Gordon Shaw was drunk years ago, when he threw a curling stone and injured a young boy. A few years later he left home, shunned and alone.
Years later Gordon finds himself again in his hometown, Stirling, praying to get in and out before anyone recognized him. He almost made it. He is on the train bound for Edinburgh when he thinks the lady sitting across the aisle from him looks familiar. He finds out her brother is the one he injured.
He has been dying to make things right for this family. It's Christmas Eve and he's sure he has a God-given chance to accomplish that. He befriends the girl, Meg, but he can't seem to get his full name out, a name that he is sure will make her turn her back on him.
I'm telling you one more thing about the book, except to say the author, Liz Curtis Higgs, has done it again! I tell you, I can't get enough of her books. Liz is definitely one of those authors I just know I'll love whatever book she pens.
A Wreath of Snow, by Liz Curtis Higgs, is a Victorian Christmas novella, set in 1894 Scotland. You can see in the graphic above that cover is stunning. The book is hardback, published by Waterbrook, Multnomah Press.
I can not think of a single thing I didn't like about the book. I try and keep all "romancey" type books away from my 12 year old, I know she's getting to that age, but I'm not wanting to open the door wide for her yet with the whole boy/girl meet/fall in love, scenario yet.
However! While this book is a romance story, the romance is so light as to almost not even be noticed, I would give this book to her to read and not have a second thought about it.
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.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of A Wreath of Snow wa provided by Blogging for Books on behalf of the publisher, WaterBrookMultnomah and the author to facilitate an honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer and we were not obligated to render a positive review.
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.