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A Marriage in Middlebury [Paperback]

By Anita Higman (Author)
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Charlotte Rose Hill has been serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky but beloved customers for more than 10 years. But for her, marriage seems like an elusive butterfly, always out of reach.

At 18, Charlotte fell in love with a young man, Sam Wilder, but his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. She did, and then became engaged to another man, who later died before they were married. Now, more than a decade later, Charlotte finds that she still has feelings for her first love. Initially thrilled to learn that Sam has come home to Middlebury, Texas, Charlotte is devastated to learn that he?s brought someone with him: his fiancée. But all is not lost when the townsfolk decide to get involved. Will Charlotte and Sam find their way back to each other?

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Charlotte Rose Hill has been serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky but beloved customers for more than 10 years. But for her, marriage seems like an elusive butterfly, always out of reach. At 18, Charlotte fell in love with a young man, Sam Wilder, but his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. She did, and then became engaged to another man, who later died before they were married. Now, more than a decade later, Charlotte finds that she still has feelings for her first love. Initially thrilled to learn that Sam has come home to Middlebury, Texas, Charlotte is devastated to learn that he s brought someone with him: his fiancee. But all is not lost when the townsfolk decide to get involved. Will Charlotte and Sam find their way back to each other?"

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Pages   294
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.59" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 5, 2013
Publisher   Abingdon Press
ISBN  1426733879  
ISBN13  9781426733871  


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Charlotte Rose Hill has been serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky but beloved customers for more than 10 years. But for her, marriage seems like an elusive butterfly, always out of reach. At 18, Charlotte fell in love with a young man, Sam Wilder, but his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. She did, and then became engaged to another man, who later died before they were married. Now, more than a decade later, Charlotte finds that she still has feelings for her first love. Initially thrilled to learn that Sam has come home to Middlebury, Texas, Charlotte is devastated to learn that he s brought someone with him: his fiancee. But all is not lost when the townsfolk decide to get involved. Will Charlotte and Sam find their way back to each other?"


More About Anita Higman

ANITA HIGMAN Bestselling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has been writing for thirty years and has forty books published. 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 and her husband are building a storybook home in the woods and plan to move there by the end of the year. A few of Anita's favorite things are good movies, fairytales, traveling, gardening, exotic teas, and brunch with her gal friends. Please check our her latest novel, "Summer's List," through Moody Publishers. Feel free to drop by her website at www.anitahigman.com or connect with her on her Facebook Reader Page at www.facebook.com/AuthorAnitaHigman. She would love to hear from you!

Anita Higman currently resides in Houston, in the state of Texas.

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A charming story!  May 13, 2014
I just finished my first Anita Higman book, A Marriage in Middlebury, and I loved it! She has a charming writing style and characters that you won't forget. Although A Marriage in Middlebury deals with some deep issues like racism and grief, secrets of the heart and running from one's past, there's enough humor and busy-body match-making going on that there's not one moment of gloom and doom. Instead, you feel hope. You know there's a better day coming. For everyone! If you're looking for a change of pace, this book is for you. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.
 
A Charming Read  Apr 9, 2014
This is the second story I've read by Anita Higman and really enjoy her writing style. She creates realistic characters and settings that draw you into her stories.
Charlotte Hill spends her days serving tea and goodies to the people of Middlbury and loving every minute of it. But when Charlotte's lost love from her youth comes back to town with his new fiancé, suddenly everything in her life tips a little bit.
Sam Wilder has come home to tend to his dying father and his estate only to realize feelings for Charlotte he thought were buried may still be very much alive. This is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness and second chances. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an enjoyable read.
I was given a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
 
Sweet, small-town story of love and trust in the Lord.  Mar 3, 2014
I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion. Charlotte Rose Hill has a successful tearoom in Middlebury, TX. But when her high school flame Sam Wilder returns to town toting a fiancée, Charlotte is crushed. To make matters worse, Sam’s fiancée, Audrey asks Charlotte to cater the reception. Unable to come up with a valid excuse, Charlotte agrees and immediately regrets it. How can she possibly cater a wedding of the man she’s still in love with? Professionally, is the only acceptable answer for Charlotte, and when she finds it becomes too much to handle there is always her secret hideout broom closet where she can pray and regroup. It will be the wedding of the century, or at least Middlebury. A Marriage in Middlebury is a sweet reminder to trust God’s plan for our lives, that everything has a purpose, and in the end everything will work out better than ever imagined.
 
A Wonderful Story!  Mar 3, 2014
Middlebury is a quaint little town with all the proverbial landmarks of small town America. The residents are as recognizable as your neighbors... friendly, welcoming, curious, quirky, gossipy and eccentric. You get the picture! Charlotte Rose Hill has converted an old house into a tearoom where she serves up her own special blends of teas personalized to fit a customer's individuality and penchants, accompanied by tasty sandwiches and decadent desserts. Her customers are devoted regulars, reliable and unpredictable, a medley of individuals making The Rose Hill Cottage Tearoom a popular and interesting meeting place. Charlotte's high school sweetheart unexpectedly arrives back in town accompanied by his fiance, who has decided that Charlotte should cater their wedding reception. The unlikeliest people are falling in love while Charlotte battles her emotions and maintains business as usual even as her heart breaks over the finality of her shattered dreams.

