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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0310293243
ISBN-13: 9780310293248

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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 RiversNew 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.

Author Bio

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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'Alexander brings us yet another amazing read. If you have read her before, this novel does not disappointand hellip;The reader will be sucked into this page-turner and experience the emotion that the characters are feeling. You won't want to miss this novella.'

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  1. Beth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovely Romance & Great Series Introduction
    December 13, 2017
    Beth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Christmas at Carnton is a lovely introduction to the Carnton series upcoming from Tamera Alexander. Though it's called a novella, it's actually a quite complete story, with very little feeling rushed or glossed over. Perhaps in comparison to one of the author's full length books, it's short, but happily it's a full story. Aletta is an admirable lead, pressed into hard circumstances at a widow in the middle of the Civil War. The mother of a precocious six year old and a baby on the way, her determination to find a way to provide for herself and her children is compelling.

    Jake, a wounded Confederate soldier, is tasked with helping the Women's Relief Society with their auction, however, he is doubtful that it will do any good. Though at first I felt a bit cool toward his character, he goes through plausible changes of heart that really endeared him to me. His sweet way of dealing with Andrew, Aletta's little boy, warmed my heart for sure.

    As usual with this author, the historical details are wonderful. I love that there are real historical figures included in the story, and I appreciate how careful Alexander always is in her Author's Notes to explain what is based on fact and what is more fictionalized. She has provided great set up for the first full-length book in this series, and I am already so eager to read it. If you have a bit of room on your Christmas reading list, definitely consider adding this gem. In fact, if you enjoy historical romance at all, at it to your list.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review; this review is my honest opinion.
  2. Jennybug52
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Excellent Story
    December 13, 2017
    Jennybug52
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    5 stars- What can I say, I just love Tamera Alexanders novels. She has this magical way of drawing you into a place and time and connecting you with her characters that at times they almost seem real. Her stories will tug at your heartstrings and not let go until the story has ended. This story is no different. Life during the Civil War was unimaginably hard for everyone involved and Tamera does an amazing job telling the touching story of Aletta and Jake, two people struggling to survive in a world that makes little sense. This story was so well crafted and the characters seemed very genuine in their thoughts and actions. My favorite character was Aletta. Even though life kept throwing her grenades she kept throwing them right back, refusing to let them detonate her life. I admired her determination to not give up, even when things seemed at their worst.

    Even though this story is billed as a novella, it reads like a novel. The story didnt feel rushed like many novellas and the characters and story were very well developed. Tameras stories are always written with heart and emotion. I feel as though I can truly empathize with the characters and the struggles they are facing. This is a wonderful introduction to Tameras new Carnton series. I cant wait to read the first novel in the series! If you have never read one of Tameras books, this is a great one to start with.

    I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
  3. Semmie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Delightful Holiday Tale
    December 11, 2017
    Semmie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    ** "You can say it to Jesus. Anything, anytime, anywhere, and he'll hear you. No matter if you whisper. ... Or if you only say it in your heart. He hears everything. And he understands." **

    "Christmas at Carnton" is a delightful introduction to Tamera Alexander's new Carnton series. It is a story of faith and fortitude, and the pain and joy of loss and love.

    Aletta Prescott recently lost her husband in the Civil War. With a young son to raise and a baby on the way, she suddenly finds her self facing foreclosure and a feeling of hopelessness. Unsure where to turn she answers an advertisement to help at a Women's Relief Society auction that will benefit the Confederate soldiers.

    Captain Jake Winston was a sharpshooter in the army until an injury affected his sight. While recuperating, Jake is sent to help with the relief auction at Carnton in Franklin, Tennessee. Facing disappointment over not being able to perform his well-loved job, he at first is a bit disgruntled that he has to help with an event he feels is misguided.

    As Aletta and Jake are thrown together in a circumstance full of questions, fears and disappointments, they slowly grow closer, while also learning to draw closer to God for his peace, comfort and provision.

    "Christmas at Carnton" is a lovely story to get you in the mood for the holiday season. Besides being a romance, it's a story full of hope and faith, and it teaches us to step up and help others even when we are undergoing our own struggles. It also reminds us that when our faith seems too fragile for the burdens of life, God is there to pick us up and offer us his hand of provision -- and that we are always able to approach him with our needs and concerns.

    Alexander provides some delightful characters in her newest novel -- Aletta and Jake are both wonderful characters who are totally relatable; you'll fall in love with her adorable son Andrew and his new buddy Winder; and Carnton cook Tempy, the only slave remaining on the estate, is one strong, amazing and inspirational woman -- who just happens to be based on the real cook of Carnton. There is also a brief appearance by characters from Alexander's previous "Belle Meade" series, and of course the estate of Carnton itself is an actual place you can visit in Tennessee.

    If "Christmas at Carnton" is any indication of how the rest of the series will be, it's going to be a great one!

    Five stars out of five.

    Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
  4. JerushaAgen
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet and Meaningful Christmas Romance
    December 11, 2017
    JerushaAgen
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Christmas at Carnton is definitely the sweetest Christmas romance I've read this year and maybe the sweetest romance of the year, period! Set during the Civil War, this romance isn't all light fluff, but also deals with the realities of war, death, and grief. The hero and heroine are real people dealing with challenging circumstances, but they're also people you can fall in love with instantly. And the hero is pretty much every woman's dream, without being an unrealistic cutout of perfection. I'm not a fan of historical or war fiction, so I kept wondering why I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. A testament to terrific writing and a powerful, sweet story that proclaims the goodness of God as it warms readers' hearts this Christmas season. I highly recommend this wonderful read!
  5. Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Strength Through Struggles
    December 9, 2017
    Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My favorite Christmas read this season. Tamera Alexander draws you into the story and her research is so impeccable that you always learn something besides being entertained. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and when it includes children, romance, Faith, and Christmas then it is sigh worthy. I love the characters including the minor ones, especially Tempy. When she describes being sold as a slave while a child I had to weep. The growth of Jake and Aletta in their Faith and learning to trust is inspiring. Their is so much to love in this story, but you will have to read it to find out why. Highly recommend this for a quick read during this busy season.

    I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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