Monday, June 18, 2012

The Anniversary Waltz by Darrel Nelson

The Anniversary Waltz is the debut novel by author Darrel Nelson and for the most part I enjoyed this book. It opens with a couple celebrating their 60th anniversary and re-enacting the conversation that they had decades ago when they danced together for the first time. This is something they've done on their anniversary ever since. 
The book then goes back to the beginning of their love story and gives background on both characters. While the story was good, I got bored about halfway through. It was sweet but didn't "wow" me. I found it to be forgettable.
I really enjoyed reading about the era that Adam and Elizabeth lived in. I've always been fascinated with the 40s and this was a fun book to live vicariously through.
It was a clean read and I applaud the author for that.

From the back cover:
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 fave 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 book was provided for review by Glass Road Media & Management and is published by Realms, a division of Charisma.


Cafe Lily Book Reviews said...

I loved this book!

Darrel Nelson said...

I wanted to thank you for taking the time to read and review my novel, The Anniversary Waltz. Sorry it didn't "wow" you. My second novel comes out next spring. I hope you'll have better luck with it.