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.
Connect with Anita at: http://anitahigman.com
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 fiancee?
A second chance at love doesn't come often, but their past may keep them apart. Is it too late for Sam and Charlotte?
I had the pleasure of reading Higman's A Winter in Full Bloom and being introduced to her during a live chat on The Book Club Network through the Reader's Only group. Her writing has a "at home with a friend" feel to it. She uniquely weaves life lessons and faith into the personal stories of her characters. I appreciate that her characters aren't all "cookie cutter" Christians, but seem as if they could be your neighbor next door dealing with all sorts of life issues and at times struggling with matters of faith.
I absolutely loved Charlotte! Higman tells her story in such a way that it seems as if you feel what Charlotte's feeling at each juncture in the story. Charlotte's and Sam's back story is woven into the plot with such fluency that does not interrupt present day happenings in the novel. While reading the book, I could almost picture myself sitting at a little table in the Rose Cottage Tearoom "people watching" this cast of characters.
I appreciated Higman sharing the "voice" of each character. While maybe a little predictable, A Marriage in Middlebury is a beautifully told story of mistakes, loss, love, second chances and faith that overcomes any circumstance.
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Thank you Litfuse Publicity for sending a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.