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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - The Mechanic & the MD Author: Linda Shenton Matchett On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

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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About the Author

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.


More from Linda

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.

My Thoughts

If you have not read a book by  Linda Shenton Matchett yet, Please start with The Mechanic & the MD. This is book two of her Sisters in Service series. While I have read the first book, they can be read as stand alones. It seems like there have been a lot of amazing World War II fiction books that have been released lately. I have read several books by this author, and have always loved every single one.  Her stories are always well researched and accurate.

We meet Doris and Ron in this story. They know each other from back home. Doris was a freshman when Ron was a senior. They both happen to be in England assisting with World War II. Doris, who grew up helping her father in his auto shop knew that she did not want to sit idle during the war. She joins the Red Cross and uses her talents to keep up with the ambulances and other vehicles for the hospital. Ron, a gifted surgeon who is slightly arrogant and brass. The two of them bump into each other when Doris is assigned to the sprawling estate that has been requestioned for the hospital. 

The two of them get off to a rough start. Doris thinks that that Ron is not thrilled with her presence. They butt heads, they argue, and Ron seems to personally have it out for Doris. I loved seeing them grow through out the book. Doris at first seems to come off as judgmental and overly Christian - but when she starts to soften some of the other girls in the garage, you see her grow. This growth helps her understand Ron a bit better. 

The characters are well developed. They storyline is great. I am loving this series. Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book. 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 10

Inklings and notions, March 11

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.


  1. Thanks for being on my tour and for your wonderful review. I'm so glad you liked the book!

  2. I look forward to “watching” (via reading) Doris and Ron go from head-butting to falling in love while learning more about the Red Cross Motor Corps.

  3. The Mechanic and the MD sounds like an excellent historical read and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Connie! Have a great day!

  4. I love reading historic romances, this sounds really good

  5. This is a book I know I will enjoy.
    Thanks for the contest.

  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on The Mechanic & the MD, this sounds like a wonderful story and I am looking forward to reading it

  7. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!