Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Christmas at Wynter House by Emily Harvale

Christmas at Wynter House
After a frosty welcome, things soon heat up at Wynter House.

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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I have enjoyed Emily Harvale's light hearted women's fiction and romance before but this one may top the list of my favorites. As usual, she writes wonderful and believable characters with flaws and doubts and feelings. This book is full of all tha and so much more.
Changes seems to be happening everywhere. Neva's best friend and flatmate is engaged and moving on. Their home has sold and now Neva must decide what to do next and where to call home.
Christmas with her extended family brings about even more surprises when her parents announce their plans to retire and her niece becomes the excited partner to a Malamute puppy.
The family has gathered in a cozy small village that used to be part of a grander estate. The sons running the estate are two handsome gents, but seemingly oh so different from each other. No matter - Neva is not looking for romance. Her life is all at odds already. But there is such a strong attraction there. For which brother?

When an unheard of before river over flow causes the rental units to be evacuated and all the villagers to gather at the main house on the hill, more excitement ensues. Not wanting to further ruin the holiday, a grand party is planned. Then Sasha, Neva's niece, disappears. Could a ghost have taken her? What is the secret in the locked, old barn?

A fantastic combination of second chances, starting over, family loyalty and togetherness, and battling the forces of nature deliciously and colorfully mixed into a great winter escape tale to enjoy in front of a warm fire.

Author Bio
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

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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