Warm And Welcoming
The Winter Garden by Heidi Swain is the most charming contemporary novel set during the autumn in the run up to Christmas. It is the third book in the Nightingale Square series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces.
Once more the characters are warm and welcoming. Strangers quickly become friends as arms reach out to include new faces into the fold.
Everything is community based. People work together for the good of all. Much love and encouragement is offered as people’s dreams soar. Neighbours are so much more, they become family.
There are relationships budding but there is an underlying tension as the past is misunderstood. Families that are fractured and need work to repair the cracks.
I loved the inclusion of rescue dog, Nell. She captured my heart and was very much an integral part of the story.
Bereavement hits hard. Loss leaves a hole but the love still lingers.
Using local produce, goods and talent means that the carbon footprint is reduced as well as helping the local community to thrive.
I always love Heidi Swain’s novels. She creates wonderful characters who warmly welcome the reader into their fold. She always leaves me smiling.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.