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A Wife by Christmas (Oklahoma Lovers Series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Callie Hutton
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Guthrie, Oklahoma, 1906

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, Max 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, he gets the uncomfortable feeling that no one is worthy of the minx...

Editorial Reviews


 "A WIFE BY CHRISTMAS is the reason why we read romance...the perfect story for any season."
The Romance Reviews Top Pick


From the Author

A Wife By Christmas finaled in International Digital Awards, was chosen as The Romance Reviews top pick, and won third place in the Romance Through the Ages contest.

The correct order to read The Oklahoma Lovers series is: A Run For Love #1, A Prescription For Love, #2, A Chance to Love Again #3, and A Wife by Christmas #4. 

A Run For Love:

TORI HENDERSON wants independence, freedom and no husband.  JESSE COCHRAN wants a new start, far from the crippling effects of a childhood stained by being the whore's kid.

A Prescription for Love:

In Guthrie, Oklahoma in 1903, Heidi Lester wants to prove she's capable of taking care of herself. After being burned once, Michael Henderson wants nothing to do with women, especially his beautiful employee. But spending every day together is chipping away at his resolve.

A Chance to Love Again:

Widow Rachel Stevens is very happy with her job as a cook for the Lazy Sunset ranch where she is raising her son. However, the new foreman, Rusty McIntyre, is turning her life upside down. She could overlook how her son has begun to idolize Rusty, but she's having a heck of a time ignoring the flutters in her stomach every time the man smiles at her.

But Rusty has problems of his own. His previously unknown fourteen year old daughter has just arrived to live with him. Used to always being on his own, now he has a young boy following him around imitating his every move, and a surly young lady glaring at him. Throw into the mix the tug he feels toward the ranch cook--who wants no part of him--and life is no longer as easy as it once was.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2540 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (December 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H2A51E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely charming December 10, 2011
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What a charming, humorous, engaging story. It deserves every bit of five stars. While the story is a follow-up to Miss Hutton's, A Run For Love, this Christmas tale works just as well as a stand-alone. She has managed to give us the fully developed characters and believable plot so often missing in short stories. Check this one out, you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellie Henderson and I would be great friends! December 31, 2011
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Ellie Henderson and I would be great friends! It was like following my alter ego had I been born into her world. This beautiful young schoolteacher desired a self-directed, independent life and pushed through the restrictive protocols of her time to grab it with humor, savvy, and finding the romance of her life along the way. Such an endearing and delightful story, perfect at any time but especially engaging at Christmas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN OPPOSITES ATTRACT ROMANCE December 9, 2014
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Ellie Henderson has been surrounded by strong women all her life & she has become independent, gutsy & feisty history teacher for the local high school. She is also a woman who will not be told want she can & can't do. Max Colbert is the principal at the local high school & demands that ALL his teachers only do his acceptable activities. So it is no wonder that Ellie & Max clash over everything, but Ellie will not let a MALE tell her what she can or not do. When Ellie zigs, she is always found out while Max zags & they always seem to be in one another personal space. Pantie dropping kisses are aplenty, shopping ending in a water trough, women's voting meetings, tempting caresses & a gross salted to death casserole make their hearts open & soak up that troublesome emotion called LOVE!

Ms. Hutton writes such great characters that are strong, but so flawed! Ellie was raised as a strong woman with nothing stopping her from her goals, but she truly craves her own special love! Max is a hero with control as his BFF, but Ellie knocks & kicks in every door of his control. They are as different as oil & water & just as explosive as TNT, but they are the perfect match set because they complete one another. Ms. Hutton used her laugh a minute writing style & put her h/h into such ROFL circumstances & had me getting the evil eye & the bloody claw from my furry reading buddy, Simba! Ms. Hutton ever brought back some of her other cast of characters from her Oklahoma Lovers series into the mix! So for this hilarious galore romance with opposites attract, I give Ms. Hutton my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes for this tale!

