Operation: Christmas Hearts
Operation: Christmas Hearts is a military romance.
If you are or have been in the military or part of a military family, you will understand this story. But even if the military lifestyle is strange to you, I believe you will be enriched by this novel. Our military families do not have the common-man type of life that most people enjoy. Deployments happen, transfers happen…the military lifestyle does not only impact military personnel. Rather, the family as a whole is affected. The family serves, sometimes by traveling with the service person…and sometimes by waiting at home with the light in the window, often with the knowledge that the deployed person is at constant risk. The only time they know for certain loved ones are well at a particular moment is through phone calls or other direct communications such as Skype. And, sadly, there are a lot of military service men and women who have very little support on the home front for one reason or another. Please don’t forget our military. They work hard to keep the world safe. They make the sacrifices to their lifestyles so others don’t have to.
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.
A Taste of Operation: Christmas Hearts
The steady drip-drip of the light rain on the canvas awning outside was the only sound to break the silence. No happy laughter of children playing. And ever since the mail carrier had departed an hour earlier, no jingle of the bell on the front door to signal a customer’s arrival to the art gallery and gift shop. More important, no phone ringing.
A Heartsight novel (Ashley’s story)
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