Huge thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour today for Emily Harvale and ‘Christmas at Wynter House’, and of course thank you for the ARC. Here is my review:
After a frosty welcome, things soon heat up at Wynter House.
Neva Grey is looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas with her family in the cosy cottage they’ve rented in the picture-postcard village of Wyntersleap. Nestled between rolling hills and a gently burbling river, it’s going to be idyllic.
Except it’s not. Torrential rain causes the river to burst its banks and the quaint little village isn’t quite so cosy with water lapping at the doors. Add to that a power cut and a sudden blizzard and Christmas is looking bleak … until gorgeous Adam Wynter invites them all to Wynter House.
Although not everyone is happy to share the ancestral home. Adam’s elder brother, Rafe is less than pleased. Their grandmother, Olivia extends a grudging welcome. And for Carruthers, the oddly arrogant butler, unexpected guests are a Christmas surprise he could do without. Especially one as troublesome as Neva’s eight-year-old niece.
But something’s not quite right at Wynter House. What is Rafe intent on hiding behind the locked doors of the old barn? And what really happened to his first wife? It’s a good thing Neva has a sense of humour. She’s going to need it this Christmas at Wynter House.
This is book one in the Wyntersleap series but it can be read as a standalone. The Wyntersleap series is interlinked with the Merriment Bay series and several characters appear in both series.
What does TWG think?
What a way to kick start a brand new series – hello, Ms Feisty!! Neva was the star of the show for me! A kick ass protagonist who wasnt afraid to stand up for what she believed it. Granted at first I thought she was going to be a little bit of a wet blanket, however it didn’t take long for her personality to come into it’s own.
A lot of family get togethers always seem to end up in a disaster; at least the Grey’s were consistent, I’ll give them that! Due to mother nature refusing to calm down on the rain, the Grey’s family christmas was hanging by a thread. Do they attempt to drive home in the bad weather? Or do they stay in their rented Cottage and hope that it doesnt flood?
This was such a laugh out loud, spirited read and I loved every single minute of it. The romance element made itself known nice and subtly, giving the other characters time in the spotlight to show the readers what they’re made of. I loved the mishmash personalities as it shouldn’t have worked yet it did, and Neva’s niece was such a old head on young shoulders, I am hoping they all make appearances later on in the series as I am so looking forward to seeing what else they bring to the table.
Emily Harvale is a force to be reckoned with and as long as she keeps writing books, I’ll sure as hell keep reading them.