“A Marriage in Middlebury” by Anita Higman

One decision changed both their lives . . . but will love win in the end? Charlotte Rose Hill enjoys a comfortable life serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky, devoted customers. The only thing lacking is someone to share it with. At eighteen she denied Sam Wilder’s marriage proposal after his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. They both moved on . . . or so she thought. When Sam walks back into her life more than a decade later, Charlotte is surprised that her heart still quickens. But is it because of his presence? Or because of the presence of Sam’s new fiancĂ©e? A second chance at love doesn’t happen often, but their past may keep them apart. Is it too late for Sam and Charlotte?

This is, by far, the best Higman book yet!  Charlotte’s tea room is quirky and fun.  Her independent spirit, willingness to help others, and tendency to run for the broom/prayer closet at the first sign of trouble is endearing.  She’s the kind of person I’d love to have for a friend.

Sam is definitely what my college friends would’ve called a “dumb boy.”  He’s sweet and kind and has no clue what’s going on in the heads and hearts of the women with whom he spends time.  The big difference with Sam is that he’s not sure of his own feelings, either!  
In this story Higman explores love: the unselfish kind we feel for neighbors, the selfish kind we feel towards that special someone, the kind we’re not always sure about when faced with someone on the edges of society. How far do we go towards trying to help someone?  How much of other people’s happiness is our responsibility?  How do we move on after losing love?  And how do we forgive people who have really hurt us – whether they’re sorry or not?

A Marriage in Niddlebury strikes the perfect balance of crazy fun and depth of emotion and faith.  As a reader, you’ll laugh along with the quirks while wanting to take notes about what Charlotte and Sam are learning.

Any book that makes me want to run out and meet the characters is a winner in my book.

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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.
 
Connect with Anita at: http://anitahigman.com
 
I received a free copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
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