Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)
A novella to launch a brand new three-book series . . .In the midst of war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas, the cost of love . . . and of loving again.Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year old son. About to be evicted, she sees an advertisement for the Ladies Aid 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 she trust him? Is Jake Winston the man he appears to be? Having lost everything once, Aletta is determined to guard not only her own heart, but also her son's.Captain Jake Winston, a revered Confederate sharpshooter, suffers 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 Ladies Aid 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 of the real history of Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee, Christmas at Carnton is a story of hope renewed and faith restored . . . at Christmas.

Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5) Details

TitleChristmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780310293248
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Holiday, Christmas, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Christian, Inspirational

Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5) Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I chose to read this book from my picks because it mentions the Battle at Chickamauga, Chattanooga and some other places. The Chickamauga Battlefield is about 15 minutes from our house here in Chattanooga and this is one of the places me and my dog used to hike, dad would come with us a lot as well. I wanted to add some pictures of us but they are all on cd's unfortunately. At the Battlefield there is a lot of land and trails into the woods where you can hike or ride your horses. We would go on I chose to read this book from my picks because it mentions the Battle at Chickamauga, Chattanooga and some other places. The Chickamauga Battlefield is about 15 minutes from our house here in Chattanooga and this is one of the places me and my dog used to hike, dad would come with us a lot as well. I wanted to add some pictures of us but they are all on cd's unfortunately. At the Battlefield there is a lot of land and trails into the woods where you can hike or ride your horses. We would go on the horse trails a lot because they have some steep ones and I loved walking up those hills and we would sometimes get to meet the horses and people along the way. We would hike from 2 to 4 hours, that is how big the Battlefield is but you could easily hike longer than that. They have monuments all over the place, even in the woods. There is also a visitor center where you can buy different things. This story takes place at the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN. I have never been there myself but it's still there. Aletta Prescott lost her husband, Warren to the war. Now she has to leave their home as she has no money to pay for it. She has a six-year-old son, named Andrew and a baby on the way. I felt really bad for her to be kicked out of her house that she lived in with her husband for so many years but that's the way it goes. Luckily, Aletta gets a job as a cook at the Carnton Plantation and a room to live in for her and Andrew. She's also helping with the Women's Relief Society auction to help the troops. Captain Jake Winston gets sent to help the women after he is wounded in battle. He was one of their sniper's and a hit to the head stopped his career as his long vision sight was ruined. It's a bitter sweet story of people helping people and finding love and friends in time of need. *Thank you to BookLookBloggers for a print copy of this book.*Mel ♥MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    I just thoroughly enjoyed reading about a slice of life taking place at a slower pace than we do now. Where people had more time for each other and really cared enough to listen to what you said. The novella I just read is a prequel that sets up the story so you can enjoy the other 3 books in this series. The next book releases in Fall of 2018. I am so impressed with the research Tamera Alexander puts into not only this book of hers but all of them. It makes it so much more enjoyable to read all I just thoroughly enjoyed reading about a slice of life taking place at a slower pace than we do now. Where people had more time for each other and really cared enough to listen to what you said. The novella I just read is a prequel that sets up the story so you can enjoy the other 3 books in this series. The next book releases in Fall of 2018. I am so impressed with the research Tamera Alexander puts into not only this book of hers but all of them. It makes it so much more enjoyable to read all of her books. Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine to read and I am always looking up details of what I read on my computer and there is no denying her research is tops! I experienced so many emotions while reading this, in fact it even made me cry. Heartache,despair,warmth,compassion,loneliness,faithfulness and more are emotions you will experience as you read this.In my own research I found out that Carnton Plantation is a real place that still stands and offers tours. Carnton is a historic plantation house and museum in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States. The home was turned into a make-shift hospital during the Battle of Franklin. 7 generals were laid out dead on the front porch during the Battle. You can still see blood stains in the wood floors under the upstairs windows where amputations and surgeries were performed for the natural light coming through the windows. A large confederate cemetery is also on the property.Highly recommended book!Pub Date 03 Oct 2017 Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson--FICTION for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent shorter Christmas story. Aletta is a young widow in 1863, partway through the Civil War—facing the birth of her second child, the loss of her job, and foreclosure of her home, all at the same time. For a novella this book is pretty chunky, which makes me quite happy! (Oh, if only it would be published in one of those darling mini hardcovers!...)Jake has a new future to find after a head injury leaves him with impaired vision and an inability to shoot. It's devastating to the sharpsh An excellent shorter Christmas story. Aletta is a young widow in 1863, partway through the Civil War—facing the birth of her second child, the loss of her job, and foreclosure of her home, all at the same time. For a novella this book is pretty chunky, which makes me quite happy! (Oh, if only it would be published in one of those darling mini hardcovers!...)Jake has a new future to find after a head injury leaves him with impaired vision and an inability to shoot. It's devastating to the sharpshooter to realize he's no longer useful for the war effort. His general orders him to a house party as an ambassador of sorts, or as a sort of thank-you to the women's aid group so the general can show his gratitude by letting them meet one of the soldiers. He definitely didn't expect to run up against a fetching young widow and her energetic son and to feel his heart stirred by thoughts of home and family for the first time.Aletta's son Andrew quite steals the show for me, also. He's such a vibrant and typical six-year-old. There is so much I enjoyed about this book! Very good job, Mrs. Alexander. And I can hardly wait for that real-life love story we'll be getting next year, in the first book of the series. