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.
Love In Action
Sleigh Rides And
Silver Bells At The Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain is a delightful festive offering as we make a return
visit to Wynbridge. This can be read as a stand-alone but I enjoyed catching up
with familiar faces.
A wonderful warm atmosphere pervades the whole
novel and the reader feels included in the welcome. The lost, the lonely and
the hurting find a place to call home as huge hearts open their lives and their
hearts to heal the vulnerable.
Christmas is a magical time of year but it can
also be a time where painful memories are magnified. Shutting one’s heart away
can make for a lonely life. We need to open our hearts and let the embers of
friendship burst into life.
The Joy Of December
Mince Pies And
Mistletoe At The Christmas Market by Heidi Swain is the perfect contemporary book to get you into the
festive spirit. Christmas markets, Christmas tree auctions, festive fayre and
frosts all add to the atmosphere as the reader sinks into the book.
This is my third trip to Wynbridge where a warm
welcome is always guaranteed. As I open the book, it feels like I am coming
home to Wynbridge along with the main character. New faces mingle with old as
the reader is cocooned within the fold.
Community life is all encompassing as people
come together to save their market. The good of the whole, memories and
traditions must be fought for as the small traders take on the big
There is the Romeo and Juliet effect simmering
in the background as two families have an age old feud to settle.
No Place Like Home
The Cherry Tree Café by Heidi Swain is the most
delightful contemporary heart-warming novel that will give you a great big
welcome to the village of Wynbridge. Here, life is all about community – where there
is a need, it is met. It is not a place for a private life! “My private life
was going to be very public.”
The novel is about restoration, new beginnings
and following your dreams. It is about finding out your niche and living life
to the full. A fulfilled life does not necessarily mean a fast paced life in
the city. A fulfilled life is one where you feel comfortable and loved.
Lies can destroy. “It simply isn’t possible to
live a lie for long.” Lies wreck lives. Sooner or later, the truth must come
At the heart of the novel is baking and crafts.
Both add warmth and show how we can use our gifts.