Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs ~ review

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400072174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400072170

This book is also available as an e-book.

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.

My take on this book:

Liz Curtis Higgs paints a portrait with the words that she uses to bring this novella to life. The setting is 1894 in Scotland. It had been two long years since she had made the journey home for Christmas, so Meg Campbell a twenty-six year old school teacher hopes that her brother Alan's bitterness has subsided a bit, but after one evening back home and she realizes he is actually worse. So she finds herself headed back to her townhouse in Edinburgh on Christmas Eve.When an accident occurs she meets Gordon Shaw, someone who is connected to her past. When Meg realizes who Gordon is what will she do? 

To say that I loved this book was an understatement! From the author's descriptive writing that easily pulled me in to the story, to the way we are allowed to see Gordon's relationship with God my only complaint was that it was just a novella. While the author created a satisfying story, I really didn't want my time with the book to end. A story that whetted my appetite for more with these characters. Perhaps the author will create a story for Alan in the future. A wonderful story of forgiveness that is perfect for the holiday season.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Me too Carrie, short but with enough detail to provide a great story! The characters were wonderful, and I truly hope that the author might do more with the characters in another story.


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