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Married for Christmas

(Willow Park #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  5,394 ratings  ·  478 reviews
After years of dreaming, Jessica is finally getting married, but the marriage isn't exactly what she thought.

Daniel is her best friend, and she's known him all her life, but he's never gotten over losing his wife two years ago. His dream is to become the pastor of the church in their hometown, but the small-town congregation keeps balking over calling an unmarried minister
Paperback, 205 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Createspace (first published November 30th 2013)
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Sophie's Reading Corner
3.5 NoMoreCrying stars

“Do you think you could maybe stop crying?”

This little quote says a lot about my rating. I was really enjoying this book and I wanted to give it a 4 at least, but no. The fact that the MC was crying in almost every page, it was a huge turn off for me. I'm okay with drama and I understand when they cry. I also cry. But this was getting ridiculous. She was crying while she was also having sex.

“Should I be flattered that my extraordinary talent at sex has reduced y
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3.75 Stars...

This was really cute. And I would say more, but I'm on a reading binge and don't feel like stopping.

Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
Married For Christmas tugged at my heartstrings and had me a little teary in parts.

Twenty-eight year old Jessica Cameron wants a husband and a family and is tired of waiting. She’s been in love with her best friend Daniel for quite some time and she has a plan that will hopefully gives both of them what they want and need. She doesn’t think Daniel views her in a romantic light, in fact he doesn’t seem to be interested in anyone since the tragic death of his wife two years earlier, but being mar
FREE on Amazon

Well I didn't expect this.

Married for Christmas is a quick simplistic romance, but in a good way. It pulls heavily on the heart strings, and even i shed a little tear at the almost end. Out of joy that is.

Widowed grump Daniel is unable to get a job as a Pastor in Willow Park, though he desperately wants to, he needs to be married. His close friend, Jessica, is a long time loner and web developer. She proposes they marry, he gets his dream job, she gets a family. Unfortunately, as t
She wants a husband and a family...
He needs a wife to become the pastor of the church...
A proposition that will benefit both of them

It's fine that he doesn't love her.
And it's fine that she's not exactly suited to be a small-town pastor's wife.
And it's fine that she's more attracted to her sexy, brooding husband every day.

Jessica can be practical about this marriage. She knows what she's getting into, after all...

What they don't know is that things changes, feelings grow and they could ha
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I LOVED this book! Noelle Adams is an author to watch out for. She took a huge risk writing a story like this but I loved everything about it. What a great pleasure it was to slip into this story. I absolutely could not put it down!

This is a story about a marriage of convenience for both characters. It's passionate, heartwarming, and made my heart smile. The emotional conflicts are so clearly defined, the humor mixed in with the sorrow, and the romance between Daniel and Jessica is passionat
Brandy Painter
I could have used a little more character development with both the hero and the heroine, but I LOVED how faith was an integral part of their lives and how that was presented. This is the sort of treatment of faith and religion I want from books. Real people dealing with real problems. (I can't read Inspirational Fiction from Christian publishers because of their ridiculous sentimental formulas.) But this worked for me on every level. I know it won't for a lot of Christians because there is on p ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
It was ok except it was not.

As a person both of them were ok. But that's when it goes wrong. The hero and heroine both settle for something they shouldn't. My point is when the heroines will understand that they deserve more and compromising with it is not going to do any better. Nothing new happened here, except that the hero was always pushing the heroine away. Then the hero realizes what kind of blockheaded he was and everything was fine. The story ends.

My liking for Noelle Adams and her wr
I was seduced by the FREE but I'll be avoiding Adams in the future. Very much not my style. I need connection, I need warmth, I need build-up, I need to not be beaten over the head with the obvious. The writing leaves much to be desired, there is no there there.
PS The constant "Her name is BEAR." was just...listen, my husband and I occasionally say "Did you feed the cat?" instead of calling her by her FULL CHRISTIAN NAME SO SUE US OMG.
PPS The sex scenes are really awful. Just awful.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review in English e em português

4,5 lovely stars

I have never read anything from Noelle Adams and Married for Christmas was definetely a treat! I heard about this book on twitter, I don't remember who said it was available on netgalley, so I went there and requested it. I read it in one day!

It tells us the history of Daniel, a widower pastor who is having some trouble in get a job in the church he always wanted to be because he was not married. And we have Jessica, a girl who has almost no fami
My experience of reading Married for Christmas was going well until the wedding occurred. Jessica transformed from a decent character into a selfish nag who wasted no time on reneging on her promise. She'd agreed with Daniel to embark on a marriage of convenience, but did not give him ANY time to adjust to anything more meaningful.

I realize Jessica had been in denial about her true desires, but resenting Daniel for not fully and immediately participating in their new marriage was unfair. She con
Joleen Devens
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: 2017-hidden-gems
This month my hidden gem was far from being a gem. I was very disappointed. Reading the definition of the book, I was really excited to read it. It sounded like a great christian fiction book. What a surprise. I found no value at all in the book. It had very detailed love scenes. As I got into this part of the book, I started skipping several of those pages. However the love scenes kept comming up chapter after chapter. Now I love a romantic plot, but in this book the details went way over the l ...more
Maree Repa
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Making Adjustments

Five Winning Stars

I was so absolutely thrilled to read receive this first series of this amazing book, Willow Park. Written by my complete favourite author, Noelle Adams. Another marvellous romantic to just simply the best!

