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Christmas at Whitefriars

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Mary Beckwith lives in a magnificent English castle during the twilight years of the gilded age. With the help of an American millionaire, she has succeeded in renovating her beloved Whitefriars castle into a splendid estate just in time for Christmas.

From across the ocean, millionaire Everett Wooten has spent a fortune propping up Whitefriars to add modern conveniences
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Published October 29th 2019 (first published October 2019)
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Paula Shreckhise
Christmas at Whitefriars by Elizabeth Camden is about a crumbling Castle in Yorkshire, England in 1912.
Elizabeth Camden is a favorite author writing in my favorite genre.
This was an enjoyable trip back into the first part of the 20th Century when Americans wanted to invest in English culture.
Mary Beckwith has stayed in England to oversee the family estate while her brother, Colin from Ms. Camden’s Empire State series, has married a girl from America. Christmas brings the siblings and a f
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“The rest of her life awaited, and she had no idea what it would look like but had faith that it would be good.”

With captivating characters and a beautifully written story, award winning author Elizabeth Camden delights readers in her newest historical fiction novella, Christmas at Whitefriars. This Christmas novella features the heroine Mary Beckwith, who is the sister of Colin Beckwith from Elizabeth Camden’s Empire State series. Readers will enjoy the cameo appearances/>“The
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"It can be frightening to step out into something new. I've been knocked down, but then comes the time to crawl back up onto your feet, start walking, then running, and don't stop until you get where you need to be."

Elizabeth Camden masterfully weaves history, especially the lesser known history, with beautifully crafted fiction in all of her books and this novella is another clear example of her superb storytelling that will draw you into the heart of 1912 Yorkshire, England. Fans o
Jody Pulcheon
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! I can relate to Mary. I got teary eyed a few times. This was a very quick easy read for me. I finished it in one sitting. I love Elizabeth's books!
*Thank you for the advanced ebook* all opinions are my own.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christmas at Whitefriars: A Novella
Elizabeth Camden
Release date 10/29/2019

Blurb :

Mary Beckwith lives in a magnificent English castle during the twilight years of the gilded age. With the help of an American millionaire, she has succeeded in renovating her beloved Whitefriars castle into a splendid estate just in time for Christmas.

From across the ocean, millionaire Everett Wooten has spent a
Suzie Waltner
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the castle renovations (both those completed and those on the list) to the food to the wonderful characters, Christmas at Whitefriars is the perfect gift for fans of Elizabeth Camden.
Catch up with some fictional friends from Camden’s Empire State trilogy while spending time at the castle made famous from gourmet food labels.

Mary and Everett are opposites in so many ways but they quickly grow to appreciate them in each other. Kindhearted Mary loves her quiet country home an
Jennifer K
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully descriptive, this Christmas novella is just what your holiday season needs. When family and friends join together to celebrate, the family business must be addressed, making this holiday memorable. In addition, at this estate all the characters are quite the characters! Between these unique characters and the setting, Camden creates an atmosphere that makes me want to visit the Whitefriars estate. Of course, the author’s romantic scenes make me smile. Although this holiday romance is ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mary Beckwith is trying to renovate Whitefriars castle, her childhood home. It’s a huge undertaking and she is trying to do it on her own with occasional advice and yearly allowance from American businessman Everett Wooten. The funding never seems to be enough and Mary plans to rent out rooms to earn extra money. She is working hard to get the rooms ready for the paying guests. Going through mail, she discovers that Mr Wooten is in York, an hour’s carriage ride from the castle, waiting to speak ...more
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Historical Christmas novella that you don't want to miss! Author Elizabeth Camden has long been a favorite author of mine, she is a master story-teller and I especially love her ability to make obscure history come alive.

If you've read Elizabeth Camden's Empire State Series, you will enjoy cameo appearances by some of the beloved characters from those stories. It is a bonus, but not necessary to have read that series first. In Christmas at Whitefriars, we are immediately drawn to Mary Beckwit
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in England in 1912 and with a cast of colorful, realistic, and endearing characters, Christmas at Whitefriars is a charming story that delighted my historical romance loving heart. It’s rare to find a novella that doesn’t feel rushed, but Elizabeth Camden unfolds this story with perfect pacing and a satisfying and meaningful conclusion. The heroine, Mary Beckwith, loves Whitefriars Castle and is in her comfort zone there until Everett Wooten arrives with some questions, and problems arise. C ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas at Whitefriars by Elizabeth Camden is a Christmas novella. That being said, the remodeling of the house and the investor coming to check on his investment is a different story than most tales of Christmas. The writing is top notch. I love how Camden described this castle in the middle of nowhere. I could completely visual the land and the structure. The plot filled me with Christmas joy, even though it is only late October. Mary is a caring individual who loves to socialize as long as ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm at a loss for words. The Lord and I had a nice little conversation tonight. I think he nudged me to read this sweet novella as a reminder from Him that He will always be by my side no matter what my circumstances are.
Psalm 56:3
When I am afraid I put my trust in you.
I know for me, this is hard to do. I'm sure it is for you readers out there too. Especially if you are going through changes in your life like Mary did. But I also like this saying when Evertte was talking to Mary about making
Christmas at Whitefriars was an absolutely wonderful novella that's sure to delight fans of historical romance. With the shorter length, I was afraid I wouldn't like this one as much as Camden's previous books. But I had nothing to worry about. For a novella, there was a lot packed into it. It was a full and complete story that didn't feel too short at all.

