Monday, February 17, 2014

Book Review ~ "The Anniversary Waltz" by Darrel Nelson

The Anniversary Waltz: A novelThe Anniversary Waltz: A novel by Darrel Nelson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Romance set in a contemporary and historical setting

Book Description: 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.

My thoughts: The Anniversary Waltz is a beautiful story of what it really means to love someone else.

The story begins at a 60th anniversary party for Adam and Elizabeth. Their family is brought to tears as they do their customary waltz. It ends with them standing still, holding each other, then a tender kiss.

The main part of the story occurs in the 1940's, after WWII has ended. Adam and Elizabeth share their love story, how they met and the events that led to their memorable wedding.

Adam is recently returned soldier, trying to find his way amongst friends and family. It doesn't take long for him to come across Elizabeth, she was four years younger than him, so he didn't pay much attention to her before he left to serve his country. At this point she has a suitor. Their courtship didn't follow traditional routes. The way they came together showed their unique personalities and love of fun.

This book takes some heart wrenching twists and turns. Adam and Elizabeth did not follow the path that was easy. They had many obstacles to overcome. This book illustrates that when two people really love each other, they can face the world and all the trials together and be stronger for the experience.

This book is a romantic journey, there is kissing. I found it to be a clean and a beautiful book to read.


  1. I'm glad you liked this one too. My mom sent it to me a couple weeks ago, but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. It sounds good though! I love books like this.

    1. I'm pretty sure that you will really enjoy this book. Darrel Nelson said that some of the experiences are from his family.

    2. Then I probably will enjoy it. He lives in the same little area of the world that I grew up in. :)

  2. Oh my goodness this sounds so fantastic!!!! Thanks for the great review!


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