Child, Maureen. The Surprise Christmas Bride. (New York: Silhouette, 1997). ISBN – 9780373198962.
Main Characters: Casey Oakes and Jake Parrish
Description from book:
On the first day of Christmas . . .
Finding herself in bed with her childhood love after being jilted at the altar by another man wasn’t exactly Casey Oakes’s ideas of a merry Christmas. But she knew she wouldn’t have wanted to spend her “wedding” night alone – even if Jake didn’t love her.
He got a wife . . .
After he and Casey were caught in compromising positions, Jake had proposed. But love had made a fool out of him once, so he told himself that it was only lust his new bride inspired . . .
And a surprise!
Until the stick turned pick and Casey was congratulating him on his impending fatherhood!
I love to read Harlequin and Silhouette books because they are generally light and quick to read. This book was perfect for an early morning ready. Casey Oakes gets left at the altar. She flees the church in her convertible determined to find her best friend Annie. However, she gets caught in a downpour (with the roof down), her car breaks down and she ends up trying to help a frightened calf. Annie’s brother Jake finds Casey and bring her to his house. They spend the night together and are caught in bed the next morning by Jake’s entire family. Jake proposes, Casey accepts, and they soon discover that a baby is on the way. Jake hasn’t really gotten over his earlier divorce – and isn’t really ready for marriage. It takes a while, and a visit from Casey’s ex-fiance, for Jake to finally admit that he loves his wife. A very, merry Christmas ensues.
This book is definitely cute. I laughed out loud at Casey’s attempt to talk to the calf after her car breaks down. She also has a great relationship with her dog Stumbles. On the other hand, Casey’s parent are awful. We find out late in the book, that Steven (the man who left her at the altar) tried to talk to Casey the night before the wedding. He even told her father that he wouldn’t be at the church. What is up with that?
Read first on October 14, 2007