A Marriage in Middlebury is about as unpredictable as the cast of characters the author has embodied. Anita Higman is creative and proficient in interlacing an engaging array of personalities and events that capture the hearts of her readers. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this captivating account of relationships, heartache, questions of faith, disappointment and unexpected scenarios. Charlotte's prayer closet is as unique as the characters portrayed in this story. A compelling and delightful tale of lost love and disappointment mixed with humor, cherished friendships and a component of tragedy make this an unforgettable and entertaining tale. I highly recommend this compelling novel!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Book Fun through the For Readers Only program and Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
 
Quaint book and town  Mar 1, 2014
Charming book. Anita Higman created a beautiful romantic book in Marriage in Middlebury. Middlebury is a small town where everybody shares everything. Or they did. In this book we discover how ancestors of Charlotte, the owner of the local tea shop, kept her and her love apart. When her previous love comes back into town, with his fiancé, the reader discovers if this past, along with other secrets, are enough to keep them from falling in love again.
This beautiful story would make a good read for anyone that wants to fall in love with small town living and with love.
I was given this book by the author and funbook.org in exchange for my honest review.




 
A delightful read!  Feb 18, 2014
Anita’s style is delightful. From the first sentence I knew I would enjoy reading her book. I was not disappointed. Reading A Marrriage in Middlebury was like hanging out with a town full of friends.

In real life you have flawed people that you want to root for and strangle at the same time. Guess what. Those folks live in Middlebury, too. But through their growing and learning and relying on God, they reminded me to do the same.

Charlotte is a strong woman, but totally relatable. My favorite quote about her is “she was a much finer Christian woman when she wasn’t being emotionally ravaged.” A woman I can understand! But even though her life contains disappointments she is determined to live life fully.

When Sam walks back into her life along comes drama and revelations, pain and hope. And of course, a heaping dose of love. What more could a story ask for?

I highly recommend adding this book to your reading list.
 
Middlebury A Place you want to Be  Jan 29, 2014
I’m thankful for the review copy that introduced me to a sweet quaint town called Middlebury where arrays of colorful and fun people live. I also enjoyed reading about Charlotte Hill owner of The Rose Hill Cottage. It’s a tea house filled with teas of all kinds, a beautiful atmosphere and a restaurant filled with love. It’s a place I’d like to go in person and felt like I was virtually there by reading this novel. “Charlotte felt that this cottage was a sanctuary for her and for all of Middlebury.”

It’s a place where everyone knows your name and your business. Grin! It reminded me of the Andy Griffith show and their town of Mayberry. Alls well in Middlebury until Sam brings his bride to be Audrey, back to this hometown to live. Charlotte thought she had forgotten her first love and their plans to be married until she sees Audrey and Sam Wilder together.

Middlebury was a town full of fun loving hard working people. The cast of characters were fun to hang out with and most frequented The Rose Hill Cottage. My heart went out to young Obdie. He has it rough and when things get scary he hides in a decorated outhouse in Charlottes’ garden in back of the tea house. He pretends it’s a time machine, fun!

Meredith reminded me of Aunt Bea in Mulberry. She loved everyone, up in their business and loved match-making. She made me smile, and laugh as she also had a conscious that got the better of her match making plans!

Then there’s Audrey who’s new in town. She’s from a big city and doesn’t get this small town thing. Audrey says, “Maybe I am jealous…of how treasured Charlotte is by everyone who meets her. I don’t get it. How does one person become so beloved by so many people? A champion to widows and orphans. I’ll bet she even befriends every stray dog in town.”

Charlotte has been asked to cater Sam and Audrey’s wedding. It’s hard on all of them. Audrey hadn’t a clue how serious Sam’s relationship with Charlotte was when she asked her services. It’s uncomfortable for them all. It makes for fun feel good reading.

“Everything we do, every tiny or big choice we make follows us into our future.”

That’s the theme of this book wrapped together with fun loving quirky characters that have clothed themselves in God’s love and naturally and honestly apply his principles for themselves. It’s not preachy but real.

This story has a predictable yet surprising ending that will definitely satisfy. Millbury and the tea house are places I’d like to go and hang out with the people that go there. This story shows a fun humorous side to this authors writing I loved. It’s a great book club pick because there is so much in there to talk about. The main focus is not just on Sam and Audrey. She lets each group shine and fits them neatly together for great fun. The characters and their situations will make you laugh out loud in parts. Every time you think of Millbury and The Rose Hill tea house it will bring a smile to your face I highly recommend this book for book club and for your enjoyment.

Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins
www.bookfun.org
 
Small Town Charm reigns in Middlebury  Jan 12, 2014
It's hard to believe that I had not heard of Anita Higman before last year. Well, A Marriage in Middlebury is the third book of hers that I have read and I have not been disappointed yet in Anita or her books. I have to thank TCBN/BookFun.org for introducing me to this author and providing me with a copy of this book to review.

Charlotte Rose Hill had a chance at love 20 years ago until Sam Wilder's father managed to convince her to say no. Now Sam is back and he has a fiancee. But Sam and Charlotte still have a connection though they both refuse to acknowledge it. But romance is bursting in Middlebury and their friends are determined to keep them from having lifelong regrets!

