Love Restored (A Clean Christmas Romance)

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They are real people with hopes and dreams, some good and some bad. Most of the people Aletta knows don't even own slaves and they see the War as being more than just about the issue of slavery. Alexander, for shining light on the lesser known stories of the War and making history come alive! I would give this book a PG rating. There is talk of a man banishing his wife's doubts that he desires her and then lying in bed and talking with her after the fact.

There are hints that a woman who is behind on her mortgages is giving a man at the bank favors of a sordid nature. The word Negro is used, but not in a derogatory way. I give this book 4 stars. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own.

Oct 15, Haley S rated it really liked it Shelves: Short and sweet is how this review will be. 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. The romance was kind of strange. Sorry for the spoilers!!!


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There was nothing in between. 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! Christmas at Carnton Author: This review is written in my own opinions and words. Sep 06, Rachael rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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.

Feb 05, Cheryl Baranski rated it it was amazing. Christmas at Carnton is the novella leading to the series Carnton novels by Tamera Alexander. Tamera hooked me right from the start with this heart touching novella. A story that is full of love, hope, heartache, pain and so much more.

Characters that come to life before your eyes. I received a complementary copy of this novella. This review is my honest opinion. Nov 28, Rachael rated it really liked it. As always this author delivers another wonderful read. I was skeptical at first because I love the long books, but this book contains much in its pages. The horrors of war, the community that those at home created to deal with those, carrying hearts, and hardworking women who strove every day to help their men who were in a different kind of war… both in a war of survival.

The characters are terrific in this short read, and as always I fell in love with the young ones in this read. Truly worth the As always this author delivers another wonderful read. Truly worth the read I received this book through The Fiction Guild. I really enjoyed this introduction to the new series coming from Tamera Alexander. I am looking forward to the first full novel in this series. I hope we will hear more about Jake and Aletta because I fell in love with both of them in this book.

Dec 25, Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures rated it really liked it. Will share my review shortly. Jul 23, Amy rated it it was amazing. I loved this story and prequel to the whole new upcoming series by Tamera Alexander. Dec 09, Lucy rated it it was amazing. My favorite Christmas read this season. Tamera Alexander draws you into the story and her research is so impeccable that you always learn something besides being entertained. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and when it includes children, romance, Faith, and Christmas then it is sigh worthy.

I love the characters including the minor ones, especially Tempy. When she describes being sold as a slave while a child I had to weep. The growth of Jake and Aletta in their Faith and learning to tru My favorite Christmas read this season. The growth of Jake and Aletta in their Faith and learning to trust is inspiring. Their is so much to love in this story, but you will have to read it to find out why. Highly recommend this for a quick read during this busy season. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

Nov 01, Tima rated it really liked it Shelves: Aletta is war widow.

She's trying to hold onto her home and raise her six-year old son. So when life forces her to take another job, she jumps at the chance to make some extra money. But she'll need the help of an injured Captain. He's staying at the Carnton Estate at the request of his boss while he waits on healing so he can return to the war. This is the prequal to a series that will be coming in the future.

This book wold work well as a stand-alone, since it doesn't leave the reader hangin Aletta is war widow. This book wold work well as a stand-alone, since it doesn't leave the reader hanging. I wasn't even able to tell who the next book would feature. The characters were authentic and fit well together.

My favorite was actually a minor character, a cook on the estate. The story was shorter, but sweet and fits perfectly with the Christmas season. I've read books by this author before and this book falls into her normal category of well written, thought provoking, faith themed, and had elements of romance. I enjoyed reading this start to the series and look forward to seeing what comes next.


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Sep 16, Nicole rated it it was amazing Shelves: Christmas at Carnton is a novella by Tamera Alexander, and will be released on October 3, This novella will come in all forms including eBook, and is 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. This story is a Chri Christmas at Carnton is a novella by Tamera Alexander, and will be released on October 3, This story is a Christian Historical Romance.

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 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.

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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.

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? 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.

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The damaging effects of the American Civil War are dealt with authentically and truthfully. 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 s 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. 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!

Oct 23, Kelly Bridgewater rated it it was amazing. I'm not a big fan of Civil War stories. I have a hard time enjoying those type of stories, but. Tamera Alexander does such a great job at recreating this time period and bringing me into the story that I have a hard time not enjoying her writings.

