The Anniversary Waltz by Darrel Nelson
Posted by Krystal Larson at 2:51 PM Friday, June 15, 2012
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.
This debut novel is a sweet historical romance that will have readers teary eyed from beginning to end. World War II has just ended and Adam has returned to his hometown. Rather than being welcomed home by his father, Adam finds his father is unwilling to forgive him for leaving his mother and father to work the farm alone to fight in the war. Now, the farm is being foreclosed on by Adam’s high school rival. Nathan, Adam’s rival, is bossy, demanding and dating Elizabeth Baxter, a woman Adam cannot stay away from. After one dance, it is clear that Adam and Elizabeth were a couple that was meant to be.
This book is great and practically impossible to put down. Some characters seem like real people who I can relate to and cheer for. Other characters, Nate, I hated with unanticipated ferocity. Although a first time author, Nelson was able to create these types of feelings in me as a reader. The Anniversary Waltz will pull at your heart and leave you feeling happy. Not sappy, or overly romantic, but nostalgic and poignant. This is a great read.
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