While considered a Novella even at 240+ pages, Christmas at Carnton is the first installment of a three part series of books set in Franklin with the Carnton Plantation playing a backdrop. Looking at the list of books written by Tamera Alexander, it would appear she focuses much of her writing in that area having a series set at Belmont and another at Belle Meade. However, I was unfamiliar with any of them.
I originally chose this book because I love Christmas and historical fiction and I live less than three hours from the setting of the story. I am not sorry that I did. Alexander is easy to read yet grabs the reader in the first chapter. Your heart can't help but go out to Aletta Prescott. I loved Alexander's wording, her characters have depth, and while somewhat predictable, there was enough twist in the story that I didn't want to put it down. I am also thinking Canton will be on my list to visit next time I am in the Nashville area.
Christmas at Carnton is a beautiful story of faith, perseverance, and love. Highly recommended for anyone who loves historical fiction set in the 19th c. I did receive this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and am in no way obligated to write a positive one. Two thumbs up for Tamera Alexander's latest and I am making a request at the library to locate her other series.