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free review copy.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    See full review at: www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com Bundle up and get ready for a Christmas story you won’t soon forget! With the perfect setting and dynamic, resourceful characters Tamera has set the perfect backdrop for a perfect cozy Christmas story and the introduction to her newest series.The next book releases in 2018 and I am excited to read more about Carnton Plantation and discover more about the people who called the beautiful plantation home.Aletta’s husband has died, leaving her an See full review at: www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com Bundle up and get ready for a Christmas story you won’t soon forget! With the perfect setting and dynamic, resourceful characters Tamera has set the perfect backdrop for a perfect cozy Christmas story and the introduction to her newest series.The next book releases in 2018 and I am excited to read more about Carnton Plantation and discover more about the people who called the beautiful plantation home.Aletta’s husband has died, leaving her and their 6-year-old son, Andrew to survive the civil war on their own. With the mortgage due, groceries to buy, and winter clothes needed for Andrew how will she manage to make it? With prayer and hard work, will Aletta find employment at Carnton Plantation? Will it be enough to save her home and see her and Andrew through Christmas?Captain Jake Winston is a well-known and decorated sharpshooter, but an accident causes him to be sent to Carnton Plantation to assist in the Ladies Aid Society. He is less than thrilled about the assignment, but determined to make the best of it and sets out to help with the work at Carnton.With 256 pages and 23 chapters, Christmas at Carnton is a nice beefy novella. The end wrapped up nicely while still giving you glimpses of what is to come in the future for Carnton Plantation.As a special bonus, the end of the book includes favorite holiday recipes to bake and enjoy with family and friends.(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.)
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    Tamera Alexander purely knows how to tell a good story. Beginning a new series with this novella (which felt like a full-length book, by the way), she sets her story in the last 2 years of the Civil War, a time of unrest and great deprivations in this nation of ours. She writes with deep feeling and has created a cast of characters that were so easy to fall in love with, for this reader. I loved every single minute. I found myself crying through the last portion. I love it when an author brings Tamera Alexander purely knows how to tell a good story. Beginning a new series with this novella (which felt like a full-length book, by the way), she sets her story in the last 2 years of the Civil War, a time of unrest and great deprivations in this nation of ours. She writes with deep feeling and has created a cast of characters that were so easy to fall in love with, for this reader. I loved every single minute. I found myself crying through the last portion. I love it when an author brings out such emotion in a reader. Don't miss this one, folks!*I was given a copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley. My review is my own honest opinion.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.)
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "Please do not make this more difficult on me than it already is." Aletta Prescott is not only widowed, she has just lost her only source of income as a seamstress; making survival even that much harder for her family of almost three. Desperate to locate employment, facing property foreclosure on her home, she applies for a temporary pastry chef position at a large Franklin, Tennessee estate. "At this point, we still have every reason to believe your full sight will return . . . . But the appreh "Please do not make this more difficult on me than it already is." Aletta Prescott is not only widowed, she has just lost her only source of income as a seamstress; making survival even that much harder for her family of almost three. Desperate to locate employment, facing property foreclosure on her home, she applies for a temporary pastry chef position at a large Franklin, Tennessee estate. "At this point, we still have every reason to believe your full sight will return . . . . But the apprehension in the surgeon's expression . . . . told him a different story." Captain Jake Winston has been an heralded Confederate sharpshooter until a bullet pierces his shoulder, followed by a devastating head injury. Ordered to assist a local Women's Relief Society auction while convalescing, he meets the lovely Aletta Prescott and her rambunctious six year old son. The draw between them is surprising, especially to Aletta, who tries her hardest to settle for a simple friendship with the handsome soldier. As Christmas approaches at Carnton, will the gift of love be found under the tree?
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  • Tricia Mingerink
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really good prequel start to the upcoming series by this author set at Carnton (and I simply can't wait for them after this sneak peek!). This one is set during the Civil War, though most of the focus of this book is on the damage that war caused on the home front for the women left behind. This author is so good at focusing on the small details to bring home that overall pain of that time. Like the women reading the newspaper, searching for and finding their husband's name among those This is a really good prequel start to the upcoming series by this author set at Carnton (and I simply can't wait for them after this sneak peek!). This one is set during the Civil War, though most of the focus of this book is on the damage that war caused on the home front for the women left behind. This author is so good at focusing on the small details to bring home that overall pain of that time. Like the women reading the newspaper, searching for and finding their husband's name among those killed. A new widow still grieving the loss of her husband and also being tossed out of her foreclosed home. The little boy looking forward to getting a train for Christmas like his father promised him--a father that died on the battlefield. This is a tough book. Many of the themes are very subtly done and would be easy to miss except for small moments here and there. Hopefully we'll see more of the characters introduced here in later books!
