The hope of Christmas in my house is that we all get on together! Everyone has expectations of how their Christmas will pan out. Mine is without a doubt that there won’t be any quarrels – that love and peace reign and jealousy takes a back seat.
If that doesn’t happen then I have plenty of books I can submerge myself in. I hope you find this review of The Hope of Christmas wets your appetite and you will rush out and buy a copy! Happy Christmas everyone.
My Penny’s worth
The hope of Christmas – Three books in one
Picking a Bride for Paul
Paul and Teddy are likeable characters who carry off this story in a sweet way. What is there not to like about these two people who dance around one another – well Teddy does as Paul has a broken leg!
Enter Catherine, not my cup of tea, who niggles me enough to want to shake some sense into this silly woman. Jodie Wolfe’s writing is smart as she has me bristling at the audacity of Catherine’s pomposity. Usually, at this point, I would put the book down as I can’t relate to such absurd behaviour. However, I needed to know what happened, so I carried on reading, and
I am glad I did.
Did Paul make the right decision or did he trip up on his lame leg?
A great short read by Jodie Wolfe.
I want to congratulate Terri Wangard on her well written WW2 novella. I loved the way she combined home and the turbulent sea in her book, which brought calm into this action-filled story.
The main character Jerry Collier shares with the reader his highs and lows, and we get a snapshot of what life was like on board ship.
Although this is a novella, the author packed so much into the pages that I felt, nay I needed to know more. This book is an excellent taster of her writing. I became friends with both Jerry and his girl, Evelyn, and I have been left wanting…
An enjoyable short read, when is the full version coming out Terri?
A doctor in the house
Dear Archie, how I felt for him having his ancestral home requisitioned and turned into a hospital for wounded American soldiers. He had already lost so much and is raw from the horrors of the war.
I am not one for the upper classes, but Archie does not come across as the usual standoffish English gentleman. Having an American Army Doctor who is trying to prove herself in a man’s world on top of losing his home naturally rubs Archie up the wrong way. I believe these situations where any army requisitioning property put distance between the locals wherever it happened – trouble always brewed.
I empathise with Emma and understand that she needed to be strong and efficient as a woman doctor and get why she is so focused. However, a little understanding on her behalf might have been a better way forward.
Two determined characters are bound to set off sparks, and in this, I am not disappointed. But will they overcome their differences?
Archie and Emma portrayed a colourful picture of life in a more rural England during WW2.
*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*
Please continue reading to learn more about this book and the three authors.
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About the Book
Title: The Hope of Christmas
Author: Jodie Wolfe, Terri Wangard, Linda Shenton Matchett
Genre: Historical Christmas
Release Date: November 24, 2017
Picking a Bride for Paul
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
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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About the Authors
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. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.
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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