ABOUT THE BOOK
Wynter’s Trees is the home of Christmas. For the people of Wynmouth it’s where they get their family Christmas tree, and where Christmas truly comes to life.
But for Liza Wynter, it’s a millstone around her neck. It was her father’s pride and joy but now he’s gone, she can’t have anything to do with it. Until her father’s business partner decides to retire and she must go back to handle the transition to his son Ned.
When Liza arrives, she discovers a much-loved business that’s flourishing under Ned’s stewardship. And she’s happy to stay and help for the Christmas season, but then she has other plans. But will the place where she grew up make her change her mind? And can it weave its Christmas cheer around her heart…?
Underneath the Christmas Tree is the perfect festive read, promising snowfall, warm fires and breath-taking seasonal romance.
Perfect for fans of Milly Johnson, Carole Matthews and Cathy Bramley.
My thanks to SJ of Simon & Schuster for the tour invitation and for providing the paperback copy to review. I’m delighted to be one of the two bloggers starting off this blog tour. Having read previous books of Heidi’s The Winter Garden and A Taste of Home, I knew I was in for a cracking read and besides who can resist that pretty embossed pink cover!
This story is set in Wynmouth on the Norfolk coast with Liza Wynter looking at new options after her job comes to an end. She has her heart set on starting her own business however the one thing she doesn’t want to do is to return to her late father’s Christmas tree plantation – Wynter’s Trees. Although she is still a majority shareholder in the business, everything has been run by her father’s business partner David with the assistance of his son Ned, and that’s how she intends for things to stay, having ignored anything to do with it. Until David announces his decision to retire and puts pressure on Liza to return for a short time.
I have to admit it took me a while to warm to Liza. The reasons for her absolute refusal to return full time to Wynter’s were not immediately clear and I thought she was being unnecessarily stubborn when she was being made so welcome by everyone. The chemistry between her and Ned, who was a fabulous character, couldn’t be ignored even if there was someone else fighting for his attention.
There was a great sense of community spirit, especially when the beach huts arrived on site and the locals were selling their crafts – it all sounded so inviting and just for a moment I forgot it was fiction and I couldn’t go there to browse. I hadn’t realised there was so much involved in Christmas trees – cultivating them is one thing but customers not only buy but also rent the same tree every year, giving it a name and then returning it to be looked after until the next Christmas. 🎄
There are so many excellent supporting characters who in their own way all add to the drama of the story – for dog lovers there is Ned’s dog, Bandit the husky who always seem to sense when someone needs comforting. Liza’s nemesis from her schooldays – Chelsea who was the last person she wanted to see; the local bad boy Liam caught trespassing and of course David, whose retirement plans give Liza a dilemma.
Underneath the Christmas Tree was an utterly enjoyable read, with romance, humour, drama, and is full of those festive feels to get the reader in the mood for Christmas – and if it doesn’t then I won’t mention the hot chocolate…….!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Ebook, Audio and Paperback (28 October 2021)
Source: Copy received for review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heidi Swain is a Sunday Times Top Ten best-selling author who writes feel good fiction with heart for Simon and Schuster. She releases two books a year (early summer and winter) and the stories all have a strong sense of community, family and friendship. She is currently writing books set in three different locations – the Fenland town of Wynbridge, Nightingale Square in Norwich and Wynmouth on the Norfolk coast.
Heidi lives in beautiful south Norfolk with her mischievous cat called Storm. She is passionate about gardening, the countryside, collecting vintage paraphernalia and reading. Her tbr pile is always out of control!