The Anniversary Waltz
A Really Sweet Story
This is a really sweet story based on the true story of the author's parents and in-laws (aren't those usually the best kind of stories?). I particularly enjoy books from this time period....post WWII. It was a truly uplifting story.
July 7, 2013
Tenderness With Hope
The Anniversary Waltz, by Darrel Nelson
At their sixtieth anniversary party, Adam Carlson asks his wife, Elizabeth, for their customary waltz. After the dance they gather the family and share their storyÃ¢ÂÂa story of love and courage overcoming adversity and thriving in the face of overwhelming odds.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs the summer of 1946, and Adam has just returned from the war to his home in Reunion, Montana. At a town festival he meets Elizabeth Baxter, a young woman going steady with his former high school rival and now influential banker, Nathan Roberts.
When Adam and Elizabeth share a waltz in a deserted pavilion one evening, their feelings begin to grow and they embark on a journey, and a dance, that will last a lifetime.
This was a sweet little book, since I was ready to read a piece of period fiction and I wasn't disappointed. The characters seemed very real to me. Adam, who had just come back home after serving in the Army, was eagerly greeted by his mother, but his father refused to acknowledge his return. As the story continued, we learn of the burden his parents carried when Adam enlisted and left his parents to work the farm.
And then we learn of Elizabeth who was raised by her aunt and uncle. She works at the smal dry cleaners at the time Adam comes home. When he comes in to have his uniform cleaned and pressed for the town festival, they begin a conversation that leads to an invitation for Adam to come for dinner. This excerpt gives you some thought as to the challenges that faced Adam that afternoon.
"I enjoyed your contribution to the service today," she said. "Thank you," he replied. "The music was inspriring, and the company was exceptional." He winked at Elizabeth. Wil noticed but said nothing. Lenora noticed too and asked, "Do you plan to make regular church attendance a part of your life?"
The correct answer was yes, of course, Adam knew that any other answer would end his chances of ever being around Elizabeth with Lenora's approval, however slight it might be. But he answered honestly, without pretext. "I admit I didn't attend church much before the war. Somehow in my youth, it didn't seem important. But in Italy I got back in touch with God. We all did. I made a deal with Him. He kept His end of the bargain, and I intend to keep mine."
"What deal did you make, if you don't mind my asking?" Lenora inquired.
So, now I won't share anymore of the story. But it's a book I recommend to encourage you. A book to give you hope that when you're discouraged not to give up.
This is the first novel by Darrel Nelson, and I hope he will give us more stories.
I'm sharing this review free without any obligations to the publisher.
January 20, 2013
EMOTIONAL AND COMPELLING!
THE ANNIVERSARY WALTZ by Darrel Nelson is an interesting christian romance/fiction. It interweaves past with present memories as Adam and Elizabeth Carlson celebrate their sixtieth anniversary. It is an emotional story that transports the readers back to a time following World War II as love,courage,faith,healing,tragedy and adversity comes to past. A story filled with a wide range of emotions emerge as you read this heart wretching story that transcends sixty years of romance and love. *Be warned you will need tissues handy* A wonderful story! If you enjoy Nicholas Sparks' stories you will enjoy "The Anniversary Waltz". Anyone who enjoys bitter sweet emotions in a story will enjoy this read,along with anyone who enjoys romance,and World War II drama. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author's website,Realm and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
October 25, 2012
Ã¢ÂÂAt their sixtieth anniversary, Adam Carlson asks his wife, Elizabeth, for their customary waltz. After the dance they gather the family and share their storyÃ¢ÂÂ¦Ã¢ÂÂ
ItÃ¢ÂÂs 1946, the end of WWII, when Adam Carlson returns home to Reunion, Montana. HeÃ¢ÂÂs 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 YangÃ¢ÂÂs Dry Cleaner, owned and operated by Ã¢ÂÂLee Yang. She has a charming manner with the customers and is promoted accordingly. The work is hot and miserable, but she needs a job. SheÃ¢ÂÂs dating young Nathan Roberts, who is the loan officer at the local bank and Adam CarlsonÃ¢ÂÂs high school rival.
Nathan is an overly possessive man, and doesnÃ¢ÂÂt 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 AdamÃ¢ÂÂs 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, AdamÃ¢ÂÂs 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.
AdamÃ¢ÂÂs overwhelming emotions of anger, fear and outrage were predictable and maybe even right. Yet AdamÃ¢ÂÂs faith couldnÃ¢ÂÂt 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.
ElizabethÃ¢ÂÂs 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 authorÃ¢ÂÂs family as indicated in the authorÃ¢ÂÂs notes.
This book was provided Althea Thompson of Charisma Media in exchange for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
October 4, 2012