Monday, 9 September 2013

Book Review: Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman

About the Book: 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.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book.  From watching Lily transform and allow her true person to shine through, to enjoying the process of finding her long lost sister, to seeing the differences between the way each twin saw and processed the separation, to observing them rekindling their relationship, this book captured me from page one and didn't let go till the end.

So many deep and difficult subjects were dealt with this in this book, and yet it was not in any way depressing to read.  In fact, mercy, grace, and hope shone through each page.

Looking forward to reading more books by this fantastic author!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

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