In a fiery visit with her estranged mother, lonely widow Lily Winter learns a long-kept secret---she has an identical sister who was adopted when they were born. Without looking back, Lily travels around the globe in search of her other half. Will God redeem her broken relationships---and reunite her family after all this time? 272 pages, softcover from River North.
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Ms. Higman takes us on a journey of life through an empty nester, Lily Winter, who has a heart of gold. Timid Lily, after hearing a secret her cold and distant mother has hidden from her for nearly forty years, travels halfway around the world with just a name and lots of hope. Little did she know her actions would touch much more than just her heart, but would set in motion a series of events that would change her views of her past, her present, and her future as well as those around her.
For years, Lily has walked away from life and was content to live in the shadows, this is her story. This is how she learns to confront the demons of her past - betrayal of the worst kind as well as rejection from her own mother - and move forward and unlock the love in her future.
Being the same age with a daughter on her way to college, I really connected with Lily and felt her pain. Her happiness. Her sorrow at the rejection and distance her mother continually offered. I cheered for her when she blossomed and realized that God does have a purpose for His children - even after your own children have moved on. This is an inspirational book that encourages us to look beyond the bitterness we could so easily adopt and see the beauty of the blessings God has already given us. It teaches us how to forgive the unforgivable, how to love the unloveable, and embrace the beautiful when it's offered to us.
Highly recommend. *I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required they be positive. My thanks to the publisher, River North for this opportunity.*
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Review 2 for Winter in Full Bloom
Date:November 9, 2013
Winter In Full Bloom
BY: Anita Higman
This was my first book by Anita Higman, but not my last. This is a wonderful story, that I read in two days. Lily takes a trip to Australia to look for her twin sister, which she just found out about from her estranged mother. Lily has so many issues in her life to overcome and resolve. She meets Marcus, who helps her look for her sister and helps her take a closer look at her life. They help each other and become more than just friends. As she searches for her long lost twin her character evolves and develops into a more confident women. This story deals with issues including family dynamics, true love, reconciliation, forgiveness, and healing. Anita has a wonderful way of immersing the reader into the lives of the characters. I love the cover and the play on words between the title and her main character. I was given a free copy from River North publishers for my honest review.
Australia is a place my husband would like to explore someday, and after reading this book which begins in Melbourne, I want to go, too! The descriptions of this city and other close-by places in the Down Under are very well done. And I enjoyed learning a little of the Aussie slang for certain words. But, the main attraction of this book is the marvelous story and its unique characters.
The whole story is told in the first person point of view of widow Lily Winters who goes to Melbourne to find her identical twin sister she only recently learned about. What struck me as I leafed through the pages to do this review is how well the author handled the whole story in only Lily's POV, but still made me feel like I knew the other two main characters--the sister, Camille, and Lily's love interest, Marcus Averill--as well as I did Lily. I don't read a lot of first person novels, but would definitely want to read another one by this author. Superb job of writing!
There are also Lily's daughter and Lily's mother and a few other characters. Her mother is so set in her destructive ways, that you know only a miracle can change her, and like many miracles, it is not the way we expect it to happen.
I don't want to give away any of the surprises which bring us to such a satisfying ending, but if you love romance and its happily ever after ending after lots of twists and turns, then I highly recommend this book.
Although it was a gift to review, all opinions are my own.
Lily Winter had been estranged from her mother for ten years, but with her daughter Julie away at college for the first time and with Lily suffering from a severe case of "empty nest" syndrome, she felt the need to try and reconnect with her mother. Little did she know that on that fateful day that she would lose one hope and discover another. When her mother told her she had a twin sister, Camille Daniels, who lived in Australia, Lily knew she had to find her. What she didn't expect to find was love. The day Marcus Averill sat on the bench beside her with her cheeks stuffed full of marshmallows and despair in her heart, was the day Lily's quiet, lonely life changed forever. Marcus was quirky and funny and everything Lily didn't want. But underneath all of the antics, Lily soon discovered a gentle man with with a tortured soul. She found herself falling for Marcus and falling fast. Could they find a love that would weather every storm?
