Friday, June 15, 2012

"The Anniversary Waltz", by Darrel Nelson

This was a lovely read for me. I enjoyed it from the first page until I closed the very last. How wonderful to have an anniversary waltz on your sixtieth wedding anniversary. A day every married couple hopes to enjoy together.

The story begins in the year of 2006, as the couple, Adam and Elizabeth, are readying for their celebration. The family enjoys of hearing of how the anniversary waltz came to be, so the Carlsons begin the retelling of their love story.

Nelson takes us back to the year of 1946. We are transported back to the town of Reunion, Montana. He begins with Adam returning from the war and coming home to a family farm in need of repair. Most importantly, a father's and son's relationship, in need of repair. Adam's mother is full of such grace and carries such a sweet spirit, while his father is angered that his son was off at war. For me, more than anger, I see a father, feeling deprived and missing his son. A father unable to really share his feelings.

We see the lives of both of these people and the families that surround them. Elizabeth lives with her aunt and is that fun loving girl who holds great beauty inside and out. But tragedy strikes and she finds herself in a battle.

This is a story about redemption, forgiveness, healing and unconditional love. A love that over comes adversity and blossoms into sixty years. We see it is not easy, but with faith, love prevails those obstacles that get in the way and love only becomes stronger. We see faith portrayed in these characters as we are transported back to another time and place, where reunion really does happen.

This book was a gift from Glass Road Media for it's review.

Darrel Nelson is a teacher and writes novels, articles, plays and music. He has bachelor's degrees in English and education from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.
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