20 Books for Christmas Book Eight Review – The Winter Garden

Title: The Winter Garden (Nightingale Square #3)

Author: Heidi Swain

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Romance/ Holiday

Goodreads Rating: 4.22

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Source: Audiobook


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 . . .

The Winter Garden  is the perfect read this Christmas, promising snowfall, warm fires and breath-taking seasonal romance. Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Cathy Bramley and Sarah Morgan.

My Review:

If you are a regular follower of my blog then you will know how much I have been enjoying Heidi Swain’s books this year. the cosy communities and heart warming stories are my perfect comfort read and provide much relief from the hectic day to day living. This book was no exception.

From the start it seemed that Freya was down on her luck and in need of a break. When her much loved friend and employer, Eloise, dies she is at the mercy of Eloise’s nephew. It is safe to say that his vision for the place is not the same as Freya’s and she can’t bear to see it sold to the highest bidder. When an opportunity presents itself in Nightingale Square Freya decides it is time to move on.

As I have come to expect with the residents of Nightingale Square, they were all friendly and welcoming from the start. With Luke and Kate offering a job and Harold offering his home it was hard for Freya to say anything but yes to her new life. Whilst big changes can take some time to come to terms with Freya seemed to fit in from the start, it felt that she had always been an integral part of the community and I was sure the Winter Garden would flourish in her expert hands.

For those that are green fingered there are plenty of winter gardening tips and tricks littered throughout the book and it really opened my eyes to the wonders we can do in our gardens during these darker and colder months. With Finn’s added sculptures the Winter Garden sounded like the perfect place to spend a winter’s evening with friends and family. I was jealous that I couldn’t visit and have since researched places local to me that offer something similar.

To put it plainly Heidi Swain has done it again. She has written the perfect Christmas read filled with all the festive trimmings you’d expect and a steamy romance to keep you warm on a winter’s night.


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