Monday, January 19, 2015
Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman
Lily has just entered a new phase in her life as she sends her only daughter off to college. As a widow she begins the empty nest stage of her life alone. After a confrontation with her mother, she discovers she has a twin sister. Lily takes off to Australia in search of her twin with only a few facts to go on. In Melbourne, Australia, Lily meets Marcus who helps her in her search and has some family secrets of his own.
Through the midst of tangled and dysfunctional family relationships, bitterness and grief, Lily and Marcus work to deal with these issues by confronting them instead of ignoring them. There is so much family dysfunction and hurt it does not seem possible that relationships can be restored. In the end this is a story of hope and reconciliation in the midst of a great deal of pain and wrong choices.
The author's style of writing is engaging and I especially enjoyed the opening chapter describing Lily's fear of flying as she embarks on her journey to Australia. It was a entertaining way to ease into Lily's story. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it as an entertaining and thought provoking work of Christian fiction.
I received this book for free from Moody Publishers for this review.