Skip to content

Heidi Swain Reveals New Book – The Winter Garden

'The Winter GardenHeidi Swain has revealed her festive book for 2020 called ‘The Winter Garden’.

What the back cover says –

Freya Fuller is living her dream, working as a live-in gardener on a beautiful Suffolk estate. But when the owner dies, Freya finds herself forced out of her job and her home with nowhere to go. However, with luck on her side, she’s soon moving to Nightingale Square and helping to create a beautiful winter garden that will be open to the public in time for Christmas.

There’s a warm welcome from all in Nightingale Square, except from local artist Finn. No matter how hard the pair try, they just can’t get along, and working together to bring the winter garden to life quickly becomes a struggle for them both.

Will Freya and Finn be able to put their differences aside in time for Christmas? Or will the arrival of a face from Freya’s past send them all spiralling?

Sounds like the perfect festive story to curl up with.

You can pre-order ‘The Winter Garden’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 1st October 2020.

Christmas On Nantucket By Elin Hilderbrand

Christmas on Nantucket ’Christmas on Nantucket’ is the sequel to Elin’s previous novel, ‘Winter Street’.

Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn and his family busily preparing for the holiday season. Though the year has brought tragedy, the Quinns have much to celebrate: Kelley has reunited with his first wife Margaret, Kevin and Isabelle have a new baby; and Ava is finally dating a nice guy. But when Kelley’s wife Mitzi shows up on the island, along with Kevin’s devious ex-wife Nora and a dangerously irresistible old fling of Ava’s, the Inn is suddenly overrun with romantic feuds, not to mention guests. With jealousy, passion, and eggnog consumption at an all-time high, it’s going to take a whole lot more than a Christmas miracle to get the Quinns – and the Inn – through the holidays intact.

If you are a fan of wholesome stories about family and love, then look no further than Elin Hilderbrand’s latest book, ‘Christmas On Nantucket’. This gripped my attention one Sunday evening when I should have been in bed, instead I kept reading until the final page as I couldn’t put the book down.

The story follows large Quinn family, as they prepare for the Christmas season as well they getting ready for the baptism of the first grand-daughter of the family. The story is seen through the narrative of the family members, as they all deal with the problems of their lives, as well as reflect on the year that is about to end. Kelley is just beginning to get used to not having a wife in his life until his ex-wife Mitzi suddenly reappears in his life. After conducting a 12 year love affair with the local Santa Claus, Mitzi finds it hard to adjust to the new life that she has chosen, regretting her decision as well as the heartbreak of her son missing in Afghanistan whilst on duty. She finds solace in drink and chatting online to mothers whose children are also missing whilst on duty. Meanwhile Margaret, Kelley’s first wife is a busy news anchor, sophisticated and cultured, she’s enjoying a new relationship and a taking a break from the limelight, her only daughter Ava’s in love with a kind and sweet man, but she keeps finding herself being drawn back to Nathaniel, the man before Scott and the only man she truly loved. And finally there’s Jennifer, the wife of Patrick, Margaret and Kelley’s son, who’s now in prison, she feels let down by his behaviour and hates the fact that their children feels that it’s on her fault, under pressure and stressed, she needs help.

The story covers a wide range of issues, adultery, lies, drug abuse and war and all this stories wrapped up in a festive book makes for compelling reading. The story flows at a warm and gentle pace and deals frankly and wittily with dysfunctional families, packed with vibrant characters, filled with humour and romance, ‘Christmas On Nantucket’ is a beautifully captivating story about the importance of family and coming together.

You can buy Christmas on Nantucket from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Chrissie Manby Releases New Book – A Fairytale For Christmas

A Fairytale For ChristmasChrissie Manby is back with a new Christmas book this year called ‘A Fairytale For Christmas’.

The story of ‘A Fairytale For Christmas’ is –

What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true?

It’s the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together.

But Kirsty soon learns that it’s not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there’s Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after… or reveal their love to be nothing but a ‘showmance’?

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball.

‘A Fairytale For Christmas’ sounds like another heartwarming book from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

You can pre-order A Fairytale For Christmas Amazon from and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 3rd November 2016.

Nine Lives Of Christmas By Sheila Roberts

Nines Lives Of Christmas‘Nine Lives Of Christmas’ is the second book that I’ve read by Sheila Roberts and is another one of her of festive books.

