Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5) by Tamera Alexander

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 positio...


Details Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)

TitleChristmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)
ISBN9780310293248
Author
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherThomas Nelson
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Holiday, Christmas, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Christian, Inspirational
Rating

Reviews Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Deanne Patterson
    1970-01-01
    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 th...
  • Hannah
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    1970-01-01
    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 plant...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    "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 ...
  • Tricia Mingerink
    1970-01-01
    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, searchin...
  • Haley
    1970-01-01
    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, becau...
  • Rachael
    1970-01-01
    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 espec...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    I loved this story and prequel to the whole new upcoming series by Tamera Alexander. Highly recommended.
  • Nicole
    1970-01-01
    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....
  • Becky
    1970-01-01
    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 kee...
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    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 abo...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Marian Baay
    1970-01-01
    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 Societ...
  • Chesney
    1970-01-01
    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?!...
  • Maria
    1970-01-01
    "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 ...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Britney
    1970-01-01
    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 excep...
  • Tori
    1970-01-01
    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 opp...
  • Nicole
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Pam
    1970-01-01
    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 ser...
  • Candice Valdez
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Cassandra
    1970-01-01
    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.**
  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    1970-01-01
    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. ...
  • Kirby
    1970-01-01
    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 circum...
  • The Books and Biscuits Blog
    1970-01-01
    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 an...
  • Claudia
    1970-01-01
    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 wri...
  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    1970-01-01
    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...