Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman

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 Aussie, 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.


Excerpt


I sat on a 747, trying to talk myself out of a panic attack.
The jet still sat on the tarmac, but already I could imagine—in electrifying detail—the fiery crash and then the watery pull into the briny depths of the Pacific Ocean. Lord, have mercy. What had I been thinking?
Fool that I was, I’d left the sanctuary of my own home, which was safe, and hygienically clean, I might add, to board this death trap. Too late now. I’d taken a leave of absence from work, stopped the mail, given all my indoor plants to my neighbor, and said a dozen goodbyes to my daughter, Julie. The trip was set in stone—the igneous kind that the geologists liked to talk about at work.
While I sat there sweating, my mind got out its magnifying glass to examine my inner motives. All in all, the journey had a grab bag full of miseries attached to it. For me, getting on the plane proved that the empty nest had driven me over the edge like the biblical herd of pigs. Since my Julie had left the house, was I trying to find a person to fill that void . . . that vacant place at the table . . . the perpetual silence of the house and the clocks, ticking away the rest of my tedious life? Probably. And yet finding my sister in Australia would be no less than wonderful, whether Julie was at home or not.
I looked out the small plane window at the heavens with my anxious puppy dog eyes and could almost hear the Almighty chuckling. Yes, I know, God. I must keep You entertained.



About Anita



Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has thirty-six books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.








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Anita is giving away two copies of Winter in Full Bloom. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)


Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


15 comments:

Joy Hannabass said...

Love the cover of this book! And would love to win it!
Blessings...Joy
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Jackie McNutt said...

Thank you for sharing Anita's interview. I to have a fear of flying and a empty nest like your character. This book sounds very interesting by the story line and characters. Would love to know how it ends! Thank you.
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Rebecca Maney said...

The cover of this book is lovely! Would love to read the book! rmaney@firstarpchurch.org. Rebecca Maney

Patty said...

I'm sure it would take a lot to get a person with a fear of flying on an airplane, but I think an unknown twin sister might get me to do it!

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cjajsmommy said...

I think this is a book that I would quickly become engrossed in reading. I'd love to win a copy. cjajsmommy (at) gmail [dot] com

Linda Finn said...

I have never flown but I would love to reqad and review this book. I fell in love with the cover first time I laid eyes on it.
Linda Finn
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Patricia Bradley said...

Love the excerpt and the cover. And I've discovered my comments don't post when I do it from my phone. lol Great interview. pat at ptbradley dot com

joye said...

First time visitor and glad i discovered this site. I am always looking for new authors to read. You write the kinds of books I like to read.
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joye said...

First time visitor and glad i discovered this site. I am always looking for new authors to read. You write the kinds of books I like to read.
JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

joye said...

First time visitor and glad i discovered this site. I am always looking for new authors to read. You write the kinds of books I like to read.
JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

joye said...

First time visitor and glad i discovered this site. I am always looking for new authors to read. You write the kinds of books I like to read.
JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Anita, I love what this story is about. Imagine finding out you have a twin somewhere. Would be exciting to just find another sibling, but your own twin. Also love the Title and cover picture. Would love to win this book. Thanks Sandra for having Anita here.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Merry said...

Thanks for the little taste of Winter in Full Bloom, it sounds great.
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apple blossom said...

love Anita's books thanks for chance to win

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squiresj said...

I would love to win this. I love her books. Also would review it.
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