Liz Curtis Higgs in her new book, A Wreath Of Snow published by WaterBrook Press brings us into the life of Sara Jane Morgan.
From the back cover: Christmas Eve 1894
All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brothers bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.
Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.
When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?
As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winters eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.
I dont think there are enough stories written about Scotland. Good thing we have Liz Curtis Higgs to help make up for that situation. A wreath is a Christmas decoration we hang on our doors however it is a Scottish word that means a bank or drift of snow. Now we are talking. Meg Campbell is trying to take the train from Stirling, Scotland to Edinburgh on Christmas Eve 1894. She doesnt get far the train as there is a blizzard and the train runs into a snow drift, thats the wreath. She was trying to run away but it didnt work. Gordon ran away and is trying to get back. Both of them need forgiveness if they are ever going to get on with their lives and it is Christmas Eve. This is a marvelous story that I was sad to see end. I really liked the characters and wanted to hang out with them more. Ms. Higgs has given us a great deal of story that all works itself out with a great deal of help from God. There are moments of great fun and moments of high emotion but through it all there is lots of love. This book will keep you thinking.
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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.