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Christmas Roses Hardcover – September 1, 2012

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"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."

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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.

But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . .
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; 1 edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800720040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720049
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a charming little story that would have been more enjoyable if it had been about half as long. Celia is a lovely widow struggling to make a life for herself and her daughter Emma. Mark is a lonely man trying to find his father. They meet when Mark shows up at Celia's hose and saves her daughter's life. Celia spends several pages thinking about Mark. Mark spends several pages thinking about Celia. Mark does a lot of chores around Celia's house. Celia spends several pages thinking about Mark. Mark spends several pages thinking about Celia. Mark goes in search of his father. Celia spends several pages thinking about Mark. Mark spends several pages thinking about Celia. Mark saves Celia's baby again. Celia spends several pages thinking about Mark. Mark spends several pages thinking about Celia.... you get my drift. It's a lovely little story but I did a LOT of skimming.
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A Currier & Ives hist-romance Christmas tale, as indicated by the jacket photo.
Widow Celia's child Emma needed a pa, like widower grocer's Aaron needed a ma. Should she accept the proposal of Jacob, them being like a perfect matched horse team? Or should she hold out for her own fantasy romantic desire of love proved by Christmas roses?

An itinerant drifter carpenter who stumbled into town on a missing parent quest, full of secrets, mad at God, might be able to provide some decision-making skills as well as boardinghouse repairs and room-letting income to Celia. Or would the town of Easton, WY get visited with traditional 19th century holiday surprise? Speaking of surprise, the book is romantically predictable, a standard & desire for Christmas novels--BUT expect a pleasant surprise in the end (and I'm not talking about the Swedish Pound Cake recipe.)

Wrap yourself in a cozy Christmas quilt and enjoy this heartwarming Noel novella.
My Mrs. Santa also said 5-stars.
My first Amanda Cabot read; not the last.

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Christmas Roses is a wonderful novella and, to me, everything a novella should be. It didn't feel rushed at all, like so many of them do. I was able to lose myself in the story immediately - I love when that happens! I didn't stop reading until I reached the end and what an ending - it was so sweet and perfect!

While this is a Christmas story, I think it could be read and enjoyed any time of year. It's definitely a book I plan on rereading at least once a year...and I may even reread it again this year because I loved it that much! If you are looking for a great book with a Christmas theme, I completely recommend that you read this book. And if you are a fan of historical fiction, you should definitely read it.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***
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I just finished a really sweet book called Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot. If you are like me, and sometimes just want to read a really sweet love story than this is a great book! It is a Christian fiction and the setting is 1882 in Wyoming Territory. It is written about a young widow named Celia Anderson who after the death of her husband had a little girl Emma. Celia owned a boarding house and in the beginning only had one tenant. Mark Williams is a single guy who never really stays at one place for to long. He is searching for his father, a does not remember growing up. Mark arrives in town and finds much more than he bargained for.. Leaving it there to not spoil the story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Look for this book in your local book stores now.
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I have always liked Amanda Cabot's books. Her stories are so entertaining and relaxing, so I knew that I would love Christmas Roses. I really enjoyed the story and the characters, but just as I was expecting, the setting stole the show for me. It was the perfect place for a cozy Christmas love story.

I usually read a few Christmas novels during this time of year and I can definitely say that Christmas Roses has been my favorite so far this year. Sometimes Christmas novellas can be too rushed, lacking in story or full of fluff, but not this book. It was absolutely perfect. There was nothing that I did not like. I found that when I wasn't reading the book, I missed it and the characters. I always looked forward to going back to Wyoming and finding out how this sweet story was going to end. For anyone who is looking for that perfect snuggle up in front of the fireplace reads, Christmas Roses is your book. I loved it.
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Christmas Roses is a wonderfully charming story that will bring tears to your eyes and make you smile. Celia's young daughter needs a father--but Celia isn't sure she wants to marry again. Mark is a man on a mission. He agrees to work on Celia's boardinghouse in exchange for room and board, but he won't be in town for long--unless he finds the person he's been seeking for over two years. The lives of these two needy people intertwine, but will Mark's mission send him away, just when Celia decides she wants him to stay?

You'll love this engaging story and want to make reading Christmas Roses an annual event.
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