Sunday, February 25, 2024

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: 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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I have been a fan of Linda Shenton Matchett for a few years. Dial V for Valentine is the latest book by Linda Shenton Matchett that I have read. 

Fergus Rafferty is in the Military and he knows it is calling to be there. He has climbed the ranks and then gets transferred to a new unit. The new unit is set to deploy in 3 months and he has only one dream to fulfill before deployment. He would LOVE to marry Celeste before he deploys. Celeste Hardwicke wants to marry Fergus and has accepted his marriage proposal. She just opened a Law Practice and wants to get settled with her Law Practice before marrying Fergus. She also wants to plan a nice wedding not a quick wedding. Celeste has some thinking to do when she discovers her Great-Grandmother's diary from WWII and finds out that her grandmother had to make a wedding decision just the same as Celeste is in right now. Fergus is really trying to convince Celeste to marry before he deploys. Will Celeste make the same choice her Great-Grandmother made? Will Fergus and Celeste marry before deployment? 

WOW, I truly enjoyed this book from the beginning to end! The book was short but sure packed a lot of romance and intrigue. I LOVE that Fergus and Celeste call the Radio DJ to help them make their decision and the DJ was very encouraging to them. The Great-Grandmother's diary really helped Celeste understand Military Life and encouraged her as she was much like her Great Grandmother in many ways. The book is one of Faith, Family and LOVE! I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Romance. GREAT BOOK!

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.



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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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Karen Baney Reviews, February 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 25

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

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

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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Linda Matchett said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for being part of my tour and for being such a supportive and encouraing fan! I'm glad you enjoyed Dial V for Valentine!

Tami Vollenweider said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like such a great romance story!!!9

Michael Law said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks like a fantastic novel. Thanks for hosting this tour.

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm eager to find out what they decide in the end.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks like a great book !

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