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  • Haley
    January 1, 1970
    Short and sweet is how this review will be. This novella was a great “kick-off” for the new three-book series. I am very excited to read the next stories.I really like it that Carnton is an actual plantation. I mean, if you traveled to Franklin, Tennessee, you could see this plantation. That would be so cool!In this story, Tamera Alexander did a wonderful job writing and describing the scenes and characters. Even though it was so short, because it’s a novella, she did a great job putting enough Short and sweet is how this review will be. This novella was a great “kick-off” for the new three-book series. I am very excited to read the next stories.I really like it that Carnton is an actual plantation. I mean, if you traveled to Franklin, Tennessee, you could see this plantation. That would be so cool!In this story, Tamera Alexander did a wonderful job writing and describing the scenes and characters. Even though it was so short, because it’s a novella, she did a great job putting enough plots without flooding the story with them.SPOILER!!! However, there is one thing I didn’t like about it. The romance was kind of strange. It didn’t really “finish up.” They went from sort of liking each other to getting engaged. (Sorry for the spoilers!!!) There was nothing in between. I didn’t like that at all.The cover is awesome. That is the real Carnton Plantation! (Or at least it looks very much like the real building!) I am going to give the cover 5 stars. For some reason, I really like covers that have wintery feel.Due to the spoiler, I must give this novella only 4 stars. However, everything else about this story was great! I definitely recommend this story to all Tamera Alexander fans!Title: Christmas at CarntonAuthor: Tamera AlexanderAuthor’s Website: http://tameraalexander.com/Reading Resolution: #24I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program.This review is written in my own opinions and words.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    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, ha 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.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story and prequel to the whole new upcoming series by Tamera Alexander. Highly recommended.
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas at Carnton (2017) is a novella by Tamera Alexander, and will be released on October 3, 2017. This novella will come in all forms including eBook, and is 256 pages in length. With a full-time job and a precocious five-year old at home, this novella took me three days to read. I received a free review copy of this novella in eBook form from NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. I give this novella 5 STARS. This story is a Chri Christmas at Carnton (2017) is a novella by Tamera Alexander, and will be released on October 3, 2017. This novella will come in all forms including eBook, and is 256 pages in length. With a full-time job and a precocious five-year old at home, this novella took me three days to read. I received a free review copy of this novella in eBook form from NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. I give this novella 5 STARS. This story is a Christian Historical Romance.This novella takes place at Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee during the height of the American Civil War. In this novella, we meet Aletta and Jake, the McGavock family (who called Carnton their home), and the McGavock cook, Tempy. As with all Alexander novels, these characters endear themselves to the reader immediately! I loved everything about this story. In fact, I was really sad when I turned to the last page…I wanted more!The main characters in this novella are Aletta and Jake. Aletta is a well written and very believable character. She is 25-years old, newly widowed, a single mother of one with another baby on the way. She is completely destitute with the bank ready to foreclose on her home. She has no job and no money. I was completely scared for her through the first quarter of this story. I had no idea how she was going to take care of herself and her son. But, what I love about Aletta is that she is a very brave and determined young woman. She knows to trust God even though she has no idea how she will keep her son fed and clothed and cared for. Aletta is a very realistically written character in the sense that she does have moments of worry, fear, and doubt just like any woman would in her situation. Instead of giving up or giving into the whims of men ready to take advantage of her, Aletta gives her situation over to God, and boy does He deliver for her!Jake is the hero in this story, and he is wonderfully written as well. Jake is powerful and strong and skilled. As a man, he is exceptionally capable. But, when he is injured during battle, Jake loses a bit of his confidence. When one loses the thing that made him/her unique, it’s really hard not to lose confidence. Begrudgingly, Jake goes to Carnton Plantation to help with a Ladies Aide Society Auction. His commanding officer believes this will be the perfect opportunity for Jake to convalesce after his injury, but Jake just sees it as a loss all the way around. He is the greatest sharpshooter in the Confederate Army, but now he has to pander to women? Why an auction? What can’t they just donate money and be done with it? But, as he gets to know Aletta, Tempy, Mrs. McGavock, and the other women of the Ladies Aide group, as he sees their hard work and their determination, and as he witnesses first hand these women lose their husbands and sons, Jake realizes that the Civil War is being fought by all citizens, not just the men and boys physically fighting the battles. Jake’s attitude changes, and with that change not only does his body heal, but so too does his heart.As with Ms. Alexander’s previous works, Christmas as Carnton is very well-researched. The damaging effects of the American Civil War are dealt with authentically and truthfully. It was eye-opening to me to read the scenes where the women would gather around a newspaper to read the Injured-Dead-Missing pages praying their husbands, sons, and/or fathers did not make any of the lists. I loved the solidarity and genuine aid the women brought to one another when a woman realized her husband or son or father had died. The sense of community as women rallied around the devastated woman in order to help in any way they could was absolutely refreshing. This novella also illustrates the plight of many young women who were widowed and made destitute because of the loss of their husbands. There were very few options available to women in the 1860s outside of cooking, cleaning, working in sweatshops, and prostitution. This story does an excellent job of illustrating the strength of women when faced with extremely difficult choices.This novella reminded me that no matter my current situation, God is there. He is waiting for me to surrender to Him and His perfect plan. When I choose to trust God, He leads me to the exact place I need to be, and blesses me in only ways He knows I need. When life deals me a blow I don’t think I can possibly overcome, God will give me the peace and strength I need if I go to Him. If you are looking for a well-written, engrossing historical romance, I highly recommend Christmas at Carnton. This is the perfect story to read this holiday season. You will not be disappointed!
