Sunday, 9 October 2016

Book Review - A Winter's Wish by Alice Ross

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Title:  A Winter's Wish
Author: Alice Ross
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 10th October 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

Amelia is at breaking point. She’s just lost her job and Doug, the love of her life, still hasn’t broken up with his girlfriend. Surely a trip to the quiet countryside is just what she needs?

Phil is about to leave beautiful Buttersley for the other side of the world! The sunny shores of Australia will mean a new life with his girlfriend, but something is holding him back…

Ella has never felt this way before – Jake O’Donnell is the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. And the more time she spends babysitting his kids, the more her feelings grow!

Stan should be happy. He loves his wife and their adorable baby girl more than anything! So why, when everything’s finally going right, are they arguing more than ever?

One thing’s for sure, even when Buttersley’s first snowflakes begin to fall, it’s never too cold for love to blossom…

It is always a pleasure to return to Buttersley, and the village in the winter in fact gains in its charms. There are some familiar characters in the mix, but the focal characters we switch between are all brand new. Hence although this is book 3 of the Countryside Dreams, it can easily be read as a standalone book. 

I really enjoyed all four characters storylines, and although I could see a few plot twists a mile out, it was finding the story surrounding them so much that I wasn't too bothered. 

Amelia is Annie's sister, and when she comes to visit her sister and Buttersley for the first time she is surprised by the village and how it makes her feel. Amelia is considerably younger than Annie, and has worked hard all her life, so she is finding the news of her redundancy hard to deal with. Add in not much of a personal life, and a very messy love affair and she finds herself seeking solace with her family. 

Amelia though needs to win them all over, as she is fairly estranged, and seeing her attempt to connect with Annie's children is amusing, if a bit painful. 

Phil is meant to be moving to Australia for good, giving up his pub and his home, to be with girlfriend Rachel. But he is starting to have second thoughts, and who can blame him after meeting the potential new pub landlords, who wanted to rip out the heart of this pub. 

Ella has very low self-esteem and a huge crush on a married man, but her story takes on a lovely turn as she starts to have a bit more confidence in what she can do. Finally there is Stan, although it was hard to be sympathetic to him at first, given he seems to spend more time at work than with his young baby. However as the story progresses , I found myself warming to him more and more. 

A Winter's Wish just had a lovely small village book feel to it, and its always quite comforting as a reader to return to a place, that you are starting to know quite well. It almost felt like a homecoming, and with the various ups and downs in the village, it was a very pleasurable read. 

Thank you so much to Carina and Netgalley for this review copy. This is my honest opinion. 

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