Small town charm reigns in Middlebury and Rose Cottage Tearoom is just the kind of place I'd like to visit. Anita brings her characters to life in such a way you truly feel that these are your friends. Curl up in your favorite chair and have a cup of tea and be prepared to enjoy some small town Texas charm. I enjoyed my time with A Marriage in Middlebury interestingly enough with an Earl Grey/Irish Breakfast/Cranberry tea blend (read the book and you'll know what I mean).

I was provided a copy of this book by TBCN/BookFun.org, Abingdon Press, and Anita Higman in exchange for my honest and fair review.
 
a great novel  Jan 11, 2014
What does the painted table represent? Is it the safe haven for Joann the motherless child? Is it the stigma of a dysfunctional family for Saffee? Is it an inanimate object with a living memory? It is all of that, but it is also an article of hope and redemption.
The story of Joann and her daughter Saffee are intertwined with the beautifully carved table that was sent from Norway to America to be handed down as an heirloom. But the heritage can only be appreciated by the ones who truly understand what inheritance means.
I found this book hard to follow, but only because the very issue of darkness is hard to follow. My heart ached even as I realized that the story was fiction, but very well told fiction involving young daughters and their mothers. If I knew the intimate history and the memories of my mother, would our interaction be different? I think that as was the case for Joann and Saffee, perhaps our perceived memories are some that are not mentioned between family members, and hidden they tend to grow and fester. The golden thread of hope and redemption are spun throughout this novel.

I received this book free from Amy at LitfusePulicity Group and Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
 
An excellent book by Anita Higman!  Jan 9, 2014
“Charlotte Rose Hill always said that a good tearoom should be a gathering place where customers were like family, troubles melted like butter on hot scones, and homemade was a given.” (page 11) Rose Cottage Tearoom was the perfect place for a perfectly blended cup of tea, a special friendship, and delicious country delicacy. But what Charlotte was lacking was romance. She thought she had gotten over her broken engagement, but what would happen when Sam Wilder shows up at the tearoom with his new finance?
Charlotte finds solace for life’s troubles in her secret prayer closet, but now she finds herself seeking God’s direction for these renewed feelings that stir within. She thought she had moved on with her life, but now finds her heart fluttering in Sam’s presence. “She reached into her apron pocket to feel the river stone, something she’d kept from her past. It was a reminder of the smooth things in life that brought delight and in the hard things—those potentially sanctifying moments that tumbled off the rough edges and turned humans into real people.” (page 13) Charlotte wondered, was this one of those times that God was using the stone to tumble off some rough edges in her life?
I found this to be a delightful story and I loved the small town charm it portrayed. I felt like I wanted to walk the town’s streets and have a cup of freshly brewed tea at the Rose Cottage Tearoom to experience the charm first-hand. The depth of the story far surpassed my expectations. I am reminded that when God uses those stones to tumble off our rough edges, He has a plan—and it will be more beautiful than anything we could have done alone.
A copy of this book was provided to me by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review. All opinions within this review are strictly my own and no other compensation has been given.
 
Don't miss Anita Higman's great story!   Jan 6, 2014
It's not very often that I pick up a contemporary romance but this one sounded good and I took chance on requesting it for review. I'm glad I did. Not only is A Marriage In Middlebury an entertaining read but it is also thought provoking and leaves the reader pondering what they might do in similar situations.

Anita Higman is a master at fun and quirky characters, each one is as individual as people truly are. It is easy to immerse yourself into the lives of each character and their surroundings. The main hero and heroine are likable and interesting. Each character makes mistakes and has their own hurts but they also try to reach beyond that and do what is right for the other person.

Middlebury and its people remind you of Mayberry and Mitford and, like those towns, leaves you wishing that you lived there yourself. I don't know if there is somehow a special magic inherent to fictional towns that start with the letter 'M' but Middlebury certainly has it in spades.

If you are looking for an absolutely enjoyable read that weaves valuable truths into a story populated with memorable characters than A Marriage In Middlebury would be a perfect choice for your next book. Don't miss Anita Higman's great story!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own)
 
An Enjoyable Read  Jan 5, 2014
This is the third book I have read by Anita Higman (Love Finds You in Humble, Texas and Winter in Full Bloom) and I am very much enjoying her storytelling. In this story we step into the small town of Middlebury, specifically the Rose Cottage Tea Room that is owned and run by Charlotte Hill. Charlotte is living her life and trying her best to make the best out of life's circumstances. She has a quant tea shop and knows how to brew just the right cup of tea for all of her customers. This book made me thirsty for a taste of her tea and I am not even a tea drinker (yet). While she is living her life, she receives some devastating medical news and not only that but the man she loves and said no to marrying some years ago has stepped back into her life. He and his new fiancé. With a whole host of quirky characters, young and old, romances popping up like dandelions, the little town of Middlebury is about to become an interesting place to visit. I enjoyed my visit and I looked forward to more stories from the talented Anita. I received my book to review from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TCBN) and the opinions are my own.
 
Great Romance  Jan 5, 2014
A Marriage in Middlebury
By: Anita Higman

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn’t put it down. What a wonderful love story. I know there was time I just smiled. Love story of Charlotte and Sam. They was so in love in high school. Sam proposes to her and she says no. What a heart breaker for both of them. Charlotte didn’t want to say no but was pressured into it by someone. Then after all these years Sam comes back to town. Charlotte has moved on with her life. Her dream of having a Tea room came true. She has the best specialty Teas in town. Sam’s return opens up memories. The feelings she has for him are still their, but now there is someone he wants her to meet….a fiancée! Wow you must get this book to find out what is going to happen. This book is more then a 5star.
 
