About the book: Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year old son. With the bank threatening to evict them, she discovers an advertisement for the Women’s Relief 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 Aletta trust this man?
Captain Jake Winston, a revered Confederate sharpshooter, suffered 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 Women’s Relief 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.
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My review: I have to start by saying this is one of the prettiest book covers I’ve ever seen. I love the candles in the windows. I always think candles in windows look so warm, inviting and homey and that’s exactly what this book is. A story that is as easy to slip into as your favorite pair of slippers. To me, this is a perfect story.
The characters in this book are so genuine and impossible not to like. Aletta, Jake, Andrew, Tempy, and Mrs. McGavock felt like old friends to me. I couldn’t pick a favorite because I liked them all. Each had their own distinct personality that drew me to them. I can’t wait to read more about them in future books.
I enjoyed the story told in this book. While the tone of the story is somewhat sad there are enough light and humorous parts that it didn’t bring my mood down to read it. I liked how the author included the topic of slavery in a way that was thought-provoking while not being too much or overpowering the story. Hearing Tempy discuss being bought in such a matter of fact way made me stop and think of what it must have been like to be a slave and have no power over one’s own life. Through the author’s eyes in the telling of this story, it was easy to grasp the hardships of war and the toll it took on families and the soldiers themselves. All of this was done in a way that added to the depth of the story and was never distracting. The author brought history alive in such a way that I would now like to visit the real Carnton home.
This was a really nice story and one that I took my time reading. Even though I was anxious to see how it ended, I wanted to fully enjoy the story at a slow pace. This is the first book in a new series from this author and I am impatiently awaiting the next book. I want to read more about these characters and their lives. This is a book for the keeper shelf and one I highly recommend.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
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