Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: The Mechanic & the MD by Linda Shenton Matchett

Book: The Mechanic & the MD

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: May 15, 2020

All’s fair in love and war. Or so they say.

High school and college were a nightmare for Doris Strealer and being an adult isn’t much better. Men won’t date a woman of her height, and they don’t understand her desire to repair car engines rather than work as a nurse or a teacher. When her father’s garage closes, and no one will hire a female mechanic, she joins the Red Cross Motor Corps, finally feeling at home. Until she comes face to face with her past in the form of Ronald McCann, the most popular boy in school.

On the brink of a successful career as a surgeon, Ron’s plans crumble when he’s drafted and assigned to an evacuation hospital in England, the last place he expects to run into a former schoolmate. The gangly tomboy who was four years behind him in high school has transformed into a statuesque beauty, but a broken engagement in college leaves him with no desire to risk his heart ever again.

Will the hazards of war make or break a romance between this unlikely couple?


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Linda Shenton Matchett has become one of my favorite authors. I have read many of her books over the last few years. I am not one who normally likes books with Spies and Mystery, but I do love a good romance.  The Mechanic & The MD is Book 2 in the Sisters in Service series. I read Book 1 last year and I have been anxiously awaiting the Second Book. 

The time period of World War II is an interesting time period and I do enjoy reading books that are set in that time period. Doris Strealer has had a rough few years, beginning in High School and continuing through College. She worked at her Dad's Garage for many years and enjoys Mechanic Work. She joins the Red Cross Motor Corps when her Dad's Garage closes and has a hard time finding work as a Female Mechanic at local Garages. She is loving her work until she runs into the "Most Popular boy from High School, Ronald McCann. Ron was drafted to serve during WWII and is working in an evacuation hospital in England. He was just about to start a career as a Surgeon and now he is drafted to go to England. He is WOWED by Doris, who has turned from a "Tomboy" to a Beautiful Woman. He wants to focus on his reason for being in England but wonders if Doris, in all her beauty, will be a distraction. Will the pair be able to get over the bitterness from their High School years? Will there be a romance between the 2? 

I truly enjoyed this book. It is a FAST read as once the story gets moving, I didn't want to and didn't put the book down. Doris is  an inspiring woman for Ron McCann is also an amazing Character. I really thought it was amazing how he was ready to leave the past in the past and make friends with Doris after all these years. The Suspense and Twists and Turns in the book were just amazing! Linda Shenton Matchett has another GREAT book and I look forward to reading more in this series.

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.


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As a former human resources professional I am fascinated by the history of women in the workplace. The WWII is especially intriguing because not only did women enter the workforce, but they took jobs previously only held by men. And they proved themselves up to the task.


Because of my background, one of the first things I do when devising a story is to determine the protagonist’s job, and I love putting her into an unusual situation. My heroines have been mercantile owners, gold prospectors, spies, war correspondents, photographers, and pilots. In The Mechanic & The MD, Doris Strealer is…you guessed it…a mechanic.


I learned early on that I am NOT mechanically inclined. Newly married with not a lot of extra cash, my husband and I decided we would perform our own car maintenance. My husband grew up helping his dad, so he had lots of experience. How hard could it be?


For me, apparently very difficult. My first (and only) attempt to change the oil ended with my face and hands covered in black muck and a hole in the filter (don’t ask!). I determined I’m better at holding the flashlight or performing other assistant-type duties.


As it turns out, that wasn’t the case for Britain’s future Queen Elizabeth who became the first female member of the British royal family to become an active duty member of the Armed Forces when she joined the Auxiliary Territory Service. She underwent a six-week auto mechanic training course and learned how to deconstruct, repair, and rebuild engines, change tires, and drive every type of vehicle she worked on including jeeps, trucks, and ambulances.


When I learned of her service, I was intrigued, and the idea for The Mechanic & The MD was born.


I hope you enjoy Doris’s story, my effort to honor the men and women who served during this difficult period in history.

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For Him and My Family, March 12

Texas Book-aholic, March 13

deb’s Book Review, March 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 15

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 16

Connie’s History Classroom, March 17

Blossoms and Blessings, March 18 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 19

For the Love of Literature, March 20 (Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, March 20

CarpeDiem, March 21

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, March 22 (Author Interview)

Miriam Jacob, March 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 23

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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Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a really good book.

marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

I enjoyed reading your review, the book sounds great

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a great story.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of The Mechanic & the MD, this sounds like a must read for me and I am looking forward to it

Linda Matchett said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for being part of my tour and for your wonderful review. I'm glad you enjoyed Doris's and Ron's story. Blessings!

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for the great review of Linda's new book. I look forward to reading about the relationship between Doris and Ronald.

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, Thank you for sharing your excellent review!

Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Linda, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about The Mechanic & the MD, which sounds like a great book for me to read and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks, Happily Managing a Household of Boys, for sharing your review! Have a terrific TGIF!

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