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Lily Winter’s wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily’s lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her-a woman who also happens to be her mother. During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she’d been hiding for decades-Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were just babies.
Without looking back, Lily-with her fear of flying-boards a jumbo jet and embarks on a quest to find her sister which leads half way around the world to Melbourne, Australia. Befriended by imprudent Aussie, he might prove to be the key to finding her sister. But her journey becomes a circle that leads her back home to attempt a family reunion and to find the one dream she no longer imagined possible-the chance to fall in love again.
Winter in Full Bloom was not a novel I intended to read. I don’t recall why I decided to review it. But look at the cover. It’s absolutely stunning! The red of the flowers and the woman’s dress stands out against the falling snow. I don’t usually comment pay attention to covers, or comment on them, but this one is too gorgeous to ignore. I received the book, was given a date to post my review, and began reading.
This is a story of how people respond to the hurts they experience in their lives. Sadly, they were hurt – mostly – by family members, the very people they should have been able to trust. As a result, they’ve become something less than they were created to be, often with a lack of self-worth. Lily, for example, is so used to her mother’s harsh criticisms of her that she has trouble accepting a genuine complement. But perhaps her mother’s behavior has come about through the hurts she experienced before Lily and her sister were born. It’s easy to dislike the mother, Iris, but I cried when she finally shared her heartbreaking story.
With so many amazing books available for Christian fiction readers, it would be easy to pass on Winter in Full Bloom as I almost did. I’m glad God prodded me to request a review copy. I totally understood the relationship between Lily and her mother due to circumstances in my life. But the biggest ‘lesson’ I took from this novel was about trust and learning to trust again. We need to take a flying leap (pun intended) as Lily did, and let His arms catch us. If you’re looking for a beautiful novel about a life reborn, I heartily recommend this one.
Thank you to Litfuse and River North for my free copy of Winter in Bloom, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: River North (part of Moody Publishers)
Publication Date: 19 July 2013
Page Count: 304