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Married By Christmas

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  653 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
All she wants is a perfect Christmas Eve wedding...

It’s been on Anna’s wish-list since she was a little girl, dreaming of a far happier family life than she’d ever experienced.

But now – only two weeks before her big day – her perfect husband-to-be drops a bombshell...

Only nothing’s going to stop Anna’s plans – not even the pesky inconvenience of discovering her groom alrea
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Ebury
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Rea Cobb
Oct 26, 2012 Rea Cobb rated it it was amazing
Scarlett Bailey is back again this Christmas with her second release and after she swiped first place last year with The Night Before Christmas I was really looking forward to this book.

The countdown to her winter wedding has begun...
Anna Carter wants the perfect Christmas Eve wedding. It's been on her 'to-do' list since she was a little girl stuck living in a children's home and dreaming of a far happier family life than she'd ever experienced. Now she's found the perfect Georgian country mano
Jan 09, 2016 Nelly rated it it was amazing
Gillade verkligen den här boken, verkligen en typisk chicklit. I loved it!
Nov 11, 2012 Bookevin rated it it was amazing
Review originally on I Heart.. Chick Lit.

I never got the chance to read Scarlett Bailey's debut novel, The Night Before Christmas, but I envied the reviewers who got to read it last year and saying how good it was, so I decided to try and see if I could get a copy and thankfully, the author agreed! Since Scarlett's books, so far two of them, are mainly about Christmas, (secretly, I think she's Lady Santa, she's only active and out and about during the festive seas
Dec 30, 2014 Honeypie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
‘This is the time of the year when good things are meant to happen.’

I finished this book last night, and when I was starting on my review a few minutes ago, I didn’t feel quite like it. But after documenting some quotable quotes, and I was given a bit of a glimpse of how the story went again, I kind of fell in love with it… again. I’m not sure though if I would feel the same, if I read it in electronic format. There is always something much more to reading, when you’re holding an actual book.

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I truly had a love/hate relationship with this book. There were times I really enjoyed it, and times I put it away and started doing laundry. The primary source of my irritation was the main character Anna. She grated on my nerves with her OCD to have the perfect wedding on the perfect day and Lord help anyone foolish enough to want to change anything. Except she discovers something that might ruin it all - her soon to be husband is already married. So she does what any pscho-bride would do. She ...more
thao vi
Jul 01, 2015 thao vi rated it did not like it
1 star.
why would anyone want tom when he really has no redeeming qualities?

ummm...why would you marry a man as crappy as Tom?
1) he doesn't tell his fiance that he's still married from a person he married in Vegas (that he used to love...)

2) he doesn't go chase after Anna when she flies to NY to find his ex to sign the annulment papers

3) he leads Liz on when he's with Anna and quite frankly Liz is kind of a shite friend. when they are in NY instead of trying to find Anna she tries to g
Loved this wonderful story but never could bring myself to feel sympathetic to Anna. She was just to whiny and self absorbed for me to like her. So what if she had issues as a child...alot of kids have had issues and come out just fine and not used their pasts as a crutch to try to make the world bow at their feet and just give them everything they want because they "have to have to have to" stick to a life's planned list!

Now her best friend Liv I have all the compassion for because she constant
Jennifer Callanan
Jan 20, 2013 Jennifer Callanan rated it it was ok
After reading the first few chapters I was more confused and disenchanted with the story than I was interested in what would happen. I mean really. Female A gets engages to Male A. Female B, best friend of Female A, admits to the readers that she is in love with Male A. Male A ends up being already married to Female C. Female A agrees to still marry Male A as long as they can get an annulment/divorce before the wedding on Christmas Eve. Like really?!?!?!?! Can this get anymore confusing. I was ...more
Anna the girl left by her mother at age nine is a perfect characterization of an excessive compulsive person with her list, organization and excessive planning of every detail of her life. Not an easy person to live with but under all the excessive behavior is a nice person wanting out of her self-imposed obsessions. She started planning her perfect wedding as a child and goes to the other side of the Atlantic to reach her goal of the perfect Christmas wedding and goal of being Married By Christ ...more
Siew Ee
Feb 07, 2013 Siew Ee rated it liked it
A quick-read, entertaining, occasionally funny chick-lit romance fiction. The premise is not original, but the story has good elements, and the cast of characters is likeable and easy to relate to. For such novels, there are usually no surprises or suspense, and you read it to see how the characters arrive at their happy ending by the end of the book. For me, the ending fell just a little flat because it was not convincing or realistic enough. Perhaps, if more page time were devoted to the ...more
Dec 11, 2015 Meg rated it did not like it
DNF around 20%?

