A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs got my attention with its cover. It's a perfectly beautiful book cover and I simply couldn't resist. This story is a Victorian Novella and a rather short read. The setting is Christmas time in 1894 Stirling Scotland. Meg Campbell and the entire Campbell family have a disagreement on Christmas Eve which leads to Meg leaving her family on Christmas Eve and taking the train home. When the train is delayed, fellow passenger, Gordon Shaw, makes his presence known to Meg. When the unexpected happens Gordon and Meg conversation leads to the past and surprising realities that both had wanted to forget.
I love the train setting and Victorian atmosphere in this story. The character of Meg Campbell is charming and I wish I could read more about her story. There is a story about forgiveness when Meg and her family have to learn how to forgive, even when the past has made the present so painful at times. I like this aspect to the story because it isn't always easy to forgive and it's even more difficult to forgive yourself after carrying a burden.
Another thing I love that Higgs did with this book is by putting sayings at the beginning of each chapter that would relate to that chapters happenings. Here are two of my favorites (I love quotes and sayings that are worth repeating):
"A hero is a an who does what he can do." Romain Rolland
"No one knows the weight of another's burden." George Herbert
There was a disappointment with this story and that is the romance between the two obvious characters. Now I understand that this is a shorter story but there is no development of a relationship or romance hardly at all. One minute the couple are meeting and the next they want to be together forever? It all seemed too fast for me and little development between the two.
If you are looking for a fresh Christmas story I recommend this Novella.
Check out this podcast about A Wreath of Snow with Liz Higgs.
Read the first chapter over here.
Also click on over to Higgs website.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. This is my honest opinion of the book."