Monday, 10 October 2016

A Winter's Wish Book Review

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…
A Winter's Wish
by Alice Ross
Publisher: Carina
Publish Date: 10 Oct. 2016
Rating: 4.5 / 5

*Digital PR copy received for an honest review


It's publication day for Alice Ross as book 3 of her Countryside Dreams is released to join An Autumn Affair and A Summer Of Secrets. I personally haven't read these previous books in the collection but I managed to enjoy A Winter's Wish as a standalone, no previous knowledge needed. Devouring the book in just one evening, I gave A Winter's Wish a 4.5 star rating which was very close to receiving the full 5 stars.

'Scary Aunty Amelia' decides to take up her sister's offer on going to visit in the family home, The Cedars. From what sounds like an ordinary Christmas visit, the situation is highly unusual as Amelia is a city girl through and through. She's angry and confused about the love of her life, Doug, and seeks some piece and quiet away from people altogether. But in joining her sister's family she meets some interesting people some of which manage to turn her head.

Phil the pub owner has a real dilemma on his hands. He loves his girlfriend and wants to spend his life with her but after she accepts a job in Australia it seems he needs to make the decision to emigrate too. His gut feeling tells him he should stay, but with his girlfriend Skyping him to keep tabs on his progress the pressure builds and he keeps putting off signing that final piece of paperwork.

Ella has a major crush on Annie's, Amelia's sister, husband. Stealing photographs of him from when she babysits the children she spends her time envisaging the many things she would like to do with him. A couple of occasions within the book make her think that maybe he wants her too, but could she just be seeing what she wants to see?

Stan is a character I really felt sorry for in A Winter's Wish. He's a nice guy who works long hours with a boss who's a nasty piece of work and then comes home to always be in trouble for something. His infant daughter only frowns at him and there's definitely something wrong with his wife. Their marriage has been on the rocks lately but Stan only finds out why when he returns home one day.

With so many inviting and conspicuous sub plots within the main story it's hard to pick which sub story I love the most. I have to admit that Ella's story of fancying another woman's husband kept me on tenterhooks to see if her flirting and basque wearing would snag the man from his wife, but I enjoyed Stan's story more. The outcome was something I saw coming from quite early on but it wasn't any less funny or appealing when it finally came out into the open. At this point I should say that I shouldn't have laughed at this point in the book, it was more of a I knew it moment.

To begin with, I was a tad confused about which character was which as there were so many personalities being introduced through the first few chapters. At around 35% through the characters start coming together and that book becomes much more enjoyable. One of my favourite aspects of the book was Annie's son Thomas. Cute as a furry animal, his persona is stereotypically funny as toddlers do and say the funniest things. His frequent costume changes are hilarious and add an element of fun to The Cedars household.

The combination of the characters produces a enchanting story filled with love, life's problems and a lot of Christmas cheer. I really enjoyed A Winter's Wish and I look forward to seeing more from Alice Ross in future.

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