Fresh Face Friday: Operation Christmas by Barbara Weitz

Happy Friday, Everyone! Today I have a great novella just in time for Christmas.  Operation Christmas is a warm and touching story full of emotion.  Barbara Weitz really brings the feeling of Christmas into her novella.  For the rest of my review check it out after the book blurb.  I know most of you are groaning at the idea of Christmas but after reading this you will be a little closer to the holiday spirit.  I don’t normally do this but I want to give a shout to my little brother.  Its his birthday today!  Happy Birthday, Brandon!

18692287Book Blurb:

Lieutenant Jess Grant is home from Afghanistan with a physical injury that has stripped away his confidence. Yet he hopes to reconnect with a young war widow he knew in high school. His “Operation Christmas” project is just the excuse he needs to visit her family’s bakery.

Madeleine Belmar struggles with Christmas, works for Scrooge, and is nowhere near ready for a new relationship when she runs into Jess. Her rejection and his persistence create a confusing mix of attraction and fear she seems unable to navigate.

When Jess sees she won’t budge, he leaves their fate up to Madeleine. Between her meddling family and angelic intervention, Jess will get a helping hand. This Christmas will be one they will never forget.


Operation Christmas is a great read to get you in the holiday spirit.  It brings up what we tend to forget.  Many of us, unless your married to one, forget about the soldiers during the holiday season.  This story brings up how family and soldiers are effected by both the loss of a life and of a limb.  Jess is the wounded soldier who has run into the one woman he has pined for since high school.  Madeline is grieving the loss of her soldier.  Both Jess and Madeline come together to heal each others wounds.  Their love story is sweet and gentle.  It really made it feel like they had that angel that they talk about in the book.  Though this is a short story it is definitely a moving one that will warm your heart and have you wanting to send a tin of cookies to a soldier too.  Overall, a wonderful read and definitely will put your own challenges into perspective.

2102507Author Bio:

Barbara Weitz lives in a quiet suburb of Chicago with her husband and a mischievous German shepherd, Heiko, thankful her three grown sons are off making mayhem elsewhere. A career executive secretary most of her life, she’s also held a variety of mundane and unusual employment opportunities, during her sons growing years. This, coupled with a passion for animals, music and poetry, has helped shape the fictional characters she creates


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