Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ARC Review: A Christmas Hope by Stacy Henrie

Title:  A Christmas Hope (Of Love and War Novella)
Author:  Stacy Henrie
Publisher/Publication Date: Forever Yours, December 2, 2014
Format/Source:  E-ARC, Publisher/NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Summary

Tis the season for second chances…

Having experienced the heartache of unrequited love, Maria Schmitt desperately seeks a new life. Landing a position as a clerk in a Sioux City bank is just what she needs to get started on her journey toward healing. But a dashing stranger soon puts her job-and her heart-in jeopardy.

Saving lives was all Dale Emerson ever wanted to do . . . until a fateful day in France shattered his career as a surgeon. He lost everything that mattered, and the last thing he wants to do is resign himself to a life without medicine working at his uncle's bank. Then he meets Maria, a compassionate woman who can see past his scars to the man he once was-and the man he could be again. With Christmas right around the corner, these two wounded hearts may find that hope and a little holiday cheer are just the ticket to letting go of regrets-and embracing a future full of love and possibility.

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A Christmas Hope by Stacy Henrie is a compelling holiday read. Once again Henrie has created a historical romance that highlighted the role of women during WWI as they took on more responsibilities, which—as I indicated in the Hope Rising review—is a fascinating aspect of this series. A Christmas Hope is Dale and Maria’s story. It takes place in Sioux City, Iowa. Maria was introduced in Hope at Dawn. In the previous book things didn’t work out so well for Maria, so it was nice to read her story as she was moving on with her life. Maria was depicted as feisty, resilient, and knowledgeable; whereas Dale was insecure at times. I liked the depiction of Dale and Maria, because they complemented each other as they both dealt with major life changes.

—A must read! Rating 5/5

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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