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Once in a while, I read a book, novella, or story of some kind where all the pieces fit together in such a way that there is no disconnect, no disjointed pieces, nothing but an enjoyable story with a completeness that brings satisfaction to the reader. Tamera Alexander's Christmas at Carnton is that kind of story. Aletta is a war widow with a young son about to lose her house to foreclosure. She looks all over town for a job, any job, just to keep the bills paid, and a roof over her and her son' Once in a while, I read a book, novella, or story of some kind where all the pieces fit together in such a way that there is no disconnect, no disjointed pieces, nothing but an enjoyable story with a completeness that brings satisfaction to the reader. Tamera Alexander's Christmas at Carnton is that kind of story. Aletta is a war widow with a young son about to lose her house to foreclosure. She looks all over town for a job, any job, just to keep the bills paid, and a roof over her and her son's heads.Jake Winston is a sharp shooter who has been injured and may never see well enough to do his job again. Both of them end up at Carnton, a Franklin, Tennessee, planttion--Aletta to work, and Jake to recuperate from his injuries. They end up working together on a couple of projects and a friendship forms. All of the characters are believable--and I found it quite easy to put myself in their circumstances. Aletta is not only skilled in the kitchen, she is also skilled in the woodshop--a deviation from the norm of the day. Jake helps her build a nativity for the front lawn of Carnton to house a live nativity during the auction to raise money for the soldiers. It's fun to watch Jake's opinions change as he sees that the ladies contributing to the auction really feel they have played a part in helping their loved ones.I give this short novel five stars, two thumbs up, and a hot, flaky biscuit first thing in the morning.My thanks to Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This novella held my attention from word one!! Aletta and her son are really struggling with the news of the recent passing of their husband/father in the war. The entire community is reeling from the losses due to casualties of war. At risk of being evicted from her home, Aletta does all she can to save her home and make life as comfortable as she can for her son and the child she is expecting. When an opportunity at the Carnton estate comes about, Aletta doesn't hesitate to apply for the job. This novella held my attention from word one!! Aletta and her son are really struggling with the news of the recent passing of their husband/father in the war. The entire community is reeling from the losses due to casualties of war. At risk of being evicted from her home, Aletta does all she can to save her home and make life as comfortable as she can for her son and the child she is expecting. When an opportunity at the Carnton estate comes about, Aletta doesn't hesitate to apply for the job. Jake is a sharpshooter and finds himself injured to the point that the doctors are telling him he can't go back into the war. Jake finds himself being sent to Carnton to deal with all the local bittys and their charity Christmas auction. There are far too many frills and grins for poor Jake and he strongly desires to head back to his buddies in combat. Little does he know, that he still can serve a great purpose at Carnton. This novella is the intro to a full series that will begin to release in 2018. I can't wait to read more about the owners of Carnton, along with their friends. I am hoping to be able to stop and view this land in Tennessee one day when I'm travelling through!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas at Carnton is a great novella Christmas story. There is so much I enjoyed about this book. Aletta is a young widow who was partway through the civil war facing a job loss, foreclosure of her house and all the pregnancy of her second child. Will Aletta find employment at the plantation and will she be able to provide for her son? Captain Jake had an injury and is no longer able to shoot. He is devastated and now learns he must be sent to the Carnton Plantain for his new assignment. What Christmas at Carnton is a great novella Christmas story. There is so much I enjoyed about this book. Aletta is a young widow who was partway through the civil war facing a job loss, foreclosure of her house and all the pregnancy of her second child. Will Aletta find employment at the plantation and will she be able to provide for her son? Captain Jake had an injury and is no longer able to shoot. He is devastated and now learns he must be sent to the Carnton Plantain for his new assignment. What he didn't expect was the young widow and her son to capture his attention, but his thoughts are stirred of home and family for the first time in a long time.You will really enjoy this book and it will have you waiting for real life story that Tamera is writing next year. I can't wait to see how she pens the story from here. I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required.