WILL REAL LOVE PREVAIL?  Jan 3, 2014
REVIEW OF A MARRIAGE IN MIDDLEBURY BY ANITA HIGMAN
As I begin my review of A Marriage in Middlebury, I hesitate, wondering what I can tell that hasn’t already been beautifully and thoroughly narrated in previously published reviews. When I accepted this book to review, I didn’t allow for the real life trauma that ungraciously interrupted my own life. Anita Higman graciously accepted my apology and understood my reasons for not being able to write the review when it was due. Thank you, Ms. Higman.

Anita Higman wrote realistically about choices – the kind that change the outcome of a situation or turn lives around forever. The story immediately appealed to my passion for tea while I read with great interest of Charlotte Rose Hill who owned and ran the quaint Rose Cottage Tearoom in the small village of Middlebury. Unrequited love hung as a cloud over Charlottes being, even though she was a dynamo of cheerful and concerned listening and offering help to others that entered her tearoom. Charlotte was a woman of deep faith in the Lord which sustained her through many disappointments and grief during her life.

Charlotte was suddenly thrown against great odds in the shocking return to Middlebury of her first and only love Sam; introducing his fiancé, Audrey. To add insult to injury, Sam and Audrey request Charlotte to cater their wedding. This isn’t the only romance in town - others will warm your heart and remove the chill of Sam and Audrey’s news. There is much more in Anita’s story to muse happily even though it had a melancholic beginning. Charlotte rises above it all when she considers all is hopeless where romance is concerned, and is a genuine Christian lady in response.

All the characters were well developed with personalities that were easy to love – and easy to dislike. Anita is definitely well gifted with word creating abilities. Her stories exhibit great imagination and she nobly applies the storyteller’s trump card to stimulate her reader’s interest into wanting more when the book is ended. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and could relate to the sundry of emotional situations. Might I add that I enjoyed winter in Full Bloom a bit more, however Marriage in Middlebury is an individual novel with its own merit. There was a bit more predictability in this story as it is more romantic – but my recommendation is to read and find out for yourself how the ending will surprise you. There is some mystery surrounding prior and current events that will rouse your curiosity, making it a satisfying read.

My admiration and respect for exalting her faith and trust in God through her pen is boundless. Ms. Higman builds such elegance in her stories that far outshines her distinguished contemporaries. She comes well recommended – and I will verify those recommendations with my own as prevailing. Thank you, Ms. Higman for writing from your heart.

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review – the opinions expressed here are my own.
 
A warm cup of tea  Jan 1, 2014
A Marriage in Middlebury was such a warm, feel good book. It was like a snuggly blanket and hot cup of tea on a snowy, winter day. I loved the characters as well as the budding romances that developed throughout the story. Charlotte Hill Rose is a godly woman who truly places others before herself. Many years ago she walked away from true love in order to prevent a scandalous secret from being exposed. Since then, she has moved forward in life and is successful but when true love walks through her door again, she is faced with the painful choices of her past. In this fun and charming tale, Anita Higman delivers a beautiful example of Philippians 2:3 “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”
I was impressed that Ms. Higman used realistic characteristics for all of the people in the story. Audrey and Sam are pledged to be married but they must reconcile with whether their commitment is for love or for other reasons. And when a mysterious homeless man, Justin, comes into the picture, Audrey uncovers secrets of her own.
A Marriage in Middlebury is definitely on my recommendations of must reads! Anita Higman is a fantastic author and I would recommend all of her books. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
 
A Bit Disappointing  Dec 27, 2013
I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

I have read a number of Anita Higman's books in the past so I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. This book felt juvenile in the way it was written - the way the people spoke to each other. It was nice that they were all forgiving of things that went on. No broken hearts in Middlebury and everyone's dreams came true.
 
Sweet Christian Romance  Dec 26, 2013
Charlotte turned down Sam's proposal years ago when he asked her to marry him. She thought they'd moved on. But when he walks into her tea shop years later she instantly realizes her feelings are still there. But being introduced to his fiance was not what she had envisioned. Now things are getting a little crazy around the town of Middlebury and her friends are partially to blame.

Slow moving, summer read is what came to mind when I finished the story. Most of the plot was predictable from the very beginning. But this didn't lessen the entertainment value or the life lessons the author presented. I enjoyed the story. It was a nice change from some of the high suspense I had just finished. In fact, the book reminded me a lot of the Mitford series by Jan Karon that I read several years ago. The author focused on forgiveness, second changes, and Christian love. I would definitely read another book by this author.

I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
 
Great Christian contemporary romance.  Dec 23, 2013
I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

Charlotte Rose Hill enjoys a comfortable life serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and down-to-earth advice for her quirky, devoted customers. The only thing lacking is someone special 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 is it because of the presence of Sam’s new fiancée?

A second chance at love doesn’t happen often, but their past may keep them apart. Is it too late for Sam and Charlotte?