Marcus Averill left Texas to flee his father's hatred. When Marcus' younger sister Ellie was killed in a car accident, his entire life changed. He was bogged down with guilt for falling asleep at the wheel and causing the fatal accident and had given up hope of ever reconciling with his parents. That is, until he met Lily Winter. That fateful day he sat beside her on that bench their lives became interwoven. Marcus helped her find her sister and she helped him find his way, his way back to his family and in the process she stole his heart. They both had their own separate lives they needed to repair, relationships that needed to be nurtured. Could they weather their storms and still maintain their love for each other? Or would making their family priority tear them apart forever?
This book was a firestorm of emotions wrapped up in one neat little package. The moment I opened the cover a whirlwind of emotions was unleashed in me and continued long after the last page was turned. I was quite literally emotionally drained. I have often marveled at a writer's creativity and writing ability. That's why I am a reader, not a writer. The way Anita Higman wove this story left me in awe of both her creativity and her God-Given talent as a writer. This story was absolutely beautiful and I often found the tears flowing unheeded. Winter in Full Bloom was about Love, family reunions and Spiritual awakening. I rejoiced in the transformation of some of the characters and I absolutely fell in love with Marcus just as sure as Lily did. All of the characters endeared themselves to me and I thoroughly enjoy traveling with them on their journey. You, too, will love the journey and I say that with the utmost confidence. If you haven't read Winter in Full Bloom you surely don't know what you're missing!
** I received this book for free from Miss Anita Higman for my honest review**
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Review 5 for Winter in Full Bloom
A Heartwarming REad
Date:October 20, 2013
Anita Higman creates a beautiful story full of hope, healing and new beginnings.
After years of separation Lily Winters decides to visit her mother and receives the shock of a lifetime. In fact the news is so shocking it causes Lily to overcome her fear of flying and travel to far away Australia in search of answers. Upon arriving in Melbourne, Australia Lily forms a friendship that challenges her to move outside of the her comfort zone and really live life to it's fullest. Lily's journey is full of surprises-some wonderful and some not so joyful.
I really enjoyed this story and it's characters. My favorite part of the story is watching the relationship develop between Lily and her newest friend from down under. The author does a beautiful job in this tender story of love and forgiveness. Winter in Full Bloom is inspirational fiction at it's best and I would highly recommend this book.
I received a copy of this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
When I first saw this book, I thought it was a historical novel; however, when I clicked on it, I found out that it was, in fact, a contemporary. Anyway, I shrugged, thought, “why not?” and so requested this title for review.
The book immediately got my attention with the first chapter. Anita Higman’s writing was quirky and relatable, although it was really hard for me to imagine someone spilling their heart out to complete strangers the way Lily did. That just ‘does not compute’ in my mind- I can’t imagine just meeting someone on a plane and then spilling out my heart to them (although I know that does happen!)
This book deals with some heavy issues (most of them family-related) and I wouldn’t recommend it to younger readers for that reason, but also I don’t think it would be as interesting to them, anyway. Winter in Full Bloom still wasn’t quite my cup of tea; it was a lot about relationships, issues with family (especially between mothers & daughters) and then a bit of romance. Sometimes the plot twists seemed a little unlikely, and parts of it, though heartfelt, almost seemed a little sappy. I get I found it too...emotional for me. Although, considering that the main plot didn’t interest me very much, the book still managed to keep me reading, and luckily it wasn’t overly long.
I revived this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review
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!
I really loved this story from beginning to the end. I would rate it a 5 star. Lily the main character has had a very rough life from childhood of not being loved to a cheating husband who died. Lily finds out she has a identical twin who was given away. Lily is on the search for her which takes her to Australia. Lily finds more in Australia then what she was looking for. The story made me laugh and it made me cry. This story is of love and forgiveness. I would recommend this book.
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Review 9 for Winter in Full Bloom
A Faith Walk
Date:September 25, 2013
Winter in Full Bloom by Anita. Higman This book has so many elements of faith, forgiveness, healing and trust. Lilly was God's instrument. A Nicely articulated and such an unpredictable read. Wide imagination with enough counsel to repair deep rooted pain. Well written and well received. One of the quickest books I have read. I am proud to write this honest review and give credit to Bookfun .org for placing this book in my hands. Anita I am now a fan.
Lily and her mother have never gotten along. After a ten year hiatus, Lily returns home to try reconcile with her mother. She's feeling the effects of an empty nest and hopes that she can somehow reconnect. But her mother drops a bomb shell that sends her half way around the world to Australia. Can Lily find who she's looking for and still have a second chance at love?
