A Marriage in Middlebury
11.08.13 | | Comments
A novel by Anita Higman
Life changes when you don’t expect it
Charlotte has rebuilt her life in the years after her broken heart. She forgave Sam’s father, who had manipulated her into breaking things off with Sam 20 years earlier. She has her own tea shop, where she excels at mixing teas, formulating delicious recipes and loving on her customers. So she’s not expecting the door to open one day and admit Sam…and his lovely fiancée. And she’s really not expecting the summons to visit his dying father.
The reader slips into Middlebury as if they visited there just yesterday and already know the people. And maybe they do…many people do know a lonely child, a slightly curmudgeonly old man, a friendly pastor…and more. That familiarity allows you to comfortably experience life with these people, to laugh at the idiosyncrasies of Charlotte’s customers and be shocked by the actions and words of a bitter old man. We learn to love Sam and Audrey, although at first human nature wants to paint them as enemies of Charlotte. Everything ties up nearly in the end, but the road there is full of surprises.
I enjoy the writing style of Anita Higman, and felt as though I’d made new friends or reunited with old ones. The theme of forgiveness that permeates the store is well-portrayed, without a rosy glow implying that it’s easy. And if the wrap-up at the end of the book was a bit trite and tidy, well, we wanted to know, and putting a bow on the package didn’t take away from the story within the covers of this book at all!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.