Review of The Yuletide Angel by Sandra Ardoin

About the book . . .

It’s soon Christmas, and people of Meadowmead are unaware that their Yuletide Angel is Violet Madison. No one that is, until her neighbor, Hugh Barnes, happens to see her slip out into the evening to secretly leave packages for the needy. Without telling Violet, he keeps watch over the quiet, young woman who draws him in by her kindness.

Violet is attracted to the handsome grocer, but believes the confirmed bachelor would never be interested in her. Besides, now that her brother is marrying, Violet feels she must find a way to make a support herself. Only, it’s the 1890s, and it’s not common for women to run their own businesses. Violet’s predicament forces her to turn to Hugh for help. But with Christmas fast approaching, Violet and Hugh are faced with challenges that will either bring them closer together or tear them apart.

My review …

The Yuletide Angle is a sweet romance. Hugh and Violet seem to be a perfect match. Violet is a strong, independent woman—someone to emulate.  Hugh is a handsome, successful, and humble man. While he could court any single woman in town, he chooses Violet —not only because he finds her beautiful, but because he sees and appreciates the kind of person she is inside.

Readers will be able to relate to these characters and the internal and external struggles they experience. Most of us want to be generous people, but how often do we examine our motives? Most of us desire to find purpose in our lives, but where do we find it? Just as Violet experiences a few road blocks in business, women today still battle assumptions because of their gender. The author did a wonderful job of weaving these situations into the story and leaving us with a satisfying ending.

If you’re looking for a story that will put you in the Christmas spirit, I highly recommend The Yuletide Angel.

A fan of old westerns growing up, it’s only natural that Sandra Ardoin sets her stories in the days of the horse and buggy. Her Christmas novella The Yuletide Angel is no exception. She is multi-published in short fiction and the author of "Get A Clue," a short story in Family Ties: Thirteen Short Stories. Sandy is the married mother of a young adult and lives in North Carolina.

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