Christmas Roses 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….

Christmas Roses is such a sweet, cozy little read. By sweet, I mean like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven. Shame-faced I’ll admit this is my first Amanda Cabot book, but I’ll no doubt be stacking up on Cabot books. Cabot brings to life this little community in the Wyoming Territory and makes us feel right at home. We’re invited into Celia Anderson’s boardinghouse with kindness and a homey feel. Like going to Grandma’s, or hot chocolate on a snowy winter’s night.

One of the things I like about Cabot’s characterization of Celia is that the reader was not just told she’s an immigrant for Sweden. Cabot brings her to life on the pages so the reader can experience the life of this woman. And Mark Williams, he’s not just a traveler passing through. Cabot couldn’t have provided a better occupation than a carpenter for this loveable hero, he pays attention to small details.

Celia’s faith is strong, even given the recent heartache she’s endured, and Mark, like in all things takes notice.

I won’t spoil it for you, but there is plenty emotional conflict to keep these two separated, which leads to a satisfying Christmas miracle.

If you are looking for a book to curl up beneath your favorite afghan and sip hot cocoa, or you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for that special reader in your life, consider Christmas Roses.

*This book was provided to me by the author. Her generosity has in no way shape or form, yada, yada influenced my opinion.

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