A Marriage in Middlebury
feel good story
This is a sweet story of the romantic entanglements of 6 characters who struggle to find their way in a web of duty, debt, and lies. They all try to "do the right thing" and must learn what that right thing is. The characters are likeable and human, and the reader reads their stories in hopes that they will figure it all out in the end. I have read two other books by the author and have enjoyed her writing style, whether fiction like WINTER IN FULL BLOOM or non-fiction like WHERE GOD MEETS YOU. She has a flair for painting her readers into the characters' lives and allowing us to share their secret thoughts with us.
I received this book from The Book club Network in exchange for an honest review--which this is.
December 9, 2013
Fun to read, insightful book
I love Anita Higman's writing, and I just finished her delightful book of secrets and second chances. We all love secrets and second chances, don't we?
Everyone will find at least one character to identify with in this town of quirky characters. And I have a personal reason to like this book--the heroine (Charlotte Rose Hill) as well as her business (Rose Cottage Tea-room) share my name (Rose).
But the story is what pulls you in! Charlotte seems to have a wonderful life with her successful business and many quirky friends. In fact, her small town contains so many unique characters, I hope she will invite us on a return trip in a sequel. But, Charlotte has some big secrets from the past that need to be brought to light so she can find the future God has for her.
Her former fiance shows up engaged, and his wife-to-be asks Charlotte to cater the reception. Talk about awkward! I don't want to give away any more of the plot, except to say you need to read this book of secrets and prejudice and unforgiveness and forgiveness. We can each learn a lot as we experience what the characters are going through. And be thoroughly entertained in the process!
December 8, 2013
Charlotte's Christian Character
The fictional romance and drama novel A Marriage in Middlebury, written by Anita Higman and published by Abingdon Press, was exciting from beginning to end. The author has one of the main characters, Charlotte Rose Hill who is in her thirties, running the Rose Hill Cottage Tearoom in the small town of Middlebury. When Charlotte was in high school she fell in love with Sam Wilder who eventually left the town and did not come back for twenty years. He had asked Charlotte to marry him, but she had declined because of a secret that she had never told anyone about. Now Sam came back to town with Audrey, his fiancÃÂ©e, to marry her and to take care of his ill father.
This book addresses secrets from the past, hope, Christian love, and GodÃ¢ÂÂs sovereignty. Does your first love hold a special place in your heart? Do you believe in match making? Does Charlotte let the secrets from the past cripple her so that she cannot live a life of happiness? What were the secrets that finally are revealed in the book? Does Sam marry Audrey, Charlotte, or no one at all?
A Marriage in Middlebury was well written, HigmanÃ¢ÂÂs characters were very well developed, and the plot had some interesting twists. The authorÃ¢ÂÂs portrayal of the characters convinced me to love some of them and dislike others.
December 7, 2013
Drink some Tea
This is not my first novel by Ms. Higman. I enjoyed her novel "Winter in Full Bloom". This author does a wonderful job of creating characters that a reader can relate to and wants to get to know better.
I will say that when I started reading "A Marriage in Middlebury" I was not really a fan after the first chapter. I had a hard to relating to Charlotte Rose Hill. I loved the idea that she owned a tea shop since tea is my beverage of choice for both hot and cold drinks. However, after reading further, I became a fan. Her tea shop is a place where everyone can go and be themselves, however quirky they may be. So pull up a chair. Get a blanket and sip some tea.
Charlotte Rose Hill lost her true love through a mean act. She moved forward and opened a very successful business. However, in walks Sam Wilder with a fiancÃÂ© on his arm. How will Charlotte act seeing her old love, whom she never stopped loving, with another woman? How will the other characters in the novel react? Will Charlotte be able to help with the wedding of her one true love? Will she ever know exactly why she was forced to say No when he asked her to marry him almost 2 decades ago? Will she ever find her dream come true?
This novel may begin a little slow but as you start to read you will come to love not only Charlotte but her town of quirky people. Each carries not only their own burdens but their own secrets.
I received this complementary book through bookfun.org. I was asked to give my honest opinion. I cannot wait to read more from this author!!
December 6, 2013