It's never too early in November to kick off discussion of the Christmas books. Readers who borrow them from the library will want to find them, and readers who buy them from bookstores will be wanting to pick them up soon. One fan of holiday books said she reads them from Veterans' Day to Christmas, so I know people are starting to pick them up for the season.
Amanda Cabot's Christmas Roses is a short piece, an historical novel set in Wyoming in 1882. Celia Anderson has only been widowed for a year, but the parson's wife is urging her to remarry, saying Celia's daughter, Emma, needs a father. And, two men in town are vying for that position. But, Celia wants more than just a father for her daughter. After her arranged marriage to her late husband, Josef, she'd like to marry a man who understands her and brings a little romance to her life.
Mark Williams has no intention of staying in Easton when he takes a room at Celia's boardinghouse. He's been on the road for two years, searching for the father he never knew, a man who abandoned him and Mark's mother. But, while he's in town, he manages to save Emma with his knowledge of the croup. And, he sees that Celia has a few needs. He brings in water without being asked, cuts wood for her, and even builds her storage shelves. It's that skill as a carpenter that will keep him in town over the winter. But, his growing attachment to the young widow and her daughter might keep him in town even longer.
Christmas Roses is a small book, but it's an appealing romantic story that may bring tears to your eyes. Although there is a message about religion and faith, it doesn't overshadow the storyline. Readers looking for a satisfying Christmas story with a spark of romance will not be disappointed.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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