Anita Higman takes readers to a quaint Texan
town with a tale of forgiveness, hope and love.
Can you pinpoint one decision, one moment, one action that changed your life forever? We all have definable moments that shape who we are and the path we follow, but sometimes other people make that decision for us. In A Marriage in Middlebury (Abingdon Press/November 5, 2013/ISBN: 978-1-4267-3387-1/$14.99), Anita Higman weaves a heartwarming tale of how one choice takes a woman down an unexpected path to forgiveness.
At a young age, Charlotte Rose Hill thought she found the man she would marry: Sam Wilder. But when Sam proposed, Charlotte rejected his offer. Despite her love for Sam, she bowed to the pressures from Sam’s family to break off their relationship. Sam and Charlotte went their separate ways, neither understanding the real reasons why.
More than a decade later, Charlotte is comfortable with her life; she owns her own tea shop, serving up the country delicacies, uniquely blended teas and matchmaking advice for her dedicated customers. The only thing lacking is someone to share it with. So when Sam Wilder walks into her tearoom one day, Charlotte is stunned and speechless. Even though it seems too good to be true, Charlotte begins to hope for the future they could have had together. However, those hopes quickly vanish when she learns Sam didn’t come alone.
Sam’s arrival, despite having a fiancée draped on his arm, stirs up old feelings for Charlotte, and she can’t help but remember the past. Torn between her heart and her mind, Charlotte struggles to squelch her dreams of a life with Sam and instead be a supportive friend. When the truth comes out about why they had to break off their relationship, will they be able to forgive and forget? Will it push them farther apart or closer together?
Returning to a favorite theme of forgiveness and reconciliation, Higman develops a beautiful story that illustrates how we should handle situations when life doesn’t go as expected. “Forgiveness is not easy, but it’s the only way to live free,” Higman explains. “It helps to remember that forgiveness is what God offered us when we sinned against Him.”
Centered around Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight,” A Marriage in Middlebury shares the importance of trusting God during life’s storms.
Even though she’s written in many genres, Higman does have her favorite. “I love inspirational romance. There’s just nothing else like it for writing and reading. It naturally makes you want to curl up on an overstuffed couch and read the day away.”
In addition to writing books, Higman has written for radio, e-zines and advertising. She formerly cohosted a monthly blog talk radio show at www.InFaithNetwork.com, a part of Reader’s Entertainment Radio. She has a BA degree combining speech communication, psychology and art from Southern Nazarene University and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Writer’s View.
She loves good movies, exotic teas and brunch with her friends. Higman and her husband live in Houston, TX.