Friday, February 1, 2013
Review: A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs
Meg wanted a nice Christmas at home with her family. But, dealing with her brother's constant cruelty and bitterness resulting from an injury he sustained from an accident many years before proves to be more than she can bare. Meg decides to leave and return by train to the house that her aunt left her that she lives in while teaching school in a nearby town. But, a snowstorm stops the train's progress and she is forced to return back home.
While on the train, she is drawn to a stranger who introduces himself as Mr. Gordon. She is very impressed by his kindness and compassion to those stuck on the train and how is willing to do whatever is necessary to help them. Meg is drawn to him. Until she finds out that he is not Mr. Gordon, but Gordon Shaw, the man who was the cause of her brother's injury. Gordon wants to seek forgiveness from her and her family, but Meg refuses to allow that to happen and does not wish for her family to learn of his identity. Will the web of deceit continue to ensnare them both, or will they give the grace and forgiveness Gordon desperately seeks?
A Wreath of Snow was a wonderful book! The author draws you immediately into the story and makes you feel as though you are really there. And what a story it was. The characters were great. The story was a wonderful example of grace and forgiveness and how we as humans want forgiveness for ourselves but often have difficulty extending that same forgiveness to others. The story was not predictable either. As I was reading, I was trying to figure out how the problem was going to be resolved satisfactory for everyone, and I just didn't see how that was going to be possible. But, the author had some interesting twists and turns in the plot and I really liked the way she decided to end it all. So, grab a cup of hot tea, snuggle down under a blanket, and read A Wreath of Snow.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of A Wreath of Snow for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.