ROMANCE

A Christmas Bride

Forever: Grand Central. (Chapel of Love, Bk. 1). Oct. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781455564804. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455564828. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Ousted from her job at a medical device company when she discovers fraud and turns whistle-blower, Willow Peterson leaves New York and returns to Shenandoah Falls to get her life back on track. She also gets involved in planning a Christmas wedding at her best friend Shelly's home, Eagle Hill Manor. Shelly was killed before the house could be restored, but Willow knows it's just what she would have wanted. The stumbling block is getting aspiring congressman David Lyndon, Shelly's still-grieving husband and cousin to the groom, to agree. A heroine with a knack for stirring up trouble and a hero who finally gets his priorities straight come to terms about their mutual feelings in a story knee-deep in class issues, family expectations, political action, and characters both to love and loathe (among them an adorable eight-year-old and a domineering mother who makes Cruella de Vil look like a saint).
VERDICT With skillful precision, Ramsay nails the political dynamics and small-town vibe and launches an endearing series fans will savor. Ramsay (Last Chance Hero) lives in Virginia.

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