By Liz Curtis Higgs
“A fantastic tale of redemption and recovery that would hot your middle through 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 used to be now not enhancing.
She ordered tea with milk and sugar, eying the currant buns and candy mincemeat cakes displayed underneath a bell jar.
Later, maybe, while her urge for food back. in the mean time her belly 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 shocked to discover her arms trembling while she lifted the cup. “All i need 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, attraction, and beauty. an excellent read.”
—BJ HOFF, writer of The Riverhaven Years series
Christmas Eve 1894
All Margaret Campbell wishes for Christmas is a secure trip domestic. while her plans for a festive vacation together with her kin 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 town condominium she calls domestic.
Then an unforeseen detour areas her within the course of Gordon Shaw, a good-looking newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles less than a burden of regret and disgrace.
whilst the key in their shared background is published, will it depart them tangled in a knot of remorse? Or may well their earlier carry the threads that may 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, specially, all issues Christmas.
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Extra resources for A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella
Sadly, the Rouse Simmons never completed the planned last voyage across the lake. A storm with gale force winds and snow moved across the water and is believed to have taken the ship down. Remains of the schooner were found in 1971 near Two Rivers, Wisconsin, in 172 feet of water. Christmas trees were still neatly stacked and strapped to the ship’s deck. Items recovered from the Rouse Simmons wreckage are part of a shipwreck collection in the Rogers Street Fishing Village Museum in Two Rivers. In 2007 the shipwreck of the Rouse Simmons was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Black clouds quickly began to roll in. Tim and I figured that the lake sure was in a bad mood! Grandpa hurried us inside the warm kitchen before we got soaked. Grandma Hannah was baking a batch of her sweet-smelling ginger cookies, and my cousins were setting out glasses for milk. Grandpa Axel then sat down in his story rocker. It was a hand-carved chair, one he had brought with him from Sweden. My cousins, Tim, and I gathered close to the chair. We each had our favorite story, but mine was the story of the Christmas Tree Ship.
Grandpa pulled something out of his pocket. It was a corroded tag that said: Chicago Market, 1912. “These copper straps were used to bundle Christmas trees together,” he told us. Grandpa said that after the Rouse Simmons went down, some of the trees were found, still in their bundles. “We pulled the trees out of the lake. ” “The next year the children of Chicago were sad. Captain Santa would not arrive at the pier. ” Miraculously, the next year an old schooner did appear. Moored at the same spot with trees, who had anchored it here?
A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Liz Curtis Higgs