When I started this book I immediately connected with Charlotte. I would love to have her as a friend. She is a very compassionate and comfortable character. Most of the other characters in the book are equally well developed. I liked the variety of personalities that are included in this small town. It is just like you would find in any town or neighborhood that you can go into. The people look out for each other and help each other when something happens.

In many ways I felt challenged to take time and think about my own relationships with the people I know. I really enjoy books that not only entertain me but have the ability to help me grow to be a better person.
 
a delightful Christian romance  Dec 15, 2013
Anita Higman has created a charming, little village called Middlebury--a place where the reader would love to visit or stay a while. Quaint and quirky minor characters inhabit Middlebury and provide plenty of amusement. The main characters, Charlotte Rose Hill and Sam Wilder, are warm personable people who through a misunderstanding and someone's deceit have been cheated out of a life of happiness together. However, Charlotte has created a satisfying life, successfully managing an inviting tea room with many loyal customers. A decade later when Sam returns to Middlebury with a fiancée, Charlotte's comfortable lie is suddenly not so satsifying any more. A chain of events unfolds, leading to a heart-warming and happy conclusion. Higman's style of writing is a delight: "Best frosting goo ever, Char. It's like sweet pink lava." and "....the coolest stilettos ever.....they're like smooshing and molding my feet into these angry little gargoyles." Read and be swept away and entertained. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
 
Lighthearted romance with a bit of mystery  Dec 13, 2013
"Marriage in Middlebury" is a cozy Christian romance set in small town America. At first glance the book is full of loving friends, light romance, and strong faith. When getting deeper into the book one finds deceit, lies, suicide and heartache.

Anita Higman is a good author and she weaves a good story. If you want to find out more about how the lives of this group of friends and strangers intertwine, if true love wins, if a life filled with pain can find peace, if a teenage love relationship can be renewed, then you will need to read this book.

"Marriage in Middlebury" has a strong theme of faith and forgiveness. It contains some (clean) romance, a bit of mystery, heartache and betrayal. It is a sweet story and an easy read.

I received this book from The BookClub Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
 
Welcome to Small town America  Dec 12, 2013
This is a story full of life and all its bumps and bruises. The setting could be any small town in America, with residents that catch your heart and make you laugh and cry while you get caught up in their daily lives. The basic story of a love lost long ago and life’s second chances is rich with many smaller characters that win your heart and keep you reading. The descriptions and details paint a picture that makes you feel you know the town and all its residents. The residents teach us lessons along the way and aren’t afraid to work through some difficult topics. This is definitely a town I want to revisit with more stories to see how everyone is doing as the years go by. I received this book from Bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
 
Heartwarming romance  Dec 10, 2013
Once again Anita Higman has produced a beautiful, heartwarming romance story. There are many characters in this that tug at your heart and you find yourself wanting to meet them at the tea room. The sadness of Charlotte having to be involved with her past love and his fiancé really makes you want to hug her. Anita writes in a way that you feel you are there, hurting for them, cheering for them and wanting to smack sense into a couple of characters. I loved how she wove each of the stories and people together. I was drawn in and couldn’t put the book down! There are many emotions and struggles going on. Past sins, hurts and lives needing to be healed, current loves, lives and feelings that need to be aired and talked about.
I highly recommend this detailed story and all its characters. Anita delivers again!!! Received the book for an honest review from Bookfun.org.
 
Tea Room Cozy  Dec 9, 2013
Charlotte has achieved her dream tea room and is a warm gathering place for friends, visitors and others to gather. She even has a special tea she has created for different long time guests, each has their own special blend of tea. When she was 18 she tuned down marriage to Sam Wilder but she has never loved another. Find out why, how she deals with Sam returning to town and his fiancée asking her to cater the wedding. Who is Justin? Is he a drifter, homeless or is he more than meets the eye. Who is catching the eye of the new pastor in town? This book is a sweet book on loves, friendships, some of the characters at the tea room or in town. There are times you will love the characters, maybe a chuckle but at least a smile and if you're sentimental, maybe a tear or two.

I received book through www.bookfun.org to read and leave my honest opinion. This is the first book I have read by Anita Higman and I enjoyed the book. The town sounds like somewhere I would love to live and he people sound like some of the people I have known over the years. An sweet, entertaining book to read.
I received
 
Everyone loved Charlotte Rose Hill  Dec 8, 2013
Charlotte Rose Hill has been serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas,
and matchmaking advice for her quirky but beloved customers for more than 10 years.
But for her, marriage seems like an elusive butterfly, always out of reach. At 18,
Charlotte fell in love with a young man, Sam Wilder, but his family convinced her to
walk away from their relationship. She did, and then became engaged to another man,
who later died before they were married. Now, more than a decade later, Charlotte
finds that she still has feelings for her first love. Initially thrilled to learn
that Sam has come home to Middlebury, Texas, Charlotte is devastated to learn that
he’s brought someone with him: his fiancée. But all is not lost when the townsfolk
decide to get involved. Will Charlotte and Sam find their way back to each
other?This is a really good book you will be sorry if you don't get it, trust me.
Thank you and God blessings.
Norma
 
Drink some Tea  Dec 6, 2013
This is not my first novel by Ms. Higman. I enjoyed her novel "Winter in Full Bloom". This author does a wonderful job of creating characters that a reader can relate to and wants to get to know better.

