About the Book
“A wonderful story of redemption and restoration that will warm your heart during the Christmas season—or any time of year!”
—Francine Rivers, best-selling author of Redeeming Love
Christmas Eve 1894
All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.
Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.
When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?
As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.
5 out of 5
One is usually used to a traditional Christian Fiction where a character is being broken bit by bit, in a certain or series of circumstances, having to grow in the process.
But this one’s different.
This is a book with the theme of redemption where God’s gentle words of love and truth presses softly upon the hearts of its characters, and stirs them awake to face their worst fear. This book helped me remember that it is not always that we are broken and repaired gradually over time. Sometimes, our hearts are broken and carry hurt and pain for a long period until the day God meets us right where we are. And with His soft touch and gentle words, He whispers words of truth that set us free and allow us begin the process of healing.
This is Margaret’s and Gordon’s story.
Burdened with pain that arose from guilt, and consumed with anger that spurred from strife, Margaret finds it difficult to get along with two men—her brother and Gordon Shaw—until one Christmas morning in the Church, God’s voice through praying, reading of Scripture and singing of carols, she is reminded of the truth of God’s love, so that she is ready to submit to His healing. I confess that I can relate to that. This story is a beautiful reminder that God never forgets us. And He could use one situation—A Wreath of Snow—to meet us individually at the point of our need.
Gordon Shaw is a man with baggage from the past that he has no idea how to shake off, until God brings him home to face that past and conquer it. I adore how Liz showcased his entire thought-process in his journey to redemption. As the weaknesses and fears of a human being are displayed, so also, we are allowed to see the strength of God that carries us through it all. Gordon’s story is one that reminds me that forgiveness will always start with letting go to God—a wonderful lesson indeed.
Although I felt that towards the end, the start of Margaret’s and Gordon’s relationship seemed hasty, it doesn’t exactly cast away its possibility in reality.
Overall, this book is a delightful read. Aside its theme of redemption and healing, it exposes the rawness of human selfishness, to what depths it could run and to what extent it could go.
After reading this book, I can’t help but agree that a title that presents the situation that opened the doors to God’s blessings that Christmas, is indeed most befitting—A Wreath of Snow.
Liz is indeed a master of craft and structure. You would find this most especially in the way she closes each chapter. She crafted it in such a way that it leaves wide open a door for you to run into the next without much persuasion. Very good indeed.
About the Author
Liz Curtis Higgs is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud (and relieved) parents of two college grads. Visit Liz’s Web site: http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com, or you can learn more about her here.