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Dial V for Valentine - Giveaway and Review


Dial V for Valentine Book Tour

About the Book

Dial V for Valentine by Linda Shenton Matchett

Book: Dial V for Valentine

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 14, 2022


Valentine’s Day is perfect for a wedding. If only the bride will agree.


Being part of the military is not just a job for Fergus Rafferty, it’s a calling. He’s worked his way up the ranks and doing what he loves best: flying Apache helicopters. The only thing that will make his life complete is marrying Celeste. After he transfers to a unit scheduled to deploy in three months, he’s thrilled at the idea of marrying before he leaves so they can start their new life. Except Celeste wants to wait until he returns. Can he convince her to wed before he leaves?


Celeste Hardwicke has just opened her law practice when she finally accepts Fergus’s marriage proposal. Not to worry. She has plenty of time to set a date, then plan the wedding. Until she doesn’t. But a quickie wedding isn’t what she has in mind. Besides, why get married when the groom will ship out after the ceremony? When she stumbles on her great-grandmother’s diary from World War II, she discovers the two of them share the same predicament.


At an impasse, Celeste and Fergus agree to call into WDES’s program No Errin’ for Love. Will DJ Erin Orberg’s advice solve their dilemma or create a bigger divide? One they’ll both regret.

 

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My Review

5 stars

 

Linda Shenton Matchett takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of indecision in this sweet, clean, uplifting romance.

 

Celeste finally accepted her military man’s proposal. Now she faces doubt about the timing of their wedding and if she is truly cut out for life as a military spouse. Fergus faces his own doubts as he doesn’t want to lose Celeste because of his military career.

 

I loved the way the author used outside influences and Celeste’s great-grandmother’s diary to help the couple consider each other’s point of view and to draw them back to God. Fergus’s spiritual arc was wonderful to read as he learned to take seriously his role as the leader of his relationship.

 

Will Celeste give up her true love because of fear? Will she learn to trust God? Well, you’ll just have to pick up the book to find out. 😉

 

I strongly recommend this book to fans of contemporary Christian romance and sweet, clean romance.

 

Romance: Very clean. Kissing mentioned in passing.

Faith: Both characters learn to grow in their faith and their understanding of how to apply it to their lives. Very Biblically based viewpoints.

 

Disclaimer: I requested and received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of the publisher through Celebrate Lit Tours. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.


About the Author


Linda Shenton Matchett

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star-Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historical places all her life. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a former trustee for her local public library. She now lives in central New Hampshire where she explores the history of this great state and immerses herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

 

 

More from Linda

My mom was born on February 14th, so when I was growing up, Valentine’s Day wasn’t about romance and falling in love. Instead, it was a celebration of my mother. When I was asked to participate in the multi-author project, You are on the Air, I was hesitant to accept because of having little connection to the holiday and the books in the series are contemporary romance. I primarily write historical romance. But I loved the concept: the stories revolve around couples who call into a Christian radio station for relationship advice. I spent about two weeks mulling over (and discarding) ideas, then I realized the plot was right in front of me.


I had just finished putting together an exhibit with the curator at the museum where I volunteer. One of the display items was a wedding gown made from a parachute. Included with the dress was a photograph of the couple, and their names and wedding date, but nothing else. The lack of information got my mind going, and I wondered about their story.


Why did they wait until the end of the war to marry? Why not wed before the groom shipped out? Did they regret waiting? I realized that members of today’s armed forces might deal with the same situation and decided to combine the two plot lines. (See? I can’t leave my historical roots behind!)


In Dial V for Valentine, Celeste and Fergus struggle with the sacrifice that comes with true love. Not the you-can-have-the-last-cookie kind of love, but a love that puts another’s needs and wants above one’s own. What they learn is that we can only love successfully when we understand that love comes from God. We are capable of loving (mates, significant others, friends and the unlovely) because “He first loved us.” Love is an emotion, but it is also an act of obedience.


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Fiction Book Lover, February 22 (Author Interview)

Back Porch Reads, February 24 (Author Interview)

Karen Baney Reviews, February 24

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, February 26 (Author Interview)

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, February 27 (Author Interview)


Giveaway


Dial V for Valentine Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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I like this review, especially the focus on the main characters' faith. How appropriate that the book released on February 14th!

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Thank you for being part of my tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed Celeste's and Fergus's story!

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Great review, thank you.

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