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  • Marian Baay
    January 1, 1970
    Carnton Plantation promises to be another excellent historical series by the skilful pen of Tamera Alexander. In Christmas at Carnton we meet the wonderful people who live there. Aletta comes to live at Carnton for a couple of weeks to work in the kitchen. Recently widowed and 7 months pregnant, she has to work to support herself and her young son. Captain Jake Winston is wounded and sent to Carnton Plantation to help out with a Ladies Aid Society Auction, much to his disdain. But as soon as he Carnton Plantation promises to be another excellent historical series by the skilful pen of Tamera Alexander. In Christmas at Carnton we meet the wonderful people who live there. Aletta comes to live at Carnton for a couple of weeks to work in the kitchen. Recently widowed and 7 months pregnant, she has to work to support herself and her young son. Captain Jake Winston is wounded and sent to Carnton Plantation to help out with a Ladies Aid Society Auction, much to his disdain. But as soon as he lays eyes on Aletta, he decides it might not be all bad to be at Carnton.A lovely novella that will make you fall in love with Aletta and Jake and the other characters. A perfect Christmas read, but it can also be read throughout the whole year.
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  • Chesney
    January 1, 1970
    Tamera Alexander's books have a way of pulling you in. This is no different in this novella. I was excited to learn more about another plantation that was in Nashville. I am sad to admit that while this was my hometown, I had never heard of this place! Carnton Plantation is definitely on my to visit list next time I am in town. I loved hearing about Jake and Aletta's story even though it was short. There was a turn in the story that had me What?! How is this going to turn out now? Tamera did a f Tamera Alexander's books have a way of pulling you in. This is no different in this novella. I was excited to learn more about another plantation that was in Nashville. I am sad to admit that while this was my hometown, I had never heard of this place! Carnton Plantation is definitely on my to visit list next time I am in town. I loved hearing about Jake and Aletta's story even though it was short. There was a turn in the story that had me What?! How is this going to turn out now? Tamera did a fantastic job of casting out all fears. I am super excited to read the next 3 novels in the series! Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    "Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"This is a feel-good story set in a troubled period, the American Civil War. This Christmas novella launches a three-book series (Carnton) and I’m curious to read the next story, featuring also a wounded soldier and a secondary character from this book.The characters in “Christmas at Carnton” are enjoyable and well-drawn. Jake’s feelings of inadequacy, of being less a man, are realistic and balanced with his slow adaptation to civilia "Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"This is a feel-good story set in a troubled period, the American Civil War. This Christmas novella launches a three-book series (Carnton) and I’m curious to read the next story, featuring also a wounded soldier and a secondary character from this book.The characters in “Christmas at Carnton” are enjoyable and well-drawn. Jake’s feelings of inadequacy, of being less a man, are realistic and balanced with his slow adaptation to civilian life. The heroine, Aletta, is a soldier’s widow, with a young boy and expecting a child; and her tribulations are those of many other women in war periods.Men and women’s traditional roles are slightly mixed up – in a positive way – when we have a soldier artist and a woman carpenter (in the 1800s). I really enjoyed that.I'm grateful to the publisher, Thomas Nelson - Fiction, and NetGalley for providing a free copy.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...Bundle up and get ready for a Christmas story you won’t soon forget! With the perfect setting and dynamic, resourceful characters Tamera has set the perfect backdrop for a perfect cozy Christmas story and the introduction to her newest series.The next book releases in 2018 and I am excited to read more about Carnton Plantation and discover more about the people who called the beautiful plantation home.With 256 pages and 23 chapters, Chr See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...Bundle up and get ready for a Christmas story you won’t soon forget! With the perfect setting and dynamic, resourceful characters Tamera has set the perfect backdrop for a perfect cozy Christmas story and the introduction to her newest series.The next book releases in 2018 and I am excited to read more about Carnton Plantation and discover more about the people who called the beautiful plantation home.With 256 pages and 23 chapters, Christmas at Carnton is a nice beefy novella. The end wrapped up nicely, while still giving you glimpses of what is to come in the future for Carnton Plantation.As a special bonus, the end of the book includes favorite holiday recipes to bake and enjoy with family and friends.(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.)
