- Series: Romancing America
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Barbour Books (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616264195
- ISBN-13: 978-1616264192
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 145 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,383,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Biltmore Christmas (Romancing America) Paperback – September 1, 2011
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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?
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.
Top customer reviews
A Carolina Christmas:
Clay and Charity want a simple life. Clay wants to escape the upper class snobbery and meet a girl who doesn't want him for his money. So when he meets Charity, a servant girl working in a hotel.
This was just a cute short story with some tension in it, but well worth the read! I can't revel to much without giving away the story, but clay's parents, and his cousin along with an old foe play a part in this story.
A Proper Christmas:
Selma takes a job at the Biltmore hotel. On her first day, she walks into an occupied room and embarassingly meets Jacob. Afraid of losing her job, she begs him not to turn her in and leaves. But Jacob is intrigued and seeks out the lady. The more they talk, the more interested he becomes. But Jacob is rich, and Selma is poor. She doesn't think things can ever work between them. Jacob just has to convince her to give him a try.
A Honey of a Christmas:
Peggy, the oldest of four sisters, is working for Biltmore making some of her favorite treats. One day, she's sent to check on honey and meets a man that tugs at her heartstrings. Then she meets his son and begins spending time with the pair to teach his son to read. But there is a problem that just may keep them apart.
Sweet story, like the others. A bit of romance thrown in.
An Accidental Christmas:
Melissa was probably the most different of all her sisters. Getting to work at Biltmore, she was excited. Her three older sisters had all found love while working well there. But Melissa feels she should have been a boy. Fixing machinery seemed to work for her, but anywhere else, she messed up. One day, as she rode her horse, she ran into a motorless carriage and injured the driver. A sort of odd relationship soon started.
All four books were short and sweet and had a romantic twist at the end. Love them!
A Carolina Christmas by Jeri Odell—1896
This story features one of four sisters, who were orphaned at a young age. Charity is adventurous and sets out to make a new life for herself. She meets Clay, a caring man and dedicated Christian. I enjoyed this sweet romance.
A Proper Christmas by Sylvia Barnes--1897
I enjoyed this second novella, as it was filled with historical tidbits, which enhanced the story. A Proper Christmas illustrates how we sometimes can get in way of God’s best plans for us.
A Honey of a Christmas by Rhonda Gibson--1898
The Biblical truth of trust in A Honey of a Christmas comes through to us through Peggy and Josh’s story. There are many times in life that we must trust God, even when it doesn’t make sense to our finite minds.
An Accidental Christmas by Diane T. Ashley--1900
Sometimes society puts constraints on us that God never meant for us to accept. Melissa is an exceptional young woman, who doesn’t recognize the gifts that God has bestowed upon her. I enjoyed reading this transformational story.
I would love to know more about how the book came together with four different writers. It appears that the writers were all given the background for the four girls, and just enough detail about what order the happy ever afters would occur in. The girls do not really cross over into the other stories, although each sister does talk about the other girls, you can read the stories in any order because there aren't any specifics in each story about the plots of the other three. I think the fact that each sister's story was written by a different author gave a neat voice to the characters. Each girl is distinct in personality and style. Selma's story was my favorite. Peggy's story was unique in that since Peggy had a love for baking, various recipes are incorporated throughout her story. All in all, the perfect Christmas read - even in all the hustle and bustle, you can still get in a nice read without losing track.
The only thing that bothered me a little was that there wasn't any connection between the stories. Each sister went off to the Biltmore at a different time, and once their story ended they were seldom mentioned again. The women who married wealthy men didn't help their younger sisters.
Most recent customer reviews
Each story is about how one of four orphaned sister finds love.