Ruby has finished with university and is heading home for the holidays to save up for her trip around the world in January. Against her father’s wishes, she takes on a stall at the local market, and sets about making it the best Christmas market stall ever. There’ll be bunting and mistletoe and maybe even a bit of mulled wine.
But with a new retail park just opened on their doorstep, the market is under threat. So together with all the other stallholders, Ruby devises a plan to make sure that Wynbridge is the first port of call for everyone’s Christmas shopping needs.
The only thing standing in her way is Ruby’s ex, Steve. It’s pretty hard to concentrate on saving the world when he works on the stall opposite, especially when she realises that her feelings for him are still there…
Heidi Swain takes us back to Wynbridge this Christmas with her new novel Mince Pies and Mistletoes at The Christmas Market. Ruby has returned home after finishing University and she wants to use the run up to Christmas too catch up with family and friends as well as take advantage of the festive season to be a able to earn money on The Cherry Tree Café market stall so she can use the money to travel.
Ruby’s father isn’t happy about her temporary career but Ruby is determined to run the stool and before long she is a welcome sight among the market traders. The market isn’t as successful as it used to be and is under threat of closure but Ruby has some ideas up her sleeve but not everyone is happy about her plans.
This book is wonderfully festive with the storyline set on the countdown to Christmas, Ruby soon had the villagers getting in the festive spirit and embracing her ideas to improve the trade for the market.
We are reunited with a number of much loved characters from The Cherry Tree Café and Summer at Skylark Farm which gave such a familiar and welcoming feel to this book but if you haven’t read the previous two books don’t be put off as this can easily be read as a stand alone.
At the heart of this book is a lovely little romance that although was a little predictable it still had you routing for the pair to get together and have a happy ever after. We are kept in suspense about another detail in this book which I never saw coming until it was revealed.
Ruby really felt like a Christmas Angel being sent to Wynbridge to save the village at Christmas! If you are looking for a festive read full of crafty Christmas gifts, delicious bakes and a sweet romance then this book will tick all the boxes.