Tuesday 30 November 2021

The Winter Garden - Heidi Swain || Netgalley Review

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.

I was gifted my copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Winter Garden is a festive read set in Nightingale Square (if you want to find out more about the residents you can pick up the other books, but it doesn't impact the narrative.)
Freya is not close with her parents and has been living her independent life as she presues her dream of been a garderner. Life changes though when Freyas friend and employer passes away leaving her on the brink of homelessness and without job. So when the opportunity arises to design a Winter Garden in Nightingale Square she takes the chance.

Freya seems to be settling in well and getting used to the hustle and bustle compared the isolated environment she was used too but local artist Finn has no interest in making her feel welcome and infact has no interest in getting to know her at all. Just as the pair are starting to clash less, Freyas parents turn up and it looks like everything is going to come crashing down at first glance.

The Winter Garden was wonderful.  It was festive, warming and just wholesome. I felt at home in Nightingale Square and i am looking forward to popping back. The Garden itself was so vividly described i could picture every single thing, it made me want to grab my coat, wrap up warm and explore. The Winterfest classes had me all signed up. 

Freya was a lovely leading character and i really enjoyed getting to know her, she was vibrant and passionate about her work. I felt for her as she had to find her feet again but i had total faith that she would be okay. I loved getting to know the other residents too, each with their own quirks and strong personalities. It made such a well rounded novel because all the characters came to life in their environment. 

Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she finally plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.

A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes contemporary fiction and enjoys the company of a whole host of feisty female characters.

Heidi can be found at the keyboard at all hours of the day and night and quite often scribbling longhand in her car during her lunch break. She lives in stunning south Norfolk with her wonderful son and daughter and a mischievous cat called Storm.

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