Saturday, 3 October 2020

The Winter Garden by Heidi Swain


The chilled nights are coming in and that means the start of the festive releases that I absolutely love. 

What better time to read than when its freezing outside and your tucked up under a blanket, hot chocolate in hand and find yourself whisked away between the pages of a wintery novel, this was how I read The Winter Garden, the latest release by Heidi Swain.

Today it is my stop on the blog tour to celebrate the release of The Winter Garden and I have been longing to tell you all about my thoughts on this book but now I can shout about it!


Freya Fuller is estranged from her parents and has been following her childhood dream of becoming a gardener ever since. When an opportunity to design a winter garden opens up at a Victorian property in Nightingale Square, Freya jumps at the chance to make a fresh start. But while the majority of the residents are welcoming, local artist Finn seems determined to shut her out, and when Freya's family make a surprise appearance, it seems that her new life is about to come crashing down . . .

It’s that wonderful time of the year where our bookshelves are decorated with festive wintery reads and my first festive book of 2020 is The Winter Garden by Heidi Swain which introduces us to a new lead character in Freya Fuller who is about to be wrapped up in the charm of Nightingale Square.
Freya has marvellous green fingers and has enjoyed her job tending the gardens of Broad Meadows but when the owner, her good friend Eloise passes away Freya not only finds her job at risk but also losing her home. As fate intervenes an opportunity arises at Nightingale Square where owner Luke is looking to open a winter garden for people to escape to in the winter months. A new start for Freya a new home, new job but could this be the start of a new winter romance too?
What a wonderful start to this years festive reads, being reunited with characters that we have grown to know and love in the community hub of Nightingale Square was a real treat and Freya was the perfect character to join their community she was in need of the support and friendship that they all come together and offer.
I personally have to hold my hands up and say when it comes to gardening, I do not have the foggiest where to start so some of the parts of the storyline went over my head but I could feel Freya’s passion and natural flare for gardening. 
There is a rollercoaster of a romance surrounding Freya and the incredibly talented and handsome Finn that although it was quite predictable as to what the outcome would be between them I enjoyed the ups and downs of the journey.
I really warmed and connected to Chloe in this novel too and there was a particular part that resonated with me and felt like a kick in the stomach and is something I think people need to take onboard and I am hoping this book may make people think before asking if someone has children just because they wear a wedding ring, I have found myself having the same conversation as Chloe having to explain the death of my husband too as to the reason why we do not have children. Heidi took a sensitive issue and weaved this into the storyline with such care and emotion.
I loved The Winter Garden, Heidi Swain has delivered another cosy heartwarming read. There was a festive feel to the storyline with the traditional Christmas Markets, tasty delights and the Christmas decorations all play a part in bringing the Christmas spirit out in us already I am longing to pop my tree up now and read next to the glistening lights with a hot chocolate!

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I am thrilled to say that the wonderful team at Simon and Schuster have also generously provided a 
signed, yes SIGNED copy of The Winter Garden up for grabs ( Uk only at Publishers request ) 

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  1. I'm so excited to read this because Poppy's Recipe for Life was my very first Heidi Swain book and my all time favourite so I cannot wait to go back to Nightingale Square!

  2. I'm behind on reading Heidi's books but my favourite of what I have read is Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square

  3. How can you possibly choose a favourite??? They’re all fabulous.

  4. I love Heidi’s books and look forward to reading this new one. Lovely review, 🤞🏻 for the giveaway.

  5. I've yet to read any of her books, so I'd like to start.

  6. I haven't had the chance to read any of her books yet, but all of the book titles look like great reads, especially with all the cold autumn weekends to come.

  7. I loved the Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market

  8. Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland because this one was in my Christmas stocking!

  9. I haven't read any but I've just added some to my kindle wish list.

  10. Thank you for sharing your wonderful and heartfelt review Rea 🤗 I have to say that although I have loved every book that I have read by Heidi, The Winter Garden is my absolute favourite. As well as being a delightful story, the care surrounding the sensitive issues the book contains, and the thought that Heidi has taken into writing it,it is as if she has meant it for every single reader of it. For the few days that I spent reading it, it helped me much more than what my medication could. I honestly didn't want it to end. It is just magical 💖 and will always stay with me. Thank you for running this generous giveaway, Rea. Take care & love & hugs to you xx

  11. I haven't read any of Heidi Swain's novels so I don't have a favourite but I'd love to give The Winter Garden a go!

  12. Poppy's Recipe for Life is my favourite

  13. Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market
    i was given it as a present and loved it

  14. I've not read any before but would love to read this!

  15. I loved The Secret Seaside Escape ... many thanks

  16. I've not read any of Heidi Swain's books before so I don't have a favourite; however I've enjoyed following the blog tour for Winter Garden and reading the extract over on Stacy is Reading.

  17. Not read any of Heidi's books yet but am always keen to try authors that are new to me