Wow, that was actually pretty good RTC If a book hasn t caught my attention by the end of the first chapter then I reckon it s not worth the effort to continue This one was not only boring, it was also not well written, so another one bites the dust. A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs Time frame December 1894 Location Stirling, ScotlandMain Characters Margaret Campbell Edinburgh teacher Gordon Shaw Newspaperman with tremendous guilt over an accident 12 years before Alan Campbell Margaret s brother, injured when he was 10Twelve years ago a seventeen year old was the cause a terrible accident It left Margaret s brother, Alan, paralyzed Alan s temperament has worsened over the years and now Margaret find s him unbearable Visiting her family is a hardship she seldom endures.Leaving early from her visit to her parents home she sits next to a man on the train who recognizes her She does not know he s the very young man who changed her brother s life Gordon Shaw has felt guilt for twelve years, and for twelve years he has lived a life alcohol free and dedicated to God.A fun and challenging book at the same time God is evident in Margaret s life as she struggles with forgiveness God is evident in Gordon s life as he lives a solitary life, always wanting forgiveness He knows what he must do God s told him He needs to face his fears, and face the very people whose lives were forever altered by one premature release of a granite curling stone.Even though this is a Novella, which I normally avoid, this one came highly recommended So I tried it, and I liked it A sweet, challenging and beautiful Christmas tale that focuses on forgiveness and reconciliationwith a light dusting of romance The author immerses her readers in a Victorian Christmas complete with record snow that plays havoc with the lives of our hero and heroineor does it Because though there s strife and bitterness this is the season of peace and goodwill both of which Margaret and Gordon need a healthy dose of Perfect pacing, wonderful details and the happy warmth of tale well told. Margaret and Gordon were both passengers on a train stuck on the railroad tracks in a blizzard on Christmas Eve in 1894 At first, she does not recognize that he was the man responsible for accidently injuring her brother years ago in Sterling, Scotland Margaret fights her attraction to Gordon When they return to Stirling, he wants a chance to apologize to her family and help her brother since Gordon has been living under a burden of guilt for years.Although it is a bit predictable, this is a warm Victorian Christmas story of forgiveness and redemption The epigraphs that preceed every chapter were a nice added touch. Merveilleuse et courte histoire de No l portant sur le pardon.Tr s bonne lecture pour toutes saisons Wonderful short Christmas story about forgiveness Recommended for any season What a lovely little Christmas read I thoroughly enjoyed the pages of this new to me author The many little quotes at the beginning of each chapter was an added gem I could clearly see the train station and the mounds of snow in my minds eye that s the mark of a good read. Story 4.00 stars Exquisite cover 5.00 stars rated gI fell in love with the evocative cover of this cozy book, and opened it to find a truly delightful story How can I not love a Christmastide story set in Scotland And a Scottish shortbread recipe as a bonus I don t always love when authors use cute little quotes, or epigraphs, to open every chapter, but those in this book were quite nice And I loved the author s notes at the end that told of some of the writing process, inspiration and real life settings for the book very interesting Did you know that the Scots word for the wreath in the title means something completely different from what we expect You ll have to read to find out And I loved finding out that the heroine in this book was somewhat based on Dr Eleanor Bramwell from a Masterpiece Theatre production I ve seen Also enjoyed looking at the lovely photos on the author s Pinterest board for this story, how fun And last, but not least, I love the term Christmastide , it s such a sweet, old fashioned termIt was winter the night was very dark the air extraordinary clear and cold, and sweet with the purity of forests For the making of a story here were fine conditionsby Robert Louis Stevenson he was mentioned in the story and he also died in 1894, the year of this storyI love everything that s old old friends, old times, old manners, old booksby Oliver Goldsmith Christmas Eve 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 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
Former Bad Girl, grateful for the grace God offers Happy wife of Bill, one of the Good Guys Proud mom of two grown up kids with tender hearts Lame housekeeper Marginal cook Pitiful gardener Stuff I love Encouraging my sisters in Christ across the page, from the platform, online, in person Unpacking Scripture Traveling wherever God leads Listening to His heart Leaning into His embrace.
- 212 pages
- A Wreath of Snow
- Liz Curtis Higgs
- 10 October 2019 Liz Curtis Higgs