A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs // Book Review

Age Range: 15 and up 
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012 
Pages: 224
Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Summary (from Goodreads):      

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.

What I Loved: I loved everything about this book! From the characters, to the writing style, to the beautifully described Scottish setting. Yes, I was truly smitten with this Christmas novella! A Wreath of Snow, set in Stirling, Scotland, on Christmas Eve 1894 is the story of Meg, a young independent schoolteacher, who doesn't really want to go home for the holidays to face her brother's ever growing bitterness, and Gordon Shaw, a very handsome newspaper man who hides a burden of a secret in his past. Are you hooked already? I was and still am. The story was incredibly fast-paced and a completely enjoyable read from beginning to end. I was definitely surprised at how the novella's last chapter or so went, but surprised in a very good way, mind you. I loved this historical novella so much so that I actually went out to a used bookstore and bought *all* of Liz Curtis Higgs' other Scottish novels too. Yes, I loved AWOS that much! In fact, AWOS was so incredibly charming that I *will* be keeping my copy of it and will surely pull it out to read by the fireside, hot cocoa in hand, at Christmastime for many years to come. 

What I Didn't Like So Much: There was nothing I didn't like. The only thing I would've wished to have seen done differently is for Meg and Gordon's story to have carried on  a bit longer. But who knows? Maybe Mrs. Higgs will write a continuing story about Meg and Gordon. ;-)

I'm Recommending This Book... 
If you are a lover of all things Scottish, Victorian, Historical Fiction, or just want to read a lighthearted story of redemption and forgiveness at Christmastime then you should give A Wreath of Snow a faithful read. You won't be sorry.

About The Author: Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of thirty books, with more than three million copies in print. Her six Scottish historical novels have won the hearts of readers and reviewers around the globe. Whence Came A Prince received a Christy Award for Best Historical Novel. Here Burns My Candle won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and Mine Is The Night was a New York Times bestseller.

Liz is happily married to Bill Higgs, who serves as director of operation for her speaking and writing office. When she's not traveling to Scotland for research, Liz can be found curled up with a good book in their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse near Louisville.

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255


  1. I also reviewed this book and really enjoyed it. Hope you have a great week!

    I have 4 giveaways going on at my site if you want to pop over. Love making new bloggy pals. :O)


  2. I'm glad you enjoyed AWOS as much as I did! Thanks for stopping by and sharing about your giveaways, Diane! I'm a follower now! ;-)

  3. I really want to read this book. Thanks for sharing your review, friend. Makes me want to go out right now and buy it, so I can dive in (complete with cozy blankets and hot cider of course). ;)

  4. Sarah, this, of course, made me want to read it even more. :) Love this review.


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