by Anita Higman
I was provided a copy of this lovely book by TBCN and author Anita Higman in exchange for my fair and honest review. And I have to be honest I wanted to review this book just from the cover. A beautiful winter scene with a garden in bloom - who could resist such a scene? Well, not I!
And the story is equally delightful and at the same time also heartbreaking. Two families divided and a chance to reunite unless the hurts of the past continue to keep them apart. Having read Anita's Where God Finds You I was anticipating a book that would capture my imagination and hold it and I was not disappointed in Winter in Full Bloom.
Lily Winter is a woman who grows on her journey to find the sister she never knew she had and along the way she discovers something she had lost a sense of her own worth. Her determination to find Camille is just the answer Camille has been looking for and together these two sisters - these twins, will find the healing and belonging that they have desired and just may be what their bitter mother needs.
There is a secondary story which is vital to explaining Lily's state of mind when the story begins. And Lily's friendship with Marcus Averill (the Aussie who helps her search for Camille) is a means of bringing healing to a hurting person and perhaps his own family.
I totally loved this book and am really hoping for a sequel dealing with Camille!
About Winter in Full Bloom:
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 halfway around the world to Melbourne, Australia. Befriended by imprudent Aussie, 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.
ANITA HIGMAN Bestselling and award-winning author, 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.