Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Author Interview & Giveaway: The Widow & The War Correspondent by Linda Shenton Matchett

About the Book

Book: The Widow & The War Correspondent 
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett 
Genre: Christian Historical Romance 
Release date: June 15, 2020 

Are a new life and new love possible in a country devastated by war? 

Barely married before she’s widowed after Pearl Harbor three years ago, journalist Cora Strealer travels to England where she’s assigned to work with United Press’s top reporter who thinks the last place for a woman is on the front lines. Can she change his opinion before D-Day? Or will she have to choose her job over her heart? 

A sought-after journalist, Van Toppel deserves his pick of assignments, which is why he can’t determine the bureau chief’s motive for saddling him with a cub reporter. Unfortunately, the beautiful rookie is no puff piece. Can he get her off his beat without making headlines…or losing his heart?   

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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.   

Author Interview

Q: What was the inspiration behind this novel? 

Linda: I am a volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, and one day during my shift I was looking at an exhibit about the journalists who were covering the war. There was a large spread about Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and several other male reporters. In the corner was a small photo of Thérèse Bonney, a photojournalist who was one of the 127 accredited female journalists who reported the war. I knew I had to tell the women’s stories.

Q: What was the most surprising thing you discovered while researching and writing this novel? 

Linda: War correspondents were accredited through the U.S. government and were required to wear uniforms (and given the honorary rank of Captain but without insignia). The reason for wearing the uniform was to ensure they would be treated like soldiers with the associated rights from the Geneva Convention rather than executed as spies if captured by the enemy. Reporters were also required to sign a waiver that said they or their families wouldn’t blame the U.S. if they were injured or killed in the line of duty.

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers wouldn’t know? 

Linda: I’ve had firearms training from a retired Army officer so I would know what it was like to handle a weapon.

Q: How many bookshelves are in your home? 

Linda: I currently have eleven bookshelves in the house (two of which are in the closet in my writing office because I ran out of room!)

Q: Where can readers find out more about you and your novel? 

Linda: Here are the links:

More from Linda

Dear Readers: I’ve been intrigued by female war correspondents since I first saw a museum exhibit about Therese Bonney, a WWII photo journalist. Further investigation turned up Martha Gellhorn, Margaret Bourke-White, Dickey Chapelle, Toni Frissell, and Lee Miller.   

Of the more than 2,000 accredited U.S. correspondents who traveled overseas to cover World War II, only 127 were women. Accreditation acted as a contract: The Army or Navy transported correspondents into war zones, fed and sheltered them, and sent their dispatches home. In return, correspondents followed military law and censorship. Correspondents who defied rules lost credentials. They received a pocket-sized “Basic Field Manual” of accreditation rules. Frighteningly, it included a waiver of liability for injury or death. 

Correspondents carried a green accreditation card and wore uniforms without symbols of rank, to indicate they would neither give nor take salutes. War correspondents wore green “WC” armbands, which evolved into “U.S. War Correspondent” patches. They were treated as captains, a rank that allowed them to eat with officers and facilitated POW exchanges if taken prisoner. Women correspondents wore skirts with male uniform blouses. 

Nearly every commander in the Allied forces refused to allow women near combat. They feared women breaking under pressure (a fate that befell many men), balking at lack of women’s latrines, or influencing soldiers to take risks to protect them. 

Still, accredited women saw combat. Sometimes the front shifted, catching women in the thick of action, as was the case with Ruth Cowan in North Africa. Some asked officers to write letters of introduction to combat zones, as did Bourke-White in Italy. Still others got their by hook or by crook. 

Female journalists fought a double war: a war against evil and a war against the system. They fought red tape, ridicule, derision, lewdness, and downright hostility to do the job they were hired to do. The grit and gumption of these women enabled them to provide eyewitness accounts to the harrowing events of WWII. Political-reporter-turned-war correspondent May Craig summed up their achievements in a 1944 speech at the Women’s National Press Club: “The war has given women a chance to show what they can do in the news world, and they have done well.” BBC Correspondent Lyse Doucet agrees, “They did it, not just because they were exceptional women, but because they were great journalists.”   

I wrote The Widow & The War Correspondent to honor these brave women in some small way, and I hope you enjoy Cora’s story.   Blessings, Linda Shenton Matchett

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, June 7

Beauty in the Binding, June 8 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 8

Inklings and notions, June 9

Betti Mace, June 10

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, June 11 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, June 12

For Him and My Family, June 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 14

Splashes of Joy, June 15 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, June 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 17

Connie’s History Classroom, June 18

Artistic Nobody, June 19 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 20


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 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.

Link for giveaway:


  1. Thank you for being part of my tour and for the fun interview!

  2. It sounds lovely. Thank for sharing

  3. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  4. Great interview, The Widow & the War Correspondent sounds like fantastic read, thanks for sharing it with me! Have a wonderful day!

  5. I am looking forward to reading this book soon~

  6. I enjoyed the interview and learning more about the author and her book…and I wish I had space for as many bookcases as Linda does.

  7. Thank you for sharing your interview and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading The Widow & The War Correspondent

  8. I enjoy reading author interviews. Thanks.

  9. This sounds like an excellent read and one that I am going to enjoy.