His Christmas Bride by Lara Van Hulzen

Lucas lives in New York, but he’s always loved Marietta. When he gets engaged, he decides Montana is exactly the place to get married. Tanner Ranch brings back happy memories of horseback riding and summer nights under the stars making it the perfect place to hold his wedding. However, Erin Tanner walks back into his life and other memories start to make him doubt whether he’s chosen the right bride. 

Erin Tanner is content to live a simple life in Marietta, helping her dad run the family ranch. However, things haven’t been easy for the Tanners. With their ranch in financial trouble and in desperate need of repair, Erin knows she needs to do something. And fast… Even if that means saying goodbye to any hopes of a romantic future with Lucas St. Claire by hosting his wedding at the Tanner Ranch. 

While Lucas struggles with his feelings, Erin tries to move past hers and accept that Lucas isn’t part of her future. But the connection they felt years ago pulls them toward one another, and Lucas is forced to face the truth of what he really wants in life

Titles in The Marietta St. Claires series include:  A Recipe for Romance – Winning His Heart – His Christmas Bride – 

Title:  His Christmas Bride
Series:  The Marietta St. Claires #3
Author:  Lara Van Hulzen
Genre:  Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published:  October 30, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

His Christmas Bride is an emotional journey for Lucas and Erin… and even Vanessa.  Lucas has gone off to New York to work in the family business not because it’s his passion but because it’s what he believes is expected of him.  If he had made his heart’s choice he would have taken on a ranch in Marietta, Montana and been happy for the rest of his life.  But he made a decision and he’s sticking to it.  The woman he also made the decision to marry, on the surface, fits what he believes his perfect wife would be… wealthy, beautiful and well connected.  Perfect for his life in New York and in his business.  Reality begins to set in for Lucas when he returns to Marietta for Thanksgiving and his family meets his future bride… and wonders what the heck he is thinking.  Complicate things when his wedding location becomes the ranch where he spent time as a teenager and had a huge crush on the young daughter of the ranch.  Who knew she’d grow up so lovely, capable and even more perfect for what he dreamed for his future.  As emotions get real, and his bride to be begins to show her true colors, Lucas has a decision to make… maybe more than one actually.  It’s time to let his heart lead, and go for the future he honestly really wants.

Erin will do anything to save the family ranch that she loves… even host the wedding of the man she’s loved for years.  To another woman.  Erin isn’t surprised by the feelings that are still so strong for Lucas, if anything she’s surprised that he didn’t have a clue when he left town as to how she felt.  Now, even though it’s going to break her heart she will offer up part of the ranch for a wedding location.  And hope that Lucas comes to his senses before he makes a huge mistake in picking the wrong bride.

I enjoyed His Christmas Bride.  Always a pleasure to revisit Marietta, Montana especially at Christmas time.  I will admit that there were times I wanted to shake some sense into Lucas.  Stubborn man.  If you don’t live your life for your own happiness but for what you believe others expect of you… then you are doomed to an unhappy future.  It’s really that simple in real life or in fiction.  Erin often broke my heart with her unchanging love for a man who is so undecided about what really matters.  For her family and the ranch she loves she will face heartache – and hope that in the end love will win for them all.

If you’re in the mood for a charming, emotional Christmas romance then this one is perfect for you.  I’d recommend this one and the series to any Romance reader who loves small towns, interesting story lines and secondary characters who will always have you coming back to Marietta for more.

*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.*

This review first appeared on Keeper Bookshelf*

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