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Christmas Roses

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,214 ratings  ·  224 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 2012 by Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group
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Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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.

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Wyoming, 1882. Celia Anderson is the owner of a boardinghouse, she is a young widow and has a little daughter to raise. All she wants for Christmas is some more boarders to help her improve her finances. Furthermore, she does not want to remarry unless she finds the right man, a special man who must love her and her daughter and also grant her secret wish: she would love to have roses for Christmas, a particular wish since it is impossible to find roses during the cold winter. When an itinerant ...more
SUMMARY: 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 . . .

REVIEW: Amanda Cabot is well-known for her sweet, tenderhearted historical romances, and Christmas Roses
Malia Saldaña
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-books
This was such a good book! I loved the story and couldnt put it down. I was so happy with the ending!:) ...more
Cara Putman
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it

I'm not usually one to read novellas. The word count can make it tricky to tell a full story. There was something about the idea of this historical where a widow isn't looking for a husband -- unless there's a man who can find her roses in the middle of a Wyoming winter. Celia Anderson has several suitors, but she's really content providing for her daughter and caring for her boarders. Then a carpenter wanders into town on a mission to find his father. In this man who is sensitive to her needs
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Christmas Roses is one of the most beautiful Christmas romance stories I have read in a long time. It was tender and touching, and I loved everything about it - the storyline, the writing, and the lovable main characters. I didn't want it to end.
Loved it, loved it!
Betty Strohecker
I really loved this book! The setting is 1882 Wyoming, just before the Christmas season. A stranger to the small town of Easton finds himself unexpectedly interested in a young widow who runs a boarding house to provide for herself and six month old daughter. Although neither of them has any intentions of marrying, the story is further complicated by the attentions of two men who have also thought that Celia would make a good wife for them. The dialogue is very realistic and entertaining. Three ...more
Rochelle Saldaña
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a sweet read for Christmas. Fairly predictable and it ends a little too abruptly. With that said, at Christmas time this is perfect because we all have so bc much going on!
A 3 star rating is a bit high, but Christmas gives you an extra star in my book. As a historical romances go, this was like a soft core Harlequin Romance that I read when I was 12. Widow woman running a boarding house with a 6 month old baby meets an itinerant carpenter looking for his father. It was a nice holiday read if you are into historical Christian Fiction romances.
Lisa Johnson
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: Christmas Roses
Author: Amanda Cabot
Pages: 172
Year: 2012
Publisher: Revell
One thing about novels set near the Christmas season is allowing oneself to enjoy them. In 1882, in the Wyoming Mountains, Mark is searching for a father he never knew as his father left one night, never returning. For the last two years, Mark has been trailing him to find out why he left. Now that his mother is gone, there is no reason to quit looking. Mark has stayed in many homes and towns, but never one where he
Rachel Brand
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Novellas are always really hit or miss for me, especially Christmas-themed ones. Sometimes they can seem a bit too trite or forced in their messages, and other times the characters just aren't developed enough for the short length of the story. Given that I picked this book up for free on Kindle, I was exceptionally pleased to find that it didn't fall into either of these categories.

A few people have commented that the story is predictable, and given that it's a simple romance with a Christmas
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
If your parent had abandoned you when you were a child, would you search for him/her for two years when you were an adult?

Thats the premise for Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot. Mark Williams was abandoned by his father when he was a child. Now, hes determined to find his dad, trying to discover why hed left his mother alone to raise Mark. Marks mother had told Mark that his father had died when he was a youngster. However, after his mothers death, he discovers that his mother had not been
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Celia Anderson is a young widow with a baby daughter and is praying that more boarders will show up to help her make ends meet. The last thing she wants is to remarry even if it means her daughter would have a father.When wandering carpenter Mark Williams arrives on her door looking for a place to stay, she doesn't expect him to work his way into her heart. After all, she'll only remarry if the man she marries brings her roses for Christmas. Mark is searching for answers and finds the small ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Christmas Roses is a wonderful story about Celia Anderson. Celia is a single mom who runs a boarding house, providing for she and her daughter. She knows her daughter needs a dad, but doesnt want to marry because of need, she wants a marriage of love. Well, then Mark comes into the picture!

This is a sweet, charming and heartwarming historical story that would be wonderful for everyone to read for Christmas. I love the beautiful cover, and the story just goes right along
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet Christmas novella, I really enjoyed the story. The author's writing really pulls you in to the story, and you get to know the characters even in the short amount of pages. I really like these old fashioned Christmas stories, and this one really fit the niche nicely for me.

