Thursday, August 15, 2013

Book Review - 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 half way around the world to Melbourne, Australia. Befriended by imprudent Ausie, 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.


Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, 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 with her friends.

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This truly is a book that you will think about long after you put it down. The characters and the story will touch your heart!

The story begins with Lily, who is on a plane to Australia, frightened and yet on a mission. Doing this opens her heart, mind, and emotions to new things and it also ushers in a whole new way of life for her. She meets two people who end up being very important to her and it's really wonderful to see the growth in her and these two people.

I don't want to give away too much of the plot because it's such a wonderful story that you should totally experience for yourself. I really loved the underlying story of what forgiveness does for us and others. The author also explores what happens to children who feel unloved compared to those that do. This really resonated with me and I believe it will you, too, no matter which side you fall on. 

I just dearly loved this book. I loved the different twists and turns it took that were unexpected. I actually cried several times in the book because it really did take hold of me and I felt such a closeness to these people. That, to me, is the sign of a good book - if you become emotionally invested in the story. It was definitely one of those books I didn't want to put down and I highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

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