4 Stars Out Of 5
October 4, 2012
"At their sixtieth anniversary, Adam Carlson asks his wife, Elizabeth, for their customary waltz. After the dance they gather the family and share their story_"
It's 1946, the end of WWII, when Adam Carlson returns home to Reunion, Montana. He's met at the bus depot by his mother, Maude, but his father, Hector, is still angry and estranged from him for going off to war when he needed help on the farm. Adam, however, picks up and starts to fix up the farm, though his father remains aloof.
Elizabeth Baxter works at Yang's Dry Cleaner, owned and operated by "Lee Yang. She has a charming manner with the customers and is promoted accordingly. The work is hot and miserable, but she needs a job. She's dating young Nathan Roberts, who is the loan officer at the local bank and Adam Carlson's high school rival.
Nathan is an overly possessive man, and doesn't let her out of sight at the town festival. His possessiveness was difficult to read about. He was so puffed up about his shooting skills that he offered a kiss from Elizabeth to the winner of a gun shooting game. What a hair-brained idea! Men and their physical prowess! He was bested by Adam. And Elizabeth made good on the kiss!
Darrel Nelson, in The Anniversary Waltz, writes a heartwarming, sweet romance story between Adam and Elizabeth that is mixed with love, fun, anger, fear, and courage in the midst of tragedy, overcoming and thriving through devastating times.
The tender and romantic story of Adam and Elizabeth was exciting to read, as you felt a romantic camaraderie on their behalf, especially with Adam's dad so gruff. Their berry picking time was embellished with stories of their lives in order to get to know more about each other. Typical lovebirds before their wedding.
Elizabeth shared that Ty, Adam's close first cousin, and Julie planned a shivaree the day of the wedding. So Adam and Elizabeth planned how not to get whooped. The hilarity of trying to outsmart Ty and Julie was comical. All the planning and sneaking. And then the tragedy. It hits you right between the eyes, as you were anticipating a beautiful wedding, with Adam and Elizabeth outwitting the two.
Adam's overwhelming emotions of anger, fear and outrage were predictable and maybe even right. Yet Adam's faith couldn't leave him there. God used his time in Germany, when he was almost blinded, to help him calm his emotions enough to talk to the others. It was heartwarming to see how God used what he learned.
Elizabeth's recuperation time was difficult. It was easy to relate to her feelings. But Adam knew they needed to stretch, grow and not get bitter. To follow through with their wedding despite the tragedy. It would have to be the grace of God that propelled them forward. He did, and we have this story today.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story. It is well written, real and personable. Though this book is fiction, it is based on actual events in the author's family as indicated in the author's notes.
This book was provided Althea Thompson of Charisma Media in exchange for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was exchanged.