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A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella (edition 2012)

by Liz Curtis Higgs

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Title:A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella
Authors:Liz Curtis Higgs
Info:WaterBrook Press (2012), Hardcover, 224 pages
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A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Liz Curtis Higgs

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Although the storyline was a bit predictable, this was a nice little read. Set in Scotland in 1894 the main character Meg meets up with a man who was responsible for a tragedy in her family when she was a young girl. Through misunderstandings, a snowbound train, and a shared sense of responsibility, the two adults spend Christmas in the town they had both sought to flee. Ultimately a story of redemption and forgiveness, this is a light Christmas read imbued with Christian spirit that really brings home the meaning of the holidays. ( )
  KEFeeney | Dec 6, 2015 |
Although the storyline was a bit predictable, this was a nice little read. Set in Scotland in 1894 the main character Meg meets up with a man who was responsible for a tragedy in her family when she was a young girl. Through misunderstandings, a snowbound train, and a shared sense of responsibility, the two adults spend Christmas in the town they had both sought to flee. Ultimately a story of redemption and forgiveness, this is a light Christmas read imbued with Christian spirit that really brings home the meaning of the holidays. ( )
  KEFeeney | Dec 6, 2015 |
Although the storyline was a bit predictable, this was a nice little read. Set in Scotland in 1894 the main character Meg meets up with a man who was responsible for a tragedy in her family when she was a young girl. Through misunderstandings, a snowbound train, and a shared sense of responsibility, the two adults spend Christmas in the town they had both sought to flee. Ultimately a story of redemption and forgiveness, this is a light Christmas read imbued with Christian spirit that really brings home the meaning of the holidays. ( )
  KEFeeney | Dec 6, 2015 |
On that cold, snowy evening of Christmas Eve when Meg boarded the train, the last thing she expected was to run into a man from the past who, when he was a teenager had caused great pain for her family. When Gordon Shaw overheard the conductor saying Meg’s name, he realized he knew this young woman. Unsettled by the chance meeting, stammering and embarrassed, Gordon could only say “Gordon” when introduction could no longer be avoided. At this point Meg still had not recognized this handsome stranger and believed that Gordon was his last name. Being a man of faith and moral principal, Gordon was working out in his mind how to set right this misunderstanding. He also was trying to put the words together to confess that he was the teenager who lost his grip of the curling stone handle that struck her brother and caused his paralysis 12 years ago. However, before Gordon could speak, the train shuttered and came to a violent stop, throwing the passengers this way and that. Thoroughly stuck in a snow drift, the train could neither go forward nor back up.

This is the beginning of a story of lies and secrets – Gordon pressed by Meg to keep his true identity from her parents; Meg wanting to hide her part in deceiving her parents; and the brother Alan deceiving everyone for 12 years. But it is also the story of love, repentance, and forgiveness. As Gordon’s heart always sought to follow the leading of the heavenly Father, he must live by his belief that light is better than darkness and the truth is better than lies. Thus, Gordon took the first step that brought healing to his heart and started a chain reaction of events that eventually led to exposing the darkness and bringing healing to Meg’s family.

“A Wreath of Snow” is the first book I’ve read written by Liz Curtis Higgs. I was captivated by her portrayal of Gordon’s close walk with the Lord. It was so simple and natural and trusting. I could “feel” Him in Gordon’s life and how it seemed that He just reached out from the pages of the book into my own heart. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading more by Liz Curtis Higgs.
  WVBC | Aug 12, 2015 |
Quick and easy read; good for fans of historical romance and those who love Christmas stories. ( )
  SherylHendrix | Jan 26, 2015 |
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Christmas...
the season for kindling, not merely
the fire of hospitality in the hall,
but the genial flame of charity
in the heart.

Washington Irving
Christmas is here:
Winds whistle shrill,
Icy and chill.

William Makepeace Thackeray
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To our daughter, Lilly,

a brilliant artist, a gifted storyteller,
a fine traveling companion,
and an exceptional encourager
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Stirling, Scotland
24 December 1854


In all her twenty-six years, Meg Campbell had never been this cold.
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On a reluctant visit home, an icy reception from her Scottish family sends Meg Campbell fleeing for the train station, determined to spend the holidays alone, but after pouring her heart out to a fellow traveler, she finds the courage to return home.

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