Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Marriage In Middlebury

by Anita Higman
Abingdon Press

Charlotte Rose Hill has been serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky but beloved customers for more than 10 years. But for her, marriage seems like an elusive butterfly, always out of reach. At 18, Charlotte fell in love with a young man, Sam Wilder, but his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. She did, and then became engaged to another man, who later died before they were married. Now, more than a decade later, Charlotte finds that she still has feelings for her first love. Initially thrilled to learn that Sam has come home to Middlebury, Texas, Charlotte is devastated to learn that he’s brought someone with him: his fiancĂ©e. But all is not lost when the townsfolk decide to get involved. Will Charlotte and Sam find their way back to each other?

My Review:

My absolute favorite part of this book was when Audrey somehow convinces Charlotte to cater the wedding. Charlotte is really too nice for her own good, and Audrey is too needy to ever gain my sympathy. But aside from the two rivals for Sam's heart, I found all the characters warm, pleasant and homey. Middlebury is the kind of place that makes you regret having to leave (or rather, finishing the book!) 

Reading this fine piece of fiction makes me wish with all my heart that Higman is planning to continue writing and making this a series - I mean how hard could it be? This is the perfect book to read on a lazy weekend afternoon with your favorite cup of tea, a fuzzy blanket and plenty of time. You won't want to put it down. 

This book was provided by the publisher through Litfuse Nest for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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