Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot
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 http://www.sff.net/people/amanda.cabot
Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot. Revell. 2012. ISBN 9780800720049 (paperback), 172p.
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