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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400072174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400072170
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for A Wreath of Snow
 
“I loved it. A Wreath of Snow is a wonderful story of redemption and restoration that will warm your heart during the Christmas season—or any time of year!”
—Francine Rivers, author of Redeeming Love

“When A Wreath of Snow arrived at my doorstep, I settled down to read just a few lines and instead devoured it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys heart-tugging stories of forgiveness and grace.”
—Tracie Peterson, author of the Land of the Lone Star series

“A delightful Christmas jaunt through bonny Scotland in the Victorian era—complete with snow! I was drawn in by compelling characters who struggle to find love, joy, and belonging, only to discover the real meaning of Christmas. A heartwarming story!”
—Melody Carlson, author of Christmas at Harrington’s

A Wreath of Snow charms from first page to last, and Gordon and Meg will capture your heart. The story might even make you long for snow. Don’t miss this delightful novella. It’s a keeper!”
—Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Betrayal

“Journey to a time and place where hearth, home, and honesty are the gifts beneath the candlelit Christmas tree. You’ll find yourself lingering in the glow of this winsome tale that brims with comfort and joy.”
—Robin Jones Gunn, author of Finding Father Christmas

“I look for a richly textured story that draws me in and lets me become a part of its world. Liz Curtis Higgs has once again provided that kind of beautifully written and thoroughly involving story. A Wreath of Snow glows with warmth, charm, and grace. A wonderful read.”
—BJ Hoff, author of The Riverhaven Years series

“Like a perfect afternoon tea, A Wreath of Snow is sure to comfort, delight, and surprise. It offers the savory rewards of repentance tendered and forgiveness received, the liquid warmth of family affections, and a perfectly delicate setting in Victorian Scotland. A charming Christmas read.”
—Sandra Byrd, author of To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn

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 operations 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, Kentucky.

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Imagine a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book: that's The Women of Christmas. the latest release from Liz Curtis Higgs. Verse by verse, Liz unpacks the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.

Liz admits, "My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!"

In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books and videos, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous--and intriguing--women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God's grace anew.

And, in The Girl's Still Got It, Liz offers a twenty-first century take on the book of Ruth, dishing out meat and milk, substance and style, in a highly readable, always entertaining, and deeply personal journey.

Liz's award-winning historical novels, which transport the stories of Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Ruth, and Naomi to eighteenth-century Scotland, also invite readers to view these familiar biblical characters in a new light.

According to Publishers Weekly, "Higgs is a stickler for period authenticity." To that end, Liz has traveled sixteen times to Scotland, the setting for her novels, and has filled her shelves with nearly one thousand resource books about Scottish history and culture.

Also a gifted professional speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and fourteen foreign countries. When the National Speakers Association honored her with the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, Liz became one of only 35 women in the world named to their CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame.

On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud (and relieved) parents of two college grads.

"I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I'm not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research--the more books, the merrier. I'm a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land."

Visit Liz's Web site: http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com

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The characters were very well developed, of course.
Lukewarm Tea
For being a short novella, I felt that the characters were very well developed and that there was a lot of substance to the story line.
LittleSproutGrowing
This story was definitely reflective of God's love, forgiveness and redemption of His people.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kari R on October 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am never diappointed in reading Liz Curtis Higgs! This story starts on Christms Eve and you can just about feel the cold wind,see the snow flakes, and feel the burdens of Meg and Gordon the main characters. As you read this wonderful story of forgiveness, relationships and the emotional ups and downs of family; you begin to warm up and feel the pricks of God working on your own heart as you relate to the characters. Another heartfelt book by a great author and a fabulous gift for anyone, especially yourself! My only complaint: it had a last page! I pray that a sequel could be created?!?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan Snodgrass on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Meg Campbell and Gordon Shaw are on the same train to Edinburgh,Scotland without realizing they knew each other long ago. Both have heartaches that weigh them down considerably. Will they allow God's grace to soothe those aches or will they hang onto the hurts and keep their pride?
Liz Curtis Higgs never, ever disappoints with her books, be they non fiction or fiction. You'll miss out if you do not get this wonderfully warm and inspirational book this Christmas.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bishop's review on October 6, 2012
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I pre-ordered Liz's latest gem, A Wreath of Snow. When it arrived, I cuddled down and read it straight through. Multiple layers of lessons were woven through a tender love story. Redemption and forgiveness ring throughout and the result of a bitter heart is exposed. Thank you for a special read. I had firmly decided to save it until Christmas but simply could not. It will receive a a second read then! Writing is surely a labor of love for Liz!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My wife said, "You must read this." I'm so glad she twisted my arm.
The two main characters, meeting on a train destined for an accident, were embraceable Christian people who felt the failure of forgiveness, both on the offering and the receiving ends. That worked well, and then a confrontation at Christmas was followed by what appeared to be a duel unrequited love segment. That seemed a stretch to me, a guy, so my book rating began to drop. Fortunately my reading did not end. The books ending more than qualified this novella for 5 stars. A lot of layers packed into a novella.

The reading took me 2 ˝ to 3 hours including snacks. The ending I'll not begin sharing to make sure I don't get carried away and write a spoiler.
For those who like Christmas, romance, Victorian, Scottish, historical, and/or trains, something there includes about everyone, this is a very good holiday read. Not the Christmas Biblical story, but instead one based on family, forgiveness, and second chances.

Ours was a library copy, but now my wife wants to buy it for future rereading.
The warmth of the story will be your reward for reading.
A kiss to my wife was her reward for directing me toward Liz Curtis Higgs book, "A Wreath of Snow."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mikeylynn on October 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs got my attention with its cover. It's a perfectly beautiful book cover and I simply couldn't resist. This story is a Victorian Novella and a rather short read. The setting is Christmas time in 1894 Stirling Scotland. Meg Campbell and the entire Campbell family have a disagreement on Christmas Eve which leads to Meg leaving her family on Christmas Eve and taking the train home. When the train is delayed, fellow passenger, Gordon Shaw, makes his presence known to Meg. When the unexpected happens Gordon and Meg conversation leads to the past and surprising realities that both had wanted to forget.

I love the train setting and Victorian atmosphere in this story. The character of Meg Campbell is charming and I wish I could read more about her story. There is a story about forgiveness when Meg and her family have to learn how to forgive, even when the past has made the present so painful at times. I like this aspect to the story because it isn't always easy to forgive and it's even more difficult to forgive yourself after carrying a burden.

Another thing I love that Higgs did with this book is by putting sayings at the beginning of each chapter that would relate to that chapters happenings. Here are two of my favorites (I love quotes and sayings that are worth repeating):

"A hero is a an who does what he can do." Romain Rolland

"No one knows the weight of another's burden." George Herbert

There was a disappointment with this story and that is the romance between the two obvious characters. Now I understand that this is a shorter story but there is no development of a relationship or romance hardly at all. One minute the couple are meeting and the next they want to be together forever?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By madame queen on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just finished your newest book....and as usual I was unable to put it down. Read the whole book in one sitting...You are truly a Gifted writer...I LOVE your books (I think I may have read them ALL)...I anxiously await your NEXT masterpiece. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia on October 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading other books by this author, I was disappointed in this particular book. It was a very easy read; however I felt it was lacking in content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blizzy on August 19, 2013
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It was a short book so in the amount of time it took me to read the story it kept me somewhat interested. Unfortunately it's an easily forgettable book with rather shallow characters.
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