A Marriage in Middlebury is a book by Anita Higman. I have read several books by Higman and enjoyed them. Somehow A Marriage in Middlebury failed to draw me in. It has many of the features that I usually enjoy. Middlebury is a charming small town with a delightful neighborhood with a teahouse, antique stores, gift shops, etc., located in an old residential part of the town. It comes complete with cobblestone walkways. Charlotte Rose Hill, the protagonist, owns and runs the teahouse. The teahouse is delightful with delicious food and Charlotte mixes her own personalized teas for her customers.
I should have loved this book because these are the types of things that typically keep me reading. In retrospect, I think what happened is that I could see where the book was going almost from chapter 1. It was completely obvious (to me) how each couple should be correctly paired. Because of this I found myself reading a few pages and I would lose interest. It took me much longer than usual to complete this book.
I was frustrated with Charlotte Hill because she was so perfect. This did become somewhat tiresome, as Charlotte never strayed from her perfect existence. I really wanted her to burst out of her perfection and say what she really felt. She never did though. If she was upset she went into her broom closet to pray. While that is an admirable way to resolve problems there were certainly times when I felt she should speak up.
I did enjoy the character, Meredith, immensely. She was quirky, funny, a creative thinker and an amazing friend. When she was “on stage” I read with interest. Consequently, I loved her romance with the village pastor. She would be an amazing pastor’s wife. This romance was funny, delightful and once again, really drew me in. Also, as someone who thinks that tea is one of the great wonders of the world, I enjoyed the types of tea that were described and I loved the idea of personalized tea.
A Marriage in Middlebury is in many ways a charming, feel-good book. Personally, I had problems losing interest. I knew the ending early on; but I do think that there are probably other readers who would enjoy the coziness and charm of the Village of Middlebury. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book
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?
About the Author
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
Anita Higman is celebrating the release of her latest book, A Marriage in Middlebury, with a double Kindle Fire giveaway (one for you & one to give away!) and a "Tea for Two" Facebook Author Chat Party on December 12th.
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