The Wedding Kiss
by Hannah Alexander
Trade Paperback: 317 pages
Publisher: Summerside Press
Released: September 1, 2011
Source: Bought through Half.com.
Book Description, My Take:
The marriage of convenience between Keara McBride and Elam Jensen becomes uncomfortable when they realize that they actually love each other. Elam's dead wife had been Keara's best friend, and both Keara and Elam feel like they're betraying her memory. To make the situation even more difficult, the dead wife's sister shows up on their doorstep with a bullet wound on their wedding night. Someone is trying to kill her, and Keara and Elam must keep her hidden! But the only way to really keep her safe is to discover who is after her and why he wants her dead.
The Wedding Kiss is a Christian historical romantic suspense set in 1901 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It was fun to read a novel set so close to where I live, but I wonder how much the authors actually know about raising and training horses. Elam was supposed to have a successful, full-fledged horse farm yet apparently only had a few horses (which were constantly kept in a barn or nearby paddock and were fed a lot of oats...not really the normal setup for the time period).
The focus was more on the suspense than the romance, so the romance was mainly coming to peace with loving each other while a whirlwind of other events were happening. I liked that the authors used actual historical events of that time to set up and push forward several events in the book. The suspense was created through relationship tensions between several characters and from physical danger.
The Christian element was woven naturally into the characters' behavior and conversations. The characters did briefly talk about God and His being in control. There was no sex. There was a very minor amount of "he cussed" style of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this fairly light, enjoyable novel.
If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.