Lily and her mother have never gotten along. After a ten year hiatus, Lily returns home to try reconcile with her mother. She's feeling the effects of an empty nest and hopes that she can somehow reconnect. But her mother drops a bomb shell that sends her half way around the world to Australia. Can Lily find who she's looking for and still have a second chance at love?
This book was a mixed bag for me. I'm not a huge fan of overly emotional books and this one was definitely full of drama and emotion. The romantic part of the book was sweet and well done. The plot was a good one. And looking back after reading the story I can honestly say that I enjoyed it and it was a fast read. But quite a few circumstances in the book felt unbelievable and either rushed or forced. It was just a little too unrealistic in places for me.
In summary, it was a good book, just not my style.
I received this book free of charge from Book Fun in exchange for my honest review.
Lily Winter embarks on a journey to the other side of the world in search of the sister she has never known. An embittered woman, Lily's mother has kept this secret for decades. Lily's only daughter has left for college and her husband is deceased, so Lily takes this time in her life to connect the missing pieces in her past. Panic envelops Lily as her fear of flying overwhelms her, but the flight to Australia is her only hope in finding her twin sister, Camille. Seeking solace in the botanical gardens in Melbourne Lily is introduced to Marcus Averill as he joins her on a park bench and strikes up a conversation. Not interested in making small talk Lily attempts to ignore the stranger, but his amusing and upbeat character wins her over. An American currently living in Melbourne, Marcus knows his way around and offers to assist in Lily's quest to find her twin. Marcus eventually discloses equally painful family circumstances of his own as they spend time together searching for Camille.
Winter in Full Bloom is an unforgettable story of deception, betrayal, abuse, family dysfunction and unforgiving characters who dominate the lives of the main characters in this book. Anita Higman has done a magnificent job of illustrating reality in the heartache of her characters, while developing a plot that is both unpredictable and jolting. A book in the Christian Fiction genre, the author effortlessly weaves the essence and communication with God into the lives of her characters without forcing it on the reader. Non-Christian readers will enjoy this book, and possibly take away a bit of inspiration from their journey through the lives of these characters. Overall, I found Winter in Full Bloom to be a superb example of Christian literary fiction, and highly recommend it. I will undoubtedly read this book again.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for my review.
I have read several books by Anita Higman and loved each one.
Winter in Full Bloom captivated me from the start. It is a story of heartache, separation, humor, romance and forgiveness.
After visiting her mother and learning about a family secret, Lily, the main character, is on her way to Melbourne Australia to find her sister and also finds romance. Anita makes you feel like you are in Melbourne along with the characters.
Love the way the story is written and all of the characters. A great read.
I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
This story captured my attention with the opening scene: Lily on the airplane with a little girl named Jenny trying to talk her out of a panic attack. (I personally know that panic attacks are no fun.) Lily just found out from her mother that she has a twin sister living in Melbourne, Australia and she is on the way to find her. Soon after she arrives, she meets Marcus, who realize she looks like a woman he has seen playing a flute. Now Lily just has to find her and talk her into going home with her. What about her new friendship with Marcus? They both have issues to deal with before trusting someone else. This is a great read!
I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.