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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Winter In Full Bloom by Anita Higman (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

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Winter in Full Bloom Anita Higman

Book Review

Winter In Full Bloom by Anita Higman
Publisher: River North
Publication Date: July 15, 2013
Format: Paperback - 304 pages / Kindle - 2759 KB 
ISBN: 0802405800
Genre: Christian Fiction / Romance 

BUY THE BOOK: Winter In Full Bloom

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Litfuse Publicity.

Book Description:

Lily Winter’s wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily’s lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her-a woman who also happens to be her mother. During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she’d been hiding for decades-Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were just babies.

Without looking back, Lily-with her fear of flying-boards a jumbo jet and embarks on a quest to find her sister which leads half way around the world to Melbourne, Australia. Befriended by imprudent Ausie, he might prove to be the key to finding her sister. But her journey becomes a circle that leads her back home to attempt a family reunion and to find the one dream she no longer imagined possible-the chance to fall in love again.

Book Excerpt:

“I promise they’ll be no hint of those dastardly words fiancĂ©e or wedding.” He let me go. “At least not yet anyway.”

I chuckled. “Okay.”

“Unless, of course, you bring it up and you force the nuptial issue.” He went back to his work at the counter. “Then I might have to reconsider.”

“No. There’ll be no arm twisting from me.”

“Believe me, you wouldn’t have to twist my arm at this point. My theory is . . . it might only take a kiss.”

I shook my head at him, but a grin was not far behind. It grieved me that my sister had waited too long for a man to propose to her, and yet it felt like Marcus wanted to pop the question way too soon. Why did things have to be so complicated? So backward?

“Mmm. It might only take a kiss. That has a starry-eyed sound to it . . . like a line a writer might use.”

“Owww.” Marcus winced. “Ouch.”

I grinned. “I’m not the only one around here who can tease.”

He dropped his work again and strolled over to me. “Maybe it’s more than a line. Maybe it’s a romantic theory worthy of further study.” He lowered his gaze to my lips.

One hand pushed him away while another pulled him to me. “Sounds delicious, but we’re never going to get supper done at this rate.”

He locked his eyes on me. “There’s more to sustenance than mere food, woman.”

“I forgot to ask you what you thought of my mother.”

He tilted his head at me. “I think she has issues that can be resolved, but this isn’t the best time to chat about your mother.” “I agree.”


The embrace took a more meaningful turn then, and even though the sauce was spattering all over the stove, and the pasta pan was nearly boiling dry, we hovered toward each other.

Marcus whispered in my ear, “I think I’d like to test this theory of mine . . . that it might only take one good kiss to summon a proposal.”

“Well, I can’t guarantee anything,” I whispered back, “but I’d certainly hate to be a hindrance to your research.”

My Book Review:

Winter In Full Bloom is a wonderful story that delves into the intricate facets of family relationships: from long held secrets to strained relationships, Lily Winter embarks on a journey to find a way to mend the family bonds with love, forgiveness, acceptance, faith, hope and redemption.

Written in the first person narrative and set between Houston, Texas and Melbourne, Australia, author Anita Higman weaves an inspirational tale that captivates the reader's attention from the start as they follow Lily's journey in search of Camille, her identical twin sister that she never knew due to her estranged mother's deception and long held secret. Traveling halfway around the world, little does Lily know that her search will change the way she views her life, she confronts the demons in her past,  and learns to accept the present, with a chance to move forward and open herself to love once again.

I loved this story, from the conversational style of the first person narrative, to the vivid descriptive settings of Houston and Melbourne, to the memorable cast of characters, Lily's story unfolds before the reader in a way that transports the reader into the story as if you were sitting right next to Lily. It is an emotional, heartwarming and inspirational story that tugs at the heartstrings. It provides the reader with hope and faith that family bonds and romantic relationships can weather the best and worse of life's challenges. Lily's journey of self discovery comes full circle with amazing grace: that what was once lost can be found.

Winter In Full Bloom is a wonderful story of love, faith, hope, trust, forgiveness, healing, and redemption. The author provides the reader with a gentle reminder of the Christian message that God does have a plan for everyone's life.


About The Author

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Winter In Full Bloom by Anita Higman ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Litfuse Publicity

Virtual Book Tour Chat & Contest Giveaway

Anita Higman’s Winter In Full Bloom Kindle Fire Giveaway and Facebook Party on 8/29!

Anita Higman's latest novel, Winter in Full Bloom, has just been released. She's teamed up with her publisher, River North Fiction, for a fun giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party on August 29th.

  One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD
  • Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 28th.Winner will be announced August 29th at the Winter in Full Bloom Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Anita will be hosting a book chat, talking about family, announcing the winner of the Kindle Fire, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at her next book.

So grab your copy of Winter in Full Bloom and join Anita on the evening of August 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


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