About the Book:
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 theface 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 theUniversity 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 thejuvenile 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 They are unpublished as yet, but he reads them annually to his fourth-grade students.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.
Imagine an anniversary party for a marriage that has lasted 60 years. The husband and wife share a waltz every year to celebrate the love that they have and to commemorate the night they fell in love. That is how this sweet tale of a long lasting love begins.
Adam and Elizabeth dance their waltz and reminisce about how it all began lo those 60 years ago when Adam was a young soldier just returned from WWII and Elizabeth a beautiful girl trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life; she was dating the eligible boy in town and he was sure to provide her with all the material comforts in life but would he make her heart sing?
Adam comes home to find out that the farm he left behind is about to be foreclosed and the banker holding the mortgage is his old rival from high school and is unwilling to help in any way. That rival is also Elizabeth's boyfriend and Adam finds Elizabeth very compelling.
Of course these two are meant to be but their coming together isn't smooth or easy. They have to overcome some pretty big challenges before they get to the altar let alone that 60th anniversary. But the telling is an old fashioned delight. The book was a delightful respite from the heavier books I have been reading and the writing was easy. I found myself lost in WWII small town Montana life and I really didn't want to leave. This was one book I really wished was LONGER so that the characters would have been more developed. I really liked these people and wanted to know more about them and their lives.
This was a fast, relatively light read and it is sure to put a smile on your face and brighten your day. Not to mention strengthen your faith in long lasting, true love.
You can purchase The Anniversary Waltz on Amazon.com
Disclosure: I received a copy of The Anniversary Waltz from Glass Road Public Relations gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.