By Liz Curtis Higgs
“A terrific tale of redemption and recovery that may hot your center in the course of the Christmas season—or any time of year!”
—Francine Rivers, best-selling writer of Redeeming Love
Wrapped in a cloud of steam, the engine rolled to a cease, the screech of steel opposed to steel filling the frosty air. Snow blew around the railway platform and round Meg’s calfskin jogging boots. the elements certainly was once no longer enhancing.
She ordered tea with milk and sugar, eying the currant buns and candy mincemeat truffles displayed underneath a bell jar.
Later, probably, whilst her urge for food lower back. in the intervening time her abdominal used to be twisted right into a knot.
“Anything else for you?” the cashier requested as she passed over the tea, steaming and fragrant.
Meg used to be stunned to discover her hands trembling while she lifted the cup. “All i would like is a secure trip home.”
“On an afternoon like this?” the round-faced lady exclaimed. “None however the Almighty can promise you that, lass.”
“A Wreath of Snow glows with heat, appeal, and beauty. an excellent read.”
—BJ HOFF, writer of The Riverhaven Years series
Christmas Eve 1894
All Margaret Campbell desires for Christmas is a secure trip domestic. while her plans for a festive vacation together with her kinfolk in Stirling collapse underneath the burden of her brother’s bitterness, the younger schoolteacher desires not anything greater than to come to the scholars she loves and the city residence she calls domestic.
Then an unforeseen detour locations her within the course of Gordon Shaw, a good-looking newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles lower than a burden of regret and disgrace.
whilst the key in their shared background is published, will it go away them tangled in a knot of remorse? Or may their earlier carry the threads that might bind their destiny together?
As hot as a woolen shawl on a chilly winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a young tale of affection and forgiveness, wrapped in a party of all issues Scottish, all issues Victorian, and, specifically, all issues Christmas.
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His lips tightened. Even after so short an acquaintance, Jason could see that Alexandra Durham was not a child. How old was she? Charles had never mentioned a wife in all the time he had known him, and consequently Jason had assumed he had married after returning to England. --twelve at most, whereas this girl was ob- viously fifteen or sixteen at least. A shorter guardianship than he had expected perhaps, but what a complication! ' the girl was asking now, and Jason forced himself to concentrate on what she was saying.
Durham was an archaeologist, taking a break from a dig he was working on in Mexico. He was holidaying in New Orleans at the time, and his initial encounter with Jason took place in the street outside one of the many bars and taverns. He, Jason, had been rolling drunk at the time, he remembered wryly, and was losing the fight he was hav- ing with the burly bartender when Durham recognised a fellow Englishman and intervened. He had settled the bill, which had been the cause of the fight, and the bartender, recognising the fact that sober Jason would have little difficulty in laying him out, had been more than willing to accept the settlement.
His eyes narrowed. Unless she was some dried- up old spinster, who saw this post as a golden opportunity to ingratiate herself with the master of the household. He grimaced. He was cynical, he admitted it. But years of hard living and fending for himself had taught him never to trust anyone's motives at face value. Only Charles Durham had ever helped him, and now he was dead Jason was deter- mined to do what he could for his son--but not at the cost FALLEN ANGEL 9 of his own freedom. He had had one taste of so-called connubial bliss, and like the use of methadone in drug addiction, it had cured him of the craving.
A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Liz Curtis Higgs