Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

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A Wreath of Snow
by Liz Curtis Higgs

ISBN-13: 9781400072170
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Released: October 2, 2012

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description from Cover:
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?

My Review:
A Wreath of Snow is a Christian historical romance set in 1894 in Scotland. It's a novella, so it's a short, quick read and events move forward relatively quickly. It's a nice, sweet story where secrets and lies have brought deep hurt but there's a chance for the truth to bring healing.

The characters were complex and realistic, and I could sympathize with the main characters. Due to the shortness of the book, though, we don't get to know the characters really well. The romance "worked" for me, and there were enough historical and setting details to bring the story alive in my imagination.

There was a Christian element that was woven into the story about forgiveness and telling the truth. I didn't feel that it ever got "preachy," though. There was no sex and no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this book to those looking for a short read that ends with hope and healing.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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