Monday, June 11, 2012

The Anniversary Waltz by Darrel Nelson

The Anniversary Waltz: A novel

The Anniversary Waltz by Darrel Nelson

 About the Book
 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 They are unpublished as yet, but he reads them annually to his fourth-grade students.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 Take:   I really enjoyed this book.  We know that Adam and Elizabeth get together as the book starts out at their 60th wedding anniversary.  Even though we knew that they ended up together the author threw in some bumps along the way.  I thought that the relationship that Adam had with his dad was an interesting one as most people are proud that their sons go to fight for their country and are really happy when they come back alive.  I just thought that his father's reaction was different.  I thought the author did a really good job as this is his first book.  I will be looking for more books by him in the future.

I received a copy of this book for review purposes.

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