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator . . . and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He’ll do anything if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him-and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain. The stranger turns out to be a firefighter named Zach, who’s in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it’s bound to earn him a healthy ninth life. Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever thought. Merriliee is way too shy to make the first move on a ladies man like Zach, and Zach thinks he’s all wrong for a nice girl like Merrilee. Now it’s going to take all of Ambrose’s feline wiles-and maybe even a good old fashioned Christmas miracle-to make them both realize that what they’re looking for is right in front of their eyes.

The story is primarily seen through the eyes of Ambrose, a stray tomcat who narrowly misses death, when firefighter Zach saves him from the clutches of an angry dog. Wanting to repay Zach’s kindness, Ambrose moves in with Zach despite Zach not being a cat person and decides that he wants to make his saviour happy by finding him a companion. Zach already has a lady friend called Blair but she isn’t a cat person and finds the feline more of a hindrance. But a pretty young woman called Merilee has caught Ambrose’s attention and thinks that she would be perfect for Zach, as she is a cat lover and works in the pet shop and helps with all of Zach’s cat needs.

The two main human characters are lovely. Zach is quite a gentleman with a big heart. He has bought a nice new house, ready to renovate and be ready should he find ever love, but he is quite cynical towards relationships as his own childhood was quite unhappy. Coming from a broken home, he isn’t close to his mother after she left her family leaving Zach and his brother with his alcoholic father. Merilee is a sweetheart, she feels inferior to her glamorous and successful sisters, even though she has a caring nature, she lacks confidence and the courage to go to veterinary school. Ambrose is determined that the two of them will get together with his help, as he remembers the two people saving one of his nine lives.

A lovely story from the very beginning, ‘Nine Lives Of Christmas’ is a charming, witty and gentle story about love and feline friends.

You can buy The Nine Lives of Christmas from Amazon and is available to buy from all good bookshops.

The Snow Globe By Sheila Roberts

The Snow GlobeAmerican author Sheila Roberts has generously treated us to three Christmas books this year and the first one I read was the sweetly named ‘The Snow Globe’. With a bright red cover of the festive snow globe, this book makes for warmhearted reading and with only 166 pages, it can easily be consumed in one sitting.

When Kiley Gray discovers an enchanting snow globe in an antique shop, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. For years, the snow globe has passed from generation to generation, somehow always landing in the hands of a person in special need of a Christmas miracle. Kiley could use a miracle herself. This year, all she wants for Christmas is someone to love. A hopeful shake leads her on an adventure that makes a believer out of her. When Kiley shares the story of the snow globe with her best friends-two women with problems of their own-they don’t believe it. But they’re about to discover that at Christmastime, sometimes the impossible becomes possible and miracles really do come true.

The story is about three best friends, Kiley, Suzanne and Allison, who go shopping one day and Kiley treats herself to a little snow globe. After hearing the magical story about the trinket, she hopes the globe will change her luck in life. After her ex-boyfriend dumps her for her younger, prettier sister, she has given up on relationships until the scene in the snow globe changes and she sees a vision a little closer to home. Scared that she is going mad, she shows it to Suzanne and Allison but they don’t see the same thing she does and then they begin to worry about their friends sanity. Until one day Kiley meets Craig, the man she sees in the snow globe. Finally happy that her life has changed direction, she passes the globe onto Suzanne.

Suzanne is practical and very cynical about the globe, especially when her little girl tells her that she sees a puppy in the globe. Trying to create the perfect life for her husband guy and their little girl Bryn, she sees the idea of a puppy as a hindrance and will destroy everything that she has achieved but it seems that the snow globe and Bryn have other ideas in store no matter Suzanne’s protestations. And finally Allison just wishes that the snow globe will bring her a happier life and feel part of a loved and normal family.

I enjoyed this story, as it’s quite short, it’s easy to get absorbed in. The characters are sweet and fun, each of the problems were relatable and I sympathised with them. The one thing that I did wonder about was the first part of the story of Kiley was 80 pages long and other 80 pages were about Suzanne and Allison combined and I did feel that their inclusion in the story was a bit rushed.

Apart from this, I thought it was a gentle and sweet story. ‘The Snow Globe’ is a captivating and magical book about love, puppies and is perfect for a Christmas evening.

You can buy The Snow Globe from Amazon and is available to buy from all good bookshops.