This book was a mixed bag for me. I'm not a huge fan of overly emotional books and this one was definitely full of drama and emotion. The romantic part of the book was sweet and well done. The plot was a good one. And looking back after reading the story I can honestly say that I enjoyed it and it was a fast read. But quite a few circumstances in the book felt unbelievable and either rushed or forced. It was just a little too unrealistic in places for me. In summary, it was a good book, just not my style. I received this book free of charge from Book Fun in exchange for my honest review.
Lily Winter embarks on a journey to the other side of the world in search of the sister she has never known. An embittered woman, Lily's mother has kept this secret for decades. Lily's only daughter has left for college and her husband is deceased, so Lily takes this time in her life to connect the missing pieces in her past. Panic envelops Lily as her fear of flying overwhelms her, but the flight to Australia is her only hope in finding her twin sister, Camille. Seeking solace in the botanical gardens in Melbourne Lily is introduced to Marcus Averill as he joins her on a park bench and strikes up a conversation. Not interested in making small talk Lily attempts to ignore the stranger, but his amusing and upbeat character wins her over. An American currently living in Melbourne, Marcus knows his way around and offers to assist in Lily's quest to find her twin. Marcus eventually discloses equally painful family circumstances of his own as they spend time together searching for Camille.
Winter in Full Bloom is an unforgettable story of deception, betrayal, abuse, family dysfunction and unforgiving characters who dominate the lives of the main characters in this book. Anita Higman has done a magnificent job of illustrating reality in the heartache of her characters, while developing a plot that is both unpredictable and jolting. A book in the Christian Fiction genre, the author effortlessly weaves the essence and communication with God into the lives of her characters without forcing it on the reader. Non-Christian readers will enjoy this book, and possibly take away a bit of inspiration from their journey through the lives of these characters. Overall, I found Winter in Full Bloom to be a superb example of Christian literary fiction, and highly recommend it. I will undoubtedly read this book again.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for my review.
I have read several books by Anita Higman and loved each one.
Winter in Full Bloom captivated me from the start. It is a story of heartache, separation, humor, romance and forgiveness.
After visiting her mother and learning about a family secret, Lily, the main character, is on her way to Melbourne Australia to find her sister and also finds romance. Anita makes you feel like you are in Melbourne along with the characters.
Love the way the story is written and all of the characters. A great read.
I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
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Review 13 for Winter in Full Bloom
A Great Read
Date:September 12, 2013
Location:Lebanon County, PA
This story captured my attention with the opening scene: Lily on the airplane with a little girl named Jenny trying to talk her out of a panic attack. (I personally know that panic attacks are no fun.) Lily just found out from her mother that she has a twin sister living in Melbourne, Australia and she is on the way to find her. Soon after she arrives, she meets Marcus, who realize she looks like a woman he has seen playing a flute. Now Lily just has to find her and talk her into going home with her. What about her new friendship with Marcus? They both have issues to deal with before trusting someone else. This is a great read! I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
Winter in Full Bloom was such an amazing read. Anita Higman does it again! The story speaks of a woman who seeks reconciliation beyond her comfort zone. In doing so, she not only finds the sister she never knew and the family she always longed for, she also finds new love. I could not put the book down! The storyline keeps the reader engrossed from page one to the very end. I am hoping this is only the first book of this series because I loved the characters so much. Definitely a must read! I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
I found reading Anita Higman's book a delight. Her skill at crafting the novel and portraying the nuances of a character were right on target! It was a delight to read as she skillfully maneuvered through the personalities and circumstances to bring out the multilayered story.
Lily Winter has a strained, at best, relationship with her mother. In fact, it has been years since she has visited her. But she garners her strength and resolve and enters the home of her childhood and broaches her mother's presence. Before she has been there long, the untold history of Lily's early childhood is revealed in that there is a twin sister she doesn't know she has. This daunting information places a desire and burden on Lily to find this twin. This causes her to take to the air on wings - and this is unprecedented for Lily as she has a horror of flying and she must literally fly to the ends of the world - Australia.
