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A Biltmore Christmas (Romancing America) Kindle Edition

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Length: 354 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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First opened to friends and family on Christmas Eve of 1895, the Vanderbilts’ estate has a long tradition of Christmas hospitality. In these four fictional romances, the orphaned Bradford sisters each find both employment and romance at the Biltmore estate. But will the love be lasting or just a Cinderella dream?

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RHONDA GIBSON lives in New Mexico with her husband. She has two children and one beautiful grandchild. Reading is something she has enjoyed her whole life and writing stemmed from that love. When she isn't writing or reading, she enjoys gardening, card making, and playing with her dog, Sheba. She speaks at conferences and local writing groups. You can visit her at her website (Listed below) where she enjoys chatting with readers and friends online. Rhonda hopes her writing will entertain, encourage and bring others closer to God.

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  • File Size: 3785 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (September 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067DAEYG
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The premise sounded interesting - romances taking place in Biltmore over Christmas! The Vanderbilt Mansion in Asheville, NC is the largest individual home in the US and is positively breathtaking. In fact, some of the most interesting bits in the first story were those that brought you into the house and gave descriptions--for anyone who has been there, it was easy to envision the places and picture some actual life in them. However, these four stories of four sisters who find love while working at Biltmore are not only written by four separate authors, it is pretty obvious that they were written without a lot of cooperation. A sister you come to care for in the first story, for instance, completely disappears in the other three, never to be heard from again. They might as well have been four total strangers. The writing is uneven, and I don't recommend this book.
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I enjoyed reading these 4 short stories about the Bradford sisters. As each sister finds work at the Biltmore Estate, she also finds love at Christmas. Lighthearted, quick reads like these are perfect for the busy Christmas season.
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Four sisters, four Christmas adventures at the Biltmore Estates:
Charity, learns how to properly care for a horse while snagging the attention of Clay.
Selma, working as a chambermaid catches the eye of Jacob who is popular among the ladies.
Peggy, creator of delicious treats and assistant to the pastry chef finds more than honey on a trip to see a gardener.
Melissa, whose talents excell in the mechanical field grinds the heart of Ned an entrepreneur.

I enjoy reading these kinds of stories, each one different and unique, yet each one successfully tying the characters together. The book can be read in one sitting or in several. This book blends four charming stories of haves and have nots that will capture your heart and hold your attention from a team of talented authors. I was entertained and challenged in my faith and found the overall message inspiring. I would recommend this book for the coming holiday season.
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Leave it to Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver to create yet another charming historical. Capitalizing on the Biltmore legacy, Ashley and McCarver ground the reader in a series of accidents surrounding two lovable (and soon to be in love) charcters, Melissa and Ned. From the fascination of the horseless carriage to a young woman's unorthodox gift, I was delighted from start to finish. I look forward to more.
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This book is great especially if you have visited the Biltmore Estate. If you have visited the Biltmore, you can read this book and imagine these women in the mansion and get a visual idea of how their lives must have been. It is great if you are crammed for time, yet want to read because it is broken up into four stories about 4 sisters. The characters are easy to relate to and believable. This is a great romance to read especially if you want to cut out the "too sexual" part out of the romance. It is a sweet innocent romance that you don't have to worry about one of your kids picking up. I recommend this book to anyone who loves good old fashioned romance.
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This is a collection of 4 stories about 4 sisters, who come to work at the Biltmore House in Asheville at separate times. The stories are so light, I would be bored if I only read this type of fiction, but they are nice now and then. At least they are clean, faith-based romances, which I do appreciate. Because they are shorter stories, however, they are rather simplistic.

CAROLINA CHRISTMAS is about Charity, the first of the sisters to go to Biltmore House to work and to find her husband. It has the strongest plot of the four. Clay lets Charity assume he is a stable hand, when he is a guest, and this causes a number of problems. I did question this, since the two classes would have dressed so differently, but it did make things interesting.

A PROPER CHRISTMAS is the one I enjoyed the least. Selma is so concerned with doing the proper thing, she almost comes across as shallow and retiring. I was also surprised there was not more resistance to her marrying a friend of George Vanderbilt's in the late 1800's, when she was a servant.

A HONEY OF A CHRISTMAS - The plot was based on the fact Peggy was allergic to bee stings and decides she can't marry the man she loves, when she finds out he is a beekeeper. I find it strange she did not tell him, and she seemed less intelligent, because she didn't think of better ways this could be handled.

AN ACCIDENTAL CHRISTMAS - I found Melissa delightful, but I was surprised there wasn't more opposition to a female mechanic around the turn of the century.

The biggest problem I had with the book was there was no local dialect or flavor.
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I enjoyed this collection of Christmas stories set at the Biltmore. The stories were not too long so the book read very fast and I finished it in two days. The only complaint I have is I wish each story could have been just a bit longer but that is not really a complaint is it. I enjoyed each sister's story about how they found love. Peggy was a favorite when reading about how much she was respected in her job and I enjoyed reading about Mark, Charity's story was my favorite one to read as I loved Clay, Selma was another favorite story of mine as I also liked Jacob, I even felt bad for him at one point, in Melissa I totally understood her as a tomboy and not thinking she has any talents, I wanted to be her friend. I have always wanted to go to the Biltmore and reading this book makes me want to go even more. I recommend this book for a nice quick holiday read.
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