Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot

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.

Amanda Cabot's website is

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot. Revell. 2012. ISBN 9780800720049 (paperback), 172p.

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Trisha said...

Sounds fun, I'll check it out!

Trisha said...

P.S. how did the tax issue turn out? I hope your library will stay open.

Jane R said...

I grew up in this part of the country. So much history, beautiful sunsets and hardy people. I'm going to look for this title. Thanks for the suggestion!

Lesa said...

Thanks, Trisha. The library will stay open for now. Fortunately, the voters were smart enough to defeat the referendum by a 2/3 vote. Even so, it doesn't look great in the long run, so I'm still looking to move on.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Jane! I'm sure you're going to enjoy it then.

Melissa said...

This one's on my list...a perfect blend of Christmas and one of my favorite historical eras :)

Lesa said...

Really liked the characters in this one, too, Melissa.

Inside A Book said...

Thanx for a fun preview. Hey, yeah for Glendale passing the election bond. What happens with your job now? Thinking of you!

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Lesa said...

My job's Ok for now, Gaye, but I'm still going to be moving on. I know it won't be by the end of the fiscal year.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a cute book!

Sorry to hear your library was so nearly in trouble! I missed that blog topic and will have to look back there.