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    A Texas Christmas Past

    I have followed Julia from the very beginning. Each book she writes is better than the last, as this one does. The book that she gave us this time was a hard time starting reading. This is a deep, dark story. It starts just after the turn of the World War I and in the middle of the Spanish Flu. Some were saved, others not. Drew came home better than most. Felicity was his fiancee' and she passed with Drew holding her. Major Spoiler! He took on a soldier, Brady, to help run his ranch. Drew 's mom turned their home into a Hotel. Brady sent for his sister to stay for awhile . Audra came and has been a nurse for the injured in hospital. Brady plays to save himself, Audra helps people and Drew withdraws! There are more twists and turns than I can handle. This is a hard story. I hope you will give this book a chance! Don't let it go but you may need to walk away for awhile! Enjoy your reading! I did and it reminded me of my Grandfather that was in World War I who came home whole!
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    Matchmaking ghostly festive read

    There are four books in this series, each written by a different author but all featuring Felicity - the matchmaking ghost! She was looking forward to marrying the love of her life, Drew Harwood, after he returned from fighting in the first world war. However, fate intervened and she died of Spanish Flu shortly after his return. Felicity didn’t want him to stay alone and took steps to help him and others to find their HEA at Christmas. In ‘A Texas Christmas Past’ the events in Felicity’s tragic demise are related before going on to show how Felicity helped to bring together the man she loved with the widowed sister of his best friend from his time in the army, the man who has made it possible for him to keep his ranch running. Audra Donaldson had worked as a nurse during the war and has seen more than her share of tragedy. She is visiting her brother for the Christmas season and plans to go to work with others who have been traumatised by their war experiences and suffering the then unacknowledged PTSD. She is suffering herself and has personal knowledge of strategies to help herself and others. Drew is determined to resist his attraction to the nurse but Felicity has other lavender scented plans for the two! This is a lovely, caring romance which is a great introduction to the series and scenarios. It is a heartwarming story with great characters and one that left me eager to read the subsequent stories in this series! I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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    A Story of Renewal

    A heartwarming story of sorrow and renewal that brings many emotions to the surface. Set in 1918 after WWI, this is a different setting than most historical romances and was a good perspective of life during that time. As in any war, there are always losses, whether it be physically or mentally and this story addressed many.. Drew Harwood has come home from the war, wounded but has kept hope alive by anticipating seeing his sweetheart Felicity. Unfortunately Felicity perishes from a sickness that has traveled through the area. Audra has been a nurse during the war and has seen horrors herself. but is trying to cope. Audra travels to Drew's ranch in order to be with her brother, who works at Drew's ranch and begins working at a nearby hospital. Can two injured souls help each other and find love themselves? The author is excellent in her descriptions of the many problems facing returning soldiers and their families. The emotions are strong and you will find yourself tearing up but smiling as well when Felicity's spirit makes some appearances to try to help Drew. What a wonderful story that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
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    Beautiful sorry of loss and love!

    It's been awhile since I read a book in this time frame, and it didn't disappoint! I got a little teary about poor Felicity in the beginning, poor thing. But I really liked Audra and Drew and I'm curious about Brady's story as well now lol. It was a very special story that pulls on the heartstrings.
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    Good story

    A Texas Christmas Past is the first book in the Whiskey River Christmas series. This story has a lot going on. PTSD was not a commonly known thing back in the early 1900s; they were just learning about shell shock and forming methods of treating it. But while this was still new, it was more hush hush. So when Drew wakes to find Audra calming him, he doesn’t see it as help. Will Audra find a way to help him? Or will Drew keep her at a distance forever? I enjoyed this story.
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