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Christmas at Carnton: A Novella (The Carnton Series) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2018
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“This tender love story between two wounded people whom God brings together for healing is a book readers will enjoy anytime—but especially at Christmas!” —Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind
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.
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'Christmas at Carnton is a tale of emotional highs and lows that allow readers to experience the joy, sorrow, and hopes of women in a southern town surrounded by war, as well as witnessing the daily struggles of men who must come to grip with life-altering wounds.' -- Historical Novels Review
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.
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (October 2, 2018)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0785222928
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785222927
- Item Weight : 4.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.1 x 0.68 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,579,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confederate sharpshooter Captain Jake Winston and war widow Aletta Prescott meet under these most trying circumstances. They happen upon each other at the beautiful Carnton Plantation, he under orders to help while recuperating from being shot, and she in search of a job to support herself, her young son and her unborn child.
I could feel the magnetic pull between them right away, though they fight the chemistry they have for various reasons, eventually love wins out. Insert sigh-worthy moment here. I love the way Aletta conducted herself and trusted God to take care of her. I can only wonder at her integrity and strong character to do so well under the circumstances. It was easy to see how Jake could fall for her. And handsome helpful Jake, so honorable in his tender dealings with Aletta. I want to say so much more about why I love him, but I don't want to spoil it. Let's just say he's a keeper!
Tamera Alexander's research is as always, impeccable. As much as I loved the story itself, and I did, the historical background and civil war setting took on a life of it's own. I know I'm reading a fantastic book when I'm as interested in the historical events portrayed as I am the characters. I loved every word, every chapter, the book as a whole and did not want it to end. Alexander tells such vivid and realistic a civil war story, I'll be waiting for the first book in this new series when it releases next year!
Aletta is a strong and independent woman--who is also afraid, and for very good reasons. She is out of a job, her husband is gone, and her house is being sold. Not to mention, she has a child coming. Jake is a kindhearted man, though misled in his thoughts concerning a woman's role in the war. Aletta is misled as well, in her emotions concerning Jake and her loyalties to her former husband. The romance is slow-burning, and sometimes you want to tell the characters to open their eyes to what's in front of them--but I'm sure that would take away from the story.
The Christmas atmosphere is palpable and the characters so realistic. Tempy is a sweet and funny individual, the owners of Carnton are kind and welcome those who enter their house. Andrew is such a fun and sweet little rascal. I love his and Jake's relationship. One of the phrases in the book that made me smile--"'Hey, buddy,' Jake said, poking Andrew in the tummy." It reminded me of my nephew.
I really like how Tamera Alexander talked about soldier's injuries, etc., without going into gritty detail. I winced, shivered, and felt sad, but never needed to skim or look away from the passages. This story of God's redemption through difficulties shows that wars are raged, not just in battle, but in other ways as well. War is a horrible, horrible thing. God's peace is what helps us get through.
This is a book both believers and non-believers should read.
Canton is a plantation in middle Tennessee where the two main characters meet for vastly different purposes but both because of circumstances due to the Civil War. Alexander provides the historical background for both the plantation and its builders as this title is the jumping off point for the Canton series. It is a complete story and leaves no cliffhangers, happily.
Aside from the fact that the finale of this story takes place on Christmas Day, this isn’t really a holiday story. Well, there is a play and a nativity built but really, it doesn’t read like traditional holiday fare 🎄🎁❄️🎅 Maybe that’s a testament to T.A.’s prowess at the word processor. “Christmas at Carnton is really good inspirational/historical fiction with humor, heartwarming characters, strong prose and witty dialogue. Have a cup of hot cocoa, a copy, a few hours and enjoy ☕️
Aletta Prescott is not only widowed, she has just lost her only source of income as a seamstress; making survival even that much harder for her family of almost three. Desperate to locate employment, facing property foreclosure on her home, she applies for a temporary pastry chef position at a large Franklin, Tennessee estate.
"At this point, we still have every reason to believe your full sight will return . . . . But the apprehension in the surgeon's expression . . . . told him a different story."
Captain Jake Winston has been an heralded Confederate sharpshooter until a bullet pierces his shoulder, followed by a devastating head injury. Ordered to assist a local Women's Relief Society auction while convalescing, he meets the lovely Aletta Prescott and her rambunctious six year old son. The draw between them is surprising, especially to Aletta, who tries her hardest to settle for a simple friendship with the handsome soldier. As Christmas approaches at Carnton, will the gift of love be found under the tree?
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I liked Andrew and Winder, Tempy, and Jake’s sketchbook. Looking forward to the rest of the Carnton series Ms. Alexander will be releasing.