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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Monday, August 19, 2013

Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman- A Lavishly Beautiful Journey

My Thoughts:

Winter in Full Bloom is one woman's journey to find her place in the world, recover what was lost and possibly learn to love again.  You see, Lily Winter has just discovered that she has a twin sister and she's determined to find her no matter what it takes.  Boarding a plane to Australia Lily's story begins- in more ways than one.  At the end of her journey Lily's life will never be the same again.

Winter in Full Bloom is such a clever title!  This reader simply assumed that the book takes place in winter, but don't be fooled by the cover.:)  Lily Winter is an endearing character and I thoroughly enjoyed watching her metamorphosis in this book.  The cold relationship (if you can call it that) Lily shares with her mother is debilitating and Lily suffers greatly from the lack of love.  At the age of 39, Lily's life is transformed due to a tremendous leap of faith, the joy upon finding her sister and the help of a handsome stranger.

Winter in Full Bloom is truly beautiful.  This is why I loved it.

#1- Lily Winter can be anyone.  She could even be you.  Her insecurities hold her back but in the end they empower her.  She's real and beautifully flawed.  
#2- The relationship between Lily and Marcus.  Swoonlicious.  He's a Knight in Shining Armor with a wounded heart and she's a Damsel in Distress.:)
#3- Much of the book takes place in Australia.
#4- Lily's Mom, Iris Gray.  The woman is cold and hard- and makes an excellent villain.  What is her story??
#5- Dragan- Yes, that's HER name.  Iris Gray's hired friend.  Have you ever heard of such a thing? She's a character like none I've ever encountered.
#6- The story is one of hope.  No matter where we are in our lives we must have the possibility of hope for the future. 

About 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.

Meet Anita: 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.

Connect with Anita at: www.anitahigman.com 

Anita Higman's latest novel, Winter in Full Bloom, has just released. She's teamed up with her publisher, River North Fiction, for a fun giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party on August 29th.


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HD

  • Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman

  • Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 28th.Winner will be announced August 29th at the Winter in Full Bloom Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Anita will be hosting a book chat, talking about family, announcing the winner of the Kindle Fire, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at her next book.

    So grab your copy of Winter in Full Bloom and join Anita on the evening of August 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


    *I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse Publications in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

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