Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas At Carnton by Tamera Alexander

Book review of Christmas At Carnton by Tamera Alexander (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins



Amid war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas—and sacrificial love.

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 and history of the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee, Christmas at Carnton is a story of hope renewed and faith restored at Christmas.


I enjoyed this novella more than I usually do because it feels like a complete story and seems a little longer and fuller than the usual novella. This is the beginning to a new series which, judging by the taste we got with this excellent novella, is going to be one not to miss. 

Aletta Prescott is a pregnant war widow with a six year old son, and in 1863, unless you are very wealthy, this could be very big problem. Some of these women are unable to support themselves by aboveboard, wholesome means but Aletta will do everything possible to house and feed her son without sacrificing her morals. She happens apon a job at just the right moment ... sort of like a divine appointment.

Captain Jake Winston is assigned to help the Women's Relief Society prepare and put on an auction as a benefit to support the war effort. He doesn't want anything to do with it, and he doesn't approve of their methods but as he's injured and currently unable to fight he has no recourse but to do as his commander demands and hope he recovers quickly. His injury is one that is not immediately obvious upon meeting him as a missing limb would be and that sometimes could be mistaken for shirking his duty. 

Truthfully, two things annoyed me in this story. I wasn't sure why he wouldn't tell Aletta or anyone else earlier on what his injury was, and I don't want to give anything away but her secondary job at the estate while pregnant, ya right. Otherwise I loved it. 

I received this ebook from Thomas Nelson and my opinion is my own.



About The Author

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award (two-time winner, seven-time finalist), the RITA Award (two-time winner, four-time finalist), the Carol Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best Award, and Library Journal's top distinction, among others. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband now reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of Tamera’s two USA Today bestselling Southern series.

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