ARC given for my honest review.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy yourself a Christmas gift! December 17, 2011
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If you decide to buy A Wife by Christmas, you will not be disappointed in this delightful step back in time. A well written, romantic sequel to Ms. Hutton's first novel, A Run for Love, features Ellie Henderson, a turn of the century school teacher, who following in her Aunt Tori's footsteps, is every bit as tenacious, independent and feisty. Handsome principal, Max Colbert has his life, career and future planned. It does not include a headstrong Suffragette who constantly defies his authority and challenges him on all levels. But things do not always turn out as anticipated. Especially when you combine undeniable attraction, an array of comical mishaps, endearing moments and the magic of Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book! April 30, 2013
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Ellie is such a wonderful character. My only fault with this book is that it wasn't longer. But, considering it was so short it was amazing how involved you could get with the characters in such a short time.
Ellie is so funny you will laugh at her as she leads Max on a merry chase through out the book. It would be interesting to have another book on their lives after marriage. I'll bet living with Ellie would never be boring.
Such a fun book that's impossible to put down.
Anxiously awaiting the story of Rachel and Hunter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! December 4, 2012
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This is a delightfully charming tale with engaging characters. Though short, I found A WIFE BY CHRISTMAS an enchanting read from start to finish. Ellie Henderson is a willful heroine and Max Colbert a no-nonsense sort of hero. Oil and water at the start of the story, these two are destined for each other, even if they don't realize it. I loved watching their romance bloom, and found the romantic elements wonderfully done. This is a lovely historical novella, a heart-warming Christmas tale and a romance with passion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As with all her books.......... February 14, 2013
By Dana
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Callie Hutton did an amazing job with yet another book. Ellis cracks me up. It was so sweet how Max realized he loved her.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Story with Humor! June 17, 2012
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A Wife By Christmas is truly a wonderful read...and don't let the title fool you...this is way more than a Christmas story...this is a fun LOVE STORY complete with humor and tight family bonds!

I enjoyed touching base again with many favorite characters from A Run For Tori & Jesse and Michael and many more.

Max Colbert starts off as a stodgy, disciplined man who doesn't want any type of upheavel in his life. Ellie Henderson is upheavel times ten! Her spirited determination and well meaning ways are just what Max needs to loosen up.

When he comes up with a plan to marry Ellie off to anyone he can think of...all in an effort to get her out of his mind and totally backfires. He realizes his own feelings for her in the process and in between many fun and funny scenes.

You just can't help but fall in love with both Max and Ellie and root for them on their journey.

I will definitely be looking for more books written by Ms. Hutton :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 24 days ago by Linda Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treat
This book kept me laughing from start to finish. This girl could get in more trouble and ridiculous situations, that were so endearing.
Published 1 month ago by Alice Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is what you make it
Ellie and Max were both stubborn but they found love with each other
Published 1 month ago by Dee3124
5.0 out of 5 stars A WIFE BY CHRISTMAS
Another great book! I so enjoy reading about all the family. The series books are wonderful. Hope for more from Jessie' s family. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good love story.
This story was short and enjoyable. I look forward to reading all of Ms. Hutton's books. All her stories are different, but all have romantic sexuality, which makes it even... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellie Henderson is a character you will love!
It is such a win as a reader to find a character in a book you relate to well enough you wish you could meet them! Ellie is a antic ridden girl who loves life! Read more
Published 2 months ago by cindy j.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved reading this book. It has some humor to it that I enjoyed. I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Gardner
3.0 out of 5 stars fun reading for young who still like fairy tales
Ms Hutton's books are funny, light reading, but not to be taken with any more seriousness than Cinderella. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jane B. Phelps
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes you glad you live in today's culture
Another in the series which is fun, not serious, a good read but gives some history as well.
Published 5 months ago by doriea
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read From Start To Finish!
A read that was entertaining with many comical and tender moments. Ellie and Max were a perfect match in a read that is a non stop delight from start to finish.
Published 5 months ago by Talking Books
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More About the Author

The USA Today best selling author of The Elusive Wife writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with "historic elements and sensory details" (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two. Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years. She also currently waits with bated breath for the birth of twin grandsons. Callie loves to hear from readers, and would welcome you as a "friend" on Facebook. You can contact her through her website:, or write her directly at

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