Winter in Full Bloom, by Anita Higman – Book Review

When I got my copy of Winter in Full Bloom, by Anita Higman, I didn’t know she had entered the Oregon Christian Writers first annual Cascade Contest. I was delighted when her name was called at the OCW Summer Coaching Conference two weeks ago as the winner in the Published Poetry/Gift Books category.

Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman
Winter in Full Bloom book cover

The story is well written featuring Lily, a grieving widow with a young daughter who tries to hold herself together under the bitter, critical eye of her elderly mother. A family secret is revealed that ignites Lily’s passion toward finding another piece of her dysfunctional family’s puzzle, stretching her faith even further. She runs into a caring soul in another country who is also struggling with family issues, and they find mutual benefit from working together.

I wondered if Lily’s might be one fractured family that could never hope to be restored–in the way we’d like all families to find unity and peace. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

Nice writing, Ms. Higman, and congratulations for your well-deserved Cascade Award.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of the books "Jesus Talked to Me Today" and "Seeking His Presence," and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Junction City, Oregon. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has also written for Warner Press since 2016 and posts devotions on her blog at .


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