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.
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Emily Harvale is quickly becoming my very favorite chick lit/romance writer!
Neva is looking forward to spending a wonderful, peaceful Christmas holiday with her family, especially after going through some major changes in her life. Her best friend, Jo, is getting married. Now, Neva is embarking on a new journey, complete with finding a new home and starting her own business.
The cottage where her family is staying is supposed to be cozy and in a perfect little town, Wyntersleap. The vacation soon becomes anything but fun. The river banks are overflowing and is threatening to flood them. Thankfully, they are soon taken to Wynter House, a beautiful estate. She is quite happy as she has a serious attraction to Adam Wynter. However, she also has to be around his brother, Rafe, who isn’t so happy that his house is full of guests.
As she spends more time around Rafe, she discovers he isn’t the horrible person she thought he was. Now, she has feelings for both brothers. They are completely different from one another. Rafe is quiet, brooding, and comes across as arrogant. Adam is sweet and doesn’t have an arrogant bone in his body. Which brother will she give her heart to?
Harvale does a great job with the story itself as well as the characters. Not only are the main characters just adoreable, so are the secondary characters, such as Cecil, Ronnie, Ethel, and Queenie. However, the character that steals the show is Neva’s niece, Sasha. She is a precocious 8-year-old who into ghosts, vampires, and zombies. She and her sidekick and dog, Tempest, are going to rid the world of all of them.
The story is very well-written and is the perfect blend of mystery, humor, and romance. Harvale does a fantastic job of tying it into her Merriment Bay Series. It is a perfect read to put you in the holiday spirit.
Meet the Author:
Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at http://www.emilyharvale.com.
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.
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