Friday, November 23, 2012

"Christmas Roses" Blog Tour

Christmas Roses
by Amanda Cabot
Amanda Cabot invites readers to cozy up with a romantic, heartwarming tale of the greatest gift of all--love.
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 . . .
Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names and a popular speaker. The author of Paper Roses, Scattered Petals, Tomorrow's Garden, and Summer of Promise, she is also a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the cofounder of its New Jersey chapter, a member of the ACFW, and an avid traveler. She lives in Wyoming.

My Take:
This is the second Christmas book I have read so far this  year, and Thanksgiving was just yesterday!

Christmas Roses is a nice novella set in the late 1800's in Wyoming. The setting of this book really made it feel like the holiday season with the descriptions of the cold and the snow.

While I enjoyed the setting, I didn't completely connect with the characters. It is hard to really get in touch with the characters in a novella since it is so short. There is a lot of telling of their backgrounds instead of showing, so it is harder to really connect. Also, Celia's romantic notions were at times just too 'fairy-tale' for me, so I didn't relate to her very well, either.

I did like the story and the circumstances through which Mark and Celia are brought together. There is a good message of God's leading and His plan, even though I thought the salvation scene that was presented was incomplete. (There was no mention of Christ's sacrifice for our sins or of the character's repentance of those sins).

While there are a few things in this novel that did not necessarily resonate with me, it was still a heartwarming and enjoyable read for the Christmas season.

I will give Christmas Roses ... 3 BookWorms.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishing through their blog tour program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my book. I appreciate your comments.