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 lackingÃ¢â¬âtoo 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.
Although I read this darling novella during the week of Christmas, the oh-so-lovely threads of forgiveness, redemption & hope would be welcome in any season! Liz starts out with a situation in which no happy ending seems possible. As the story evolves, the brokenness in each of the five main characters breaks your heart, too. Even more so as you realize that not one of them is capable of fixing what's wrong on their own. Only God's divine intervention can bring change that heals, but how? Gordon started out looking like a bit of a villain, but Liz beautifully showcases the changes he's made in the twelve years since the "incident." Courage, bravery & honesty fall as beautifully as the snowflakes in this lovely Scottish village. A must read for those who love Christmas, Victorian settings, or Godly romance. If your heart longs for an answer that only the Almighty can bring, this story is for you!
It was Christmas Eve of 1894 and Margaret (Meg) Campbell was heading home to Edinburgh. She planned on spending Christmas with her family in Stirling but the bitterness of her younger brother, Alan, was too much to bear. Her brother was tangled in a web of unforgiveness and anger as he was involved in a terrible accident when he was younger. He also struggled with feelings of inadequacy as he felt he could never quite measure up to his sister. A conversation between him and Meg turned into an argument that was too much for Meg to bear. As much as Meg wanted to spend Christmas with her family she decided it was best to catch the next train home. During her travels she met a handsome man named Gordon. Gordon has secrets that will soon come light. How will Meg react to the news she is about to find out?
This is the first book I have read by this author and I must say that I enjoyed it. The book was well written and was not entirely predictable. It was great reading this during the holidays. I also enjoyed the Scottish Shortbread recipe at the back of the book, as well as, a Reader's Guide. This is truly a wonderful story about the power of forgiveness and how one can be free from the past.
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my honest review.
Editor Summary: This heartwarming novella invites readers to experience Christmas in Victorian Scotland, as the chill of a family misunderstanding gives way to the warmth of forgiveness.
On a reluctant visit home, an icy reception from her family in Stirling sends Meg Campbell fleeing for the train station, determined to spend the holidays alone in Edinburgh. When snow delays her departure, Meg pours out her heart to fellow traveler Gordon, an affable newspaperman who asks all the right questions, even as he keeps his own heartache under wraps. Then an unexpected turn of events finally points them both in the right direction: home. This stand-alone novella captures the unexpected gift of forgiveness and the hopeful stirrings of new love.
Review: This was a quick read and suspenseful. Even though there were a few hints of what was to come it was still suspenseful to see it unfold. I like the main characters and was quickly drawn to Meg. It felt very real and like being in the house when the conflict was finally revealed to the secondary characters. Everything about the story felt like a grand Christmas celebration. The snow, the church service and the presents. It was a pleasure to read this story and provide this review.
I would like to thank Waterbrook Press and Edelweiss for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.