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by Anna Schmidt, Ruth Logan Herne

Genre: Inspirational, Anthology, Contemporary Romance

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This duology from Herne and Schmidt is perfect for the season. New York City at Christmastime during the post-WW II era creates a winning combination in Herne’s romantic story. Schmidt’s touching tale — set in the present day — sees Max, a soldier who has just returned from battle, attempt to assimilate back into civilian life.

Karen O’Leary was swept away by a soldier who left her pregnant and alone. The Salvation Army was there for her and, five years later, in Herne’s “Red Kettle Christmas,” Karen works as a nurse and volunteers as a bell ringer during Christmas. This year, her kettle is in NYPD Mike Wolzak’s beat and the two help each other during the holidays in New York. In Schmidt’s “Manhattan Miracle,” Max Wolzak has just arrived home from a military assignment overseas. Sarah Peterson, who grew up next door to him, works with the United Nations abroad and has come home for the holidays. They fall in love, but will she stay or will he go? (SUMMERSIDE, Oct., 320 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed By: Julie Gwinn


Published: October 2013

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