I will say that when I started reading "A Marriage in Middlebury" I was not really a fan after the first chapter. I had a hard to relating to Charlotte Rose Hill. I loved the idea that she owned a tea shop since tea is my beverage of choice for both hot and cold drinks. However, after reading further, I became a fan. Her tea shop is a place where everyone can go and be themselves, however quirky they may be. So pull up a chair. Get a blanket and sip some tea.

Charlotte Rose Hill lost her true love through a mean act. She moved forward and opened a very successful business. However, in walks Sam Wilder with a fiancé on his arm. How will Charlotte act seeing her old love, whom she never stopped loving, with another woman? How will the other characters in the novel react? Will Charlotte be able to help with the wedding of her one true love? Will she ever know exactly why she was forced to say No when he asked her to marry him almost 2 decades ago? Will she ever find her dream come true?

This novel may begin a little slow but as you start to read you will come to love not only Charlotte but her town of quirky people. Each carries not only their own burdens but their own secrets. Who will finally get married? Find out when you taste some tea and read Charlotte's story!

I received this complementary book through bookfun.org. I was asked to give my honest opinion. I cannot wait to read more from this author!!
 
Walking in God's will is always the right choice  Dec 5, 2013
Reading A Marriage in Middlebury made me wish I had a tearoom where I could go and gather with friends. This book was such a joy to read. The fact that the main character, Charlotte Rose Hill, has a praying closet, encouraged me to find a quiet place where I can talk with God intimately.

All the characters, including atheist Mr. LaGrange, had me hooked to find out what made them tick and finding out how God worked in each of their hearts. Anita Higman is great at storytelling and keeps enticing the reader curious to see how it all unfolds.

I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion. I would recommend this to all my friends.
 
Wonderful characters & a quaint, small town setting.  Dec 5, 2013
This is the first book that I have read by Anita Higman, but it will certainly not be the last! In A Marriage in Middlebury, Ms. Higman introduces the reader to many characters living in a small Texas town. The main character, Charlotte, owns a charming tea room and is absolutely loved by the members of the community. Charlotte is such a caring person. She is always so in tune with what her friends and patrons need. It seems that life is really good for her. And it is…except for the fact that years ago, she lost the love of her life when she turned down his marriage proposal.

Now, twenty years later, Sam is back in town. But he is not alone. He brings along his fiancée. This is just the kind of set up that makes my heart ache! How can I read about Charlotte suffering as she watches Sam and Audrey plan their wedding? Even worse, she ends up roped in to the very middle of it as caterer! But, I must say that the author did such a splendid job of creating well-rounded, interesting characters, that I found myself caring about all of them…even Audrey!

This book has a cozy feel and many different romances spring up along the way. As I would reach the end of a chapter, I would think, “Oh, I’ll just read one more chapter before I set the book down…” That is how I ended up reading this book so quickly. It really was hard for me to put it down and I am thankful for a dentist appointment and ballet rehearsal that afforded me some good reading time! I highly recommend this sweet story for fans of Christian romance. It is very well done. (5 stars)
 
A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman  Dec 5, 2013
Charlotte Rose Hill spends her days blending special teas for the town of Middlebury at The Rose Hill Cottage Tearoom and one thing she has discovered is you can't change the past no matter how much you would like to. When Charlotte was eighteen she gave up the one thing she loved most. Sam Wilder was her one true love and all she wanted was to marry him and have a family but Sam's father forced her to give him up because of her lineage by threatening to expose a family secret to the whole town of Middlebury. In order to save Sam's relationship with his father, Charlotte walked away without telling Sam why. Now, nineteen years later, Sam is back in Middlebury with some news of his own--he's getting married--and Charlotte is devastated. Her feelings for Sam are still just as strong but she knows she must do the right thing and keep her feelings a secret. But can she stand by and let the love of her life marry another?

Sam Wilder was heartbroken all those years ago when Charlotte walked away from him and he still doesn't understand why. But life moves on and his upcoming wedding is proof of that. Moving back home to Middlebury seemed like the right thing to do but now, after seeing Charlotte for the first time, he's not so sure. All of the old feelings he thought were locked away for good are now haunting his every waking minute. Sam made a promise to his fiancé but how can he marry one woman while still loving another? When secrets start to come out and lies unfurl will their lives change course or are they destined to be apart?

Marriage in Middlebury is my second book by Anita Higman and I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. Middlebury is portrayed as a quaint little town, one that I would love to live in, and I like that. I can relate to a story more when I love the setting. I want to talk about the characters also. Charlotte has such a loving, forgiving spirit. She is a giver and seldom a taker and she handles every situation so well. With finesse even. I would inspire to be like Charlotte. The whole town loves her and she is forever thinking of others above herself. Charlotte is the persona of everything good and wholesome. I love that. Sam is a real great guy too. Always seeing the good in people and extending a helping hand. You can't help but love Him. But there are other characters that you will love and that make this story complete. Pastor Wally, Mr. LaGrange (an atheist alcoholic), Justine Yule (the town hobo?), Nelly (Sam's cook) who had the cutest way of saying things, and Meredith Steinberg who is a modern day "Mrs. Miracle" matchmaker. Middlebury is a place for romance and it's definitely in the air. The characters are so endearing and the story is so well written that I couldn't help but love it. If the story wasn't wrapped up so well I would suggest a series. It has a Debbie MaComber quality to me and, if you like wholesome small town romances, you will love this book!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
 
A Second Chance At Love  Dec 1, 2013
Anita Higman in her new book, “A Marriage in Middlebury” published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Charlotte Rose Hill.

