Friday, January 11, 2013

Texas Wildflowers by Anita Higman

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Anita Higman and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Texas Wildflowers" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
Anita Higman’s anthology, “Texas Wildflowers” is a touching and engaging collection of four romantic novellas chronicling the lives and loves of the four McBride sisters (Rosy, Lily, Violet and Heather).  This charming book makes for heart-warming reading on a cold winter night.  Just curl up in front of the fireplace with some cocoa and a blanket.  Although each tale felt a bit rushed rather than developed, this got me thinking that this is how the Lord pursues us:  full-throttle and with complete abandon.  Each story is rated individually below.

***After being left at the altar, Rosy McBride returns to Galveston Island to heal in “Everything’s Coming Up Rosy”.  But Rosy’s pity party is interrupted when a long-lost friend declares his feelings of love to this woman who has sworn off romance for good.

***Violet McBride is about to “settle” for a safe love match in “For the Love of Violet”.  Then Morgan Jones shows up on her doorstep – literally.  Is Morgan hiring Violet to teach him how to romance a woman so he can romance her?

****“Forget Me Not Lily” partners therapist Lily McBride with a new patient.  Rubin seeks Lily out when his boss demands that he receive counseling to overcome a past breakup because it is affecting his work.  This novella has several quirky and likable characters that make the pages turn quickly.

*****“Dreaming of Heather” is a beautifully written story about the final McBride sister, Heather, who has just received a rather unique invitation from her neighbor, Evan.  The message of speaking the truth in love is an important lesson for a Christian to learn.

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