When Paige turns up unannounced at Wynthorpe Hall, she discovers the place she knew when she was growing up has changed beyond all recognition. She’s only planning to stay for a short time, but is quickly pulled into local life.
One night while driving home after delivering library books and shopping to residents she stumbles across an isolated cottage and meets Albert, its elderly and rather grumpy owner. She quickly realises there’s more to Albert than meets the eye and the same can be said for the other man she can’t seem to help running into, handsome but brooding Brodie.
All three of them have a secret and a desire to hide away from the world, but with Christmas on the horizon, is that really the best way to celebrate the season?
I am delighted to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for Heidi Swain's newest book A Christmas Celebration. I love Heidi's books and I know I am always in for a treat when a new one appears and A Christmas Celebration was definitely that. I loved every single page and loved being back at Wynthorpe Hall.
A Christmas Celebration is Paige's story. Paige has recently returned from abroad a little bit broken having been previously working as an aid worker and the experience of doing so has taken a toll on her even if she can't quite admit it. She comes across as a bit lost and a bit sad without any real plan of what she might go onto next. For me the beauty of this book is seeing Paige start to work out what it is what she wants to do and be now that her previous job isn't really an option anymore. Being in that place of trying to work out what you might want from life and what it is you need to be happy and content really resonated with me and I enjoyed seeing Paige work through that.
Being back at Wynthorpe Hall was a treat in itself. Going back feels like a family reunion as you get to spend time with characters we've previously spent books with and it it lovely to catch up with them and see how things have been with them since their previous outing. Even being back in Wynthorpe itself has a lovely familiarity as the settings are as much a character as the people in Heidi's books.
This book arguably has two leading, and very different, men both of which come into Paige's life shortly after her arrival at Wynthorpe Hall. I defy you not to fall just a little bit for both of them. I loved the relationship Paige develops with Albert and seeing him transform from someone who has just given up and given in to being old and feeling useless to someone who wants to make the most of life and engaging with the community around him. I also thoroughly enjoyed the romance at the heart of this story with Brodie and seeing how it develops over the course of the book. If you are a Heidi fan already you'll know it was never going to be straight forward
Do yourself a favour grab your copy, obligatory festive snacks and blanket ready to snuggle down for some festive me time. You will not regret it.