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A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,027 ratings  ·  209 reviews
Christmas Eve 1894

All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.

Then an unexpected detour places her in the pat
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by WaterBrook Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Story Locale: Stirling, Scotland in 1894

Recommended to Margaret by: Liz Curtis Higgs

Read from October 08 to 12, 2012

This is a Christmas novella, or short novel from one of my absolute favorite authors Liz Curtis Higgs and if you've followed my reviews for any bit of time, you've probably seen me say before that Liz was my doorway into Chr
Margaret and Gordon were both passengers on a train stuck on the railroad tracks in a blizzard on Christmas Eve in 1894. At first, she does not recognize that he was the man responsible for accidently injuring her brother years ago in Sterling, Scotland. Margaret fights her attraction to Gordon. When they return to Stirling, he wants a chance to apologize to her family and help her brother since Gordon has been living under a burden of guilt for years.

Although it is a bit predictable, this is a
What a lovely little Christmas read. I thoroughly enjoyed the pages of this new to me author. The many little quotes at the beginning of each chapter was an added gem. I could clearly see the train station and the mounds of snow in my minds eye; that's the mark of a good read.
Nancy Narma

“This Story Will Warm the Cockles of Your Heart”

I want to say upfront, I love, love, loved this Victorian Christmas Novella. I admit it was partly due to my deep Scottish roots, but it is also due to the magnificent descriptiveness of the location and its characters. Set in 1894, on a snowy Christmas Eve in Stirling, Scotland, we are introduced to 26 yr. old Edinburgh schoolteacher Margaret (“Meg”) Campbell whose most fervent wish is to have a wonderful Christmas Holiday with her family, complet
Trinity Rose
This is the first book I’ve read written by Liz Curtis Higgs and it is just a marvelous story. A Wreath of Snow is a Christmas story with such love, compassion and forgiveness all wrapped together. Also put in some romance and this book is a winner.
Besides the beautiful story, the cover and title are fantastic. The title A Wreath of Snow has two meanings, of course we know a wreath is a Christmas decoration, but also it is a word of the Scots meaning a bank or drift of snow. So that gives you
Scotland, 1894. On Christmas Eve, Meg Campbell has a poisonous argument with her younger brother Alan, a difficult young man who has grown increasingly bitter over the years since he suffered a debilitating injury. Meg flees the family holiday celebrations to board a train bound for Edinburgh, but heavy snowfall stops the train, and passengers are forced to walk back to Stirling in the dark. She befriends fellow traveller Gordon Shaw, whom she later realizes is the man responsible for her brothe ...more
Gwendolyn Gage
I almost feel ashamed that it's taken me this long to pick up a LCH book, especially now that I have a taste of what I've been missing! Set in Scotland during the Victorian era, this novella is rich in all the things that make a story unforgettable and worth treasuring: strangers meeting on a train, heart-rending struggle and regret, family strife, and lots and lots of snow. Not to mention wonderfully descriptive writing. It was exactly what I've searched for as I turned my attention to Christma ...more
What does Christmas represent? Love for one another. Cheer. Birth of new things. Reconciliation with the old things. Brilliance. Joy and festivities. Our Savior.

A Wreath of Snow embodies all these thoughts as one, wraps the whole in a swatch of elegant paper wrapping, and ties it up with a bow of twine.

Allow yourself the privilege to read the first paragraph and see if you are drawn into the story as much as I immediately delighted in the author's way with words.

"In all her twenty-six years, Meg
The holiday season is normally filled with happiness and joy, but for two people, trouble fills their hearts. Can this Christmas season bring them any peace?

Margaret Campbell is a schoolteacher who came home for Christmas. But this Christmas had been horrible and she just wanted to get home. But the weather was not cooperating, and snow was affecting her train. While on the train, Margaret reconnects with someone from her past - Gordon Shaw. An accident that involved her brother brings painful m
Margaret Campbell has gone home to celebrate Christmas with her family but she has lasted only one day because of her self-absorbed, selfish, injured brother Alan. Margaret has left the home of her parents to catch the train back to Edinburgh and her life has a teacher. The train is stopped by heavy snow and an axle has broken. Everyone on the train must walk back to the station. Margaret has met a stranger on the train and he intrigues her. The stranger, Gordon Shaw is a newspaper writer and a ...more
This book is a wonderful example of why I LOVE Novellas!!! Liz Curtis Higgs is AMAZING!!! A Wreath of Snow is a must read! Liz's way of writing is SO wonderful I couldn't stop! I devoured this Novella in a day and a half because I did not want to stop reading for any length of time! Liz has a way of describing scenes and characters with just enough detail. Some authors drown you in too much detail, but Liz is NOT one of them!!! In the end of the book there is a picture of one of the main landmar ...more
A Wreath of Snow was such a wonderful Christmas story. I couldn't help but feel for all of the characters as you see how much their lives were changed after an accident ten years ago. It seems as though no one involved has moved on as much as one might expect after that much time has passed. When he boarded the train I knew that Gordon, the young drunk man who threw his curling stone and injured a boy on the ice, was torn between leaving and going back to find the family whose lives he felt sure ...more
A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs
Review by Kara Grant

Christmas Eve 1894 Scotland

My Review
I had no idea what this book was about, but I knew I was in for a treat because Liz Curtis Higgs is one of my favorite authors. This is my first Christmas book of the season and since I will not get to experience snowy weather because I live in south Florida, reading about it is the next best thing. Margaret has not been home in two years and just when she finally makes the trip the visit does not go well
Scotland, trains, and winter snow characterize this Victorian Christmas novella by Liz Curtis Higgs. An independent young woman walks out on her family's celebrations, unable to cope anymore with her brother’s bitterness, but mourning the bitter blow her absence will cause to her parents. As filled with regrets for her brother’s childhood injury as anyone else, Meg can’t let it determine the whole course of her life. But will she let it determine the course of her love?

