Winter Wishes by Ruth Saberton, publisher Notting Hill Press is available in ebook format from 15th December 2015.
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Is it really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?
Tara Tremaine is a woman with a mission – to pick up the pieces of a life she turned her back on and win back her estranged husband, Danny. Nothing will stand in Tara’s way, least of all the dangerous secret that drove them apart or Danny’s growing feelings for another woman…
Since arriving in Polwenna Bay hardworking vicar Jules Mathieson has put duty above her own heart. Jules adores her new life by the sea and secretly loves troubled war veteran, Danny Tremaine. When Tara returns Jules knows stepping away from him is the right thing to do, no matter how much it hurts.
Danny Tremaine’s world has been shattered. With life-changing injuries, a broken marriage and his glittering military career abruptly over, he returns to the family home to a rebuild his broken body and heart. Danny knows his friendship with Jules could blossom into more but allowing this to happen will come at a very high price – one that could cost him everything.
With Christmas fast approaching Jules, Danny and Tara are not the only people in the village with secrets and long cherished dreams. Maybe with a little seasonal magic, some winter wishes really will come true?
I’d like to thank Ruth for sending me an arc in return for an honest review.
This is the third instalment in the Polwenna Bay series. We were first introduced to the wonderful village of Polwenna Bay and its residents back in May this year. From the first few pages of the first book I fell in love with the idyllic location of this picturesque, homely quayside village in Cornwall. The Tremaine family consisting of Alice the wonderful, wise, caring grandma to Jimmy the father, who has been a little lost but is having fun finding himself again much to the dismay of his children Jake, Danny, Mo, Symon, Zak, Nick and Issie play a huge part in the village and in Ruth’s stories. I soon found myself falling in love with the characters and learning about their individual personalities. Ruth writes in such a way that you begin to treat the written characters as friends and after reading each instalment in the Polwenna Bay series you are eagerly looking forward to the next story … which is how I have been since reading book 2.
I have to admit Danny is one of my favourites in the Tremaine family, he has suffered greatly in the past and a tragic event during a tour of duty during his army career has left his life in pieces but slowly with the help of Jules, the new reverend of the village church, his life is being put back together.
This new story focuses mainly on Danny. With the unexpected arrival of his estranged wife and son during one cold night in late October Danny is left very confused and angry as he felt his life was beginning to look happy and settled. Danny’s estranged wife, Tara, is hoping for a second chance with Danny. However, secrets from Danny and Tara’s past are difficult to forget. Prior to Tara’s return to the village Danny and Jules had become very close and more than platonic feelings for each other were felt. Jules was fighting with her strong feelings for Danny and was struggling with her faith.
Another new arrival in the village, Ivy, an old woman with no history or family in the area. Ivy was a cantankerous old lady and was very set in her ways. Ivy spent a lot of time upsetting people but there was more to Ivy’s story behind her grouchy exterior.
We are also introduced to a further interloper, Caspar Owen, an eccentric author who has moved into a cottage in the village to try and find his writing muse.
This story was everything I have come to expect from Ruth. It was filled with characters to fall in love with, an idyllic location, a wonderful, romantic storyline which at times felt quite magical. I always enjoy a story set around Christmas time as it tends to hold a little more magic than any other time of year, as Christmas is a time when we can hope our wishes come true. A beautiful, heartfelt and heartwarming 5/5* read.
Bring on the next instalment in Polwenna Bay …
You can find my reviews for Polwenna Bay 1: Runaway Summer here
My review for Polwenna Bay 2: A Time for Living here
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