Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot, ©2012

Celia Anderson doesn't have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a traveling carpenter finds lodging at her boardinghouse, 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, though, to find roses during a harsh Wyoming winter.

Can an itinerant carpenter searching for his father and a young widow who seeks only her daughter’s well-being find happiness in a small Wyoming mining town in the fall of 1882?

It's official! Christmas Roses is now available in both print and as an e-book. Even though it doesn't feel like winter outside, I'm excited about this, my first Christmas book and my first hard cover release for Revell. For me, there's something special about both Christmas stories and hard cover books, so it was an honor for me to have my story selected as one of only two Christmas novellas to be published by Revell this year. --Amanda Cabot

Inside Cover:
"My husband was a good man," Celia said, "and I grew to love him, but ours wasn't the kind of marriage I dreamt about, and it certainly wasn't the kind I read about."

A raised eyebrow telegraphed Mark's feelings. "Are you talking about novels? They're not real."

"The stories may not be real, but the love they portray is. I've seen it. I want a husband who looks at me the way Reverend Pearson looks at Bertha. I want a man who will love me for myself, not for my cooking or because I would be a mother to his son or even because he's lonely." Celia closed her eyes for a second before she said, "I want a man who will give me roses for Christmas."

When she opened her eyes, Mark was staring at her, his expression inscrutable. "That's a pretty tall order. Roses don't grow in December, leastwise not in Wyoming Territory."

Forcing a laugh to cover her embarrassment, Celia gave mark a wry smile. "Then I guess I won't marry again."

My Review:

Celia and Mark are longing for the same thing: closure of the past, at least to bring it to their present enabling them to live now. Celia is trying to care for her little daughter and be the proprietor of the boarding house in a frontier town in Wyoming. Mark is seeking his father and the memories he holds prompt him to sort out where he is heading. Could it be the carpenter at the inn finds his resting place?

***Thank you to Revell Blog Tour for inviting me to be part of this Christmas novella tour. I received a copy of Christmas Roses in exchange for a review in my own words.***
AMANDA CABOT is a popular speaker and author of the Texas Dreams Trilogy: Paper Roses, Scattered Petals, and Tomorrow's Garden; the Westward Winds Trilogy: Summer of Promise, and Waiting for Spring available for preorder, coming in January, 2013, as well as a number of novels under various pen names. She's an avid traveler who finds inspiration for new stories in her travels and enjoys sharing new parts of the country with her readers. A former Easterner, she now lives in Wyoming.

The novels may be read in any order, although written as trilogies, and you will be able to be part of the stories without feeling you have missed something.

Texas Dreams Trilogy
Paper Roses Scattered Petals
Tomorrow's Garden
Westward Winds Trilogy
Summer of Promise Waiting for Spring

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