I have enjoyed her Belle Meade and her Belmont Mansion series, so I'm excited that she has decided to do another series in Tennessee around another popular plantation. With any historical novel, I want to be transported to that time period withou I'm not a big fan of Civil War stories. With any historical novel, I want to be transported to that time period without feeling like I'm reading a history book and have characters that have something unique.

Alexander's writing is wonderful. Like I mentioned earlier, she does a wonderful job at bringing the home of Carnton come to life and the time period. She pays attention to the tiniest details like remembering what the women would be doing to raise money or knit items that could be used for the soldiers who are still in action during the Civil War. Alexander is sympathic toward the cause and shows the hurts and cares of the individual women who are left at home, trying to survive while worrying about their men who are off fighting. The plot is unique because it shows the affect that the Civil War had on the women who were home still trying to hold it together.

I enjoy how in each of the novels that I have read by Alexander she shows that the slaves were humans too with feelings and family. They were just as important as the whites and still were the backbone of our country alongside the whites. The story moves along at a rapid pace and kept my attention. The romance was a little hasty in my taste.

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Aletta and Jake have only known each other for a month, and they fall in love so quickly. I know that this was a novella to wet the appetite of the reader. In her much longer novels, Alexander does take more time to develop her romances, so I let it slide for this novella. Overall, I enjoyed the pre-novella for her Carnton series. I enjoyed the fast pace of the setting and the wonderful characters.

I highly recommend this story, and eagerly await the series to begin next year. I received a complimentary copy of Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own. Aug 08, Becky rated it it was amazing. 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.

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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.

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. Nov 06, Damaris Tonner rated it really liked it Shelves: I love learning about the American Civil War through fictional books, but I had never heard of Carnton or the incredible story behind the plantation-turned-field hospital in Tennessee. I was excited to see a Christmas novella by Tamera Alexander pop up in my NetGalley feed - just as the snow had begun to fall and I was heading back to college after my fall reading break.

This book was a wonderful, refreshing read. I love the fact that it was slightly shorter, as it was the perfect size to curl up I love learning about the American Civil War through fictional books, but I had never heard of Carnton or the incredible story behind the plantation-turned-field hospital in Tennessee.

I love the fact that it was slightly shorter, as it was the perfect size to curl up with as the snow twinkled outside and finish it within a few hours. I was captivated by the characters of Aletta, Jake and Andrew within the first few pages. Tamera does a lovely job at the characterization and development of the relationships between the three.

I also appreciated Tamera's overarching theme of God's goodness throughout the whole story. Aletta continually muses upon His faithfulness, saying that "her faith felt so small in comparison to His loving kindness. This was beautifully illustrated in Christmas at Carnton as problems and solutions arose within the plot. Finally, the message that love with persevere was a beautiful reminder that those whom we love - those dead, or alive - will always stay with us, through it all.

Aletta's remembrance of Warren and her commitment to Jake was a touching point to remind every reader that "nothing worth having is easy. It's a great book to read as we enter the holiday season that reminds us that the greatest gift we can give each other truly is love. A special thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. Oct 24, Vera Godley rated it really liked it.

As with Tamera Alexander's other works this novella, centered amidst the Civil war and involving elaborate preparations for a Christmas auction and festivities, was well written with characters that the reader's heart warmed to immediately and a story line that engaged. Just a bit longer than some novellas, it was a completely satisfying read from start to finish.

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It shows the reality of those left at home where there is scant to live on and those whose hearts and lives are broken from war. Civil As with Tamera Alexander's other works this novella, centered amidst the Civil war and involving elaborate preparations for a Christmas auction and festivities, was well written with characters that the reader's heart warmed to immediately and a story line that engaged. Civilians and soldiers alike. Carnton is a Southern home or perhaps plantation in Tennessee.

The slaves are all gone except for an elderly lady who cooks and charms. This is not a story about why the war was fought or opinions and sides to be taken. It is about people. Good people that are living the best they can on what they can and helping each other at every opportunity. Christmas at Carnton is a very good read and highly recommended.

It is also a prelude to a new series by the author. Based on this novella, the series should be a very good one to read. A plus at the end of the book is a small collection of recipes that were perhaps being served at Carnton by the ladies and the beloved cook. I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review.

Opinions are my own and are freely given. Oct 04, Sarah rated it it was amazing. 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. 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. Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers in the inspirational historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels. Other books in the series. Books by Tamera Alexander. Trivia About Christmas at Carn A Heartwarming Holiday will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters no cliffhangers , for more than pages.

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