2020 · christmas books

Christmas countdown….

There are just 6 weekends left until Christmas. Can you believe that? Where has this year gone? Well, we know that – we’ve spent most of it sat inside, watching rolling news and washing our hands!

Usually, I would be expecting the next 6 weekends to involve lots of sparkles, fizz, glitter and the obligatory hangover fast food the next day. Instead, we will just be staying at home (at least for the next 4 weeks anyway). With that in mind, I thought I would recommend some of my favourite Christmas reads – all by Heidi Swain.

For those who know know Heidi, she won the Books and the City digital submission day in 2014, was signed to Simon & Schuster and her first book The Cherry Tree Cafe was published the following year. I first met Heidi back at the Spring Blogger’s event in 2015 and I have been a devout follower ever since.

Heidi publishes two books each year – usually one in the summer and one around Christmas time. This is no mean feat! I am in awe of anyone who writes one book a year, let alone two! And Heidi’s books are set around the make believe town of Wynbridge and, recently, Nightingale Square. You can dip in to any of the books at any time, but I would always recommend you start from the beginning and read them in order so you become familiar with the places and the character who pop up. Full list of books here: https://heidiswain.co.uk

To date, Heidi has published 5 Christmas books. Wow! I’ve read all of them but I have only blogged about 3 of them (linked below). In date order, they are:

  1. Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market

Christmas has arrived in the town of Wynbridge and it promises mince pies, mistletoe and a whole host of seasonal joy.
 Ruby has finished with university and is heading home for the holidays to save up for her trip around the world in January. Against her father’s wishes, she takes on a stall at the local market, and sets about making it the best Christmas market stall ever. There’ll be bunting and mistletoe and maybe even a bit of mulled wine.
 But with a new retail park just opened on their doorstep, the market is under threat. So together with all the other stallholders, Ruby devises a plan to make sure that Wynbridge is the first port of call for everyone’s Christmas shopping needs.
 The only thing standing in her way is Ruby’s ex, Steve. It’s pretty hard to concentrate on saving the world when he works on the stall opposite, especially when she realises that her feelings for him are still there…
This Christmas make time for some winter sparkle – and see who might be under the mistletoe this year… 

Link to blog post.

To buy this book, please click one of the links below:

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To buy from Waterstones (affiliate link)

To buy from Gullivers Books (my local independent book shop)

Or to order from an independent bookshop, please click here to go to Bookshop.org

2. Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair

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.

To buy this book, please click one of the links below:

To buy from Amazon (affiliate link) or read free with Kindle unlimited (click here for 30 day free trial)

To buy from Waterstones (affiliate link)

To buy from Gullivers Books (my local independent book shop)

Or to order from an independent bookshop, please click here to go to Bookshop.org

3. Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland

After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course . . .
 
Moving into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the town’s gossip, Hayley finds herself immersed in the eccentric Connelly family’s festive activities as they plan to host their first ever Winter Wonderland. But Hayley isn’t the only new resident at the hall. Gabe, a friend of the Connelly’s son Jamie, has also taken up residence, moving into Gatekeeper’s Cottage, and he quickly makes an impression on Wynbridge’s reformed good-girl.
 
As preparations commence for the biggest event of the season, the pair find themselves drawn ever closer to one another, but unbeknownst to Hayley, Gabe, too, has a reason for turning his back on love, one that seems intent on keeping them apart.
 
Under the starry winter skies, will Gabe convince Hayley to open her heart again once more? And in doing so, will he convince himself?

To buy this book, please click one of the links below:

To buy from Amazon (affiliate link) or read free with Kindle unlimited (click here for 30 day free trial)

To buy from Waterstones (affiliate link)

To buy from Gullivers Books (my local independent book shop)

Or to order from an independent bookshop, please click here to go to Bookshop.org

4. The Christmas Wish List

After being let go from her job in a swanky hotel just weeks before Christmas, Hattie is feeling lost. Even more so when her high-flying boyfriend announces he’s landed his dream job in Abu Dhabi and asks her to move with him. Luckily, Hattie’s long-time friend Dolly is on hand to help and invites Hattie to spend one last holiday in the small, festive town of Wynbridge, determined to give her a Christmas to remember . . .

Upon Hattie’s arrival, holiday preparations are in full swing. But for Hattie, whose Christmas cheer has long since run out, it’ll take more than mince pies and mistletoe to open her heart to the season once more. Relishing the task of reigniting Hattie’s Christmas spirit, Dolly suggests they create a wish list of all the things the season can offer, and with the helpful hands of Wynbridge’s resident handyman, Beamish, Hattie finds her frosty exterior is starting to thaw.

As Wynbridge prepares for its most spectacular Christmas yet, will Hattie leave snowy England behind for life in a sunnier clime, or will she in fact realise that her heart’s desire lies much closer to home?

Link to blog post.

To buy this book, please click one of the links below:

To buy from Amazon (affiliate link) or read free with Kindle unlimited (click here for 30 day free trial)

To buy from Waterstones (affiliate link)

To buy from Gullivers Books (my local independent book shop)

Or to order from an independent bookshop, please click here to go to Bookshop.org

5. The Winter Garden

Freya Fuller is estranged from her parents and has been following her childhood dream of becoming a gardener ever since. When an opportunity to design a winter garden opens up at a Victorian property in Nightingale Square, Freya jumps at the chance to make a fresh start. But while the majority of the residents are welcoming, local artist Finn seems determined to shut her out, and when Freya’s family make a surprise appearance, it seems that her new life is about to come crashing down . . .

Link to blog post.

To buy this book, please click one of the links below:

To buy from Amazon (affiliate link) or read free with Kindle unlimited (click here for 30 day free trial)

To buy from Waterstones (affiliate link)

To buy from Gullivers Books (my local independent book shop)

Or to order from an independent bookshop, please click here to go to Bookshop.org

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