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The Carnton Plantation, Franklin, Tennessee
Captain Jake Winston is a Confederate sharpshooter who suffers a head injury that may cause blindness. While he waits for his diagnosis, and still has his sight, he sketches and journals events of the war. As he heals, Jake receives orders to help with the local Women’s Relief Society Christmas auction. A society which supports Confederate and Federal soldiers, makes a difference in soldiers lives. Aletta Prescott is a widow with a six-year-old son and a child on the way. She applies for a job at the auction, only to find the position is no longer available. She meets Jake and as she gets to know him she must try to let go of the fear begins to grow inside her.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
|Publication Date: 2017|
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"This tender love story between two wounded people whom God brings together for healing is a book readers will enjoy anytimebut 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 Christmasand 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 Womens Relief Society auction and applies for a positiononly to discover its been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunityand 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 Womens Relief Society auction. He respectfully objects. Kowtowing to a bunch of "crinolines" isnt his idea of soldiering. But orders are orders, and he soon discovers this group of ladiesone, in particularis 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.
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 Tameras two USA Today bestselling Southern series.
kathy5 Stars Out Of 5good bookJanuary 19, 2018kathyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5very interesting book easy read . I enjoyed a lot
Muzzie5 Stars Out Of 5Christmas at CarntonJanuary 13, 2018MuzzieQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Very good heartwarming read. Tamera Alexander's books are always excellent.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Christmas at CarntonJanuary 6, 2018MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Christmas at Carnton is a tender story of a young pregnant woman with a young son, whose husband has recently died in the Civil War. Needing work, she applies for the temporary job as baker for the local Women's Relief Society auction at Carnton Plantation. There Arletta Prescott meets Captain Jake Winston who has been ordered to assist in any way needed. He has been one of the Confederate's best sharpshooters. Though his shoulder is healing where he was shot, the damage to his eyes has not. Once again, Tamera Alexander has created a hero who it's almost impossible to not fall at least a little bit in love with. Jake and Arletta's story is tender, though at times fraught with fear and sadness. It is easy to empathize with Arletta and to understand her confusion and hesitance at being attracted to Jake so soon after her husband's death. This is ultimately a story of hope-that God gives strength and direction to overcome difficulties and make something new from their love. Christmas at Carnton is a splendid beginning to Tamera Alexander's new series.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5EnchantingJanuary 2, 2018alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Christmas at Carnton.
It's 1863 and confederate widow Aletta Prescott has just lost her job at the local clothing factory. With the foreclosure of her home looming and Christmas approaching, she wonders just how she is going to support herself and her son. Then when a chance encounter lands her a much needed job at Carnton Manor, Aletta learns much about Christmas miracles.
Confederate sharpshooter, Captain Jake Winston has been ordered to Carnton Manor. In addition to recovering from an war injury, he is also ordered to help the Women's Relief society put together a fundraiser in support of the confederate cause. Not wanting to spend anymore time with the women then what is required until he witness the relationship between Aletta and her son and he finds himself longing to spend time with them.
This book is a novella, so if your familiar with this author books this one is quite a bit small that what we are used to, I can understand that some readers might feel some of the story was a bit rushed. I personally didn't feel that way. I felt that the story flowed rather smoothly and that the whole story progressed rather well.
I really did like Jake and Aletta both as individuals and as a couple. We received quite a bit of their back stories so that was very helpful in the character development.
The author did a great job researching the Carnton Manor ( a real Manor) and the history of the civil war. It added so much to the story, made it so much more realistic.
Great book, not only for Christmas but for anytime of the year.
crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great start to a new seriesDecember 28, 2017crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.