My first book that caused me to create a DNF shelf.

I don't mind chick lit. They kind of rely on you ignoring real world things, and I am a sucker for a good story. And if this was about a woman freaking out because her fiancé was previously married and didn't realize it, that's one thing. But freaking out because she couldn't have a wedding on Christmas Day? (Eve? I can't tell.)

Guess what honey. YOU CAN HAVE THE WEDDING WITHOUT BEING OFFICIALLY MARRIED. Just don't sign the paper
Oct 27, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the title have "Christmas" in it, there was very little in the story about Christmas itself! Did this prove a problem? No!

The story was full of likeable characters, glimpses of what you wanted the the ending to be (Not giving that away here!!), it did keep you guessing right up until the last moment!

I really enjoy Scarlett Bailey's way of telling stories, and engaging the reader to be part of what is going on, not just an outsider looking in.
Sherri Hayes
Dec 17, 2012 Sherri Hayes rated it did not like it

I read about 20% of this book, and realized I was skimming more than I was reading. Its not a bad story, but it is very wordy. I ended up skipping to the last chapter to see if it would end the way I thought it would, and even that last chapter seemed to drag.
Dec 04, 2014 Eileen rated it it was amazing
I love christmas stories especially love stories.. The characters of Anna, Miles, Liv and Tom are such great people who love and care about each other. Great story
Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks
Anna Carter has planned her entire life since she was 9 years old. She dreamt of a magical, fairytale Christmas wedding and nothing is going to stand in the way of it. Not even the fact that fiancé Tom forgot he’d already been married to someone else, and forgot to divorce her afterwards. Anna has less than a week to fly to New York, find Tom’s forgotten wife and demand an annulment in time to save her perfectly planned wedding.

Anna likes structure and predictability and making plans and writin
Nov 19, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
i loved this book. Anna is a brilliant character I'm so glad she got her happy ending
Nov 11, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it
Last year I read Scarlett Bailey’s debut novel The Night Before Christmas, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So when I was told she would be working on a new book, I was thrilled. Scarlett Bailey then announced she was actually Rowan Coleman which was surprising, as I’d never suspected it. So I was pleased to dig into my copy of Married By Christmas with this new information about its author, and I quite liked the idea of Anna wanting to be married so much that she was willing to do anything it took ...more
Fabulous Book Fiend
Dec 14, 2012 Fabulous Book Fiend rated it really liked it
“And besides, haven’t you learned by now you can’t always be prepared for what life throws at you?” This little moment of wisdom from one of the characters in ‘Married by Christmas’ sums up the essence of Scarlett Bailey’s latest offering, featuring neurotic but lovable Anna, her ‘decent guy’ fiancée tom, best friend Liv and wildcard musician Miles. Any novel which features the term ‘ample bosom’ within the first fifty pages is going to be a sure-fire hit with me! And I really enjoyed my journey ...more
Karma♥Bites ^.~
() MEMORABLE QUOTE: "...Anna Carter organising a wedding is going to be one of the single most terrifying things I have ever witnessed—or experienced—and may in fact bring about the end of the world as we know it..."

MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS was my choice for a GR group holiday challenge. Embarrassingly like the main character, Anna Carter, I picked it for a couple of sensible reasons—namely, Scarlett Bailey was NTM, pre-existing interest (I already had it), and the promise of humor (due to "pesky in
Dec 21, 2012 Chelsey rated it really liked it
Anna has dreamed of a Christmas wedding all her life. And she plans to stop at nothing to make it happen this year. She and her groom are deeply in love, her best friend is helping her coordinate what is sure to be the wedding of the year, she has five thousand lists that she is checking off one by one, and she even has Reindeer, yes, Reindeer! Everything is in order for our over achieving Anna, until she finds out that Tom isn’t quite who she thought he was, and this isn’t exactly his first ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Abbey rated it it was amazing
Title: Married By Christmas
Author: Scarlett Bailey
Publication Date: 25th October 2012
Publisher: Ebury

The countdown to her winter wedding has begun...
Anna Carter the perfect Christmas Eve wedding. It's been on her 'to-do' list since she was a little girl stuck living in a children's home and dreaming of a far happier family life than she'd ever experienced.
Now she's found the perfect Georgian country manor as a venue, to which she will be taken in a reindeer-drawn sleigh. She's got a show-stoppin
Jan 18, 2013 Carly rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
I was going to say that Married by Christmas is the best Christmas book I have had the pleasure of reading this year, but it's more than that, I think it's one of the best books I have read this year! The only reason I didn't give it the big 5 stars is because the whole book was a little bit on the predictable side and I knew what was going to happen from the off. Saying that I still loved watching the way everything panned out and Scarlett Bailey's wonderful writing had me fully engaged even ...more
Marriage by Christmas is a hilarious holiday read that knocked my reindeer socks off.

