Tuesday, August 20, 2013

*Winter in Full Bloom*

Winter in Full Bloom

This tale of family life and moving forward beyond a shattered past was written from the heart, and that is where it will reach readers...right in their hearts.

Freshly widowed and newly empty nesting, Lily Winters never imagined 
that she would learn a life altering secret that her mother had hidden all these years. 
The truth comes out: Lily was not an only child...she had an identical twin sister, given up as a baby, and that sister just contacted their mother.
Lilly knows she must meet this woman, and the only clue that she has to find this lost sister is that the woman looks just like her, and is living in Australia.
So Lily sets out on a journey, to find the other half of her family... And Lily is tested and challenged and given the chance to grow in so many ways as she reaches out to this sister she never knew she had, and then to the mother they were ever allowed to be close to.
Winter in Full Bloom captures the imagination right away...because who hasn't dreamed and about finding a long-lost twin sister, or imagined how dreary life would be without the beloved sister they have? I don't have a clue what I would do without my sidekick... I mean, if I were Parker Williams, she'd be Wilson Sweet: we're just better together!
(A cupcake for you if you got that In The Heat of The Night metaphor!)

   As I read, I was fascinated by Lily's search for her identical twin, a person who "fit" in her life even though she hadn't been with her for 39 years.
So... As Lily reunites with her twin, will she be able to allow a new love into her life...and possibly even more difficult, will she be able to keep extending the hand of love to her mother, whose unloving spirit has caused a gulf between them? Good question. The story has the answer.

   Thank you Anita Higman and Litfuse for sending me Winter in Full Bloom.

image: anita headshotBest-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.
(Full Bio) CBA best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several co-authored) for adults and children, and she has four books coming out in 2013. She won a 2011 RWA Readers Choice Award (first place) and has been honored in the past as a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston. Her latest coauthored book,Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe, was on the Nielsen’s best-seller list for five weeks for religious adult fiction and #6 on the CBA best-seller list for fiction (January, 2011). Anita’s novella in the compilation, Once Upon a Christmas Eve, was given a four-star review in Romantic Times Magazine.
Some of Ms. Higman’s publishers are Guideposts/Summerside Press, Moody, Barbour Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Lillenas Drama, Abingdon Press, Standard Publishing, Bethany House, and Simon & Schuster/Howard Publishing.
A few of Anita’s books are Love Finds You in Humble TexasAnother Stab at LifeThe Celestial HelixThe Love Song(co-authored), Pokeweed and Mrs. GaspWho Will I be For the Rest of My Life? (co-authored), and Big Book of Holidays and Holy Days. She also has contributions in twelve nonfiction compilations.
One of Ms. Higman’s co-authored books entitled, A Tribute to Early Texas, has a foreword by Elmer Kelton and has won a San Antonio Conservation Society Citation as well as a Westerners International Book Award. She was named a Favorite New Author in the 15th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards, and in the 16th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards her co-authored novel, Castles in the Air, was one of the winners in the Favorite Contemporary Romance category. Also Anita contributed to an animation script that won a Gold Remi Award.
Her novel, Love Finds You in Humble Texas, was chosen by Crossings Book Club and is now available in hardback and large print editions. Anita and the novel, Love Finds You in Humble Texas were featured on The Harvest Show, a Christian program with eight million regular viewers.
Ms. Higman has won two awards for her contribution to literacy and has raised thousands of dollars for literacy with her book, I Can Be Anything, while serving on the board of directors of Literacy Advance of Houston.
Anita Higman has written for radio, ezine, and advertising. She also cohosts a monthly blogtalkradio show at www.InFaithNetwork.com which is a part of Reader’s Entertainment Radio and reaches an audience of 80,000. She has a BA degree combining speech communication, psychology, and art from Southern Nazarene University, and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers as well as The Writer’s View.

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