Sunday, June 10, 2012

Book Review of The Anniversary Waltz by Darrel Nelson

Anyone ever read a debut novel that just totally surprised you? Well, that is what happened to me when I read The Anniversary Waltz by Darrel Nelson. This is a debut novel and set in a time frame I really don't care about reading but this book just really drew me in. Check it out below and find out more about Darrel Nelson.

The Anniversary Waltz
At their sixtieth anniversary party, Adam Carlson asks his wife, Elizabeth, for their customary waltz. After the dance they gather the family and share their story-a story of love and courage overcoming adversity and thriving in the face of overwhelming odds.

It's the summer of 1946, and Adam has just returned from the war to his home in Reunion, Montana. At a town festival he meets Elizabeth Baxter, a young woman going steady with his former high school rival and now influential banker, Nathan Roberts.

When Adam and Elizabeth share a waltz in a deserted pavilion one evening, their feelings begin to grow and they embark on a journey, and a dance, that will last a lifetime.

About the Author

Darrel Nelson is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, with bachelor's degrees in English and education. He is a schoolteacher by profession, with thirty-three years of teaching experience, and currently teaches fourth grade at Raymond Elementary School. Nelson has had an article published in Lethbridge Magazine and has written several dramatic plays, two of which won provincial recognition and were showcased at a drama festival. He won the CJOC radio songwriting contest two years running and has had one song receive international airplay. Writing has always been a passion, and over the years he has written four novels intended for the juvenile market. They are unpublished as yet, but he reads them annually to his fourth-grade students. The Anniversary Waltz is his first novel intended for the adult market.

MY REVIEW-Like I already mentioned, The Anniversary Waltz totally thrilled me. This is a book set around a time of war. I am not a big fan of war books and was somewhat skeptical because of this and the debut aspect. Believe me, I have read some debut books that I definitely did not want to finish. But this one was not like that at all! Excellent plot and storyline. Characters that made you feel for them and like them. Writing that will pull at your emotions and romance that sizzles. You have it all in this one book:)

The book opens with Adam and Elizabeth at their anniversary party and he walks over and asks her for a dance. The grandchildren are all there and to me this part just painted a sweet picture. This is their sixtieth anniversary, guys. Get the picture? After the dance Adam sits down and tells the story from the beginning of how him and Elizabeth met. You then go back to when it first started and it just gets better from there. I wasn't too sure I liked how Adam and Elizabeth got together and she was almost flirting with Adam while being pretty much engaged to Nathan. But in the end, it was for the better. But she has to make the decision of marrying the man who can give her everything she wants, or the one who makes her heart beat faster and gives her the thrill. I understand sometimes you can't make that decision, but this was a choice she had to make, even though relatives would be upset, etc. There is one part near the end of the book that had me in tears. You will definitely want a tissue reading this book.

Overall a great book with a good plot. Sweet and yet thought provoking. Shows the trials a family faced in this time period like losing a farm because of foreclosure, etc. This poignantly displays how even though a person may change in appearance, if you really love someone, it won't change a thing. That knight on a white horse just might come to take you away:)

I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All thoughts are 100% mine.

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