Gem's Quiet Corner Reply to on 18 December 2017
|Okay, hands up… I’ll admit I’ve never read a Heidi Swain book before! I am now her biggest, new fan after reading Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells. If you pick up one book to read during all the festive madness, let it be this one…. and then go and add all her previous books to your collection like I am!
Anna, for almost 20 years has made it her mission to work over the Christmas and New Year period, so that she has a distraction from all the festivities, and stops her thinking about her Mum. Being a nanny, carer and companion means she can always find somewhere that needs her, will keep her busy and not ask any personal questions. This year she accepts a position as carer/companion at Wynthorpe Hall. Located out in the Fens, where there are no houses, people or shops nearby, it sounds completely perfect for her….
It soon becomes clear to Anna that her expected jobs at Wynthorpe Hall aren’t entirely what she had in mind, and the warmth that radiates off this unconventional family, has Anna (surprisingly) wanting to open up to them instead of isolate herself.
As a reader it’s incredibly difficult to not fall instantly in love with Wynthorpe Hall and it’s surroundings – it sounds not only beautiful, but also so homely and loved. Swain’s writing meant I could so easily picture everyone bustling about in the kitchen, with all those delicious aroma’s about from Dorothy’s cooking/baking. I wanted to be there and part of it!
The characters of Wynthorpe Hall are the absolute stars of this book; there’s Anna who you cant help but sympathise with and root for her to get her happy ending. Jamie, whose cheekiness was just delightful, and his chemistry with Anna was sizzling hot. Hayley constantly had me giggling with her way of words and honesty, and of course Lord and Lady of the Manor – Angus and Catherine, seeing the good in people and helping anyone they possibly can – I wish more people were like these two in the real world. There’s many more but I’d be here all day… just grab a copy and find out for yourself!
Whilst this book is full of festive delights , it also touched on some tougher issues, the back stories of how characters had come to be at Wynthorpe hall, including Anna herself, all make this book more than just your average fluffy Christmas story. These are heartfelt moments and sadness – real issues out there in the world.
From only the first few chapters I felt there was going to be something very special with this book and I was correct. Everything in it is what a Christmas book should have, but not only that it captures everything that Christmas should be about and what means the most.
This story was truly a Christmas delight – charming, romantic, full of warmth, with a sprinkling of magic thrown in – it’s without a doubt one of my very favourite Christmas books and one I know for certain i’ll read again.