Broken families. Hurt people. Relationships in dire need of mending. A mid-life romance that blooms. A sister found and loved. Anita Higman skillfully brings the characters through their own personal issues and helps them and others face their fears and shortcomings. This is a delight to read and I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Higman's skillfully written works.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from a publicist on behalf of the author and publisher to facilitate a review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.
This book is one of the best fiction books I have ever read. Why? I could completely relate to a lot that went on in this book. Wow, my emotions really ran high. I relived parts of my life all over again. Good, not so good, and bad.
There are lives that are broken, full of secrets, and very dysfunctional.
This book offers hope, forgiveness, faith, and redemption.
Winter In Full Bloom is a book that you can’t let go of. I found that as I went about my daily tasks I would look longingly at this book sitting on my sofa, so anxious to get back to Lily’s story. The pages draw you back for more.
I have read other books by this author but this book in my opinion is by far the best. It is worth more than 5 stars.
I have read Anita Higman's books before and I must say that I think this is my favorite one so far. Anita does not disappoint you in her newest book Winter in Full Bloom. I love that the main character's last name is used in the title, and the cover is gorgeous. The story starts off with Lily Winter flying off on a 747 all the while having a panic attack. A young girl named Jenny talks her through the trip getting her to see that everything will be ok. Lily has had several traumatic things happen in her life to start off the story. Her daughter has just left for college, empty next syndrome showing up. And her husband, died from a heart attack just as she was going to confront him. And now, her mother, whom she hadn't seen in forever, decides to drop a bomb on her. How much more can she take? Trust has been an issue in Lily's life since her young years, many new and exciting things are coming into her life now, but will she learn to trust enough to keep them there? I thought all the main and secondary characters were very well developed, and the story line is so easy to read. It's a book you can set down to read and not stop it's so enjoyable. There is lots of excitement through it too, clear to the end. I would recommend this book to any who likes romance and love, with some mystery thrown in too. I received this book from bookfun in exchange for my honest review.
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Review 18 for Winter in Full Bloom
Winter in full bloom
Date:September 5, 2013
Winter in full bloom by anita Higman Book starts out with Lily on a plane traveling when a girl sits next to her Jenny and talks her through the anxiety of flying. She starts to tell her of why she's traveling and the story of her visiting her mother once her husband Richard had died and her daughter had gone off to college. Her mother thinks it's time to tell her of her twin sister-which she knows nothing about. Her sister, Camille Violet and she's Lily Anne. The only head she has is the church she goes to and that doesn't pan out but Marcus, a local meets her in the botanical gardens and they talk and he seems to think he knows her-she does look similar to Lily. They have dinner and talk more in hopes of seeing Camille. Love the gardens and travel as I've never been to Australia. So many new foods, places that would also excite me. When she does find her sister Camille is not very open but things change with their lives and now she's heading back to the state. Love the talk of how similar they really are, I'm amazed at all the small similarities. Because of their bond they have moved Marcus into making some life resolutions. Love banter Lily and Marcus have with book features, names of characters in the children's book that she has a bond to also. Especially loved the bagpipes playing and the Irish poem-it's my favorite one as I have an Irish ancestry. Love Camille's career choice, explains a lot of what's in the book. When they approach their mother to get to the root of the problem they find God has always been missing from their early years. Detailed descriptions, even about making spaghetti sauce and time is short. Love the pact the woman make. Before she can commit to her new relationship she must finish up with the last one and others end their other relationships... I received this book from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
What a delightful book! The adventures of this lonely widow searching for her unknown twin sister and family reconciliation are funny, poignant, and touching. The air flight to Australia was comical and introduced us to Lily and her wry, self-depreciating humor. In spite of her bantering with Marcus and witty observations on the world around her, the reader can’t help feeling protective of her once the relationships with her cold, uncaring mother and unfaithful late husband are revealed. We root for her to find love of family and for Marcus and Camille to find peace with their pasts. The writing is delicious, and the colorful expressions and descriptions are to be savored. The ending is very emotionally satisfying. I received this book through The Book Club Network but the opinions expressed are solely mine.
You know you are reading a good book when you envision it being made into a movie. This was a great story, with a great plot and amazing characters. It was a joy to see Lily blossom, Marcus was wonderful and little Jenny; what amazing wisdom.
I received a free copy of this book courtesy of Bookfun.org for my honest opinion.