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The Anniversary Waltz: A Novel

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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“A thoroughly enchanting story full of a wide range of emotions. The characters leaped from the pages straight into my heart.” —Lena Nelson Dooley, award-winning author of Mary’s Blessing and Maggie’s Journey

“Darrel Nelson masterfully transports us back to the days following World War II in this heartwarming story that will bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your face.” —M. J. Evans, author of Behind the Mist
 “I could not put the book down; each page held the mysteries of love and life.” —Sharon Gibb Murdoch, co-founder of Heritage Makers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616387150
  • Publisher: Charisma Media
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,209,915
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Darrel Nelson is a teacher and writes novels, articles, plays, and music. He has bachelor’s degrees in English and education from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    I loved this book from page one!

    I wanted to write a review that sounded professional and official. But I came up blank. So I'm just going to write what comes to my mind.

    I really enjoyed The Anniversary Waltz. Darrel Nelson sucked me in right from the first page. He was descriptive with his explanation of the room so I could picture it perfectly, but it wasn't overdone. His descriptions throughout the book continued in the same way. I came to care right away not only about the main characters, Adam and Elizabeth, but also about the secondary and peripheral characters.

    This was a very difficult book for me to put down when I had to. If I'd allowed myself, I would have stayed up to the wee hours of the morning to finish reading it! Instead I held myself to lunch breaks so I had a finite amount of time so I could draw out the pleasure of reading.

    I feel this was an excellent freshman endeavor for Mr. Nelson, and I happily look forward to his next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    A Great Love Story

    A sweet and romantic love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Start to finish...LOVED the book!!

    Start to finish...LOVED the book!!

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

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    A must read!!!

    Sixty-three years is a long time as we have been married fifty-one years ourselves. So I loved this book about an older couple, most are about young couples. Thanks Darrel for thinking of my generation. That being said I will get on with what I thought of the book its self.


    As the story begins it is 2006 and Adam and Elizabeth are at their anniversary party and they were dancing the waltz as they had done for the past sixty-three years.


    When Adam returned home to Reunion, Montana he was received with a hug from his mother but his father was still holding a grudge because he went to war and left them to manage the farm by themselves. The farm had fallen apart and soon he found out they were about to loose it. He went to the bank to his old friend Nathan Roberts to see what he could do, but Nathan would not work with him. Soon he found out the reason was Elizabeth.


    He went to a dance and saw Elizabeth Baxter dancing with his high school rival Nathan Roberts. When he got up the nerve to cut in, he knew this was the girl for him.


    As the story continues you will laugh at some of things and you will cry alone with them at others. I am so happy to have received this free book from Glass Roads to review and to join this tour. This may be Darrel Nelson's first novel but I sure hope there are more to come from him. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Beautiful Love Story

    I loved this book, and could not put it down! The Prologue of the book let me know that Adam and Elizabeth ended up together, and were celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
    When the story opened Elizabeth was dating a banker named Nathan, and Adam was just returning from WWII. Such sweet reunions he had with his family, only his Dad Nathan still seems to be holding a grudge.
    There are so many tender moments ...like when Aunt Lenora gives Elizabeth her Mother's rings! Then there are some tragic and heartbreaking times. Throughout the story you see God's hand on their lives!
    Don't miss this quick and heartwarming read, back to a time right after the War, enjoy!

    I received this book through First Wild Card Tours, and the Publisher Realms, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    What an amazing book with all the emotions to hook you from the


    What an amazing book with all the emotions to hook you from the get-go. Darrel Nelson weaves his magic with this story and I was captivated, feeling it and savoring each and every emotion. Intensely romantic and a tribute to the power of true Love. I LOVE LOVED it and could not put it down. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

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    Woo Hoo! The best part of finding new authors is like finding a

    Woo Hoo! The best part of finding new authors is like finding a real treasure, especially when the story is so good you want to share it with every single person you can find. That's just what I discovered when I opened the pages of The Anniversary Waltz by Darrel Nelson in his debut novel.

    This is such a heartwarming story for lovers of history, World War II, the underdogs of the world and just pure romance told in a way only a seasoned writer would know how and that's what makes this one so splendid. Because it's Darrel's first, but it seems as though he has honed the talents of what makes Nicholas Sparks and Andy Andrews novels work so well in the hearts of women everywhere. A great story!

    This one encapsulates two different time periods, 2006 and 1946. In the opening chapter, we are immediately drawn into the Anniversary party for Elizabeth and Adam Carlson, celebrating sixty years of happiness and love among family and friends. Then the story takes us back to where it all began for them as most timeless love stories will.

    Here we see Adam Carlson as a returning war hero coming home from World War 2. It's hard coming back because you are sure how you will be received. His mother is waiting to hug him and tell him how much he's been missed, but his father isn't there. He is still carrying a grudge and anger from when Adam announced his intentions of joining the war efforts and leaving his mother and father to manage the family farm until he's returned four years later. You'd think his father would be happy to see him home alive instead of the sixteen others from his home town in Reunion, Montana that died while serving their country.

    Adam has to work to heal that rift between him and his father and he begins by immediately setting to work repairing the farm that has fallen into disrepair. Only he soon learns that the farm has fallen into foreclosure and it will be sold in a matter of weeks at an auction. Adam tries everything he can to work with the officer at the bank, Nathan Roberts, an old friend from school. But it seems time has changed their relationship as well. Nathan has been climbing the corporate ladder and making himself rich in the process when a heart murmur kept him home from the war. He is unwilling to work with Adam at all.

    Adam soon learns that Nathan's competitiveness runs further along than just business matters when Elizabeth Baxter, his girlfriend, seems to have an eye for Adam and his easy going ways over Nathan's demands. Adam takes the advice from Elizabeth to see her uncle, the mayor, to see if they can find a loophole to save the family farm. This is where the story takes an interesting turn and the book really engages the reader.

    Darrel Nelson transports the reader back to a difficult time as soldiers were returning home from the war and towns were trying to find ways to recover from depression as well. It takes you back to simple times when friends and neighbors remember how to come together and find workable solutions. For me, this book was like a mix of It's A Wonderful Life when George and Mary were much older and trying to find a way to make it in their world despite all the difficulties happening in their day. This creates such loveable and real characters you can't help but all in love with and root for the entire way through the book.

    In doing so, Darrel created so many moments, I had to stop reading and share them with my husband. These are those "Ah" moments that show how relationships are truly meant to be, with lots of hard work, dedication and laughs along the journey. This one I know will completely capture your heart. If you are a lover of historical romance books, or just a hopeful romantic at heart. I know you will LOVE this one!

    I received this book compliments of Glass Roads Public Relations for my honest review and HIGHLY recommend this one. This book for me was a mix of The Notebook and It's A Wonderful Life magically blended together to form an outstanding and timeless classic love story! This is one, I know, I will read again and again and share with anyone who is looking for those incredible books that completely leave your breathless but with a smile on your heart. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to add Darrel's novels to my permanent library. Look for his next book, The Return of Cassandra Todd due out in 2013 and one that will be on my MUST read list!

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Beautiful & Heartwarming

    What a beautiful book! It is such a sweet love story and I thoroughly enjoyed being transported back in time to the days following the second World War. I enjoyed living the character's lives with them and it made me long to experience life in a simpler time. I fell in love with Reunion, Montana - the small town the book takes place in - it made me very nostalgic for the life I experienced growing up in a small town similar to Reunion. The characters are rich and the love story beautiful. I couldn't put this book down as I savored each and every page. I highly recommend it!

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