Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Hope of Christmas by Wolfe, Wangard & Matchett

December 20, 2017 Christian, giveaway, historical, Jodie Wolfe, Linda Shenton Matchett, romance, Terri Wangard 32

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Picking a Bride for Paul by Jodie Wolfe
When Teddy Love’s neighbor and best friend breaks his leg, she pitches in to do whatever she can to help him on his farm. But when he enlists her aid in finding a wife, she comes to realize she has feelings for him.

Paul Baker follows his heart mother’s wishes by looking for a bride from the East who is refined and gentile, two qualities Teddy isn’t. When his potential bride arrives, he finds himself comparing her to Teddy. How can he go back and change things before he makes the biggest mistake of his life?

 Typhoon Prompting by Terri Wangard

A destroyer escort is among the smallest of warships, but the USS Tabberer has the heart of a giant. A typhoon threatens the US Fleet in the Pacific during World War II, days before Christmas. The men of the Tabberer stand tall as they rush to the aid of their fellow sailors. For Seaman Jerry Collier, the typhoon prompts a greater awareness of what he wants in life. First, though, they have to survive.

A Dr. in the House by Linda Shenton Matchett
Emma O’Sullivan is one of the first female doctors to enlist after President Franklin Roosevelt signs the order allowing women in the Army and Navy medical corps. Within weeks, Emma is assigned to England to set up a convalescent hospital, and she leaves behind everything that is familiar. When the handsome widower of the requisitioned property claims she’s incompetent and tries to get her transferred, she must prove to her superiors she’s more than capable. But she’s soon drawn to the good-looking, grieving owner. Will she have to choose between her job and her heart?

Archibald “Archie” Heron is the last survivor of the Heron dynasty, his two older brothers having been lost at Dunkirk and Trondheim and his parents in the Blitz. After his wife is killed in a bombing raid while visiting Brighton, he begins to feel like a modern-day Job. To add insult to injury, the British government requisitions his country estate, Heron Hall, for the U.S. Army to use as a hospital. The last straw is when the hospital administrator turns out to be a fiery, ginger-haired American woman. She’s got to go. Or does she?

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GENRE: Inspirational Historical Christmas Fiction
PUBLISHER: Celebrate Lit
RELEASE DATE: November 24, 2017
PAGES: 212

First of all… this cover is so pretty, isn’t it? It makes me want to build a snowman and drink hot cocoa by a cozy fire 😀 The stories inside are just as cozy and warm! And like Celebrate Lit’s other Christmas collection (Holly, Ivy, and Intrigue) each story is different, making this a collection for just about every reader.

Picking a Bride for Paul by Jodie Wolfe is cute and romantic – the story of two friends who are clueless to their real feelings for each other. Teddy (the heroine) is a feisty tomboy who still longs to be in charge of her own home. Um… but her cooking skills and her ability to be ladylike still need a bit of work – and this leaves us plenty of opportunities to smile as she tries to navigate both while taking care of Paul after he breaks his leg. They both need a slap upside the head to see what’s been right in front of them all this time – and it comes in the form of Paul’s mail-order bride.

Terri Wangard delivers another sweet and harrowing WW2 story in Typhoon Prompting, based on real-life events in the US fleet in the Pacific. I held my breath more than once, not quite knowing how it would all play out. I enjoyed reading Evelyn’s letters right along with Jerry, getting a sense for their backstories as well as their romance. This story is a poignant reminder that war is cruel … but love endures. I would have loved an epilogue – I wasn’t ready for it to end quite yet!

Matchett closes out the collection on England’s soil with A Dr. In The House. Emma and Archie get off to a rough start, mostly Archie’s fault. Ok, it’s all Archie’s fault 😉 He’s a big, blustery English aristocrat (like a cross between Mr. Darcy and the Beast) who isn’t fond of American ‘nurses’ and isn’t fond of American doctors who take over his estate to use as a hospital. Especially when they turn out to be one and the same American. I enjoyed watching their relationship unfold in stages, and I would love to spend even more time with these characters!

Bottom Line: The three historical stories in this collection are cozy and sweet, and they can be enjoyed any time of year. A variety of styles, settings, and characters will appeal to a wide range of readers, making this a great gift choice too!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Enjoyed it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of ACFW. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie.

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Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

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Linda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, author, and history geek. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life-from Edison, New Jersey (named for the famed inventor of the light bulb) and Washington, DC to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (reputed to be the oldest summer resort in America). She volunteers at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a trustee for her local public library.

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32 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Hope of Christmas by Wolfe, Wangard & Matchett”

  1. Lori Smanski

    I remember what it was like to love someone and he loved someone else. at the time it was devastating. fortunately God knew the perfect man for me and we have been happily married for 33 years now. God does know best. this sounds like a wonderful book.

  2. Natalya Lakhno

    Sounds like a great read! Thank you for your review! Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Perrianne Askew

    Thank you for the review and giveaway opportunity. These stories sound really good! Merry Christmas!

  4. Jan Hall

    I loved it when I read that they both needed a slap up side of the head to see what was right in front of them.

  5. Winnie Thomas

    Lovely review, Carrie! The cover of this book is so inviting, and it sounds wonderful!

  6. Evangeline

    The cover is beautiful and the stories sound delightful. Blessings on each writer. Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas! 🎄🎉🎁

  7. Kay Garrett

    Thanks for the review and information on The Hope of Christmas by Wolfe, Wangard & Matchett. I’d love to read it!

  8. Anne L. Rightler

    Thank you for sharing your review and info about the book. Looking forward to reading this one.

  9. Stephanie Goddard

    These stories look like ones I would enjoy. I especially love the cover!

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