Christmas at Whitefriars

Christmas at Whitefriars

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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  • Jody Pulcheon

    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.

  • 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

    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 few in-laws together for the holidays as well as a meeting with a partner and rich businessman, Everett Wooten. Soon there are clashes over terms of a contract that is keeping Whitefriars afloat.

    With her signature details of historic places and apt plotting of an interesting story, Ms. Camden captured me from the first. The renovation of a cavernous and drafty old castle was just my cup of tea. Mary’s emotions and struggles came through as very realistic. This story nicely compliments the Empire State series.

    *I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  • Jennifer K

    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

    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 delightful, there are obstacles along the way. I liked how faith lessons propelled the main character to make decisions regarding her relationships and her beloved estate. Whitefriars itself has such interesting history. I enjoyed the bits of culture and history weaved through this engaging story. To me, that is the heart of Camden’s writing and probably the biggest reason that I pick up her books. This novella is related to two books in the Empire State Series, however the story can be read by itself. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are mine own.

  • MJSH

    "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

    "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 of her writing will appreciate the return of characters from her Empire State series and continuation of food industry theme from her latest novel The Spice King.

    Set in a crumbling castle and its estate in Whitefriars around Christmastime, the story depicts much beauty and awe of the surroundings and time period yet there is also fear as the American investor Everett comes to inspect the Whitefriars. Everett is a different kind of a hero, socially awkward and straight-laced and often too business-minded, but he falls hard for Mary. Mary, the caretaker of the estate, is sunshine and optimism but plagued by agorphobia. As Everett and Mary spend time with each other and Mary's extended family, they surprise themselves with new discoveries and growth.

    If you enjoy historical fiction, you will so enjoy this sweet novella, even if you haven't read any of Elizabeth Camden's previous books. I received a copy of the book from the author/publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  • Elodie

    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

    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 fortune propping up Whitefriars to add modern conveniences and rebuild crumbling old walls. Even though he’s never met Mary, they have enjoyed a lively business correspondence over the nine years they have been working toward a renovation. Now he has finally come to see Mary and the castle in person, but nothing is as he was led to believe.

    Mary and Everett try to find a way forward, but red-blooded American entrepreneurship doesn’t always mingle with blue-blooded English tradition. Can a Manhattan business tycoon and an English lady come to an accord, or will their joint venture in Whitefriars result in heartbreak for them both?

    My review :

    Can two persons have a common future when they live apart with an ocean separating them ...

    I discovered Mrs Elizabeth Camden’s work with her last release The Spice King, and I was hooked by her way with words and details.

    With this Christmastide themed tale, I felt like I was visiting a place like Downtown Abbey, more on the impoverished side.

    I loved the many descriptions of the property, its history and the many events the dwelling have seen unfold between its walls.

    Mary is a kind lonesome soul, why she even more appreciate the end of the years when her family comes to visit her.

    Her agoraphobia having impeded her from leaving her birthplace. Probably why she tries to recreated in her own way, a warm-hearted environment.

    Everett is business-focused, his awkwardness in society preventing him to meddling in, why his father’s enterprise has become the center of his life.

    Still he has his own secret garden, and for Mary, he will be ready to share it with her kin.

    It was just so sweet to see them interact, they have both their own impediment to living a socially normal life but together they do not feel the discomfort they usually have.

    Still their homes and working places are thousands of miles apart, so will the sentiments that arise during their short time together be enough for them to find a mean to give a chance to their relationship.

    Mrs Camden has lovingly crafted a warm tale of love giving us the necessary strength to face our fear if it must be.

    5 stars

  • Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    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

    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 Beckwith who is in the middle of never ending restoration projects at her beloved family's English Castle. I love that Mary has such a heart for the history of her family home which centuries ago began as a monastery. For the past decade her family has partnered with the wealthy Wooten family from America who has been funding the restorations in exchange for using the name and castle as branding on their high end food products.

    Mary is vivacious and hospitable on her turf, but struggles with panic attacks when she is away from her home. The unlikely straight-laced leading man, Everett Wooten has compassion for Mary and the two of them forge an unlikely bond. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them overcome the obstacles in their business relationship, and how they got know one another.

