Book Tour, Review & Giveaway! Christmastime 1939 by Linda Mahkovec

Who doesn’t love a sweet heartwarming Christmas story?? I mean, this has all the makings of a really good Hallmark movie… and did you know there are SIX books total in the Christmastime series by Linda Mahkovec? That’s six times the Christmas people!

The entire Christmastime series is mostly set in New York City during the World War II years. Christmastime 1939 is sort of a prequel to the series, followed by years 1940 – 1944 which Linda has already written. But take my word, you did not have read the other books… but I loved 1939 so much, I’ll definitely be checking them out!

Set in Brooklyn, we meet Lillian and her two sons. Lillian is recently widowed and still trying to figure out life without her husband – the holidays in particular. She’s feeling as though the Christmas spirit has left her entirely – feeling alone and pitied, her job is awful (well, her jobs OK, but her boss is supremely awful) and in turn she’s struggling financially, wondering how she can ever make Christmas good enough for her boys.

That, on top of the looming war happening in Europe, Christmas just feels so unhappy. But Lillian is determined. She will do whatever it takes to bring her sons a magical Christmas, no matter the struggles and setbacks that plague her. She’s determined to rekindle her love of the season. Will she ever regain her holiday spirit and will her boys ever have a Happy Christmas again?

This was a super quick read for me because I enjoyed it so much. My only wish was that it was a little longer – but thankfully I’ve got a whole series I can check out now! Thanks to Linda Mahkovec and Suzy Approved Book Tours for the opportunity to read this book! Giveaway Details at end of post!


  • Series: The Christmastime Series
  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Bublish, Incorporated (October 5, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1948543699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1948543699

Get it now on Amazon here —> Christmastime 1939

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About The Book: 

CHRISTMASTIME 1939 introduces the reader to the world of Christmastime. Set in Brooklyn, we meet the young widow Lillian Hapsey and her two sons, Tommy and Gabriel. Even though the Christmas season is just around the corner, Lillian has no Christmas spirit. Alone, unhappy with her job, and plagued by financial concerns, Christmas has become a burden to her.

Overshadowing everything is the war in Europe. Despite the setbacks, Lillian is determined to give her sons a happy Christmas. Can she rekindle her girlhood love for the holiday season? Rediscovering her touchstone just might be the key to unlocking the excitement and magic of Christmas

About Linda:

Linda Mahkovec is the author of The Christmastime Series, love stories set predominantly in New York City during the World War II years. She also has two collections of short stories, The Dreams of Youth and Seven Tales of Love, and a contemporary novel set in Seattle, The Garden House.

Themes of love, family, home, and making the most out of life dominate her stories, and though they may be set against the backdrop of war, or deal with the disappointments in life, the overarching feel is uplifting and hopeful.

One thread that runs through much of her work is that of the female character with an artist sensibility –whether she is a painter, a gardener, or simply someone who lives creatively and seeks out a life of beauty and meaning.

Another thread is the celebration of the seasons: the thrill of the first flowers of spring, barefoot summer nights, the nostalgic beauty of fall, and delight in the first snowfall.

Mahkovec was born and raised in a small town in Illinois. She then spent several years in the San Francisco Bay area and Seattle, and for the past thirty years has lived in New York City. She has a PhD in English, specializing in Victorian literature.

To find out more, please visit her at

GIVEAWAY! I’ve got an extra copy of Christmastime 1939 for one of you! Just head on over to my Instagram page to enter!

Happy Christmas!!




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