|The Yuletide Angel by Sandra Ardoin|
Darling Christmas Taleby Carrie Fancett Pagels
The Yuletide Angel
By Sandra Ardoin
Lighthouse of the Carolinas (2014)
Although the cover looks spooky, there's nothing eery about The Yuletide Angel--but she DOES go about with her charitable work dressed in black and that house is a nice new one for the time period, which is 1890! Convicted that good works should be kept private, Violet goes to extremes!
Having lost her father, and previously her mother, Violet is left living with her brother who has now announced his engagement. This young lady, five years younger, will soon be moving into what has been their home. Sensing she will soon become unwanted in her own home, Violet (whose personality has been consistent with that of being a shy shrinking violet) sets out begin what she hopes will be a successful bakery business.
Meanwhile Hugh Barnes, a grocer whose home is across the street from Violet's has discovered who the town's mysterious Yuletide Angel is--and he's concerned for the young woman who does her merciful acts at night. Seeking to protect her, he follows her through the dark streets of their town.
Rejected by several other storekeepers, Violet approaches Hugh about placing her baked goods in his store. Their relationship grows and a sweet romance begins. But then an unwanted reminder of past hurts returns to affect them.
This is a great read and very different. What is fun for me is that my Christmas novella for 2014, The Fruitcake Challenge, is set in 1890 also and my heroine wants to run a bake shop, too, but the settings and the stories and romances are SO different. I think they make a great combo read!
Giveaway: A copy of Sandra Ardoin's The Yuletide Angel in ebook and The Fruitcake Challenge for a two-for read!