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  • Britney
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas at Carnton is a wonderful novella that launches a brand-new series from one of my favorite authors! Set against the backdrop of the Carnton Plantation, Alexander once again brings Tennessee history to life and beckons readers to step back in time. I delighted in the richness and vibrancy of Aletta and Jake's story and was captivated by their heartfelt journey. I love stories set during the Civil War era, and this tender tale is no exception. I can't wait to continue the Carnton series! Christmas at Carnton is a wonderful novella that launches a brand-new series from one of my favorite authors! Set against the backdrop of the Carnton Plantation, Alexander once again brings Tennessee history to life and beckons readers to step back in time. I delighted in the richness and vibrancy of Aletta and Jake's story and was captivated by their heartfelt journey. I love stories set during the Civil War era, and this tender tale is no exception. I can't wait to continue the Carnton series!I received a complimentary copy of this story through NetGalley. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
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  • Tori
    January 1, 1970
    Tamera Alexander is one of my favorites. She was able to pack a full story into limited pages that left me satisfied, but also excited for the new series that this novella introduced. I enjoyed getting to know the characters at Carnton Plantation and watching the sweet romance between Aletta and Jake. And Tamera's author notes are really fascinating. As usual, her research is on point. *Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. All opinion Tamera Alexander is one of my favorites. She was able to pack a full story into limited pages that left me satisfied, but also excited for the new series that this novella introduced. I enjoyed getting to know the characters at Carnton Plantation and watching the sweet romance between Aletta and Jake. And Tamera's author notes are really fascinating. As usual, her research is on point. *Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. All opinions are mine.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Alexander's novella that gives us a peek into the next series of books!Most Christian Fiction set in Civil War era America gives us the veiw of the Northern side of the conflict. This book transports you to the homefront of what it was like for a Confederate Soldier's Widow, to live in the face of an uncertain future. You will get to know a wounded Confederate sharpshooter who has been set on the sidelines. For those of you who know how Alexander weaves all her stories together I really enjoyed Alexander's novella that gives us a peek into the next series of books!Most Christian Fiction set in Civil War era America gives us the veiw of the Northern side of the conflict. This book transports you to the homefront of what it was like for a Confederate Soldier's Widow, to live in the face of an uncertain future. You will get to know a wounded Confederate sharpshooter who has been set on the sidelines. For those of you who know how Alexander weaves all her stories together, there is a crossover character from her previous series. I just love it when she does that! I am just bummed that I have to wait a whole year before reading the first book in this series, it sounds amazing!!!!!!!I received an ARC version of this book from Netgalley for my review.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Net Galley for a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.A lovely novella to introduce a new series by Tamera Alexander. War and suffering – even at Christmas time – is the theme. We are rooting for Jake and Aletta as we get to know them. Aletta wants to guard her heart against any romantic involvement when she goes to Carnton to work for the McGavocks. Jake must deal with a life-changing injury. Looking forward to the new series!
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  • Candice Valdez
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas at Carnton is a quick, yet entertaining read. I loved all the historical references to the Civil War. This book showed some of the tough times that women went through during war which does not get discussed as much as some other aspects of war, but is just as important. I loved the fact that Jake was not afraid to love someone that already had kids. I had a stepdad that treated me as his own, before he passed away, and I love that this kind of man is getting attention as a hero because Christmas at Carnton is a quick, yet entertaining read. I loved all the historical references to the Civil War. This book showed some of the tough times that women went through during war which does not get discussed as much as some other aspects of war, but is just as important. I loved the fact that Jake was not afraid to love someone that already had kids. I had a stepdad that treated me as his own, before he passed away, and I love that this kind of man is getting attention as a hero because that is what they are. Looking forward to the rest of the series!I received a complimentary copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    What a sweet romance this was! Tamera Alexander is obviously a gifted author. Her characters were great. Aletta was a strong woman and Jake was a wonderful man. I loved that there some character development as well. Looking forward to the entire series next year!**I received this book from NetGalley for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.**
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  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    January 1, 1970
    It's hard to imagine that war once divide this great country. That men and women both lost those they loved when the North divided against the South. Men ill equipped to go to war went anyway and so much blood was shed on both sides of the country. For Aletta Prescott, she learned that her husband would not be returning home from the war as he had hoped and now she has learned she is about to be laid off from her job at the Chilton Textile Mill. It wasn't due to her work, but as a matter of last It's hard to imagine that war once divide this great country. That men and women both lost those they loved when the North divided against the South. Men ill equipped to go to war went anyway and so much blood was shed on both sides of the country. For Aletta Prescott, she learned that her husband would not be returning home from the war as he had hoped and now she has learned she is about to be laid off from her job at the Chilton Textile Mill. It wasn't due to her work, but as a matter of last hired is those who would have to face the burden of no longer having a job, a ways to provide for their family and for Aletta, now seven months pregnant and with a young boy at home, she struggled to figure out how she was going to pay for their mortgage now with winter coming. She had hoped that the bank would be understanding regarding her recent loss and now unemployment, but despite all the bank manager's assurances that they might be able to work something out, the bank's board members refused to allow her any more time. They felt they were being generous in letting her have two weeks before they foreclosed on her home. But where could they go? When she learned that the Carnton estate was looking for help in preparation for an upcoming auction to lend financial resources to help the war effort, she felt assured this would be an answer to prayer. She had to find something otherwise she didn't know what she would do or where they would go. Jake Winston felt that his life was spared when he was shot in the shoulder, but it also allowed him to deal with the loss of his eyesight even temporarily. He would have to wear glasses now to miss seeing the sharp details a marksman like himself would need if he was to be an use of continuing in the war effort, but such was not to be the case just yet. His commanding General has asked him to travel to Carnton