A quaint little story set on Christmas Eve in Stirling, Scotland in 1894, A Wreath of Snow is about forgiveness, healing and family dynamics. Meg Campbell is shocked to learn that her companion on the train to Edinburgh is none other than Gordon Shaw, the man who accidentally paralyzed her brother 12 years ago. A succession of dramatic twists and a startling revelation add interest to the story, and a very gentle romance tops off this pre-Christmas treat. So, spoil yourself this Christmas - evade the busyness by escaping to historic Scotland. You'll be glad you did!
Our book club chose this for one of its Christmas specials and it was a nice quick read, which is always nice during the holidays too. Liz Curtis Higgs is a great writer and you don't have to worry about what she might write or having to preview it before reading. This is a nice story of forgiveness and starting new by letting go of the past.
I just love the title of this book and the image A Wreath of Snow brings to mind. A Wreath of Snow takes place over just a few days, but deals with the consequences of a foolish mistake that took place 12 years before.
Meg Campbell is fleeing her family home on Christmas eve. Meg can't deal with her brother's accusations that she is selfish because she won't sell the home her aunt left her. Though she had looked forward to spending the holiday with her family she decides return to Edinburgh on the very day she had arrived home.
Gordon Shaw, the very man responsible for the accident that changed her brother's life, is traveling on the very train that Meg has taken. But when a snowstorm prevents them from reaching Edinburgh Meg and Gordon are given a unique chance. But can either find the peace that they seek when they are forced to return to Sterling?
Gordon seeks forgiveness for the pain that he had caused all those years ago. Meg wants to have the family she once had restored to her. But bitterness has ruled in her family for too many years as her parents yield to Alan's every wish. Can anything restore her relationship with her brother?
To protect her family Meg keeps Gordon's identity a secret and makes him promise to do so as well. But another secret simmers just below the surface, a secret that could change everything.
A Wreath of Snow is a lovely evening read with the heart of the story being forgiveness and mercy. Having never before read any books by Liz Curtis Higgs, I did not know what to expect and was given an enjoyable evening of reading and would highly recommend this book.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
What a wonderful story! A Wreath of Snow was the first book I've read by Liz Curtis Higgs, and I was so impressed! Liz delivered a sweet yet emotional story with lessons of forgiveness and redemption woven throughout. Often, I find novellas a little lackingâ€”too few pages to fully develop the story. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I felt like I got a complete story in this short, quick read. I still wanted more, but it was just because I enjoyed the story so much! While this technically is a Christmas story, it would be a wonderful read any time of the year. I will definitely be on the lookout for more stories like this from Liz Curtis Higgs in the future! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books Program in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Although I read this darling novella during the week of Christmas, the oh-so-lovely threads of forgiveness, redemption & hope would be welcome in any season! Liz starts out with a situation in which no happy ending seems possible. As the story evolves, the brokenness in each of the five main characters breaks your heart, too. Even more so as you realize that not one of them is capable of fixing what's wrong on their own. Only God's divine intervention can bring change that heals, but how? Gordon started out looking like a bit of a villain, but Liz beautifully showcases the changes he's made in the twelve years since the "incident." Courage, bravery & honesty fall as beautifully as the snowflakes in this lovely Scottish village. A must read for those who love Christmas, Victorian settings, or Godly romance. If your heart longs for an answer that only the Almighty can bring, this story is for you!