Monday, 30 October 2017

Book Review - Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at The Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #75

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Title: Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at The Christmas Fair
Author: Heidi Swain
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Puchased
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 5th October 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

The new Christmas bestseller from the author of Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market!

When Anna takes on the role of companion to the owner of Wynthorpe Hall, on the outskirts of Wynbridge, she has no idea that her life is set to change beyond all recognition.

A confirmed ‘bah humbug’ when it comes to Christmas, Anna is amazed to find herself quickly immersed in the eccentric household, and when youngest son Jamie unexpectedly arrives home it soon becomes obvious that her personal feelings are going all out to compromise her professional persona.

Jamie, struggling to come to terms with life back in the Fens, makes a pact with Anna – she has to teach him to fall back in love with Wynthorpe Hall, while he helps her fall back in love with Christmas. But will it all prove too much for Anna, or can the family of Wynthorpe Hall warm her heart once and for all...?

Join Anna for a festive journey that is festooned with sleigh rides and silver bells and help her discover her happy ever after.

Wow...just wow... want more words? Spectacular, hooked me in and wouldn't let me go.. 

.. joy to be back in Wynbridge with familiar faces, amongst a whole new story featuring the residents of Wynthorpe Hall.... 

...completely unexpected...well I mean I expected the book to be great as I love Heidi Swain's books, but I just wasn't expecting this story, it was fabulous.. 

...setting drew me in as did the warmth of the whole of the Connelly family, from Angus the loveable father figure who is a bit like a big cheeky elf at this time of year, to the assorted staff members who may have come for a job originally but now are part of the family...

...Jamie is the youngest son and is back. He and Anna decide to help each other. Jamies needs to fall in love with his home again, and Anna has been running from Christmas for many many years and wants to learn to at least cope with the season again...

...there are sleigh rides, a Christmas market, a Christmas Fair, wow the advent calendar was something special, lights and a whole lot of food. It was marvellous and at the heart of it were characters dealing with larger issues and you just wanted the best for them... 

.. apparently this book has temporarily stolen my ability to write reviews, but rest assured that writing was fabulous, drawing you in, the characters you will learn to love really fast, you will enjoy getting to know the hall and if you are a longstanding reader of the Heidi Swain, you will recognise a lot of the residents and other characters popping in and out of the story....

...highly recommend this to anyone, it is not just a story for Christmas but a story for life! 

Thank you to the overwhelming amount of you that voted for this book this week. I did have an inkling it may win at the start, and I'm so glad even if you have just made the decisions of what I'm taking on holiday even harder as this was practically in the suitcase already!  I think you may be able to tell I thoroughly enjoyed that and I can wait to see what wins this week. 

1 comment:

  1. It sounds brilliant and your joy at reading it really shines through!


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