Friday, December 27, 2013

A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman (Book Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Litfuse Group. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book:

One decision changed both their lives . . . but will love win in the end? Charlotte Rose Hill enjoys a comfortable life serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky, devoted customers. The only thing lacking is someone to share it with. At eighteen she denied Sam Wilder’s marriage proposal after his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. They both moved on . . . or so she thought. When Sam walks back into her life more than a decade later, Charlotte is surprised that her heart still quickens. But is it because of his presence? Or because of the presence of Sam’s new fiancĂ©e? A second chance at love doesn’t happen often, but their past may keep them apart. Is it too late for Sam and Charlotte?

My thoughts:

This was one of those novels that grabbed my attention from the very beginning. Charlotte owns a tea room in the little town in which she grew up- how sweet is that? Right away, I cared about these characters. The whole story of why Charlotte turned down Sam's marriage proposal in their younger days isn't clear, but what is clear is that she did it to protect other people, despite how unhappy she was to do it. Bits and pieces of Sam and Charlotte's story unfold throughout the story, and they just make your heart break for her for what she has gone through. There are of course some intense and awkward moments for Charlotte since Sam is engaged. This of course leads to some conflicting feelings. There are other love stories in the novel too, which lends itself to tying up the ending in a sweet (albeit predictable) ending. Not only were the characters in this story easy to relate to, the story and mini story lines were oozing of romanticism and the quaint little town will have readers daydreaming of taking a trip there to meet all of the locals and have a tea in Charlotte's tea room. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good love story. It won't disappoint.

About the author:

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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