From the back cover: 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 fiancée?

A second chance at love doesn’t happen often, but their past may keep them apart. Is it too late for Sam and Charlotte?

Small town life. This book reminded me a lot of the old television show, “The Andy Griffin Show” which was set in the small town of Mayberry. You know everyone and everyone knows you. The same is true of Middlebury. The characters that come alive on these pages make you want to live there with them. There are the past regrets that are interfering with the present and delaying moving into the future. It takes God to heal and give everyone a new start. And of course there is the romance. Charlotte Rose and Sam are really great characters that we fall in love with and feel as though they are friends that we do not want to leave when the book is finished. It would be nice to return to Middlebury with another story that continues the adventures of these special characters.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 
An awesome book!  Nov 28, 2013
About the Book:

What happens when the matchmaker finds a match for herself?Charlotte Rose Hill has been serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky but beloved customers for more than 10 years. But for her, marriage seems like an elusive butterfly, always out of reach. At 18, Charlotte fell in love with a young man, Sam Wilder, but his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. She did, and then became engaged to another man, who later died before they were married. Now, more than a decade later, Charlotte finds that she still has feelings for her first love. Initially thrilled to learn that Sam has come home to Middlebury, Texas, Charlotte is devastated to learn that he’s brought someone with him: his fiancée. But all is not lost when the townsfolk decide to get involved. Will Charlotte and Sam find their way back to each other?



About the Author:

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, is the author or coauthor of thirty-five books for adults and children. She has recently been honored with a 2013 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award and is a two-time finalist in the 2013 Selah Awards as well as a finalist in the 2013 Cascade Awards. She holds a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends. Please visit her online at www.anitahigman.com.



My Review:

Charlotte Rose Hill runs a cozy little tea shop that everyone full enjoys. She enjoys her job greatly and has had a good enjoyable life, that is until one of her employees comes to her that there was a cute guy standing outside of the tea shop. Charlotte's heart starts to race, could it be that her ex has come back? But everything is not as it seems.

Sam Wilder is quite delighted when he sees Charlotte after all these years, she hasn't changed at all and is just a beautiful. He hasn't come back to be with her which is a pity, he has someone he wants her to meet. The love of his life, his fiancee. He knows Charlotte has to be happy with her since after all she said she would love to do catering for the wedding. But that's not the only thing he has to tell her. His crappy father has asked for her and that just isn't like him. What secret lies behind this old mans eyes?



Anita Higman is an excellent writer that provides depth to all of her characters as well as a strong plot line that is easy to follow. If you are interested in purchasing this book, you can do so at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.
 
Romance Strained Through a Cup of Tea  Nov 26, 2013
Title: A Marriage in Middlebury
Author: Anita Higman
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 978-1-4267-3387-1

“Over the years the stone had been a pleasant memento, reminding her of the smooth things in life that brought delight, but it had become a burden to her as well. Lately, it had become too heavy to carry,” Anita Higman writes in her novel, "A Marriage in Middlebury."

At three hundred and four pages, this paperback tome is targeted toward readers who love romance, small town gossip, and the cozy comfort of a tearoom. With no profanity, overtly sexual scenes, or violence, topics of abandonment, marital indiscretions, and bigotry makes the story acceptable for young mature adults or older. This reader wishes all pronouns related to God were capitalized for reverence.

Trying her best to be content, unmarried thirty-something year old Charlotte Rose Hill is the town of Middlebury’s perfect citizen with no known flaws; everyone loves, honors, and respects her in whatever she does. As she concocts her blended unique teas in her Rose Cottage Tearoom, she hugs each customer, gives free food and advice to those in need, and is a good shoulder to cry on for her employees and friends.

Yet Charlotte still lives in the past, when she was eighteen and in love with Sam Wilder. As she rubs the river stone constantly in her possession from so long ago, she wants God’s will in her life as she stoically resolves one conflict or calamity after another around her, wishing she was not alone.

But when Sam and his beautiful, seemingly confident fiancée stroll back into town to deal with his father and his estate almost decades later, Charlotte must come to terms with why she shunned his love.

Knowing his bride-to-be has issues of her own upbringing, Sam tries to be patient and understanding as he questions his own feelings of his past with Charlotte. With help from the town’s pastor, who becomes enamored with one of his parishioners, and his fiancée’s fascination of a man down on his luck, Sam becomes confused of his true motives.

With several interplays of romantic relationships, grace and forgiveness becomes forefront while several townspeople deal with their own moral dilemmas in this tender but very predictable tale. With a sprinkle of sappy, mushy dialogue, the reader may be charmed at some of the “tea” talk mixed with flavored metaphors.

