I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot

Christmas Roses, a short inspirational, historical novel by Amanda Cabot, is a sweet tale of romance and renewal just perfect for a cozy autumn afternoon.

Although her friends counsel her to remarry, widow Celia Anderson isn’t interested, not even to provide a father for her infant daughter. She provides for herself and her baby by running a boarding house, caring for a widower’s small son, and serving dinner to two townsmen who are potential suitors. They’re nice enough, but her first marriage was arranged, and she won’t marry again unless it’s for love … to the type of man who would give her roses for Christmas.

Mark Williams’ search for his father leads him to a small Wyoming town where he comes across Celia and her ill baby girl. He’s the answer to her prayers, but he thinks it’s just chance: if God cared about Mark, why would He allow Mark’s father to abandon him? With winter’s approach, Mark decides to stay in town and sets up a carpentry shop, and for the first time, he’s tempted to put down roots, thanks to the pretty widow and her baby.

At only 172 pages, Christmas Roses is the perfect length story for a holiday escape. The characters are well-formed, the story is heartwarming, and the plot issues are tied up at the end like a pretty Christmas ribbon. The cover invokes a sense of Currier & Ives, but the story is not Christmassy until the final pages (a reader expecting the sleigh ride shown on the cover might be disappointed).

I recommend Christmas Roses to fans of inspirational historical romance.

This novel was furnished by the author for purposes of review. A positive review was neither promised nor expected.


Suzie Johnson said...

It's a gorgeous cover. Thanks for telling us about it, Susie.

Susanne Dietze said...

It's a great cover, isn't it, Suzie? It really gets you into the spirit. I hope you enjoy reading the book!