Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot ~ review

September 1, 2012

Celia Anderson doesn't need anything for Christmas except a few more boarders, which are hard to come by in this small mining town. She certainly doesn't have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a wandering carpenter finds lodging at her boarding house, she admits that she might remarry if she found the right man--the kind of man who would bring her roses for Christmas. It would take a miracle to get roses during a harsh Wyoming winter. But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . .

Amanda Cabot invites readers to cozy up with a romantic, heartwarming tale of the greatest gift of all--love.

My take on this book:
The year is 1882, in the Wyoming Territory. After the death of her husband Josef, Celia Anderson is running a boarding house in the town of Easton to support her six month old Emma. Her friend Bertha keeps telling her it's time to find herself a new husband, but Celia has decided that she will only marry for love, and besides she stays very busy running her boarding house and babysitting young Aaron. Mark Williams has been looking for his father for two years,and his search has led him to Easton, to Celia's boarding house. As she gets to know Mark she sees the kind man that he is, but is he the right man for her, after all will he even stick around? While Mark feels drawn to Celia, will he stay in Easton?

A short novella that was such a satisfying, quick read. I loved the characters, as well as the small town feel of the story. Celia and Mark were such good lead characters. She was strong, after all she had lost her husband, was trying to raise a daughter and run a boarding house, but the author allowed us to see another side of Celia, one who wanted  to be loved and cherished. Mark was such a wonderful man, one I would consider a true gentleman. While he was carrying a bit of hurt from his past it didn't make him bitter. Strong secondary characters rounded out the story quite well, and I would love to see a story develop around Jacob, Arron's father, who had intentions of sending away for a mail order bride. Overall, a short, sweet, historical fiction that warmed my heart.

A complementary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

"Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."


  1. Sounds like a good winter read! --Now who is Aaron? :)

  2. Brenda -- I'm so glad you enjoyed Christmas Roses. Thanks for taking the time to read and review my story. (And, Jinky, Aaron is a young boy who's in Celia's care while his father works.)


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