Monday, December 3, 2012

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs*A Review

Wrapped in a cloud of steam, the engine rolled to a stop, the screech of metal against metal filling the frosty air. Snow blew across the railway platform and around Meg’s calfskin walking boots. The weather definitely was not improving.

She ordered tea with milk and sugar, eying the currant buns and sweet mincemeat tarts displayed beneath a bell jar.
Later, perhaps, when her appetite returned. At the moment her stomach was twisted into a knot.

“Anything else for you?” the cashier asked as she handed over the tea, steaming and fragrant.

Meg was surprised to find her fingers trembling when she lifted the cup. “All I want is a safe journey home.”

“On a day like this?” the round-faced woman exclaimed. “None but the Almighty can promise you that, lass.”

“A Wreath of Snow glows with warmth, charm, and grace. A wonderful read.”
—BJ HOFF, author of The Riverhaven Years series

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 brother’s 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 winter’s 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.

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400072174
ISBN-13: 978-1400072170
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of thirty books, with more than three million copies in print. Her six Scottish historical novels have won the hearts of readers and reviewers around the globe. Whence Came a Prince received a Christy Award for Best Historical Novel. Here Burns My Candle won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and Mine Is the Night, was a New York Times bestseller.

Liz is happily married to Bill Higgs, who serves as director of operations for her speaking and writing office. When she’s not traveling to Scotland for research, Liz can be found curled up with a good book in their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse near Louisville, Kentucky.

  This is the first book I’ve read written by Liz Curtis Higgs and it is just a marvelous story. A Wreath of Snow is a Christmas story with such love, compassion and forgiveness all wrapped together. Also put in some romance and this book is a winner.
  Besides the beautiful story, the cover and title are fantastic. The title A Wreath of Snow has two meanings, of course we know a wreath is a Christmas decoration, but also it is a word of the Scots meaning a bank or drift of snow. So that gives you a little idea what the title means and what might happen in the story.
Meg and Gordon are such fantastic characters that I soon grew to love. They both are running away from the same small town they grew up in. Gordon doesn’t want Meg to find out who he is or what he did, but wants his secret to be over and to be forgiven. A Wreath of Snow is a very powerful story that will touch your heart and make you realize that we must always forgive others no matter what they do on accident or purpose.
  I highly recommend A Wreath of Snow. It will become one of your Christmas favorites. A great read in front of a fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa. Five plus star book.

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Thanks to WaterBrookMultnomah for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255


Diane Estrella said...

I also reviewed this book and really enjoyed it. Hope you have a great week!

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Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I liked this one, but I didn't love it. I loved Liz's Here Burns My Candle series. That's a great series if you want to read More Liz Curtis Higgs.
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