Monday, October 9, 2017

Christmas at Carnton Review


About the Book

A novella to launch a brand new three-book series . . .

In the midst of war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas, the cost of love . . . and of loving again.

Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year old son. About to be evicted, she sees an advertisement for the Ladies Aid Society Auction and applies for a position—only to discover it's been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity. And friendship. But can she trust him? Is Jake Winston the man he appears to be? Having lost everything once, Aletta is determined to guard not only her own heart, but also her son's.

Captain Jake Winston, a revered Confederate sharpshooter, suffers a head wound at the Battle of Chickamauga. When doctors deliver their diagnosis, Jake fears losing not only his greatest skill but his very identity. As he heals, Jake is ordered to assist with a local Ladies Aid Society auction. He respectfully objects. Kowtowing to a bunch of "crinolines" isn't his idea of soldiering. But orders are orders, and he soon discovers this group of ladies—one, in particular—is far more than he bargained for.

Set against the backdrop of the real history of Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee, Christmas at Carnton is a story of hope renewed and faith restored . . . at Christmas. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I love Christmas books and I really enjoy Tamera's writing, so the combination of these made this book worth reading. I really like the Civil War era and history, as my husband is really into the Civil War, it was fun to see what he talks about in a book. The setting is perfect and the next time I am in the Nashville area, I will be visiting Carnton. Aletta is a good character in this book and really the main reason I was pulled into this story. Her situation made this book more real and the relationship she has with her son is well written. I think the romance appeared rather fast, which is common in novellas, but took me by surprise for some reason. I think the author made it work but I think perhaps the romance could have been put in a tad later. Otherwise I enjoyed this cozy story with a beautiful setting. 
I recommend for historical fiction lovers and any fan of Tamera Alexander.

Five Stars. 

"I received this book from BookLook Blogger for free. All opinions are my own."

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