Monday, December 2, 2013

Book Review: Anita Higman's "Winter in Full Bloom"

I turned the last page of Winter in Full Bloom and simply had to tell you about this book.

I don't post a review of every book I read. I wouldn't waste you time making you wade through a rant about something I didn't like or a monologue attempting to convince not only you but myself why a book needed to be read.


I will only post book reviews on this site of those that tickled my fancy in some way. 

This book made the cut.

From the exceptional lovely cover (see photo) to the name of her characters, Lily Winter--isn't that a picturesque name and so matching of the cover, to the guided tour to the best of Australia, this book doesn't miss any opportunity to provide what any reader wants in a cozy read.

One of the greatest components of this story is Higman's writing craft. I especially enjoyed her fresh descriptive phrases that leap off the page like: "The rain clouds let go in a big way as if the angels were pelting us with millions of water balloons."  Can you picture it? Crystal clear, right? This and others are appropriately sprinkled throughout the book. I'd tell you more, but wouldn't want to rob you of seeing them for yourself.

Winter in Full Bloom is Lily's story of resolution. Lily's husband dies leaving her empty nest feeling like an abandoned cave. To make matters worse, she discovers her husband has\d been unfaithful in his last days. Hungry for family relationships, Lily hopes to find an ember of friendship with her mother, but to no avail. Yet during the visit to the cold mansion she once called home, her mother reveals Lily has a twin sister. The only clue to the sister's location is a short note from Melbourne, Australia.

Lily's search for her sister not only leads her through the sights of Melbourne, but also the key to the one treasure she truly wants.

This is a Christian fiction book, having truths gently presented as Lily journeys through the pages.

Put this book on your Christmas list. You'll love it.

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Anonymous said...

Hello Mary. I am already a follower of yours. Hope you make it to the 200 soon. I love visiting you. I'm wondering if anyone else besides if anyone else has wondered about her coat being on backwards. It looks a little strange to me. Or, maybe I am just strange on this. I'm anxious to see why her mom is not close to her, and in her finding her twin. Hope they love each other. I can't imagine not being close to my mother, tho I've had many friends who weren't. Always sad to me. Please put my name in the drawing for Anita's book. Thanks. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Mary Vee Writer said...

Well, I don't want to tell you anymore about the story, Maxie, because I would spoil it for you. Unfortunately I am not doing a book giveaway for this post. But I sure loved chatting with you today.Have a great day.