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A Biltmore Christmas (Romancing America) [Kindle Edition]

Diane T. Ashley , Sylvia Barnes , Rhonda Gibson , Jeri Odell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Explore the luxuries of America’s largest home through the eyes of the fiction Bradford sisters. Having been orphaned, they each secure work and lodging at the Biltmore estate. Charity, a laundress; Peggy, an assistant cook, Selma, a chambermaid; and Melissa, a stable “boy” each experience adventures in employment and romance that culminate at Christmastime when the Vanderbilts’ hospitality is at its grandest level.

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Book Description

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?

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 901 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616264195
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (September 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067DAEYG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Biltmore Christmas December 20, 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accidental Christmas November 10, 2011
By Karrol
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Christmas Novellas! November 28, 2011
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Light Reading January 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable holiday read December 8, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Proper Christmas January 4, 2013
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Refreshing reading! Loved the simplicity of each Christian love story, but my favorite was the second one, "A Proper Christmas" by Sylvia Barnes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christian Romance June 2, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome book March 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
An Awesome Christmas read, but also good for other times of the year! I enjoyed reading each of the stories about four sisters. I love the fact the Lord is clearly acknowledged in the book as the answers to our problems and needs. I would love to learn more of what happened to each of the sisters as they married and began homes of their own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sisters
Four stories by four different authors that brought the lives of four sisters to life. All different but yet found their place in life by following the plans God has for each of... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable easy read
A sweet Christian romance about 4 orphaned sisters each with their own unique talents who come to the Biltmore manor and find work and love
Published 1 month ago by Donna
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice quick read for Christmas time
Four stories about four sisters who lost their parents when they were young then raised in a orphanage by Mama Elsie. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Wendy Newcomb
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I love the Biltmore house and I love Christmas! A great collection of stories in this book. Romantic and inspiring!
Published 15 months ago by Stacey Quinn
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
I purchased this book because I love the Biltmore. The stories were basically the same with a twist here and there.
Published 18 months ago by Joyce
3.0 out of 5 stars Biltmore Christmas
I bought this book because I live near the Biltmore House and had stories in my head of things that could have gone on in such a huge, gothic style manor. Read more
Published 21 months ago by robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Book
I have not yet had an opportunity to read this book, but it is waiting for me on my Kindle.
Published 22 months ago by Spyder Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars A Biltmore Christmas
Loved the combination of four short stories combined in one book. Quick to read. Love the Biltmore House. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, a little repetitive....
I liked how the stories centered around Biltmore, but after the first story, the others seemed repetitive. Same story, different characters.
Published 23 months ago by S. Woods
4.0 out of 5 stars Completed my trip to the Biltmore
I had just visited the Biltmore Estate before reading this book and I could picture the various parts of the house and estate as I was reading. Read more
Published on January 17, 2013 by oldlady
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