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.
My review (4-stars)
Tamera Alexander writes wonderful and thoroughly researched novels. Her characters have a charm to them that I don’t always see in other books that I’ve read. My observation and appreciation of her work certainly holds true in, Christmas at Carnton.
I loved Aletta and her little boy, Andrew. When Aletta loses her job, it broke my heart. I felt an overwhelming sense of relief when she gets a job a Carnton. Tempy became my favorite character and when I discovered that she was based on the real Carnton cook, I loved her even more. That is an example of the authors thorough research!
I think that the recipes from Christmas at Carnton are a lovely touch and are ones that I will make and not just at Christmas. A must read for fans of Historical fiction.
I received a copy from the publisher and was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.