Yuletide Angel by Sandra Ardoin - Review

Friday, October 17, 2014

About the Book
It's Christmastime in 1890s Meadowmead, and someone is venturing out at night to leave packages at the homes of the needy. Dubbed The Yuletide Angel, no one knows the identity of this mysterious benefactor. No one, except Hugh Barnes, a confirmed bachelor who finds himself drawn to the outwardly shy but inwardly bold Violet Madison, a young woman who risks her safety to help others. When Violet confesses her fear of eviction from her childhood home, Hugh longs to rescue her. His good intentions are thwarted, however, when Hugh's estranged brother shows up in town ... and in Violet's company. But Violet faces an even bigger threat. A phantom figure lurks in the shadows, prepared to clip the wings of The Yuletide Angel.

About the Author

Passionate about horses and a fan of old westerns, it's only natural that Sandra Ardoin sets stories in the days of the horse and buggy. Her upcoming Christmas novella (to release October 2014), The Yuletide Angel, is no exception.

Her short stories have been published in both adult and juvenile denominational publications, and her story "Get A Clue" is part of the Family Ties: Thirteen Short Stories collection. She's written devotions for adults and children, and her light verse has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Cappers, and Mature Living.

Sandy is the married mother of a young adult. In her spare time, she reads, listens to country music, digs rocks out of her garden, watches NASCAR, and embarrasses her family with her enthusiastic cheering during NFL games. (She's also a vocal armchair coach.)

She is a member of ACFW and Carolina Christian Writers (ACFW-Charlotte Chapter). Visit her at www.sandraardoin.com and on the Seriously Write blog. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

My Review
Yuletide Angel, Sandra Ardoin's debut book, is a sweet historical romance about a young lady determined to help others, in spite of her limited resources as a woman in the late 1800's. If you enjoy Grace Livingston Hill's novels or historical romances, I think you'll enjoy this read. Violet Madison lives a secret life, one that could ruin the greatest treasure a woman in the late 1800's could have: her reputation. But instead of worry about herself, she worried about families in her neighborhood. And so she created the Yuletide Angel, leaving necessities on the doorsteps of those in need. Merchant Hugh Barnes becomes the Yuletide Angel's personal guardian angel after watching her deliver her goodies one night. Each night he watches over her from afar and finds himself falling for her as he follows her. I love the character arcs of both Violet and Hugh. And the pacing is just right with enough conflict to keep my interest going (but not too much to make me give up on them). I think this is a wonderful little story and I look forward to more from the author.