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.
My Review: Christmas at Carnton is a novella set during The Civil War. The author does a great job in capturing the emotion of that era. The uncertainty, fear, harshness and heartache of the time period really show through the characters and their stories. I found myself immediately absorbed in the storyline and I was actually quite sad that this was only a novella. However, I am looking forward to reading the series that this novella introduces.
This was an emotional and gripping love story, full of hope and life. This was my first “Christmas” read for this season, but I wouldn’t say it was a central theme to the book, but more of a backdrop. Still, it was a cozy and sweet story, and a nice way to shift into the holiday season as it approaches.
I really fell in love with the characters and I’m eager to see which of them become a central part of the series. I think the author does an excellent job at making her characters relatable and emotional.
* I received a copy of this book free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.