Thursday, December 22, 2016

Book Review - Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market by Heidi Swain

Amazon USA Amazon UK Goodreads
 
Review by Suze
 
Ruby has dropped out of university to travel the world. She's determined to follow her dreams and that is why she starts working at the Wynbridge local market before Christmas selling cakes and handmade items. By doing this she can pay for her plane ticket in the new year. Ruby's dad is against this plan, so going home won't only mean having a good time. He wants her to work for the council with him, but Ruby isn't interested in this at all. Even though the weather is cold and working at a stall means spending many hours outside in the cold Ruby is having the time of her life.
 
Ruby has to work close to her ex boyfriend Steve, which is difficult in the beginning. The market is his life and it is suffering. Ruby tries to help the stall holders find a way to attract more people. She's very good at coming up with practical and feasible ideas and that is just what the people of Wynbridge need to make their village center alive and active again. Ruby often runs into Steve and they find a way to become friends again. Will Ruby be able to forgive the man who once shattered her heart? And will her Christmas be fun and jolly or will there be more heartbreak in her future?
 
Ruby is a resourceful and smart young woman. She knows what she wants and she isn't afraid to stand up for herself. She needs this because living with her parents isn't easy, her father disapproves of almost anything she does. Ruby is special and I kept hoping he would notice that. It was amazing to see her grow and to watch her help the people she's known her whole life. She easily makes friends, she's kind to everyone and she's creative. She's such a sweet person and her actions constantly made me smile, which is exactly what I'm looking for when I'm reading a Christmas story.
 
Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market is a wonderful festive book. Heidi Swain has perfectly captured the holiday spirit. I loved the closeness of the community, it's heartwarming to read about what people can achieve if they try to reach a goal together. While the stall holders are doing their best to save their livelihood something mysterious is happening at the village and I couldn't wait to find out what it was. I loved being made so curious. The winter weather, the cozy atmosphere of the market and the fabulous main characters made this book a joy to read. Heidi Swain has a pleasant and sympathetic writing style and her stories are incredibly charming. She perfectly captures the essence of people's personalities and her descriptions are accurate and entertaining. I highly recommend this fantastic book.
 
Advice
 
If you like a heartwarming Christmas story Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market will be the perfect book for you.
 
Review by Tanya

Ruby gives up her Masters Course and goes back home to Wynbridge to help run a Christmas market stall for Jemma and Lizzie from the Cherry Tree Cafe. She will only be there for the Christmas holidays before she embarks on a dream of travelling. The market stall holders are hoping that some new stalls at the Market will increase the number of visitors who are spending money there. Hopefully this will then have a knock on effect for the future of the market, which is under threat. However, Ruby’s dad is not happy about her giving up her Masters Course and working in the market. He wants her to look at finding a temporary job working for the council together with him. Another difficult situation that Ruby meets is the fact that the love of her life and her ex Steve also works at the market, he runs a fruit and vegetable store with his parents and she is aware that she still has feelings for him.

This is the third book by Heidi set in and around the town of Wynbridge, but although some characters from the previous books appear it is completely a standalone. It is however lovely to catch up with some of the wonderful people a few years later and to see where life has led them. I love Wynbridge and the mostly friendly atmosphere that is there, with women who each have a refreshing approach to life.

Ruby is a confident young woman who knows what she wants and that is to do the job she's supposed to do, save money and travel. When Wynbridge and the people in it wave their snowy wand she begins to recognise the importance of the market and discovers she wants what is best for the town. She tries to avoid heartbreak again and memories of how she felt when Steve changed their plans after the sudden death of his older brother. She tries hard to be a friend, but nothing more and seems to be able to follow this through after a big fall out. She is there to support her friends and gives a breath of fresh air to the market.

There are a few stories running through the book, which kept me interested and the Christmas aspect is lovely at this time of year especially. I love the idea of warming up with hot chocolates in the Cherry Cafe and could smell the cakes from the descriptions. Although it’s cold in the market there is a feeling of warmth that catches the reader in the story. Heidi Swain has written another special book set in Wynbridge.
 
Advice

Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market is a heartwarming Christmas story that is great with a minced pie and maybe a piece of mistletoe won’t go amiss.

44 comments:

  1. This sounds really charming!

    --Trix

    ReplyDelete
  2. I enjoy going to small craft fairs and such. I can almost picture the small town of Wynbridge.
    Dianna

    ReplyDelete
  3. This book sounds really good, perfect to read in this time of the year. I love Christmas stories!
    Great reviews! :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Sounds the perfect read for me to enjoy

    ReplyDelete
  5. I can't resist the title and cover. LOL I love a holiday cozy. Thanks a bunch for sharing and Happy Holidays!

    ReplyDelete
  6. This sounds like a great book. Will have to check it out. Thanks for the review and Happy Holidays!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Need to check this out for next Christmas to read.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'll have to check out the first book in this series.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I like that Ruby keeps doing what she feels is right even tho her father is always disappointed in her.

    ReplyDelete
  10. sounds like a really cute book, lovely plot, thank you for reviewing :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. It's a lovely title; very evocative of love in the snow!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I like Christmas stories and this looks like it's right up my alley. The setting of a small town craft fair and how it works is intriguing to me. I think I would really like this book.

    ReplyDelete
  13. this sounds a good book with a strong young character -a feel good book

    ReplyDelete
  14. Sounds like a great book to read. Will have to check it out sometime. Thanks for the review.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Love the cover, the blurb sounds great, adding to my list of books I want to read. Thank you for the review!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. An
    ybook with hot chocolate and Christmas cake is a winner! Seriously though this sounds like a sweet comforting read.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Love the cover and have added this to my TBR list for next year.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hope this book makes me smile too! It does sounds like a heartwarming one!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Sounds like a great Christmas read. Thank you for your review.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love reading books like this throughout December, just gives a great warm fuzzy feeling

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love a heart warming christmas story and a smart woman. It sounds like a truly delightful read :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love Christmas and cozy stories set in this time.

    ReplyDelete
  23. This is shows that friendships can be formed even though they are entirely different from one another.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Mince pies are definitely my favorite Christmas treat! Sounds interesting!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love Chrristmas stories all year long. There's nothing like heartwarming stories to ease our soul.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  26. I do enjoy holiday stories and this one sounds like a story I would enjoy. I like small town stories.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I love heartwarming Christmas stories!

    ReplyDelete
  28. The plot of this one sounds so intriguing, thanks for the review!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Sounds like an interesting read.

    ReplyDelete
  30. What a lovely cover!And sounds really great :)

    ReplyDelete
  31. Thank you fo rthe review. I love Christmas stories.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Sounds like a good Christmas read.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Sounds like a good Christmas read.

    ReplyDelete