Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot

Welcome to the blog tour for Amanda Cabot's novella, Christmas Roses

As always, let's begin with the summary:

Celia Anderson doesn't need anything for Christmas except a few more boarders, which are hard to come by in this small mining town. She certainly doesn't have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a wandering carpenter finds lodging at her boarding house, 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 to get roses during a harsh Wyoming winter. But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . .

And now, my review:

Christmas novellas are a treat—the perfect length for a busy time of year. I enjoyed this book from the first page. The story drew me in. I could relate with the heroine's worry about her infant daughter's life. The hero's search for his father kept me engaged as well. 

I liked the heroine's romantic heart and the hero's creativity, that he acted on his growing affections for the heroine. He helped her as she ran her bed and breakfast. She's a widow raising a daughter alone and while Mark's in town, he'll help her as much as he can. And he does. I liked this heroic part of his character. 

Mark was angry at God, but God still blessed him with this new "family" in town, including a job doing what he loved. 

Poor Celia. So many men wanting to marry her for convenience's sake, but she's holding out for love. Of course, with Mark's distance from God, she can't welcome a proposal from him either. But her daughter Emma has no filter. She accepts and loves Mark—the perfect symbol to how God welcomes us even when we aren't always likable.

This time of year, it's wonderful to read a heart-warming tale of romance and Christmas cheer. Don't miss this delightful read this holiday season—a sweet Christmas romance, the best kind!

Highly recommended!

The first link below is for the lovely hardcover edition. The second is for the Kindle e-book version. Enjoy!

(print)         (e-book)

Available September, 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Annette, I just wanted to say that you are very good at writing book reviews. All that editing experience certainly helps.

    I'm in the beginning stages of trying to do some reviews and post them to my blog. Although I read a lot, writing doesn't come easily to me, but I think it's a good way to help authors.

    I found some great review suggestions by searching online for "how to write fiction reviews" - and you incorporate a lot of what I read. If you have time, I'd love for you to look at my most current review and see if you think it's okay. Here's the link:

    Thanks, Annette!

  2. Annette -- I'm delighted that you enjoyed Christmas Roses. Thanks for sharing your opinion with the world.

  3. Thanks, Carole! That's very kind. :)

    Thanks, Amanda! I'm looking forward to reading more of your books. Write on!

  4. Carole, one more thought--book reviews should be personal. Don't worry about checking items off a list. Just write your honest opinion and try to list more things you liked than things you may not have liked. I wish you the best with your blog!