Jessica Cameron was very afraid now. Whilst being so rushed as work this day. She still had on ambition in her lonely life. She wanted a family., to belong and be apart of them too.

Now as went to visit her closest friend Daniel. Ready to pop the proposal to
Mandi Schreiner
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I really enjoyed this one. It's contemporary, not inspirational, even though the hero is a pastor. He is also a widower. Marriage of convenience y'all! I love that trope. It's awkward at times. And sad and hurtful. And very romantic. Recommend.

$.99 for the next few days I think.
Nov 23, 2014 marked it as to-read
Free on Amazon 11/23/14
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
I really enjoyed Married for Christmas - it does have a religious under tone to the story (Hero is a pastor) but it didn't become a huge sermon like other Christian stories. I actually liked the smooth transition between the MC's spiritual and emotional journey together.

I was in the mood for something Christmasy and this was a freebie by Noelle Adams. The story basically is about Jessica - all told through her POV - she's always dreamed of marriage, a home and a family to share her life with. A
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of Married for Christmas is an author's note. It explains that while the book is about a pastor, it isn't meant to be Christian fiction. It is a simply a book that explores life from the perspective of someone who has faith. It is not intended to present any sort of religious message. Noelle rightly acknowledges that the challenge of this sort of book will mean that for some there will be too much religion and for others, not enough (I admit, I was convinced I would be in the fi ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jessica has a proposition for her old friend Daniel. He's a widower, having lost his wife, Lila, in a car accident. Daniel is a pastor, and has the chance to become the pastor in he and Jess's home town but they'd prefer somebody either settled down, or a bit older than Daniel. Jessica feels very alone; she has friends, but not much in the way of family aside from her mother who is in a nursing home. Jess works from home so doesn't even have work colleagues. Jess has given up in the idea of love ...more
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jessica wants to belong to a family and Daniel wants to be a pastor at his hometown church. They have been friends for a long time, but have never dated. The book opens with Jessica plotting her proposal. She appeals to Daniel’s desire to be the pastor but the elders’ preference for a married pastor. Daniel was married once, but his wife passed away two years ago. Jessica knows she was his one great love and that they will never have a love marriage, but she knows they will both respect their vo ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, holiday
Going into Married for Christmas I really didn’t have any expedition about the book. By the time I was done with the book, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. The story slowly sneaks up on you and by the end you aren’t ready for it to be over.

Jessica has been living a simple life, taking care of her mother, working from home and spending time with her dog Bear and her best friend Daniel. For the most part she is happy with her life except for the fact she really wants a family and k
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. This is a short novel about friends getting married for reasons other than love. He is a young pastor who lost his beloved wife in a car accident. A church in his home town that he's always wanted to preach at has an opening but the elders are concerned that he is too young and not married. She has been the pastor's good friend for several years and longs for a family and to move back to her hometown. She has never found any guy she ever really liked, except she has se ...more
Audiobook: Narrator - Jane Cramer

Another wonderful narration by Ms. Cramer as she gives life to this heroine. I loved that she performed this character in a very real and relatable manner. She truly is the perfect choice for this author’s heroines.

My heart hurt for Jessica and all the loneliness she felt while she’s struggling with some tough things in her life. Sometimes I was annoyed with Daniel and really needed his point of view here to help me to connect with him rather than judge him harsh
There are lots of things I liked very much about this romance. I love marriage of connivence plots. I really like that this plot in a contemporary romance that makes sense. Clergy should be married in the eyes of manny congregations. The heroine's reasoning makes sense as well.

I enjoyed having two leads that have deep spiritual commitments in a non Inspirational Romance. Good stuff. I would have actually liked more of this aspect of the characters. They have some pretty hot sexy times which was
Kate Sherwood
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I feel like a hard marker, but I was asking myself how I felt about the book and I said, 'it was okay' which is word-for-word the goodreads definition of a two star rating, so... two stars.

I just never really got into it. I didn't really like the hero (I don't always want both POVs in a romance, but for this story I think it really would have helped, because this guy just seemed like a cold fish to me, right up until he was Mr. Passionate Lover Man, and I didn't really get a sense of the transit
Sofia Lazaridou
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I did not like this book as much as the others from the same author. It's a good thing that the religion isn't a huge part of the book because I would have flipped. Daniel wasn't very open about his feelings and I couldn't judge him well. Jessica should not go near the oven. It always turns out to be a disaster.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book isn't the frothy sweet meet cute book I thought it was going to be.

It surprised me with its emotion, depth and content.

This book made me cried and that is rare. I felt their pain and joy, which is a difficult feat to accomplish given the short length of this book.

Well done.
3 stars

I'm really lazy to review, so all I want to say is the story was so-so.

Read on your own peril.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweet-reads
This was a fun, super sweet and light read. perfect holiday reading material!!:)
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Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many yea

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