Another Romance to Celebrate the Season: Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot
by Amanda Cabot
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 . . .
I am a reluctant reader of novellas just because I feel that the characters never have enough time to develop and as such I don't really feel a connection to the story. By the time I start to care what might happen the story is over. Christmas Roses is a novella but I decided to give it a try since I have so enjoyed the holiday books I've read so far this season. Amanda Cabot is a talented writer whose past books I've liked however this story didn't quite keep my attention.
Let's start with the good, I loved the small-town 1880s setting. There's nothing quite like a story set in a close knit community for an escape when you're bombarded with hate and violence in the news everyday. It's nice to think of the good ol' days. I also liked Celia Anderson, our heroine, even though it seemed like she had a bit of an obsession with roses. I kept picturing the 1950s parlor in grandma's house and it gave me a chuckle although I'm certain that wasn't the author's intention. What I didn't care for was the lack of chemistry between Celia and Mark. There weren't really any tender moments between the two and in romance that is an absolute must! There was zero spark and the story just moved way too quickly. It was a sweet story with themes befitting Christmas such as forgiveness and God's plan for people's lives but the love story just didn't grab me.
If you're looking for a short story to give as a gift or just something to read between wrapping gifts you might enjoy the book. If you're looking for romance I'd recommend Ms. Cabot's Texas Dreams series. All in all this was a decent story but I probably won't be reading it again but I do plan on reading more full length novels by this author and encourage you to check them out if you can.
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~ My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars ~
“Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*