Tis the season to be jolly…isn’t it?
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…
What does TWG think?
I feel a little bit sad writing this review as it is a little bittersweet. ‘A Winter’s Wish’ is the third and final instalment of the Countryside Dreams series. We first took a trip to Buttersley with the first book ‘An Autumn Affair’, we went back to Buttersley in the summer with ‘A Summer of Secrets’ and now we return to Buttersley one last time. Along the way we have met some very colourful characters with some being more memorable than others, and ‘A Winter’s Wish’ is no different.
Amelia, Stan, Phil and Ella are the focal points in this storyline as they try to deal with their own consciences and drama’s. However, one thing in particular brings them all together; Buttersley. Will they be able to put their lives back on the straight and narrow? Or will they soon realise the charms of Buttersley are stronger than the residents give them credit for?
I squealed ever so loudly when I read this book as both myself and my daughter, Eva, are in the acknowledgements and dedication of the book! I am truly honoured and thankful to Alice for doing that, it was such a lovely surprise. I do enjoy reading Alice’s stories as they’re always cosy reads and have the essence of speaking to a good friend through the words. I was hopeful that this particular book would feel like that too, especially with it being the last book. I needn’t have worried, straight away we are pushed into drama that gives The Real Housewives of New Jersey a run for their money! I couldn’t seem to work out why Amelia wasn’t liked by many people, she wasn’t exactly the most bubbly of people, but is that always a bad thing?
When the story delved into Phil’s life and his new journey, I couldn’t help buy think ‘oh just grow a pair!’, you’ll see why I am sure! As for Ella, definitely playing with fire as a character but I feel that the situation was written brilliantly and highlights a situation that is more common than people realise. Finally, there is Stan. Stan the man…except he was being more of a mouse than a man! I quite enjoyed reading Stan’s story as it was extremely unexpected and made for juicy reading!
It was lovely returning to Buttersley and trying to see if any old favourites reappeared in the storyline. Alice Ross has been very clever in writing the three books as even though they’re a brand new story overall, every time, there is something so comfortable about reading the books as it’s like visiting an old friend. I became curious about the other characters and what they were doing now, especially when their houses or workplaces got mentioned. Part of me was thinking ‘stop the book, I need to pop in and see them!’, but of course I couldn’t, because it was a book…ahem.
Another funny, warm and real read from author Alice Ross, one that I am going to be rather sad to see the back of. I hope that Alice decides to return to Buttersley in the not too distant future!
Thank you Netgalley/Carina for my copy of the book.
A Winter’s Wish by Alice Ross, published by Carina, is out to buy from today from Amazon UK