Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"A Marriage in Middlebury" by Anita Higman (Review & Giveaway)

ISBN: 9781426733871
Paperback $14.99
Abingdon Press
About the book: What happens when the matchmaker finds a match for herself?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 fiancée. But all is not lost when the townsfolk decide to get involved. Will Charlotte and Sam find their way back to each other?

My thoughts:  Anita Higman is one of my favorite authors. Well, I have many I enjoy. But I do count Ms. Higman as a favorite. I have reviewed several of her books and look forward to more in the future.

Today we’re looking at A Marriage in Middlebury which takes place in a small town and primarily at the local Tea Shop owned by spinster (in her 30s) Charlotte who is also the sweetheart of the small town.  Charlotte seems to have a special way of making life just a little better for each and every person she knows.  Open the book, turn the pages, and fall in love with Charlotte. The question is, “Why isn’t Charlotte married?”

Another you’ll love is young Obie who is from a fractured family and whose troubles only begin once the book starts. So be prepared to open your heart a bit to him.

As you meet each character, you discover bits and pieces about them and find that there are missed opportunities, secrets, and broken spirits that need healing.  As Anita Higman crafts her characters and weaves their stories toward the book's ending, you will most likely be surprised at just how it does end and at the secrets revealed.

Friends, this is another Higman book I can recommend to you.

GIVEAWAY: Thanks to the generosity of Anita Higman, one of Chat With Vera's readers has the opportunity to win their own copy A Marriage in Middlebury.  Begins November 26 & ENDS December 19 @ 12:01 a.m. Open to those in USA mainland addresses only.
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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.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of A Marriage in Middlebury in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

17 comments:

  1. I really don't know anyone like Charlotte, but she sounds like a loving, unique character.

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    1. She is full of caring and loving and anyone would simply be blessed and happy to have her in their lives.

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  2. The closest person to Charlotte that I know would have to be my mother. When anyone is ill, she takes in food and helps with their chores. She is pretty considerate of anyone she knows, family, neighbors, fellow church members, etc.

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  3. Charlotte reminds me of a teacher I knew. She was a wonderful person and would do anything for anyone. She finally found the right man and married for the first time recently at age 40. Everyone was thrilled for her!

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  4. I can't think of anybody in my life like Charlotte, but I certainly could use her making a match on my behalf!

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  5. I have a sister that is always ready with a pot of tea and a listening ear.

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  6. I don't know anyone like Charlotte but I'd enjoy getting to know her better by reading this book!

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  7. Charlotte seem to really enjoy being with people and doing thing for them. She like to fix special tea for for the person personality, which would be a big hit.Thank you Vera. God blessings. I would like to win this book for a friend. It is a really great book.

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  8. I have a good friend that is always there for you no matter what and willing to help you out!

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  9. I have heard of people who knew Matchmakers, but I have not known anyone personally like Charlotte. Would love to win Anita's book. Thanks for the chance to do so. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  10. I really cannot think of anyone in our community that is like Charlotte but isn't that why we read books about small towns? There are a lot of kids in our community from fractured families and according to the amazon reviews, there is a character in the story like this that is Charlotte's friend.

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    1. Yes, there is a fractured (actually very broken) family and little Obie (I mentioned him in my review) is from that home. You'll love Obie.

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  11. I enjoy a cup or more of tea everyday, my latest favorites lately have been Stash Chocolate Hazelnut tea and Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea and Guayaki Yerba Mate tea (original flavor)
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    my favorite tea memories are all the many tea parties I threw for our kids when they were growing up. Especially the themed ones like the Christmas tea party, both our 3 daughters and our 2 sons and their friends really enjoyed them and so did I. Our kids are all grown up on their own now and I am so glad I took the time to create these priceless memories with them!

    manifestmiracles@live.com

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  12. Well there are a few people that fit this or that about her but no one just exactly like her.

    manifestmiracles@live.com

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  13. This reminds me of a family member. Waited a very long time to find the love of her life. She found him and and their living happily ever after!

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  14. i like to drink mine on the front porch before the kids get up
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    rc name rochelle johnson

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  15. I apologize to all of my readers who tried to "like" Anita Higman's fan page on Facebook. The link I had was wrong. I just now discovered it and have put in the correct link.

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