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    1. Florida
      Age: 35-44
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      A Cherished Christmas Novella
      December 3, 2012
      Robin Wallace
      Florida
      Age: 35-44
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella

      Liz Curtis Higgs

      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.
    2. W Columbia, SC
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      Heartwarming Yuletide Tale!
      December 2, 2012
      dianaFlow
      W Columbia, SC
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      

      

      In A Wreath of Snow, Liz Curtis Higgs pens a tender, heartwarming yuletide novella set against the backdrop of 1800s Scotland, where blustery snowstorms and the smell of freshly cut evergreens hang heavily in the air.

      Our lovely heroine, Margaret Campbell wishes only to return home to Stirling to enjoy a warm Christmas with her family, but is driven away by the bitterness and apathy of her younger brother, Alan. Alan has been confined to a wheelchair ever since an accident that occurred when he was a young lad has left him paralyzed, and his mean spirited ways drive Meg back to Edinburgh where she holds a teaching position.

      As Meg boards the train to return to Edinburgh, she meets a handsome young newspaperman named Gordon Shaw, and as their lives intertwine her destiny is forever changed. Gordon struggles under a load of remorse and shame that he has born for years, and should Meg find out why -- what will become of the feelings she is beginning to develop for him? And as the heavy snowfall continues to build -- will the train make it to Edinburgh or will a disaster ensue, causing long buried, dark secrets to finally come to light?

      Liz Curtis Higgs is a masterful storyteller, and this powerful story of forgiveness and redemption is a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas season. Heartwarming, with compelling and well developed characters, and a very strong spiritual thread throughout, this one is the perfect "sitting by a crackling fire with a cup of hot chocolate" read! Nicely done as always, Liz Curtis Higgs!
    3. Red Cloud, Neb.
      Age: 55-65
      Gender: female
      4 Stars Out Of 5
      a lovely short book to read on a winter afternoon
      November 24, 2012
      vanessa walters
      Red Cloud, Neb.
      Age: 55-65
      Gender: female
      Quality: 4
      Value: 4
      Meets Expectations: 4
      I usually dont read romance books, most have a plot that is predictable before you get into the story very far. And....that is the case with this novella. I had not read any of Ms. Higg's books before. This IS a lovely, well written story set in victorian scotland, I did learn a great deal about scottish christmas' celebrations. I enjoyed the heroine, independent and in charge of her life. Both her and the 'main man' are dealing with past hurts, present hurts, from an awful incident involving both people. The ending of the book wasnt entirely predictable; but at least it wasnt 'happily ever after, we're married, with children'!! A good story for a winter afternoon.
    4. Oak Harbor, WA
      Age: Over 65
      Gender: Female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      delightful holiday read
      November 18, 2012
      bookwomanjoan
      Oak Harbor, WA
      Age: Over 65
      Gender: Female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 4
      Meets Expectations: 5
      The year in 1894 and the place is Stirling, Scotland. It is the day before Christmas. Margaret Campbell, a teacher in Edinburgh, has been home visiting her parents and brother. But it has not gone well. Her younger brother Alan had been injured when a youth, some twelve years ago, and is wheelchair bound. He has become a bitter man.

      Meg has had enough of his tirades and escapes the house, anxious to take the train back to Edinburgh. The snow is heavy but the train finally leaves.

      On the train she meets a handsome man she finds out is Gordon Shaw, the very man who, in a drunken state, injured Alan.

      Gordon is attracted to Meg and she to him. And then the train is stopped by a drift of snow and the two are forced to walk back to Stirling - and to a very awkward situation.

      I have come to really like the Christmas novellas. (I've read all of Anne Perry's.) And this is a good one. There are many issues dealt with in this story. How long is the past to direct the present? Should forgiveness ever be withheld? Is it ever right to lie when the truth would hurt so much?

      An added plus is that you learn a great deal about the Victorian Christmas traditions and celebrations, and about curling.

      The book was a little predictable, or was it just great foreshadowing by Liz? Nonetheless, a fine holiday read.

      A Reader's Guide is included at the end of the novel. (So is a recipe for Scottish shortbread.)

      I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
    5. Omaha, NE
      Age: 35-44
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      I think I have a new favorite author!
      November 18, 2012
      tiinaj1
      Omaha, NE
      Age: 35-44
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      Take a trip to Scotland with Liz Curtis Higgs in her new book A Wreath of Snow. I've always wanted to visit Scotland (even though I'm Irish) and so I tagged along. I found a wonderful story that drew me in and made me sympathize with Margaret, root for Gordon and hopeful that there will be a sequel so I can find out what happens next. (Hint Hint)

      This is a wonderful story about 2 individuals hurt spiritually and emotionally by a terrible accident years before when Margaret's brother is injured in a Curling accident caused by Gordon. I could feel the emotion and the sorrow near the end of the book when Gordon does the right thing and confesses to what happened and loved the ending of the book. Sorta... I wasn't ready to end the story.

      A Wreath of Snow would be a great Mother-Daughter or book club read but if you don't have anyone to read it with grab a hot chocolate, latte, a warm afghan and curl up by the fire. It's a great book to read during a blizzard.

      Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to have a positive review and no money exchanged hands.
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