“Christmas at Carnton: A Novella,” by Tamera Alexander

I recently had the chance to read Christmas at Carnton: A Novella, by Tamera Alexander. This fiction book was published on October 3, 2017, by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

A Christmas story to launch a brand new three-book series . . . The Carnton Novels

Amid war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas – and of 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, 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.

Final Verdict:

I read Alexander’s novels in the Belmont Mansion series, A Lasting Impression and A Beauty so Rare, and I liked them for many of the same reasons I liked this initial book in her new series: the historical setting, the real-life characters mixed in with the fictional story, and the real-life settings of famous homes in Nashville. In this book, Carnton, the historical home in Franklin, TN, is the gorgeous setting for a Christmas love story. The plot is fun, and will keep readers interested. The main character, Aletta Prescott, is smart, sympathetic, and fun to read about. This book is 256 pages, so longer than what I would usually think of for a “novella”, but it’s a quick read, and you could easily finish it in a night, like I did. (Also, after reading this book, I am determined I need to plan a trip to Nashville to tour Belmont and Carnton and all of the other amazing historical places I’ve read about in Alexander’s novels!) This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

If you’d like to check out Christmas at Carnton it is currently on sale for $7.99 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $12.99.) If you prefer a paperback copy it’s currently on sale for $11.04. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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