I thought Mark was very sweet, he was always so helpful without ever looking for credit. Celia was a different kind of strong. She was so strong in learning to run a boarding house after her husband passed away,
Christmas Roses is a wonderful novella and, to me, everything a novella should be. It didn't feel rushed at all, like so many of them do. I was able to lose myself in the story immediately - I love when that happens! I didn't stop reading until I reached the end and what an ending - it was so sweet and perfect!

While this is a Christmas story, I think it could be read and enjoyed any time of year. It's definitely a book I plan on rereading at least once a year...and I may even reread it again
Jaime Jo Wright
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great read by Amanda Cabot! Rich Christmas characters, sweet fireside romance, and it definitely puts one in the sentimental mood for a warm, gingersnap type of Christmas. So excited to share this with the family and my friends
Christmas Roses is a very sweet novella. Though somewhat predictable, I enjoyed this sweet tale of widowed Celia and the traveling carpenter. The writing was perhaps a bit too sugary for my taste at times, but it was definitely worth the read.
Finally got around to reading this book. I very much enjoyed it! It's a typical sweet story of finding love at Christmas, and as such is necessarily predictable, but I'm a sucker for this type of story and relished every minute.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lovely short Christmas romance. Will the widow marry the traveling carpenter or the stable father...
A short, sweet, and tender historical romance, Christmas Roses is a wonderful Christian novel(la?) by a talented author. Celia's heart aches. After a too-short marriage to a man she could never fully give her heart to, she is left with an infant and a boardinghouse with too few boarders and too many undesired beaus. Yet she warmly welcomes a mysterious stranger with a past, hoping to ease the spiritual and physical burdens of another for a short time. Mark, meanwhile, finds himself falling
Toni Mcintire
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christmas in October

Celia is a young widow. A stranger comes to her door. She runs a boarding house. One of her worries is that she cannot make enough money to keep the boarding house going. She is constantly being told that her daughter Emma needs a father and she needs a husband. She also has two suitors that she does not love. Mark, the stranger, is looking for his father. The person he finds says he is his uncle. A bond grows between Celia and MArk. Will anything become of it? What happens
Sheila Irons
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Perfect Christmas Story

It was delightful to be taken back into a past where simple things were cherished and hardships taken gracefully as a part of life. The characters were so real, and the story captured me. As part of God's plan, Mark's search and Celia's hopes for a happy and blessed life for herself and her daughter were brought to a glorious conclusion on Christmas Day
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming Christmas Tale

If you're looking for a Christmas tale full of hope, love, and a Miracle or two...This is the story for you! As two people journey on through two very different although similar searches, you'll grow to care for each of them, by the end you'll be hoping they get what they've been hoping for!! A warm Christmas tale that focuses on life, love, and the true reason behind Christmas, God's love and the birth of Jesus.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very satisfying read.

I enjoyed this story and hope there is a sequel ! I enjoyed the grit and growth in the characters. The grace of the community. Several minor characters have enough dimension to make me curious about them! She was able to paint scenes so vividly that I could see them and feel them clearly without being ponderously wordy. A good read.
Alison (The Lowrey Library)
Let me be very clear: I give a generous review in Christmas spirit. I make a lot of concessions at the holiday season, one of which is allowing a little cheese. This one definitely has it 😂 But its a sweet story, and it reminds me a little bit of Francine Rivers or Jeanette Oke or something along those lines. ...more
pam moore
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Christmas love story

I really enjoyed this book by Amanda Cabot. After losing her husband, Celia is rearing her daughter alone. Everyone encourages her to marry again, but Celia doesn't want to settle for another loveliness marriage. Christmas is just around the corner--this Christmas may just be one for miracles.
Linda Lee
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming and delightful.

This story was a delight to read. It was not as predictable as I thought it might be. The author wove the characters together in a very interesting story and the spirit of Christmas shined bright all the way through.
Anyone looking for a feel good hapoy ending Christmas read will be happy choosing this book.
Deborah T Dozier
Arthritis Walker

WOW! Christmas Roses, I absolutely love Mark's gift of listening and observation. Christmas holds a special place in my heart. People seem friendlier and some are able to lay aside the heaviness of life, and show more love. Thank God for miracles: love, joy and peaceful moments.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the best read for me so far this season. I love Christmas stories and have many. The characters were real and personal to me. The story played ot with some expected and unexpected results. Having the children do the unexpected but appropriate actions that move the story along was a special touch. I love roses and Christmas so this was a no brainer for me. I love this story! Epecially how Mark finally delivered a Christmas Rose at Christmas time after all...
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With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. ...more

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