Monday 29 October 2018

Blog Tour: Review of Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland by Heidi Swain

I'm very excited to be kicking off the blog tour for Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland by Heidi Swain. Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour as it continues for more exclusive content, giveaways and reviews! I'm sharing my review of this wonderful book below but here's what it's all about: 

After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course . . .

Moving into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the town’s gossip, Hayley finds herself immersed in the eccentric Connelly family’s festive activities as they plan to host their first ever Winter Wonderland. But Hayley isn’t the only new resident at the hall. Gabe, a friend of the Connelly’s son Jamie, has also taken up residence, moving into Gatekeeper’s Cottage, and he quickly makes an impression on Wynbridge’s reformed good-girl.
As preparations commence for the biggest event of the season, the pair find themselves drawn ever closer to one another, but unbeknownst to Hayley, Gabe, too, has a reason for turning his back on love, one that seems intent on keeping them apart.
Under the starry winter skies, will Gabe convince Hayley to open her heart again once more? And in doing so, will he convince himself?

Review: Oh it was wonderful to be back at Wynthorpe Hall again and back with characters I was familiar with, I think I would enjoy a little festive holiday there every Christmas please! This book is a follow up to last year's Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair. If you're not planning on reading that one at all then you don't need to read it first but if you don't want to be spoiled for that one then I would definitely suggest going back and enjoying that one before picking up this one, reading them back to back would be an amazing experience!

This book follows Hayley, who we meet in Sleigh Rides but we don't get to find out an awful lot about her. Boy is there way more to Hayley than meets the eye. During parts of the novel she reminded me a little of Anna from Sleigh Rides because she has her guard way up and it seems like no one is going to be able to bring it down, but of course she is more familiar with the ways of Wynthorpe Hall and so fits in a gets on with the other characters in a very different way. I really liked her as a character and enjoyed spending time with her. I think she is an optimist at heart and really does want the best for everyone even if she has been dealt a particularly bad lot in life!

It was great seeing Angus and Catherine and Dorothy again. We also have cameos from other Wynbridge residents throughout the book so if you have read all of Heidi's previous novels there are plenty of Easter eggs there for you. I was so pleased to see that the giant Advent calendar was back again this year too-I swear that advent calendar has magic powers, powers to make people happy and bring people together, it's wonderful. 

This would be a fabulous book to read at Christmas time, or the run up to the holidays at least because of all the festive food, You can practically smells the Christmas pudding spices coming off the page and don't get me started on the cosy kitchen and the roaring ires. But I also think that this book would work at any time of year as it is as much about Hayley and her character's journey as it is about the festive time of year at Wynthrope. It was awesome to be back with these characters and I can't wait to hear more from them soon!

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US (published 1st November in the UK)

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