The Marriage Agreement
Proposing a marriage of convenience to a rugged logger is the boldest move of Nora Underhill's sheltered life. In return for Simon Wallin's protection from her overbearing family, the unassuming seamstress offers prime frontier farmland. But their paper marriage changes when Nora's greedy brother tries to draw her back into a life of drudgery. Her only option: move to Simon's farm, and into the center of his loving, unruly family.
Years of shouldering responsibility have left Simon cynical and reserved. But little by little, Nora's warmth opens his shuttered heart to joy. With their marriage claim under threat, can this practical arrangement blossom over the holidays…and become a love for all seasons?
I loved immersing myself into this story and the life and heart of the Wallin family. Simon and Nora make a deal for a marriage and hold on to it despite the interference of their families.
Simon is such a great complex character. His logical thinking and forward going ideas, always putting the families best first yet rarely taking the time to play and have fun has set him outside of the family circle.
Nora takes the term low maintenance to a new level. She is used to so little everything she has makes her happy. She is filled with energy, faith, hope, and light.
As soon as Simon says 'I Do' Nora's attitude starts rubbing off. Under the gruff exterior is caring, thoughtful, loving man who is willing to learn to live, love and laugh, if Nora is his teacher.
I enjoyed the romance, the sweet dance they had around each other as the feelings grow and their commitment gets depth. Simon's faith to God gets a new wind, his direction in life gets a new purpose, and Nora's smile lights up the room from happiness and joy of living.
Delightful and captivating story with lots of inspiration, filled with life at the ranch, family squabbles, living and learning to love, finding your way in life and fulfilling dreams during Christmas time
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me