I don't usually read Christmas-themed books, but A Wreath of Snow's beautiful, wintery front cover and the teaser on the back made my decision!
With her brother's bitterness overshadowing what should be a joyful time, Meg tries to cut her Christmas visit home short. Unfortunately, snow...and a stranger...change her plans. But secrets are hidden by more than just the not-so-stranger and will make this Christmas one to remember!
A Wreath of Snow is a short, quick read, but full of emotion. The characters struggle within themselves to extend mercy and forgiveness to those around them. With snow, Scottish brogues, and a little curling, A Wreath of Snow is the perfect story for a cozy-up kind of afternoon.
It's only November, but after closing the book, I was in a Christmas-y mood! If my children had begged to put up the tree, they may have convinced me that day! ;-) Instead, using the recipe that Liz includes in the back of the book, I gathered up some butter, sugar, and flour and whipped up a batch of Scottish Shortbread. Mmmmm! You can find the recipe on my blog acookingbookworm DOT com.
*I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*
Very much enjoyed "A Wreath of Snow" -- have read all of Liz Curtis Higgs Scottish books. The message in this Christmas novella of love and forgiveness was a great read. Look forward to reading all her books. This book would be a great Christmas gift!
This delightful Victorian Christmas Novella is set in the Scottish town of Stirling during the Christmas of 1894. It is the story of Meg Campbell, a bright and independent young teacher who spends her Christmas break with her family, her parents and disabled brother Alan, in Stirling. Her few days at home were met with disagreements and quarreling as Alan has been very difficult to live with ever since an unfortunate accident that occurred when he was but 10 years old which left him unable to walk and unable to live in harmony with those around him.
Rather than continuing to endure the conflict, Meg chooses to leave and boards the train for Edinburgh in the midst of a blizzard hoping to put distance between herself and her family. On the train she meets the charming and kind Gordon Shaw, a newspaper man from Glasgow on his way to an assignment in Edinburgh. Upon Miss Campbell's boarding the train, Mr. Shaw sees her and soon recognizes her as the sister of young Alan who, through his own carelessness while in a drunken state, Gordon had unintentionally injured some 12 years before.
The story relates an unfortunate train accident that leaves all on the train walking some 6 miles back to Stirling to find food, warmth and lodging. It is during this walk that Gordon Shaw reveals himself to Meg Campbell.
This wonderful story becomes a tale of truth, forgiveness, redemption, and restoration. Intertwined with the story is the message of the gospel, the leading of the Holy Spirit, and the miracle of forgiveness. Enjoy reading this heartwarming novella during the Christmas season or at any time of the year.
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A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Liz Curtis Higgs was my first Liz reading experience. I enjoyed this book about the healing power of our loving God. The book was a pleasant surprise for me and took a few twist that I did not except at the start of the book. I will be reading more books by Liz in the future. If you are looking for a short (it's a novella) and sweet read then, A Wreath of Snow is the Christmas read for you. I finished this one with a smile on my face.
I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah (through Blogging for Books) for my honest review. I was not paid in any way for this review.
In A Wreath of Snow, Meg Campbell has returned to her family's home for Christmas, but finds her brother's bitterness and demanding nature unwelcoming, and she decides to spend the holiday alone in her cottage instead. However, the train she is traveling on becomes unable to reach its destination, and the passengers are forced to walk back through the snow to the station they originated from. During this time, Meg finds herself engaging a fellow male traveler and reveals some of her hurtful past in conversation, only to find out too late that the stranger knows more of her past than she realized. Gordon hasn't meant to hurt Meg, he only means to make up for the hurt he has caused her family in his youth. Can Meg and her family make room for his apologies and extend forgiveness? Can Meg trust the man who made her feel comfortable spilling her own secrets when she finds he's been hiding some of his own?
Although it's a bit early to be reading holiday stories for me, this one was a good story that just happened to take place at Christmas. Although gifts are exchanged, and the timing plays a part in the setting, it was an enjoyable read even now. The characters were charming, and the setting was believable. It was definitely a light, quick read that would make an enjoyable Christmas gift, or a lovely afternoon in a comfortable chair with a hot cup of tea.
The story was almost too quick for the depth of the hurt and betrayal and lies that were woven within it. The conclusions of healing and forgiveness came too quickly to really understand the characters' journeys to the place where they could understand what had brought them there and how it had changed them.
I give this book 3 stars - a light read where many will enjoy the quick conclusion, but that, for my tastes, I would have enjoyed getting deeper into the characters' lives and transformations.
I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review.