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Secrets In The Snow By Emma Heatherington

Secrets In The Snow‘Secrets In The Snow’ is the latest book by Northern Ireland author, Emma Heatherington.

As the winter snow falls on the small Irish village of Ballybray, Roisin O’Connor and her young son, Ben, are saying goodbye to their beloved neighbour Mabel Murphy. Mabel lived a bold and colourful life, but the arrival of her brooding nephew, ‘blow-in’ Aidan Murphy, just makes life more complicated for Roisin. However, in one final act of love, a message arrives from Mabel that changes everything. And as winter turns to spring and the cold snow melts, the secrets both Roisin and Aidan are hiding must be revealed at last…

The story is seen through the narrative of Roisin, who’s recovering from the death of her elderly neighbour and best friend called Mabel, who took Roisin and her little boy called Ben under her wing who moved to Ballybray to start their new lives. Mabel’s favourite nephew has returned to Ballybray for the funeral. He’s a successful business man in New York, who’s struggling with life. Mabel can see that both Roisin and Aidan are struggling with their lives and sets them on a series of tasks to help them get back on their feet as well as unite them in their grief.

Sweetly written this book is a tender story of new beginnings and friendships. Roisin is a lovely leading lady, she’s kind but insecure having come from a troubled marriage which resulted in the death of her husband. Although shes’s recovering from years of abuse, anytime that she feels free and happy in herself, memories of her abusive husband come back to haunt her. She’s a creative spirit, who found not only a friend in Mabel but also a maternal figure as she never had a proper mother/daughter relationship.

Like Roisin, Aidan is struggling with the death of Mabel and finds solace in Ballybray away from the hustle of New York and his unhappy life.

As Mabel send them on series of adventures informing them of her old life and sharing her stories, the pair of them become close friends and see a connection in each other. Both of them are a fork in their lives and Mabel’s videos are the only constants in their lives.

Emma’s writing is sweet and warm-hearted conjuring up vivid imagery of the small Irish village and the descriptive fashion sold in the vintage shop were Roisin works. Both Aidan and Roisin are lovely characters and it’s sweet reading their interactions as they tentatively embark on their new friendship creating new memories. Mabel is also a great addition to the story with her vibrancy and lust for life. Whilst Ben adds an element of innocence to the story with his sweet nature.

‘Secrets in the Snow’ is a warm-hearted story that is perfect to curl up with during these cold winter nights.

You can buy ‘Secrets In the Snow’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Rewrite The Stars By Emma Heatherington

Rewrite The Stars‘Rewrite The Stars’ is the latest book by Northern Ireland author, Emma Heatherington.

From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley. But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go. It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice. She promises herself she’ll never look back. The years pass and Charlie moves on with her life but she can never forget Tom. He’s always there whispering ‘What if?’ Can Charlie leave the life she has built for one last chance with Tom? Or is the one that got away not really the one at all…?

I set and read this charming book in two sittings over the weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming book.

The story is seen through the narrative of Charlotte Taylor who one day meets Tom Farley and becomes besotted with the idea of him being the one. Years later, they meet again only for things again not to work out when Charlotte’s brother is involved in a terrible accident that she feels responsible for. Tom moves away to London and Charlotte stays in Dublin. Both Charlotte and Tom are musicians but Charlotte focuses on her teaching career whilst Tom is in a popular band that is rapidly getting bigger and forever reminding Charlotte of what might have been if they had given the relationship a proper chance.

The story is written over a period of time as both characters develop and move on on their lives, Charlotte meets Jack, falls in love and get married, the expected progression in life, but all the while wondering what if.

Charlotte is a lovely lead character, she’s kind, relatable and like everyone else in the world, wonders if the grass is greener on the other side. Warmly written with poignant moments that makes for tender reading and with laugh out one liners and fantastic supporting characters, ‘Rewrite The Stars’ is a warm and cosy story that is perfect to curl up with on these cold autumn evenings.

You can buy ‘Rewrite The Stars’ from Amazon and is available from good bookshops.