Anita Higman creates a beautiful story full of hope, healing and new beginnings.
After years of separation Lily Winters decides to visit her mother and receives the shock of a lifetime. In fact the news is so shocking it causes Lily to overcome her fear of flying and travel to far away Australia in search of answers. Upon arriving in Melbourne, Australia Lily forms a friendship that challenges her to move outside of the her comfort zone and really live life to it's fullest. Lily's journey is full of surprises-some wonderful and some not so joyful.
I really enjoyed this story and it's characters. My favorite part of the story is watching the relationship develop between Lily and her newest friend from down under. The author does a beautiful job in this tender story of love and forgiveness. Winter in Full Bloom is inspirational fiction at it's best and I would highly recommend this book.
I received a copy of this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
When I first saw this book, I thought it was a historical novel; however, when I clicked on it, I found out that it was, in fact, a contemporary. Anyway, I shrugged, thought, "why not?" and so requested this title for review.
The book immediately got my attention with the first chapter. Anita Higman's writing was quirky and relatable, although it was really hard for me to imagine someone spilling their heart out to complete strangers the way Lily did. That just â€˜does not compute' in my mind- I can't imagine just meeting someone on a plane and then spilling out my heart to them (although I know that does happen!)
This book deals with some heavy issues (most of them family-related) and I wouldn't recommend it to younger readers for that reason, but also I don't think it would be as interesting to them, anyway. Winter in Full Bloom still wasn't quite my cup of tea; it was a lot about relationships, issues with family (especially between mothers & daughters) and then a bit of romance. Sometimes the plot twists seemed a little unlikely, and parts of it, though heartfelt, almost seemed a little sappy. I get I found it too...emotional for me. Although, considering that the main plot didn't interest me very much, the book still managed to keep me reading, and luckily it wasn't overly long.
I revived this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review
I was provided a copy of this lovely book by TBCN and author Anita Higman in exchange for my fair and honest review. And I have to be honest I wanted to review this book just from the cover. A beautiful winter scene with a garden in bloom - who could resist such a scene? Well, not I!
And the story is equally delightful and at the same time also heartbreaking. Two families divided and a chance to reunite unless the hurts of the past continue to keep them apart. Having read Anita's Where God Finds You I was anticipating a book that would capture my imagination and hold it and I was not disappointed in Winter in Full Bloom.
Lily Winter is a woman who grows on her journey to find the sister she never knew she had and along the way she discovers something she had lost a sense of her own worth. Her determination to find Camille is just the answer Camille has been looking for and together these two sisters - these twins, will find the healing and belonging that they have desired and just may be what their bitter mother needs.
There is a secondary story which is vital to explaining Lily's state of mind when the story begins. And Lily's friendship with Marcus Averill (the Aussie who helps her search for Camille) is a means of bringing healing to a hurting person and perhaps his own family.
I totally loved this book and am really hoping for a sequel dealing with Camille!
I really loved this story from beginning to the end. I would rate it a 5 star.
Lily the main character has had a very rough life from childhood of not being loved to a cheating husband who died. Lily finds out she has a identical twin who was given away. Lily is on the search for her which takes her to Australia. Lily finds more in Australia then what she was looking for. The story made me laugh and it made me cry. This story is of love and forgiveness. I would recommend this book.
This book has so many elements of faith, forgiveness, healing and trust. Lilly was God's instrument. A Nicely articulated and such an unpredictable read. Wide imagination with enough counsel to repair deep rooted pain. Well written and well received. One of the quickest books I have read. I am proud to write this honest review and give credit to Bookfun .org for placing this book in my hands. Anita I am now a fan.