Don’t you just love when you can read a Christmas novella for a series?!
A Christmas novella 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.
This turned out to be a new favorite Christmas story!
I was not surprised since I have enjoyed several of Mrs. Alexander’s books and have wanted to read more for a long time. The heartwarming feel of this story as it breaches sadness to end with a dawning of hope for all of the characters is one I love. And the opening to a new series from the best-selling author leaves me wanting more.
I only wish that Jake, Aletta, and the others had a longer story… But, I do believe I’ll be content once I read the rest of the series.