I am sharing my thoughts today on “Sleigh Rides & Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair” by Heidi Swain, available in paperback or eBook, published by Simon & Schuster UK.
When Anna takes on the role of companion to the owner of Wynthorpe Hall, on the outskirts of Wynbridge, she has no idea that her life is set to change beyond all recognition.
A confirmed ‘bah humbug’ when it comes to Christmas, Anna is amazed to find herself quickly immersed in the eccentric household, and when youngest son Jamie unexpectedly arrives home it soon becomes obvious that her personal feelings are going all out to compromise her professional persona.
Jamie, struggling to come to terms with life back in the Fens, makes a pact with Anna – she has to teach him to fall back in love with Wynthorpe Hall, while he helps her fall back in love with Christmas. But will it all prove too much for Anna, or can the family of Wynthorpe Hall warm her heart once and for all…?
Join Anna for a festive journey festooned with sleigh rides and silver bells and help her discover her happy-ever-after.
Anna does all she can to avoid Christmas and when the job as a companion comes up at Wynthorpe Hall it is perfect. She is met with a very warm welcome from the owners and also the staff, in fact at times it is hard to see a difference between staff and family as they all just seem to bimble along in a wonderful warm way, everyone helps out with whatever is required. Anna trying to be professional, unknowingly lets her guard down and fits right in.
Oh my goodness, this is such a deliciously warm, snugly and cosy read. The characters are as welcoming to the reader as they are to Anna on her arrival. As the story unfolds you get to meet all the characters and all their quirky ways and also their friendly and open warmth as you read about how they arrived at the Hall, what they do and their relationships with each other. But there is also a serious side to the story that involves the owners three sons who you will meet further in, Christopher, Archie and Jamie. They have different lives and responsibilities and the story line takes in various problems and run in between them in its stride.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I followed Anna and the other characters to the run up to Christmas at the Hall, there antics are hilarious at times and I found myself reading with a daft grin on my face. A book that I could not put down, very well paced with a brilliantly written cast.
This is my first experience of reading this author, yes I am kicking myself for this, I will definitely be reading more.
If you want a heartwarming festive treat, then this is the book to read. It is a book that was comfortable and relaxing and is ideal for readers who like a festive fiction, women’s fiction and romance.
About the Author:
Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she finally plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.
A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes contemporary fiction and enjoys the company of a whole host of feisty female characters.
Heidi can be found at the keyboard at all hours of the day and night and quite often scribbling longhand in her car during her lunch break. She lives in stunning south Norfolk with her wonderful family and a mischievous cat called Storm.
Her debut novel, The Cherry Tree Cafe, was published on July 16th, 2015 and became an Amazon bestseller.
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (5 Oct. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471164853
- ISBN-13: 978-1471164859
- Purchase from Amazon UK ~ Amazon US
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