Estate and lend in the security of helping the women raise funds to benefit the war. It would also give him time to continue to allow his eyesight to return. But there was no winning this battle with the General. He just didn't plan on having his heart fall for a young mother due with another child and her sweet, young, impressionable son as well. He will have to maintain the respect due to her after learning she had lost her husband while trying to do as ordered, but will God have other plans in store for them all? I received Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander compliments of NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers. This is such a heart warming book because it really takes the readers into the very heart of both Aletta and Jake. You can understand how difficult both the timing and the circumstances surrounding them both would be, and with time running out for them both, anxiety only increases the need to figure out the future, even if it is out of their hands for the time being. I love the generosity of Mrs. McGavock, who is the wife of the Carnton Estate in how she is with her hired staff. She keeps the respectability of her position, but treats them all like family. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
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  • Kirby
    January 1, 1970
    Review Originally Published On My BlogI received a free review copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Christmas at Carnton was like a mug of my favorite apple cinnamon tea on a blistery, winter evening. This beautiful novella reached deep inside and resonated something within me in a way that a book hasn't in a very long time. This poignant novella tells the story of young, widowed Aletta Prescott, who's dealt some harsh life circumstances when she loses her job at a factory, and s Review Originally Published On My BlogI received a free review copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Christmas at Carnton was like a mug of my favorite apple cinnamon tea on a blistery, winter evening. This beautiful novella reached deep inside and resonated something within me in a way that a book hasn't in a very long time. This poignant novella tells the story of young, widowed Aletta Prescott, who's dealt some harsh life circumstances when she loses her job at a factory, and soon thereafter discovers the bank is beginning foreclosure procedures on her home. Left with a rambunctious six year old to feed, and another baby on the way, Aletta's not sure what her options are to try and provide for her family. An opportunity arises in the form of a job position at the Carnton Plantation house. Mrs, MCGavock is planning a ladies aid society fundraiser auction with all proceeds going to wounded soldiers, and Aletta finds an answer to prayer in her new position that includes room and board.One such wounded soldier has been asked to be on hand for the auction, and Captain Jake Winston believes the whole affair is a waste of his talent, and a frivolous excuse for women to simply host a get together. Wounded on the battlefield in ways Jake doesn't want to reveal to anyone, he soon finds more than he bargained for in Aletta and her son Andrew; both of who are quickly stealing his heart, and reminding him there's more to life than serving his country on the battlefield.Christmas at Carnton demonstrates how talented of an author Tamera Alexander is as she's able to bring attention to a horrific part of American history, while still demonstrating the bounty of God's love and affection for his people. This novella was wonderfully researched, and I really enjoyed the way Tamera was able to include actual historical figures blended in beautifully with the fictional characters she so wonderfully brought to life. As well, I really enjoyed the refreshing way that this novella brought attention to a part of war that's often not well represented-the way the women are left fighting battles of their own, far away from the actual battlefield, as they struggle to make ends meet and hold their families together amidst devastation and destruction.Christmas at Carnton is definitely a new favorite, full of poignant storytelling, rich character development, a beautiful, perfectly paced romance, and a reminder of simpler times when the emphasis was truly on family, love, the important of friendship, and relying on God's will even when the times get tough. I didn't think there could possibly be anything that could make me enjoy this wonderful story more, but then I got to the end and discovered that Tamera Alexander had included recipes of many of the beloved dishes served throughout the story; like Andrew's favorite pumpkin bread.This new Christmas novella was definitely a five star read for me! And it's a great start to this new series. I look forward to continuing on with the characters I've come to love in the introduction to the Carnton novels, and although this was my first experience with a Tamera Alexander novel, I feel like I've just discovered a new favorite author.I can't recommend this novella enough, and anyone who enjoys inspirational historical fiction definitely needs to add this one to their reading list!Thanks so much to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for a free review copy!
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  • The Books and Biscuits Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas at Carnton – Tamera Alexander (4.5 Stars)In Christmas at Carnton: A Novella, Ms. Alexander launches her newest series set at the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee. The story occurs during the Civil War years, when the family is preparing for a Women’s Relief Society auction intended to benefit the Confederate soldiers. Aletta Prescott recently lost her husband, as well as her job. Desperate for a place to live for herself and her young son, she accepts a job cooking for the Wom Christmas at Carnton – Tamera Alexander (4.5 Stars)In Christmas at Carnton: A Novella, Ms. Alexander launches her newest series set at the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee. The story occurs during the Civil War years, when the family is preparing for a Women’s Relief Society auction intended to benefit the Confederate soldiers. Aletta Prescott recently lost her husband, as well as her job. Desperate for a place to live for herself and her young son, she accepts a job cooking for the Women’s Relief Society’s auction and other Christmas season events at Carnton. While there, she befriends Captain Jake Winton, who has been assigned to help with the auction during his recovery. Aletta and Jake soon discover that their losses may have changed their lives, but God provides hope and restoration for them both during a season of war.Fans of Ms. Alexander’s previous works will be thrilled with Christmas at Carnton as the start of her newest series, featuring yet another Southern plantation. With connections to the families featured in her previous series, Ms. Alexander makes a seamless transition to the family and location of the Carnton Plantation.Overall, I really enjoyed reading Christmas at Carnton! Ms. Alexander’s stories have been improving steadily throughout her career, so I find it fascinating to see her development of a new series. As a novella, Christmas at Carnton is quite a bit shorter than a standard novel, but the length fits the structure of this particular story. Set during the Civil War, the novella seems slightly similar to other historical fiction works based around the same period. However, readers interested in the forthcoming books of Ms. Alexander’s series will find the story worthwhile, as it introduces characters and settings relevant to future works that will be released. Personally, I also found Ms. Alexander’s focus on the Women’s Relief Society’s efforts to be particularly interesting and enjoyable.Special thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the advanced copy of Christmas at Carnton!Thanks!Brittany at the Books and Biscuits BlogPS. To see the full review, please visit http://booksandbiscuits.com/blog/2017.... Thanks!
