Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Operation Christmas by Barbara Weitz

Title: Operation Christmas 
Author: Barbara Weitz
My Rating: B 

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Jess and Madeleine
Release Date: November 2013
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: g-rated

Story Overview
Lieutenant Jess Grant is home from Afghanistan with a physical injury that has stripped away his confidence. Yet he hopes to reconnect with a young war widow he knew in high school. His "Operation Christmas" project is just the excuse he needs to visit her family's bakery.

Madeleine Belmar struggles with Christmas, works for Scrooge, and is nowhere near ready for a new relationship when she runs into Jess. Her rejection and his persistence create a confusing mix of attraction and fear she seems unable to navigate.

When Jess sees she won't budge, he leaves their fate up to Madeleine. Between her meddling family and angelic intervention, Jess will get a helping hand. This Christmas will be one they will never forget.

My Review:
If you are looking for a sweet little Christmas book which embraces the season, the emotions that so many deal with at this time of the year, and a touch of Christmas magic....this is the book for you. 

The first half of this book is pretty tough. Madeleine lost her husband while he was serving in the military two years ago. She's never really recovered from that. That same week of her husband's death, Jess had his own military that he survived (one of the few who did) with only the loss of his arm. But he's still haunted by his loss too. Both these people are having a hard time readjusting to life and that makes it really hard for them to connect for the first half of this book, no matter how hard Jess is trying to make it happen. 

There are other normal life complications, jobs, volunteer work, life stresses...all those things that everyone has to deal with, but also seem to become so much more difficult at this time of the year.

There are some real highlights to this book...Jess's friend, Tamara (I think I have her name right, but am not sure). She was awesome. I loved how she would tell both Jess and Madeleine the honest truth and call them on stuff. Then there was Jess's little sister, Crystal...loved their straight teenage honesty. There's a quick little bit of conflict at the end, but the resolution to that story line was PERFECTION. I really, really did like that bit in the epilogue. Most of the story takes place in Madeleine's family bakery....those smells with the Christmas lights that are present in all of Jess's places provide great ambiance for this Christmas story.

Like I said, just a sweet little read to make you think about the miracles that so often happen this time of year.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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