A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman presents me with a quandry. It is written beautifully. Some of the phrasing and descriptions carry you away. But a lot of the dialog snaps you right back to reality. Kind of. I enjoyed the book, when I was reading everything but the dialog between characters. It just wasn’t believable to me to be coming from modern day characters. If A Marriage in Middlebury had been a Regency romance, then it would have been perfect from start to finish. But the fact it is modern day, well, to me the dialog detracted from the beautiful word tapestry that Anita Higman has woven.
One decision changed both their lives . . . but will love win in the end? Charlotte Rose Hill enjoys a comfortable life serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky, devoted customers. The only thing lacking is someone to share it with. At eighteen she denied Sam Wilder’s marriage proposal after his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. They both moved on . . . or so she thought. When Sam walks back into her life more than a decade later, Charlotte is surprised that her heart still quickens. But is it because of his presence? Or because of the presence of Sam’s new fiancée? A second chance at love doesn’t happen often, but their past may keep them apart. Is it too late for Sam and Charlotte?
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Meet 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.
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Dad: So I did this, but I don’t know what they did…….(keeps talking)
Mom: Speak up, I can’t hear you.
Dad: I wasn’t saying nothing.
Mom: I thought I heard you talking, just couldn’t understand you.
Dad: I wasn’t saying anything.
Just another typical day in the neighborhood.
One Imperfect Christmas
By Myra Johnson
Only Love Makes a Christmas Perfect.
Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year,
her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself
for not being there when it happened. Worse, she’s allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive
a wedge between her and everyone she loves—most of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is
on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and she’s one Christmas away from hitting rock bottom.
Junior-high basketball coach Daniel Pearce is at his wit’s end. Nothing he’s done has been
able to break through the wall Natalie has erected between them. And their daughter Lissa’s
adolescent rebellion isn’t helping matters. As Daniel’s hope reaches its lowest ebb, he wonders if
this Christmas will spell the end of his marriage and the loss of everything he holds dear.
The Christmas Star
By Ace Collins
Can the broken heart of a child be healed by an unexpected Christmas letter?Robert Reed gave
his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his
widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. At Christmas, the final
decoration Marge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of
honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.
Yet a message delivered by one of Robert’s fellow soldiers and a mystery letter found in a Bible
put a father’s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star
hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least
expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.
The Christmas Quilt
By Vannetta Chapman
Babies have their own schedule. But so does God.
Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband,
Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda,
the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam.
Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie
is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should
have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital
when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater
significance than she ever imagined.
I have been blessed enough to receive this book from Tricia Goyer and her publicists. Over the years of reviewing, I have read a lot of books, the majority of them have touched me in some way, but none as much as The One Year Book of Amish Peace. I look forward to finishing the book over the next year as I am limiting myself to one devotion a day. I have learned some cool stuff about the Amish, and about myself in the month I have been reading this book. I highly recommend it, takes 10 minutes a day to read and follow up with the scripture, but the rest of the day, the thoughts are with you, meditating and applying it. A perfect combination!