    Author Elizabeth Camden is able to pace the story with remarkable depth for a novella. I highly recommend Christmas at Whitefriars for those who love a good story, and those who would love a historical Christmas novella!

    I purchase every new book of hers as it becomes available. This time I was blessed to receive an advanced reader copy. I was not required to write a review, and all opinions are my own.

  • Ann

    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

    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

    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

    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 touched the full series (although this approach would definitely whet the appetite, leaving readers wanting to know more about Colin, Lucy, Nick, and Rosalind). And that is the beauty of this novella. Fans of Elizabeth Camden will enjoy the cameos and the deeper look at Colin's home and sister. Newcomers, meanwhile, will see just how readily Elizabeth Camden can weave a delightful story.

    Without giving too much away, I will say that

    combines character development, sweet romance, fascinating history (the key that drew me to Elizabeth Camden years ago!), and personal challenge. Both of the main characters have much to overcome, and neither is given to flighty relationships. Yet, overcoming is not as impossible as it might initially seem.

    As the Christmas season approaches, this sweet novella is a great one for snatching little moments of relaxation, enjoying a glimpse of history, and appreciating that Christmas--even if it doesn't go as expected--can bring unexpected surprises.

  • Nicole

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    With captivating characters and a beautifully written story, award winning author Elizabeth Camden delights readers in her newest historical fiction novella,

    . 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

    Originally posted on

    With captivating characters and a beautifully written story, award winning author Elizabeth Camden delights readers in her newest historical fiction novella,

    . 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 of several beloved characters from the Empire State series as they visit Mary at Whitefriars castle in England, but it is not essential to the storyline of

    to have read the Empire Series first. After reading

    , readers who want to discover more about Mary’s in-laws will also enjoy the earlier books in the series.

    begins in Yorkshire, England in 1912 as Mary Beckwith has been overseeing renovations to the Whitefriars castle, which has been in her family for generations. With the financial contributions of American businessman Everett Wooten, Whitefriars has received funds for needed repairs over the years. However, when Everett finally visits the castle, he is shocked at the condition and insists that changes need to be made immediately, much to Mary’s dismay.

    Elizabeth Camden creates realistic characters who deal with issues that many readers can relate to such as panic attacks, anxiety, and struggles with social interactions. From the desire to be brave and overcome her lifelong fears, Mary becomes stronger as she ultimately takes the courageous steps to achieve her dreams. As Mary and Everett experience the delicious taste and flavor of freshly baked gingerbread in

    , readers will be inspired to bake their own gingerbread for the holiday season or even just as a treat to indulge in while reading this novella!

    is highly recommended for fans of historical fiction with light romance and readers who enjoyed Elizabeth Camden’s Empire State series.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novella from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  • Kelly Bridgewater

    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

    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 it is with people she is familiar with and in a surrounding she is familiar with. I loved seeing her heart for those who are struggling artists and how she helps them survive. As for Everett, when readers first meet him, he will be brash and annoying, but then he starts to soften as the story progresses. He finally sees how Mary can be so nice and caring at the same time. Even though I adore Camden's writings and stories, the romance in this novella didn't sit with me well. Everett wanted nothing to do with Mary or the house; he was just checking on his investment. But then he hurried up and changed his opinion on her and started to fall quickly for her. Mary did the same thing. I know it is a novella, but I wish it didn't happen so fast. Maybe by the end, they could have hinted at their feelings and showed them questioning their budding romance, but it moved into can't live without each other too quick for my taste. Even with this issue of the novella, Christmas at Whitefriars is a delightful little novella to brighten the holidays. It would pair beautifully with a hot cup of cocoa next to the glowing lights of a Christmas tree.

    I received a complimentary copy of Christmas at Whitefriars by Elizabeth Camden from Elizabeth Camden, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  • Winnie

    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

    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. Camden isn’t afraid to inflict her characters with realistic issues like panic attacks and anxiety, while giving them faith and courage to overcome them. I enjoyed seeing Mary and Everett grow in their relationship and their individual strengths.

    “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.”

    Although this novella features characters from the author’s Empire State series, it’s not necessary to have read the other books, as the novella stands on its own perfectly. Elizabeth Camden is a gifted writer and has quickly become a favorite of mine. I’m looking forward to reading more of her stories.

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

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