Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Anniversary Waltz Book Review

It has been awhile since I did just a plain out book review that I feel a little out of touch but I have quite a few coming up and have made it a priority to get back to the original purpose of my blog was reading books and sipping tea or coffee while doing so. I sorta veered off course for awhile, but have found my way back to reading and drinking my favorite teas and coffees. The book I want to talk about tonight is The Anniversary Waltz written by Darrel Nelson and it spans a lifetime of romance along with the ups and downs of what we all know as marriage.
Things are never really black and white and you have to be able to see the gray areas or you will never make it in this world. Sometimes, there is no right or wrong. Sometimes, you won't find the answers you want, only more questions. I have learned to let it go, for in the scheme of things, there are more important issues to deal with and the petty stuff needs to be put away.
Here is an excerpt from this book and then I will talk again.
At their 60th 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.
Adam Carlson came home from World War II not knowing whether he would be welcome or not. His father, Hector, opposed the war and alas, he was not there to pick him up when he got back to Reunion, Montana, only his mother, Maude was there and she told Adam to give him time. Well, time was not on their side at all. Evidently, while he had been away at war, his father fell behind on the mortgage of their ranch and was being threatened with eviction.

It did not help that the bank officer who was in charge of this loan was a rival of Adam's and the situation got even worse when the banker, Nathan, found out that Adam had been seeing his girlfriend, Elizabeth Baxter. They met at a party and had danced and Adam knew from then on that Elizabeth was the one for him, he only had to convince her of the same. He knew Nathan could provide for her financially, but heart wise, Adam was the better man.

As the time for the auction got near, Adam and his friends came up with a scheme to try and save the family ranch. Elizabeth's uncle Will, was the one who came up with the plan to start the bidding at 1 cent and not go over a dollar. When the bidding stopped at $5.00, Nathan was so angry that he would not go along with the deal because Elizabeth had finally chosen Adam.

Adam asked Elizabeth to marry him and she agreed. There was a party the night before the wedding and Adam's cousin, Ty along with some of Elizabeth's friends thought it would be funny if Elizabeth was kidnapped and taken away. That single act of foolishness, cost them all dearly. While they were driving, some cows had gotten out of their pasture and were in the middle of the road. Ty did not see them in time and they collided with the cows turning the car over and killing Ty instantly. Elizabeth's two friends, Julie & Susan were injured but it was Elizabeth who suffered the most.

I am going to stop here because this is such a great love story and inspirational story of courage and devotion that you need to read it yourself to see how things ended up with the farm and with Adam & Elizabeth. It truly is a wonderful story and if Hollywood doesn't make a movie off of this book, they should be shot in the foot! It would make an awesome love story/survival story in my opinion but you know them, if it doesn't have alot of guts and glory, they don't think it's a money maker. I think love and courage wins anytime over frivolous movies that make no sense at all! Happy Reading!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I copy the image of the book as mine came out washed out. Something must be off in the flash or whatever.


Carol L. said...

Thanks so much for the review. I definitely will be buying this book to read.
Carol L.
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Darrel Nelson said...

Thank you for your review of The Anniversary Waltz. I'm so glad you enjoyed my novel. I think it would make a great movie too. I loved your "shot in the foot" comment.

Rose-Marie said...

This would definitely be a good movie! um, a great one! I thought u were telling the whole story, now I'm hooked to find out the rest!