Friday, November 23, 2012

Book Report: A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

Free Give-Away:  Continental US only, an entry for each question comment, winner to be announced Wed, November 28th, 2012.
A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs is a perfect novella to spark your Christmas spirit. You won't need black Friday for that. From its plaid covered spine to the wintry scene on the cover, you'll be drawn into this heartwarming tale of Scottish comfort in the form of this Victorian Christmas story of forgiveness.


Setting: 
Though much of the story is set on the train and in Margaret Campbell's home town of Stirling, Scotland, Christmas Eve 1894 finds her moving against the tide of holiday travelers heading back  home to join their families in celebration. Alone and disappointed, she's on her way back to her townhouse in Edinburgh when a perfect snow storm sets the stage for a divine appointment.

Plot & Character:
All Margaret wants is to return to Edinburgh where her life is simple and uncomplicated--yet singularly lonesome. When her trip to Stirling ends prematurely with painful memories of her role in her family's less than perfect past, she boards a train heading into the heart of a winter snow storm and crosses her paths with the most unlikely key to forgiveness. Handsome and kind, Gordon Shaw attracts her attention and her heart until this Glasgow newspaperman's true identity is revealed. Will their common past unite them or serve to drive apart those she loves the most?

Themes:
The holidays are often "the best of times & the worst of times" for families. The idea of returning home stirs many different things in the hearts of different people. Some refuse to return home in order to avoid family conflict that overshadows the celebration--the idea of being alone for the holidays might seem easier than facing old hurts. This tale is for anyone who feels the sting of the unhealed past when your holiday travels take you back to revisit old wounds and disappoint your ideal holiday hopes.

Romance:
--Believable & Lovely
--Sweet & Inspiring

Questions: 
Do you shop Black Friday?
From home on the internet, or the real deal?
Are you a happy-shop-early type, or a stressed-out-last-minute shopper?


Click here to purchase your Black Friday copy on Amazon.com A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs


Author: 
Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of thirty books—fiction, nonfiction, and children's—with more than three million copies in print. Her six Scottish historical novels have won the hearts of readers and reviewers around the globe. Whence Came a Prince received a Christy Award for Best Historical Novel. Here Burns My Candle won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and Mine Is the Night was a New York Times bestseller.


Discover more about Liz’s fiction: Website: http://www.MyScottishHeart.com
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/MyScottishHeart
Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MyScottishHeart Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lizcurtishiggs/a-victorian-visit-to-stirling-scotland/

21 comments:

  1. Definitely last-minute shopping though I try not to stress.
    Thanks for the review. I didn't realize she had another coming out.

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  2. It's a nice 1-2 day read over the weekend or holidays. I try to stress too Jessica. But I find the early shoppers tend not to be as rude to be around as I shop. But I'm a shop from home or local shopper as much as possible.

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  3. I just got back from shopping a few hours ago. :) I've been Black Friday shopping for about 10 years and love feeling like I'm getting a bargain. I did both online and in-store shopping this year.

    And I'm a planner for sure!!

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  4. You go Lindsay! Sounds like you shopped until you dropped!

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  5. I never seem to be organized ernough to shop early. Also I buy too much for myself if I shop on Black Friday. And I really don't usually need anything.

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    1. Congratulations Naomi---you've won the drawing! I'll need your email address to get your snail mail. You can email me at my link above. Then Liz will have a copy mailed to you! Enjoy!! :)

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  6. Yes Naomi, I did manage to get a good deal on my favorite PJ's for 30% online last night before midnight--but felt I should have been shopping for those on my list!

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  7. I am not a black Friday shopper. I cringe at that many people in one place fighting for a box of something that isn't worth the time spent waiting for it. :)

    When I shop for Christmas presents, which I don't usually do, leaving the task to my husband, I do it online or when few others are likely to be visiting the store. :)

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  8. I did a little Black Friday shopping and picked up some great stocking stuffers for my kiddos. I try to do a little shopping at the big stores, my small downtown stores and a little online. Liz's book looks amazing!!

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  9. Hi Ginger and Gabrielle!
    I avoid big stores as much as possible. We have some really great down town shops in the nearby towns. It's great to support local business--especially local owned book stores!
    I LOVE the cover of Liz's book!

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  10. I prefer to shop early and avoid crowds, and preferably shop small local businesses. I begin shopping any time throughout the year that I see something I know someone would enjoy. Thank you for offering this giveaway!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  11. Sounds organized Nancee! Seems like when I think of something great really early in the season, I forget what it was until way after Christmas. I suppose it would be good to keep a better list of ideas!

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  12. I also reviewed this book and really loved it. My 80 year old aunt enjoyed it too. (Don't put me in for the drawing.)

    Hope you had a great holiday!
    Diane

    www.dianeestrella.com

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  13. My mom just took it for a great read this week too Diane! I had a wonderful holiday. My daughter was home from college!

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  14. I do a bit of both. Usually, I try to carve out some hours to write at Panera, too. This year my oldest two kids wanted to go shopping, so hit Michael's, Kohl's and Target with them. Then did a tiny bit of online. I usually have 90% of my non-immediate family shopping done by Thanksgiving. Makes Christmas much less stressful!

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  15. Good for you Cara! I'm impressed. I only have about 1/4 of mine done. I didn't hit one store on Black Friday! :)

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  16. I don't usually go shopping on Black Friday, or ever really. If I do, it's in the evening.

    Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful looking Christmas story!!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  17. Marissa, I'd rather shop for books than anything else, wouldn't you!? If you win, you will love this little delightful read!

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  18. Most of the time I avoid Black Friday but this year I braved the crowds. I shop the internet and the stores hoping to finish early... maybe this year I'll do it! I'd love to be entered for A Wreath of Snow.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  19. Hi Merry! Well, you still have room on your list for A Wreath of Snow!!

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