Operation Christmas Hearts by Kay Springsteen
Publisher: esKape Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full Length (268 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid
Ashley Torrington never cared much about Christmas before. But this year she’s having a particularly blue holiday because Marine Special Operations Team member, Nick Turner got under her skin just before he was deployed to Afghanistan. With her neighbors’ precocious daughter Bella volunteering Ashley for a special project at school, and a mysterious white-haired stranger named Estelle in town buying gifts from Ashley’s shop, not to mention the odd assortment of presents Ashley’s been receiving from an anonymous source, she shouldn’t have time to worry about her guy. But when he and his team go missing the week before Christmas, she realizes only a Christmas miracle will reunite them.
Captain Nicholas Turner never backed down from challenges—on the battlefield or in his personal life. But he’d never met a challenge like Ashley, who doesn’t want to be anyone’s “girl back home.” Now he’s on the other side of the world, wanting to be anywhere but in Afghanistan for Christmas. About to embark on one of the most dangerous missions of his life, he needs Ashley to know she’s much more than the girl he’d left behind, and he does plan to come home to her. But in the meantime, a little Christmas magic would be appreciated. Little does he know, he’s about to get his wish.
In the sleepy coastal town of Lookout Island, North Carolina, Ashley looks forward to Christmas with her friends, but her heart misses her boyfriend Nick who is overseas with the marines. Although he can’t tell her his location, she guesses it is somewhere dangerous and when he goes missing Ashley finds it hard to keep her faith in his return.
Ashley, a very independent woman, is reluctant to give her love to a man who spends his life fighting the enemy. However, her heart has other ideas.
Nick has a hard job convincing Ashley they belong together. He has very novel ways of proving his love and Ashley finds it hard not to give in, but she must resist him if she is to keep her resolve not to be a woman waiting for her man to come home.
Quite a poignant story with adventure and romance, all bound together with the Christmas festivities and celebrations. This is another wonderful book in the “Heart” series from Kay Springsteen. As well as the romance side of the story, there is also the cosy Christmas feeling as the local school packs parcels to send to the troops for Christmas. By the time I finished reading I had a feeling of satisfaction with Christmas as a family affair. Good book and well written with loveable characters and highlights to grab the attention.