A Wife By Christmas

Callie Hutton
A Wife By Christmas
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Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date
December 2011
Book 2 of Oklahoma Lovers
Historical Romance

High School Principal Max Colbert needs to get rid of that pesky History teacher, Ellie Henderson. Getting her married off is the perfect solution, except everyone he introduces her to doesn't seem right.

In 1906 Guthrie, Oklahoma, History teacher, Ellie Henderson, has been a thorn in High School Principal Max Colbert's side ever since he took over three months ago. When she's not flying by his office, late for her class, with books and papers jumbled in her arms, she's attending Suffragettes meetings against his orders.

Because of her family connections, he can't fire her, but he can certainly find someone to marry her, and keep her busy in the kitchen. And far away from his school. Max soon finds that what seemed like a good idea can turn into disaster when Miss Ellie Henderson is involved. The woman is a master at getting into trouble.

With the Christmas season in full swing, he has many opportunities to introduce her to prospective husbands. However, the uncomfortable feeling is growing that no one is worthy of the minx…

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jun 20, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
132 people found the following review helpful
A WIFE BY CHRISTMAS is the reason why we read romance. Sweet and delightful and romantic, it's the perfect story for any season.

Ellie Henderson could only blame her luck when Mr. Robinson was replaced by Max Colbert as the principal of the school where she was teaching history. Already, Mr. Colbert disapproved of her after-school activities, such as bringing Christmas baskets to needy families, saying she needed to hand it over to the parish. The man has a set of rules he rigidly followed, and he expected the teachers under him to conform to them as well. Not that she had any intention of doing so. She knew she was doing a good thing, so she had no intention of stopping. She just needed to make sure Mr Colbert didn't wise up to her plan...

Max Colbert could only blame his luck for being saddled with a troublesome teacher such as Ellie Henderson, who didn't seem to know proper behavior for a woman. He decided that the only way to keep her out of his hair was to marry her off! Then, she wouldn't be teaching in his school anymore. So begins his ingenious (and hilarious) plan to introduce her to his bachelor friends, only, things didn't go quite the way he planned...

Ellie is a saucy, spirited, independent woman of the early 1900's in Oklahoma. She fights for women's rights and speaks up her mind, even if it meant she went toe to toe with Max. Yet, she also has a soft, compassionate, feminine side, and together, all these traits endear her to me. I especially love how Ellie wouldn't give an inch on issues that were dear to her heart. She's an outstanding heroine, remarkable not only in her time, but even in these present days.

I simply adore Max! I love reading about a hero who denied his feelings for the heroine with every breath in his body, yet couldn't help but be bludgeoned each time he caught sight of her, especially when she was hurt or suffered in any way. His character changed and grew the most over the course of the story. Both he and Ellie have made life plans, but they both learned that when love happens, well...plans have a way of changing.

Not that I'm any expert but I thought the author's writing and the words she used were true to the time, and I like the gentle, courtly manners that was portrayed by Max toward Ellie, as I think was the customary way of how men behaved toward women in their time. I knew I was living in the wrong period!

This story is very well-written and plotted. It's a light and fun, yet compelling read, as I couldn't read fast enough to know what's going to happen next. Max and Ellie took me on wild ride with their witty and funny banter, yet underneath the quips, you know the attraction is sizzling between them.

I don't often get to read historical romances in this time period, and maybe because of that, I find this story refreshing and delightful, but it is the romance and the characters that stand out. I swooned at a number of places, and I've already marked them as must-re-read scenes (something like comfort reads), and this book is so going to be on my keeper shelf. This is my first Callie Hutton story, but it certainly won't be my last.
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