This book was furnished by The Book Club Network Inc. in lieu of an honest review.
Blog site: http://connywithay.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/a-marriage-in-middlebury/
 
Not really my "cup of tea."  Nov 25, 2013
I’m sorry to only give this book 3 stars. It wasn’t really my “cup of tea.”
This is a story of forgiveness and trying to accept and follow God’s will for our lives. I enjoyed the writing and how Ms. Higman made the story come alive with great descriptions and well rounded characters. I also liked the analogies that were often used, as they helped to make the story more clear and explained what she wanted the characters and the readers to understand.
Despite the fact that I found the writing to be superb and I very much enjoyed the characters with all their quirks, I just couldn’t really get into the story. It seemed quite predictable to me and I could ascertain how it was going to end within the first couple chapters.
I highly recommend this book if you enjoy stories about small towns, tearooms, redeemed love, or are looking for a feel-good read.
I receive this book through The Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have received no compensation for it.
 
A Marriage in Middlebury  Nov 21, 2013
A very heartwarming tale about love and life in a small town community, where people come together to visit at a local Tea shop where special blends as well as gourmet foods are offered. Charlotte owns the little place and is now offered by a publisher to share her special tea blends and gourmet food recipes. Sam Wilder was her high school sweetheart now returns to the town because his father is at home dying. However, there is a secret Sam’s father has held over Charlotte so she wouldn’t marry Sam when he proposed many years prior.
The cook for Sam’s father was not valued as she should have been so when Sam inherits everything being an only child, he gives her a gift so she can make her dreams come true. Sam became a geologist because his father wanted him to be one, now he realizes the future holds many choices. The book deals with themes such as uncovering family secrets, seeking God, personal faith and falling in love.
I have read other novels written by this author and here is another masterpiece of a story that will touch your heart and keep you reading until the very last page. While it shows in the pages that the past in each players life cannot be changed the present can be redeemed which influences their futures.
The small town pastor’s character has never been married, waiting for God to bring him a special help mate. Now the various women of the congregation set him up on several blind dates, to which he successfully stops after s several attempts. Wait to see how he meets a possible companion as with a personality that is vivacious and delightful!
Audiences will be richly rewarded when taking time to curl up with the latest fictional work presented to us by Anita Higman. Personally, I cannot wait to see what she cranks out next not just to entertain her readers, but touch their hearts as well! Grab a couple copies and give them as presents this holiday season, the story goes well with your favorite blend of tea!
 
Second Chances  Nov 11, 2013
WOW ,Mrs. Higman has done it again. A Marriage in Middlebury is a delightful romance story. She writes about romance, misunderstandings , second chances, doing the honorable thing and her quirky customers.When I started reading this story I did not want to put it down. Charlotte Rose Hill has runs her Rose Cottage Tearoom for several years . She not only serves delicacies , her own blended teas, but advice to her customers and the people in this small town. When Charlotte was a young age of eighteen she was in love with Sam Wilder. She was ready to marry him and be Mrs. Sam Wilder. Something happened that changed her mind, and the day Sam proposed on the bridge over Middlebury creek she turns him down and walks out of Sam's life.
Charlotte has made a good life for herself without Sam. One day her life changed when that Wilder boy walks into her Tearoom after a decade later. Both talked and Sam still made Charlotte"s heart flutter. After a few minutes a young lady walks in and Sam introduces Audrey as his fiancé . They want Charlotte to help them with their wedding. Sam is back in town because his dad is dying and for his wedding. WOW , that is asking a lot from Charlotte. Could you help out with your old boyfriend's wedding? Mrs. Higman brings other characters into her romance story that are looking for second chances.These characters help make this story awesome. What will happen between Charlotte and Sam or maybe Charlotte and one of the other characters? What happened in the pass that made Charlotte say no to Sam's proposal? Could they put this pass behind them or is it to late with Sam engaged to marry Audrey ? I guess I had better stop before I give to much away . If you are looking for a good romance and second chances then look no further this is the story for you.
I was given a book to read by the author but was not told I had to give a good review .
 
Wonderful Read  Nov 8, 2013
A Marriage in Middlebury is about the local tearoom owner, Charlotte Rose Hill, who runs into her old flame, Sam Wilder. Charlotte find old feelings flooding back for Sam. The problem? Sam, also, arrives with his new fiance, Audrey. What will happen when the matchmakers of town take things into their own hands?
What a wonderful story! So many life lessons to learn throughout this book. There's betrayal and how to forgive and forget. There is also a romance and love. My favorite character was surprisingly Audrey. Love how she grew in this book and who she became. I would recommend this book. 4 stars.
 
Another great book by Anita Higman  Nov 4, 2013
A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman
This is an outstanding Christian romance book by author Anita Higman. Charlotte Rose Hill runs Rose Cottage Tearoom. There you can find more than just tea, you will find friendship, acceptance and entertainment. She has a great business, loyal customers and in fact the only thing missing is the love of her life. She has always loved Sam Wilder but had to turn his proposal down because his father was blackmailing her. Sam is back in town, with his fiancée. Charlotte thought she was over him but old feeling are surfacing. You will have to read the book to see if they get a second chance at love. I enjoyed the quirky characters, the author developed them into men and women you would find in your own hometown. For some reason this book gave me the warm fuzzy feeling of being at home where I am accepted, loved and comforted. She mixed in her strong faith, that it was there but not overbearing. I enjoyed so many of the character’s I hope to read more about them in other books. Yes this is a hint, can we have a sequel. I give this book 5 stars and would recommend it to my friends. I want to give a high-five to the author and publisher for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. I admire the way she brings the character’s to life.
 

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