10 January 2013

Texas Wildflowers by Anita Higman, Book review (& GIVEAWAY)

Publisher: Barbour Books 
ISBN-13: 978-1616265953

 For Giveaway information, scroll down at the bottom!

Synopsis :  
(From the Back of the Book)

The four McBride sisters risk their hearts for love in the islands, canyons, mountains and bayous of Texas.

Deserted at the altar, a devastated Rosy McBride heads back to Galveston Island and begins working at her mother’s scrapbooking business. Will spending time with Larson Brookfield help mend her broken heart, or will she merely wind up pasting away?

Christian counselor Lily McBride relies on her quirky common sense and God’s wisdom to help her clients. Will she be successful at her new career or break the most solemn of counselor/patient vows by falling for the handsome, eccentric, and impossibly irresistible Rubin McCall while hiking the Palo Dura Canyon?

In the mountain town of Alpine, Violet McBride owns Romantic Images, a business that teaches people how to live romantically. Will Morgan Jones, a geek she meets online, show her the real meaning of romance and the art of love?

Heather McBride’s picture-perfect life has unraveled in the bayou. Will the free-spirited Evan Finch not only reawaken her artistic passion but also give her the courage to fall in love—without her day-planner?

Will God help give these women the pluck to love the least likely of soul mates? 

My thoughts:

Thoreau said: 'There is no remedy for love but to love more'. In her latest novel Anita Higman shows us just that!

'Texas Wildflowers' is a 4 IN 1 collection of four novellas featuring the four sisters of the McBride family, the sort of family depicted perhaps by Norman Rockwell!

Lively, funny and inspiring, each sister has a definite take on life in general.  Their one constant is however their profound faith. 
They might live at the four corners (literaly) of the State, but their ties to their Mum and Dad , their childhood home (Galveston) and their deep love for each other is abundantly clear. The feeling you receive as you read each story is akin to a very strong wish to be adopted by such folks!

Anita Higman brings us her flirty endearing romances once again and you can be sure anyone may read it!  

'The course of true love never did run smooth' (William Shakespeare) or so it would seem..

Everything's coming up Rosy (definitively my favourite of all four stories!)

Forget Me Not Lily

For the love of Violet

Dreaming of Heather

Four great stories...Four lovely ladies from the lone star state, each looking for a special someone and new direction, each blessed with just the right blend of love, faith and a good dose of humour! 

Be prepared for a few good laughs and enjoy a light hearted read!

Christian romance for all and the perfect antidote to a dreary winter evening.
I give it 4 stars!

About the Author:

Anita Higman is fun, loving and inspires as she reaches out to her readers with her novels!

The following is  an interview of Anita courtesy of KCWS:

Tell us a bit about Texas Wildflowers.
Texas Wildflowers is a 4-in-1 novella collection through Barbour Publishing. Each novella is set in an exotic location in Texas. They are lighthearted romances, and they’re all tied together with the four McBride sisters.

Which of the four novellas was the most fun to write?
They were each fun to write in their own way, but my favorite character was Lily, the counselor, in Forget Me Not Lily. She was quirky and fun, relatable and loveable. At least that’s what I hope readers will feel.

All these novellas are set in Texas. Are the towns and parks real?
Yes, in fact one of the novellas is set in Big Bend National Park, where my husband and I went on vacation. So, when you read about the characters on certain trails, they’re real, and we hiked them!

Did you have a favorite book when you were a child?I loved fairytales. Cinderella was my favorite.

Do you have a vacation spot you’d love to visit?
I’m dreaming of Ireland. My husband and I plan to travel there next summer. Can’t wait! Then I’m going to use the emerald isle as a setting in one of my novels.

What are 5 things that your readers might not know about you?
  1. While I was in college I tried working in a pillow factory. I was terrible at it. I got so weary with the repetition I started yakking with the woman next to me. We got reprimanded over and over until I quit. I discovered one thing from that college job—talking is something I excel at.
  2. I once won a hog-calling contest at a banquet. I was not embarrassed, but I should have been.
  3. I have a bird phobia, and yet I love birds! (That is, from a distance.) My house is filled with the fake kind—prints on the walls, statues, and general bird doodads. Go figure.
  4. I keep some interesting treasures near me when I write—a wooden jewelry box my son made me when he was in school, a candle from the 1960s, a hat once owned by a famous mystery writer, the inner parts of a music box, a birthday card that plays The Twilight Zone theme song, and an old family toy helicopter that says, “Going up.”
  5. Thirty-four years ago I rappelled off a cliff alongside the man I was dating. We kissed in mid-air while dangling off that cliff. I ended up marrying that man, and we've celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary!

What awards have you won?
I’ve won two book awards. One of my co-authored books entitled, A Tribute to Early Texas, won a San Antonio Conservation Society Citation as well as a Westerners International Book Award. Also, I was given three honors by readers: I was a Favorite New Author in the 15th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards, and my co-authored novel, Castles in the Air, was a Favorite Contemporary Romance in the 16th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards. My most recent award is a 2011 RWA Readers Choice Award (first place) for my novella, Once Upon a Christmas Eve.

When readers finish the last page of Texas Wildflowers, what do you want them to come away with?
I would love for them to be inspired, challenged, and entertained. If I accomplished even one of those things I would feel my writing time wasn’t wasted.

Bestselling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has thirty-two 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.

Visit her at her website (HERE).


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I would love to hear from you and find out which of the McBridge sisters you think you would like to find out more about it? (You know my choice if you read the review).
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 Best wishes to all!!


I received this book free from KATHY CARLTON WILLIS COMMUNICATIONS as part of their blogger review program.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.


  1. Hi Noelle,

    I wanted to thank you for always leaving such kind comments on my blog. Wishing you a lovely new week!

    Madelief x

  2. It's always a pleasure to check out the lovely arrangements you are well known for Madelief! The bonus is that we seem to like the same colours!


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