Taking the same train as M
“A Wreath of Snow”- one of my two picks this year for Christmas fluff. Started it early this morning, finished it tonight in just the two short reading stints. It a quick, light read for sitting by a warm fire and enjoying the solitude. I’ve marked 3 stars, but I boost it here to 3 .

I have been to Scotland and have visited Stirling area – that was one of the draws for me. The time period sounded interesting, plus it just seemed like a fun read for Christmas, which is right around the corner. I
I usually avoid so-called inspiration books, not because I find the stories uninteresting, but because too many times, many of the "inspirational" books I've read have been heavy-handed with the preachiness. (Yes, you can tell a good inspirational story without quoting chapter and verse every other page.) That's why at first, I put off reading this book. Finally, however, I decided to just site down and give it a read, and was pleasantly surprised to find a nice story. Nothing great, nothing tha ...more
I'm not religious, so I should say that this probably wasn't the best choice of a book for me, but I love Christmas and the sentiments of the season so I thought that this book might be okay. I guess that it was, but barely. I did care about the characters and wanted to know what would happen, but the writing is interrupted by italicized statements that are perhaps supposed to be the voice of God (or maybe they're phrases from hymns--I don't think that they were bible verses) that I found heavy ...more
Gail Welborn
***Just in time for Christmas, Higg's novella with a perfect Christmas message...***

Bestselling author, Liz Curtis Higgs, treats readers to her fist novella, A Wreath of Snow, in a heartwarming tale of love, forgiveness and reconciliation. The story takes place in 1894 Scotland, (Liz’s favorite setting) on a cold and snowy Christmas Eve.

There readers meet handsome newspaper man Gordon Shaw and pretty young schoolteacher Margaret Campbell. One weighed down with remorse and shame, the other estra
The Lit Bitch
2.5 stars.

I have been trying to get my hands on a copy for some time, I figured it would be right up my alley…..all things Victorian, some romance, the Highlands, and of course Christmas. Perhaps I built this book up too much in my mind….I felt slightly let down by it.

Over all I felt that the story focused too much on the Christian message and less on the story. While this might be an enjoyable read for some, it wasn’t my cup of tea. If you like a light hearted, predictable, fluffy Christmas sto
Jun 01, 2014 Louann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys a great love story.
I love this story. It was beautifully written and the author, Liz Curtis Higgs, draws you into the story and makes you feel like you are a part of it.

Its my understanding there is a sequel down the line ... and I can't wait to catch up with everyone!
Nadine Keels
I have loved thee with an everlasting love...

Coming home for Christmas is such a common theme, but the little twist of leaving home for Christmas is what gives Meg Campbell the chance to meet Gordon Shaw. Perhaps this chance meeting can lead to a reconciliation after the tragic pain Gordon once caused Meg's family--the family she's leaving. Or trying to leave, at least.

A Wreath of Snow by author Liz Curtis Higgs tells a fairly quick but unrushed story of love, resentment, and forgiveness, wrappe
Un très beau conte de Noël de Liz Curtis Higgs. Elle a encore réussi à me charmer.
Margaret Campbell est revenue dans sa famille pour passer Noël mais ça ne s'est pas passé comme elle le souhaitait. Voulant fuir une nuit de Noël pénible, elle se précipite vers le train pour retourner chez elle dans la tranquillité.

Gordon Shaw est revenu dans sa ville natale pour affaire mais il désire repartir au plus vite et éviter de se faire reconnaître. Il ne se sent pas le bienvenu car il y a plusieurs ann
2.5 stars. More inspirational fiction! This is a very quiet, very cold, very serious little book that mentions the Almighty on almost every page. Unlike Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball that I recently read, all the religious talk worked in this book. I did enjoy the beginning the best with the cold, snowy train stuff.
This was a perfect holiday read and definatley my favorite for the 2012 Christmas Season. A story of love and forgiveness. The writing is spectacular. A heartwarming read that as the snow is falling outside will keep you warm inside. The images and scents in this novella were breathtaking. Talk of teas, snow, love, trains, this book will leave you all aglow. This is one I will return to year after year.
what a beautiful bookcover, the setting was done so well I felt drawn into the era the train the family etc. pity belongs to those who deceive others. what a great example of what self-pity can bring a person to, and how blessed we are to not be in such a state. but more than that to be above it provide forgiveness which also provides healing. I love books that are penned in historical language but not so far into that I can't keep up. just enough that searching a definition teaches me something ...more
This was a very good Christmas novella by Liz Curtis Higgs. I like her writing and wasn't disappointed in this one. Her characters were interesting, realistic and full of their own problems. Felt the hope that permeated the story and loved the fact that the Christmas season was full of second chances.
Oct 25, 2012 Mariah added it
I am a huge fan of Liz Curtis Higgs, but this book was sadly disappointing. I had much higher expectations from Liz. The message conveyed by the book was forgiveness, but the story was weak. I definitely don't recommend this book. It's a quick read, but I didn't enjoy it at all. :(
Sarah Sundin
Scotland, Christmas, and Liz Curtis Higgs - you just can't go wrong! A sweet romance, but the story also delves deep into what forgiveness means.
Kim Visconti
Absolutely fabulous . I could not put this book down. Loved It
In Scotland during the Victorian era, a “wreath” meant not just a circular decoration for your front door, but a drift, like a snowdrift. In A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Liz Curtis Higgs, a wreath, or giant snowdrift, has not only stopped but also damaged the train leaving the small town of Stirling. An invisible wreath of mistakes, pain, and deception has halted and damaged the lives of two of its passengers.

One of them, Meg Campbell, had fled from home in a hurry after an
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