A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

Leah Courtney

I've enjoyed many of Liz Curtis Higgs's fiction and nonfiction.  I especially enjoy her fictional books using an old Scottish setting and writing allegories of well-known Bible characters.  A Wreath of Snow is a novella set in Victorian Scotland.  It isn't an allegory for Biblical characters, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Meg is trying to leave her home in Stirling, Scotland on Christmas Eve after a run in with her brother.  Gordon Shaw is also trying to leave the town where he grew up before anyone can recognize him and connect him with a tragic accident from his past.  The two board a train that is then trapped by the bad, snowy weather.  As they get to know each other through this train accident, they both share their pasts.  It is novella of revelations and of forgiveness sought and given.

I don't always like novellas.  I think they sometimes move so quickly that the action is stilted.  But, I thought A Wreath of Snow was very well done.  The characters of Meg and Gordon were well-developed despite the short length of the book, and the story unfolded smoothly.  I thought this short Christmas special was another good read from Liz Curtis Higgs.

I give this one a 5 star rating and a G for content.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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