Anna and Tom are about to get married. It's Anna's dream Christmas wedding. Her holiday themed Christmas gown just needs final fitting. The reindeers and the sleds have been sorted out.Everything is in place. But a couple of days before the wedding, Tom is acting distant, so Anna asks Liv, her best friend, to follow Tom. They end up at a pizza place, where Tom is meeting up an attorney. Why? Apparently, Tom is a
Dec 11, 2012 Rainbowblu rated it really liked it
“All I ever wanted, as far as I remember is to get married on Christmas day”, says gorgeous Anna adamantly. Anna grew up in a very chaotic environment. The only good memory of those unruly days is the last time she saw her mother, before she was cruelly abandoned. Together they had planned her wedding day, dress, flowers, and all. She was only nine.

Anna then grew up to be an overly anxious planner, and a highly organized freak in every area of her life. She needs to control everything, even her
Carol W
Nov 29, 2012 Carol W rated it really liked it
Anna and Tom are due to get married within weeks in Anna's dream Christmas Eve wedding. Anna is obsessive about every detail of this wedding making the reader wonder if it is more about the wedding rather than the marriage.

We get to find out why Anna is as obsessive and controlling as she is when we delve into her background.
Tom is ready to accept Anna, warts and all only there is the little matter in the fact that Tom is still married to another woman and forgot to tell Anna, until now.

Anna be
Kirsty (Book - Love - Bug)
Dec 31, 2013 Kirsty (Book - Love - Bug) rated it it was amazing
Having read, and adored A Night Before Christmas last year as part of my December month of packing in as many Christmas books as possible, and then reading Scarlett Bailey's advent calendar story, Santa Maybe, I was delighted when a copy of Married by Christmas arrived one morning.

I was not disappointed in the slightest, and the only niggling worry I have is wondering how long I have to wait for the next Scarlett Bailey book.

Married by Christmas is as magically festive as 'A Night Before Christm
Books and Authors UK
May 29, 2015 Books and Authors UK rated it it was amazing
Anna Carter feels on top of the world when boyfriend, Tom Collins, asks her to marry him. Ever since Anna was a child she had always wanted a Christmas Eve wedding and in a matter of months her dream will come true. Anna's friend Liv, start to make wedding preparations while Anna being her usual highly-organised self gets down to business and writes endless 'to-do' lists.

With just a few weeks to go before the grand and lavish Christmas themed wedding, what could possibly go wrong? Nothing of co
Beth Cutwright
Jun 07, 2014 Beth Cutwright rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed the rather predictable story line and Bailey's ease in tying the whole story together.It was a humorous read with lots of laugh out loud moments, which enabled the story to be very entertaining.

The characters were unique and quite quirky, especially Anna. Anna had experienced a devastating childhood which shaped her adult life with insecurities that were deeply rooted. Now, yes I could see how her self deprecation could get on the nerves of the reader, but I also felt her fea
Dec 08, 2012 Agi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
as I have already said, I had problems with this book at the beginning. Anna was not my type at all and although I understood why she is so control - freak, it just played on my nerves. There was too many talking, long, long sentences, so clever in its way that I just couldn't get through all the words and got to the point, I mean - plot.
Actually, the first half of the book was a little like this, but then it turned for the best. The unexpected trip to NY, all the adventures there and Anna getti
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read full of warmth, heartbreak, love and . . . lists! Scarlett Bailey has provided her fans with yet another book that is so delicious it is practically edible, along with a perfect way to escape the stresses of Christmas.

Although the book has four main characters, Anna dominates the page time with her amusing panics and distaste for anything, or anyone, below par. She is a joy to read, with the reader getting the opportunity to peel back her layers to see what’s really under all t
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A lover of Christmas, romance and old movies Scarlett wrote her first Christmas romance 'The Night Before Christmas' in 2011. Her second novel 'Married by Christmas' and a digital novella 'Santa Maybe' are out now.
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