Christmas at Carnton
Christmas at Carnton   -     By: Tamera Alexander
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The Civil War has changed everything on this southern plantation! Confederate sharpshooter Jake Winston's eyesight is endangered by a wound received in battle. While healing, he's ordered to assist with the Women's Relief Society holiday auction, where he meets recently widowed Aletta Prescott. Can they find hope and build a future---together? 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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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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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.

"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

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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  1. Reenie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great read!
    September 20, 2017
    Reenie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After Aletta's husband died leaving her pregnant and with a young son, Aletta feels all the more desperate to take care of and provide for her children. When circumstances seem to thwart that desire, Aletta finds herself at Carnton eager to find any position, no matter how seemingly unsuitable.

    Captain Winston is a sharpshooter who can't see to shoot. He begrudgingly goes to Carnton to help promote the Women's Relief Society's efforts but he questions the effectiveness of what they're trying to do.

    This book is a great reminder to me of why we need to read stories and not just history. Stories flesh out history and help one really feel what it must have been like to be pregnant or have small children, a dead husband, and about to be turned out of your home. The consequences and the decisions made become much easier to understand when it's connected to a person that you have come to care about. This book made me see various aspects of the Civil War in a new way. I appreciated that.

    There were several memorable characters. I admired the lady of the home and her intolerance for poor manners. Tempy was a sweet servant who recognizes the need in others and seeks to help the hurting. I marveled at Aletta's skills and understood her mother-bear determination to protect and provide for her children. I am looking forward to meeting up with some of these characters again in the next book.

    This novella starts out the Carnton Novels series. I would highly recommend it. Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  2. Suzie
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Bringing the Past to Life
    September 11, 2017
    Suzie
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ive lived in Franklin, TN for several years. Twice every Sunday morning, I drive past the turnoff to the Carnton Plantation. Ive visited oncelast year when my brother and his family were in town. Walking through the home, hearing the stories as you travel from room to room, gives visitors an idea of the family and people who once resided there

    Tamera Alexander takes it a step further and invites readers into the home, inviting them to join in the day-to-day life of the household. History is brought to life through her stories.

    Christmas at Carnton is the perfect introduction to her new series as we meet the McGavock family.

    When Aletta Prescott loses her job and is about to lose her help, she makes a trip to the Carnton home in hopes of securing temporary employment. On her way out, she encounters Jake Winston, a wounded Confederate soldier sent to help Mrs. McGavock and the Ladies Relief Society. The last place Jake wants to be is in the midst of a bunch of females, but one in particular just might change his mind.

    This is a reminder of how God can take the worst of circumstances and not only turn them around, but give us more than we can imagine or know to ask for. Set during the Christmas seasona time that reminds us of what God gave up for usthis novella embraces the reader with heart and hope.

    Im looking forward to seeing where Alexander takes her readers next.

    If youd like to learn more about the history of Carnton, click here.

    I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  3. An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable introduction to a new series
    September 7, 2017
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I enjoyed this introduction to the Carton Estate. I love how the characters have multiple--and somewhat surprising--skills, with stereotypes being turned on their heads: Aletta is a mother and respectable cook, but she also has a talent for (and enjoyment of) carpentry. Jake is a sharp-shooter, but he is also a decent handyman and an artist (and proves to have a way with words). Both of them have real struggles as a result of the war, but I especially can't imagine being in Aletta's position, having one child and another on the way, no job, facing eviction, and no time to grieve the loss of her husband.

    Tamera Alexander excels at weaving historical details into her books, and this novella--short as it is--is no exception. I'm looking forward to the upcoming novels and seeing exactly what role the Carnton estate played in the Civil War; the author hints that it saw its own share of action.

    Thank you Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
  4. Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An inspiring historical Christmas romance!
    September 5, 2017
    Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A lovely start to a new series!

    Set on the Carnton estate in 1863 just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, in the middle of the Civil War. I love how this author ties together real people and places with her own set of fictional characters, making it feel so authentic. Her characters struggle with real-life problems--foreclosure, widowhood, single parenting, loss of income, poverty, pregnancy, loss of health--something many can relate to today even. They question their faith, but come out stronger for it, learning to trust that God has a plan for them despite difficult circumstances, especially in Aletta's case. "...even though she didn't know what the future held, she knew who held it."

    The group of women who gather to bring support to the troups are inspiring too, as they rally around each other and unite in their purpose; they were fighting on a battlefield of their own, as Jake realizes. The romance is sweet and tender, and though it develops quickly, not unrealistic due to the circumstances. Some interesting history, plus delicious recipes are included at the end too.

    I look forward to this new series with a little tie in to the Belle Meade stories. Readers who enjoy historical Christian fiction with a romance will want to add it to their reading list.

    (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and Thomas Nelson publishing. All opinions are my own.)

  5. tish
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Historical Fiction!
    September 5, 2017
    tish
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Aletta Prescott struggles after her husband was killed in the Civil War. She has a son to raise on her own. She losses her job and then losses her home. Not knowing where to go she sees a aid for Women's Relief Society auction for a job as a baker. As her and her son go to apply she finds the job was filled. After she hears they were looking for someone to build a Nativity for the auction she applies. She explains she helped her father build things.They are hesitant due to her being pregnant. Jake Winston's was a sharp shooter in the war and was injured and his eyesight was damaged. He is sent to Carnton to help out with the Women's relief society. They meet and she asks for his help to lift for her so she could have the job. After the pastry baker was fired she also got that job. As Jake and her work together they fall in love. Can this relationship work? Can they find love together? A beautiful well written historical fiction book. Can not wait to read the other two books for this series. Read for a honest review for NetGalley.
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