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A Wreath of Snow

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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 p
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by WaterBrook (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sarah Grace
Wow, that was . . . actually pretty good! RTC
A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs
Time-frame: December 1894
Location: Stirling, Scotland
Main Characters:
Margaret Campbell: Edinburgh teacher
Gordon Shaw: Newspaperman with tremendous guilt over an accident 12 years before
Alan Campbell: Margaret's brother, injured when he was 10

Twelve years ago a seventeen year old was the cause a terrible accident. It left Margaret's brother, Alan, paralyzed. Alan's temperament has worsened over the years and now Margaret find's him unbearable. Visiting her fami
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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
If a book hasn't caught my attention by the end of the first chapter then I reckon it's not worth the effort to continue. This one was not only boring, it was also not well written, so... another one bites the dust.
Sam B
Merveilleuse et courte histoire de Noël portant sur le pardon.
Très bonne lecture pour toutes saisons ;)

Wonderful short Christmas story about forgiveness.
Recommended for any season ;)
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
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, christmas
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
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

“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
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
As the book opens, Meg has just left her parents' home in Stirling and is making her way to the train station to head back to her home in Edinburgh. Meg couldn't take another minute of her passive-aggressive family, and after reading this story I don't disagree with her action. Unfortunately, Stirling is in the midst of a serious blizzard and the train is delayed...until a minor accident in route to Edinburgh makes travel difficult. Meg is forced to walk back to Stirling and into the den of a se ...more
Trinity Rose
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
A Wreath of Snow is a delightful Christmas story. I enjoyed every sweet, Christmas-y word of it :) True to form, Higgs created characters with some ugly flaws, and that is what I always love about her stories--her characters really feel true to life. I loved all of the details about Victorian Stirling, especially the trains. What a pleasant surprise to realize upon reading that I have actually been to the city the story takes place and saw the church mentioned in the story as well. It also menti ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Margaret and Gordon were both passengers on a train stuck on the railroad tracks in a blizzard on Christmas Eve. She does not recognize him, but he recognizes her. He was responsible for the accident that injured her bother putting him in a wheelchair 12 years ago. Forgiveness and guilt play a large part of this story. I liked both Meg and Gordon. They were both suffering in their own way, yet still had kindness for others. Meg's brother, on the other hand, does not elicit much sympathy as he is ...more
Gwendolyn Gage
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: almost-favorites
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
Beautiful wintry tale of reconciliation in Victorian Scotland. Christmas Spirit Readathon and Reading Challenge 2016.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, 2015
A sweet, simple Victorian Christmas novella about forgiveness.
A Wreath of Snow transports the reader back in time to Victorian Scotland on Christmas Eve, a journey I quite enjoyed. For Margaret Campbell, however, the charm and season’s joy is lacking. Angry words exchanged between her estranged brother drive her to the train station, abruptly breaking off her visit, the only she’s made to her home in several years.

And then she meets the very person she’s so avoided, the man who’s responsible for much of her family problems, however inadvertently that migh
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christmas, netgalley
My thanks to NetGalley and WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

I really, really, REALLY wanted to love this book. I love the author, Liz Curtis Higgs. One of my favorite books of all time is her "Bad Girls of the Bible". I read it for a women's Bible study and we watched her presentation on it and I LOVED her. Her sense of humor, her sense of being a regular person, so down-to-earth. Everything about her personality and the non-fiction book of h
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
“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
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
"A Wreath of Snow" is a Christian historical romance set in 1894 in Scotland. It's a novella, so it's a short, quick read and events move forward relatively quickly. It's a nice, sweet story where secrets and lies have brought deep hurt but there's a chance for the truth to bring healing.

The characters were complex and realistic, and I could sympathize with the main characters. Due to the shortness of the book, though, we don't get to know the characters really well. The romance "worked" for me
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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I received this book as a Christmas gift and I have enjoyed reading it a few times now. Liz Curtis Higgs is a favorite author of mine. Her stories are a delight to the senses. I feel as if by simply opening the pages and beginning to read that I’ve taken a time machine, back in time and across the ocean.

If I had to narrow the theme of the book down to one word, I would choose Forgiveness. As you read the story, you will see that choosin
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
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