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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. Tammy G.
    East Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovely holiday read
    November 20, 2017
    Tammy G.
    East Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    It's so nice to be able to read Christmas stories before the Christmas season hits.

    I love the cover of this read. It's so romantic and beautiful.

    The story even better.

    A widow, Aletta Prescott and her son are struggling to hold onto their beautiful estate.

    Then there's Captain Jake Winston. He's not in the mood for romance but quite by accident he finds himself in the midst of the Women's Relief Society. Surrounded by women but one in particular catches his eye.

    A fun novella with just enough Christmas magic to make one's holiday reading a lovely affair.

    *This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*
  2. Deana
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Christmas With Friends
    November 19, 2017
    Deana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love stories that include historical facts that sweep you back in time. Their details make you feel as though you have traveled to a new destination just waiting to be explored. The author has graciously done all these things in her latest book. I couldnt stop reading the story because it reminded me a bit of Gone With The Wind. It has a flair of that time period with characters that remind me of a time that was hard for people to endure. Many soldiers gave their lives during the Civil War.

    Alettta is a young widow with a six year old son and a baby on the way. She is desperate to find work and a place to stay. I loved her sweet disposition and willingness to work hard. It wasnt easy during this time period for women who were widows. The place she finds shelter at also hires her to work which I loved reading about. I could picture Aletta baking with contentment. One of the things I liked most about her character was her ability as a carpenter. She awed me with her vision of a project she became in charge of. Her devotion to her child was heartwarming.

    Captain Jake Winston is recovering from wounds suffered in the war. His encounter with Aletta was very intriguing. Aletta soon grows to depend on Jake to help her chores she cant do , such as lifting lumber for her project. I laughed at Jakes reaction when he finds out Aletta is skilled in carpentry. It was not common for women to do during this era.

    The story is very well written with characters that you cant help but like. I have to say I really liked Tempy. She was a wonderful cook and I liked how she became aa person Aletta could talk to. I enjoyed reading about the Women's Relief Society . I didnt know anything about them, but with the authors detail of historical facts I realized how important they were. Will Aletta find happiness again? Can Jake recover from his injuries and return to battle ? This story is a beautiful introduction to the next book in this series. I have put on my bucket list to visit Carnton Plantation soon. I cant wait to walk around the grounds and remember those who lived there. Dont miss the wonderful recipes at the end of the book. This is a must read for historical fans and anyone who loves a great Christmas story filled with hope, family and love.

    I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.
  3. Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loss and Love in Civil War Tennessee
    November 18, 2017
    Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This novella is a tantalizing introduction to Tamera Alexander's upcoming Carnton series. As always, her thorough research and authentic Southern-belle voice combine to make this a wonderful historical romance. I love her wounded characters, and the risk they take in choosing to love during the Civil War. And Tempy is certainly someone I look forward to seeing more of in future novels - what a dear! I have given this book 5 stars but was less than satisfied with the sudden ending of the "Christmas" chapter - it seemed unrealistic to me (spoiler alert: I never felt much like kissing during labor!). The epilogue gives readers a satisfactory glimpse at Jake and Aletta's 'happily ever after.' Step back into 1863 and prepare to be absorbed in the struggles and triumphs of life in war-torn Tennesee within the pages of this great read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a positive review.
  4. cheryl
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Love and Sacrafice
    November 17, 2017
    cheryl
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Amid war and the fading dream of the confederacy, wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas and sacrificial love. Christmas at Carnton is set during the civil war in Franklin, Tennessee. The main character, recently widowed Aletta Prescott struggles to hold her life together with her son after finding out her husband was killed during the war.

    With a impending foreclosure and no job, Aletta finds an advertisement for the Womens Relief Society auction and applies for a position.

    Beautifully told story of love and loss. Aletta was an attentive and hard worker who starts to fall in love with a wounded confederate solider. There were some points in the book that I was not sure where the author was headed with the story line. However, it is a book I recommend. Reminds us of love filled with selflessness, love, generosity and courage.
  5. Melissa
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story Full of Hope
    November 9, 2017
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a heart wrenching story. From the beginning weare thrown into the heartache of Aletta and her young son. Where is the hope for her? We catch glimpses of it throughout.

    Jake has a story of his own that will grab your heart and when these two come together hope blossoms.

    I don't know why I don't read more of Tamera's books, she is an excellent author and I am always drawn in immediately to her stories and characters. This book is no exception.

    A copy of this book was given to me the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own.
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