Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: Marry Me: Have tissues handy for this small-town midlife marriage of convenience romance - clean, sweet, deeply emotional, and faith-filled! (Chapel Cove Romances Book 6)
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After all available treatments for 4-year-old Alia's leukaemia have apparently failed, Melanie is taking her home to try to give her the best possible last Christmas. The problem is that the thing Alia wants most is for her mum to give her a new dad, following her dad's death a year or so previously - and she's even picked out the perfect candidate: Mark Spencer ("Dr Santa"), a doctor Melanie has not yet met. Melanie has suffered a lot of loss in her life and has no interest in marrying again - but she'll do anything to make Alia's last months happy... Mark lost his wife a year or two back and has refused to date since because of the potential pain involved in loving and losing again - but he finds Alia hard to resist, even though he initially turns Melanie's proposal of a temporary marriage in name only. Soon he finds himself accepting her offer of an apartment above her restaurant for at least the weekend while he helps settle Alia back home after a long hospital stay, and even interviewing for a local position. When events conspire against them to make a marriage seem more necessary, they agree to the original plan - but there is more between them than that. Can they admit their feelings and open their hearts again? Or will the prospect of more loss tear them apart?
The ending was predictable, but that didn't make getting there any less enjoyable. As always with this author, the writing is good and the content clean, and getting to know the characters is not only a pleasant way to spend a few hours, but also inspirational. In this case, some of the comments about God and suffering were particularly helpful, while the characters were delightful - from the burgeoning relationship between Melanie and Mark to Alia's unicorn obsession. I also appreciated the way that even though Mark was being proposed a temporary marriage, it was made clear from the start that he would consider himself bound to her for life and would not be trying to get out of the marriage and marry someone else - even before anything more was even on the horizon. Note that though this is part of a series, it can be read on its own with no problem - there are mentions of characters that have appeared in other books, but no cases where a knowledge of previous books is important to one's enjoyment of this book. All in all, highly recommended.
Note that I received a review copy of the book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.