by her side through every storm that came her way and how much he had sacrificed to make that possible.
Mark’s and Mel’s heartaches seemed to be reiterated more than necessary. And towards the end, something was explained about his parents that seemed a bit out of the blue. These are just minor things, though.
If you enjoy Christian romance with plenty of emphasis on faith and scripture, I encourage you to read Marry Me!