Winter in Full Bloom



Title:  Winter in Full Bloom
Author:  Anita Higman
Pages:  304
Year:  2013
Publisher:  River North
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What an interesting as well as enrapturing novel!  Here is tale that will speak to the heart of any who dare to read the contents.  While reading, the whole framework spoke of family, the heart’s longing to be a part of one.  The truth is unfolded about relationships in families that can be both caring, dysfunctional, causing angst one minute and tears the next.  There are choices always within families to love, hate, forgive or not forgive, talk honestly about issues or attempt to hide them.  All in all the story reads just like our real lives.  No one can claim to be beyond being tempted to fall from vows taken.
While some relationship issues are dealt with, everyone knows that not all lives have fairytale endings.  Anita takes the readers to the stark reality of the character, Lily, who believes she knows who to look for and has expectations only to discover something she never foresaw.  The characters in the story, like Lily, make assumptions about what happens in someone else’s life, but what does Lily really learn?  What is, if any, the difference between her heart’s desire and the reality she encounters in Australia?
The author wrote a very heartfelt novel that will endear you to her just for that fact that it mirrors reality.  She doesn’t pretty up every character or situation, but leads her readers to the path where there is a choice.  The choices are vast and unique to the situations her characters encounter, which again is like real people.  Although I am sure some people are referred to as a real “character” with both positive and negative connotations every day, the truth is we are all unique.  We all have family members whom we understand or think we do plus some we just plain don’t.  However, above it all, we have to ask ourselves how our faith in God is expressed in relating to other people.  Sometimes, just like in the novel, it is good or in others not good at all.  Yet, as I read the tale it struck me that I can choose to love and forgive because of how God loves and forgives me.  I believe this is a novel you will want to read and share with others as I know I will!
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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