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    After a recent visit to Franklin, Tennessee, I was quite interested in reading this new novella by Tamera Alexander. While we had visited the Lotz House rather than Carnton on that visit, thanks to our tour guide, I had vivid mental images of what had occurred around this area during the latter days of the Civil War. As our nation appears to become more divided about the worthiness of remembering this period of American History, Alexander’s writing shows us that there are still things to learn After a recent visit to Franklin, Tennessee, I was quite interested in reading this new novella by Tamera Alexander. While we had visited the Lotz House rather than Carnton on that visit, thanks to our tour guide, I had vivid mental images of what had occurred around this area during the latter days of the Civil War. As our nation appears to become more divided about the worthiness of remembering this period of American History, Alexander’s writing shows us that there are still things to learn from those who lived through the experience on both sides of the conflict, without condoning the attitudes and events at its origins. Aletta Prescott, a young widow raising a young son, and with child, is an inspiration to all who face events that threaten not only one’s way of life, but life itself. While facing job loss, foreclosure, and an almost empty pantry, Aletta is alert to opportunities to provide for her family, now that her soldier husband will not be returning home to do so. If the story occurred in real life, many would say Aletta’s circumstances changed due to a happy coincidence. Others, like Aletta, would give credit where it belongs, with the God in whom she placed her trust. Captain Jake Winston’s injuries might not be as apparent as those of the Civil War’s many amputees, but they left him unable to perform his military duties. To say he was less than ecstatic about his assignment to represent the army and assist with an auction sponsored by the Women’s Relief Society in support of Confederate soldiers would be an understatement. Might his presence be a part of God’s plan? Might this be the best place for his recuperation from his injuries? Only time will tell. Perseverance, faith, and forgiveness are major themes in this book. Alexander handles her subject matter with grace and style. I highly recommend this novella and look forward to the series of which it serves as a prequel. I thank NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for a free copy of Christmas in Carnton in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas at CarntonBy Tamera AlexanderAletta Prescott is struggling to survive the cost the war with the North has cost her - her husband and now her job. But Aletta is determined to make the best life possible for her son and her expected baby even if she is soon to lose her home to the bank. But in the faltering South employment of any type is nearly impossible. When she learns of a job at Carnton she hopes and prays that this is the answer to her prayers.The Women's Relief Society is plannin Christmas at CarntonBy Tamera AlexanderAletta Prescott is struggling to survive the cost the war with the North has cost her - her husband and now her job. But Aletta is determined to make the best life possible for her son and her expected baby even if she is soon to lose her home to the bank. But in the faltering South employment of any type is nearly impossible. When she learns of a job at Carnton she hopes and prays that this is the answer to her prayers.The Women's Relief Society is planning a Christmas auction to raise funds to support the Confederate troops and Aletta hopes to secure the position. But with the position she hoped to fill already taken, Aletta's hopes falter but another opportunity presents itself if she can find the help she needs.When Captain Jake Winston is ordered to assist the Women's Relief Society in its charitable endeavor he feels it is a waste of time. But orders are orders and with his recent injury preventing him from being able to complete his duty and not endanger himself and his fellow troops he is off to Carnton. With no outward sign of injury, Jake is soon put to work assisting the ladies in pulling it all together. And when asked by Aletta to help her he feels sure he will soon be doing her "job", but Aletta is full of surprises and soon impresses the skeptical Captain Winston with her skills.Set in 1863 Franklin, Tennessee, this is a heart-warming Christmas story. There are unexpected blessings and heartbreak that are to be expected as this is a world that is deep in the trenches of war. Those who are fans of the Civil War era will enjoy this newest offering from Tamera Alexander. And if you just love reading a story with a strong Christmas theme this one is for you. Fans of the Belle Meade Plantation series may find a familiar name in this book that sets the stage for the author's newest series. Altogether this an enjoyable book that is perfect for a long dreary afternoon or a lazy weekend on the couch.I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher through BookLook Bloggers with no expectations of a positive review ~ All opinions expressed are my own.
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