I was excited to read another author who is new to me, Liz Curtis Higgs. A Wreath of Snow :A Victorian Christmas Novella released back in October 2012 just in time to pick up and enjoy this past Christmas. Her Novella is about a young women named Meg Campbell who has been away from home for the past 2 years, but when she returns she finds everything the same. Her brother, Alan, is still his angry, bitter self. She couldn't blame him. Back when they were young, Alan had run out onto the ice just as a man had thrown a curling stone and hit him in the back. He was now in a wheelchair and could barely walk. Who was the man who had thrown that stone? Gordon Shaw. Someone the family never wished to see again.
After being home for Christmas for a little bit of time, Meg Campbell couldn't stand the bitter rage of her brother's misery. So she caught the first train back to Edinburgh which is where Meg unknowingly meets Gordon Shaw. Can she forgive all the pain that he has brought into their lives? Meg has quite a battle in her heart as she faces this test in her life.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The title plays into the books theme fairly well. The story seemed to go quickly as most novellas do and left me wanting to read more. I really liked how each of the characters had to endure some kind of change in their lives. Change never comes easy, yet it is a must for any kind of growth in our lives. The author also includes some notes in the back along with a recipe for Scottish Shortbread and a Reader's Guide. I always find the background notes from the author interesting. I'm really glad she included them. I'm really looking forward to reading some of Liz Curtis Higgs other books. If you're looking for a fun, short read that you can accomplish in a few days, I would definitely recommend this book. Below you can read the first chapter of her book and see for yourself that it is one you'll want to pick up!
**I received this free e-book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.