About the Book:
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 Ausie, 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.
About the Author:
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.
My Thoughts and Review:
I got "pulled into" this book from the very beginning. The similarities of Lily to myself make the book all worthwhile to read: the turbulent relationship that Lily has with her mom is very similar to one that I know, I am also an identical twin, Australia is the one place that I dream of visiting. Lily's visit to her mom, after 10yrs of not speaking to or seeing each other, brings the bombshell news that Lily has an identical twin sister in Australia. Lily is determined to find her Twin Sister so she embarks on a journey to Australia. The journey to Australia does reunite Lily with her twin, but also has some unexpected twists. The unexpected chance at LOVE and the chance to reconcile with her mother.
I really enjoyed Winter in Full Bloom. I am a first time reader of Anita Higman, so I was unsure what to expect from this book. I feel that Anita Higman has a wonderful writing style that engages the reader. Winter in Full Bloom is a book about Reconciliation, finding ones place in the world, Family, LOVE and hope. I do feel that the last few chapters "lost me" as the plot sped up too quickly and the writing style changed a bit. All in all, I did enjoy the book and look forward to reading more books by Anita Higman.
I give Winter in Full Bloom 4.5 out of 5 Stars. A GOOD Read!