This is a companion novella to Camden's Empire State series. Mary is the sister of Colin Beckwith from A Dangerous Legacy. I love
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short stories and novellas require a certain skill, as an author has very little space in which to balance weaving a good story with creating characters that quickly become captivating. Of course, being the fantastic author that she is, Elizabeth Camden is definitely up to the task! On the surface, creating a novella such as Christmas at Whitefriars might seem a simpler task, drawing as it does on the Empire State series. Amazingly, though, a reader could easily enjoy this novella without ever having touch ...more
Robin Willson
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Completely engaging. This is a companion book A Dangerous Legacy. It's not necessary to read the other book, but it's great to recognize those friends in this book too. 1912 England. Mary lives at the family's old castle, and was tasked with the job of renovating it. A huge undertaking. She's in England, her brother and their investor are in America, so she's doing everything alone. Everett is an American, of a manufacturing family company that bought the castle for the image it lent to their fo ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is rare that an author has time to pen characters that have depth and personalities that change and grow in novellas, but Elizabeth Camden does a fantastic job of crafting two characters that have realistic flaws, amusing quirks, and relatable insecurities that create truly memorable individuals. Their love story is sweet as it grows and is challenged throughout the story. I loved the descriptions and historical tidbits of the grand English castle, the details drawing me into the majestic set ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christmas at Whitefriars is a delightful historical novella that is perfect for a Christmas reading spree. Although its length is short, the pages a packed with interesting and sometimes quirky characters, vivid descriptions of Whitefriars and its grounds, and a sweet romance that overcomes fear and social anxiety.

I loved both Mary and Everett and the manner that they encouraged and helped each other deal with their personal inadequacies. Despite its age and deterioration, Whitefriar
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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"It was both the happiest and the saddest Christmas of her life, for there would never be another quite like it." In 1912, Mary Beckwith (sister of Colin Beckwith from A Dangerous Legacy) lives alone in an English castle on her family's estate. She has been slowly working to preserve its heritage while updating and repairing it with the financial help of a fussy American millionaire, Everett Wooten. They finally meet on a surprise Christmastime visit, and both parties decide it would be benefici ...more
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
This novella set in the year 1912 in England during the Christmas season is a heart-touching story of loneliness, love, and hope. Since this is a novella length story, I was not expecting the main characters, Everett and Mary, to have such depth to them. I felt Mary’s loneliness as she lived practically alone in the aging castle; and Everett’s sad conviction that since his personality was different than most in his upper class society, he’d never have a wife or family of his own. These two were ...more
Andrea Byers
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mary has been making good use of the funds provided by the deal her brother Colin made with the Wootens. Unfortunately she’s ignored mail from Everett and her brother reads it and discovers Everett isn’t happy and is talking about a suit against them. We see Colin, Lucy, Nick and Rosalind, along with getting to know Mary and Everett and her beloved castle Whitefriars. Beautiful story, most of which is spent at Whitefriars. Aside from our main characters we also meet some tenants at Whitefriars a ...more
Brianna Traister
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely LOVED this novella!! Usually I don’t read novellas because I want more character and plot development than a novella typically gives. However, some how Elizabeth Camden worked her magic and this had amazing characters with a great plot. This didn’t feel rushed like a typical novella sometimes will. The heroine of this story is one of my all time favorites. I love how she exhibited that courage doesn’t mean the absence of fear; but moving forward while being afraid. She was perfectly
Jessy Alvarado
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this historical novella! A standalone spin-off from the series, An Empire State, that will leave you smiling long after you read it. Both characters Mari, and Everett are a bit eccentric,  which makes them endearing and has you rooting for them to work things out and for her castle success. I enjoyed seeing previous characters pop in, especially Nick. Although Elizabeth Camden didn’t add the element of suspense she usually does, it’s because,  and it has some measure of mystery as they t ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great novella! The characters were well developed and the setting was great. This book is a great read for the holiday season.

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Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful story filled with the warmth of the Christmas season, just in time for Holiday reading! The characters were charming and quirky, and I loved "watching" them fall in love. I enjoyed the pacing of the story, and coming to a crossroads with Mary & Everett and wondering which way the story could go. Grab this one for a satisfying afternoon read this winter!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opi/>I
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Everett and Mary look to be so different in the beginning, but their differences bring the attraction to the surface. The tidbits of history about Whitefriars were delightful and just the right touch I've come to expect from this author.
It was fun to see the couples of the first two books in the Empire State series.
Wonderful story!
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, this was the perfect weekend read! Wonderful cast of characters. The chemistry and sweet love that grows between Everett and Mary was indeed enjoyable. I loved the spunkiness of Mary when it comes to defending her beloved castle and then how Everett comes to see that – just tingles of enjoyment reading that! This was well worth the read and perfect for a Christmas read, too.
Ruth Jessen
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full circle...

A tidy story with all of our favorite Yorkers and New Yorkers. Christmas and love between two very tightly wound characters both outside their element made for a great story. I also love stories that lead the characters I to the future. Love it!!!
Nov 08, 2019 added it
I love this time period and dusty, old wonderful castles with real characters who are well defined. Mary and Everett found such a creative way to resolve being together. Great read to start my annual reading of Christmas novels!
Maria Claudia
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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What a delightful book! Read it in a sit. So christmaslike, I almost felt the taste, the smells of a night in family att Christmas. Love your creativity, Mrs. Camden. Keep your wonderful work
Nancy Mc Donald
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great romance story.
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