Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: The Advent Bride

Mary Connealy

The Advent Bride

By Mary Connealy
Barbour, October 2014

About the Book

Melanie Douglas is alone on the Nebraska plains, teaching school to get by. She finds a unique box with hidden drawers to use over the advent season to engage a young boy in his schooling.

When Henry O’Keeffe sees a positive change in his son, he has to see for himself what this new teacher is doing.

My Review

I enjoyed reading The Advent Bride. Melanie Douglas, the heroine, is a teacher at a one-room school in Nebraska. The student who gives her the most trouble is a boy named Simon. When he’s in her classroom, she has trouble managing all her students.

For better or worse, she sees the potential in Simon. He is very bright. If he behaved, he might even be her best student academically.

She tries to talk to his father, Henry O’Keeffe, with mixed results. She worries about the boy’s home life and decides she’d rather have him with her after school than send him home alone. So she has a clever idea or two on how to keep him engaged after school. And that is where the advent box enters into the story!

I enjoyed this novella. It is a very light, Christmas-themed historical romance that is satisfying enough for what it is.

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