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Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair: The Christmas favourite and Sunday Times bestseller Kindle Edition
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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.
I have fallen in love with the characters in Wynbridge so I look forward to catching up with them in each book that Heidi Swain produces just to get a snippet of how their lives are changing so I was thrilled to be returning in this latest festive read.
We are introduced to a new character Anna who is making her way to Wynbridge for her first time, desperate to escape Christmas she has taken a job at the grand Wynthorpe Hall looking after Catherine over the season.
Angus and Catherine who are owners of Wynthorpe soon take Anna under their wing and she is welcomed by all the other helpers at the Hall too but before long things turn upside down with the arrival of their son Jamie who is none too pleased to find another mouth to feed when money is tight.
Unexpectedly Jamie and Anna soon strike up a bond and set on a mission to try and help each other but can they succeed?
This is yet another marvellous read by Heid Swain and she really captures the magic of Christmas too. She has created such a warm bunch of welcoming characters and a cosy grand home I just wanted to be a part of this close-knit family. Angus was such a joyful character who had a heart of gold and brought a great sense of humour too.
In some ways the storyline was a little predictable but this didn’t matter at all as I was looking forward to watching the characters on their journey to the conclusion I had already guessed! There is an emotional undertone to the storyline because of the reason for Anna’s dislike of Christmas but this just brought a little bit of depth to the storyline.
I would definitely recommend this book and you don’t need to have read Heidi Swain’s previous books to read this one but they are all such wonderful reads you would be missing out if you didn’t read her back list. I really hope that Heidi Swain carries on setting her books in the wonderful idyllic town of Wynebridge. There is a sprinkling of romance, a dash of festivity and twinkling of friendship so all in all this was a perfect read.
Anna, for several reasons works every Christmas, this year it's at Wyhthorpe Hall in Wynbridge. She's looking after Catherine, after an operation. Catherine and Angus love at the hall with the staff, their 3 grown up Sons are off doing their own thing.
Jamie, the youngest Son is back for Christmas after being abroad for some time. However, there are decisions to be made and Jamie has some hard ones to make.
Anna and Jamie make a pact, she has to make him fall in love with with his home again, and he has to make her fall in love with Christmas again.
Add in other members of the family and the local goings on in Wynbridge and there are ask the makings of a great Christmas story. One which I will re read every year.
Pure escapsim, which in these troubled times when the world has gone mad, is no bad thing!
I'm hoping there will be more visits to Wynbridge, the town which looks after it's own & those who come needing to be looked after.
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