Underneath the Christmas Tree – Heidi Swain

Published By: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 418
Released On: 28/10/2021

Wynter’s Trees is the home of Christmas. For the people of Wynmouth it’s where they get their family Christmas tree, and where Christmas truly comes to life.

But for Liza Wynter, it’s a millstone around her neck. It was her father’s pride and joy but now he’s gone, she can’t have anything to do with it. Until her father’s business partner decides to retire and she must go back to handle the transition to his son Ned.

When Liza arrives, she discovers a much-loved business that’s flourishing under Ned’s stewardship. And she’s happy to stay and help for the Christmas season, but then she has other plans. But will the place where she grew up make her change her mind? And can it weave its Christmas cheer around her heart?

*****

Is there anyone more perfect at writing festive books than Heidi Swain? I have read an awful lot of Christmas books in my time, especially in the past month or so, and as brilliant and joyful as they are, there’s a special place in my heart for Heidi’s books and I’m starting to build up quite the collection.

This book was unputdownable (yes that is a word) and I devoured it within a day. It’s got a bit of everything – love, romance, friendship, happiness, laughter, grief, sadness, festive cheer…you name it, it’s got it in spades.

I’ve always wanted to live in a Heidi Swain novel, especially a Christmas one, and this one just reinforced that idea. To me, Christmas is a magical time anyway (I know it’s not for everyone) and Christmas in Wynmouth just sounds perfect. And Wynter’s Trees is the cherry on the top.

This is the first book in a while I’ve read where I liked every single character. Most books have one or two characters who irk me or aren’t as well written, but they’re all so three dimensional in this and lovely. You’ve got characters of all ages and looks and backgrounds and passions that you just fall in love with all of them. I definitely fell in love with Ned (and I guarantee you will as soon as you meet him in these pages). He was the epitome of festive cheer and the exact partner I’d be looking for. The main character of Liza seemed so familiar. The exploration of her grief over her father felt so close to home that I just wanted to stand and hold her hand.

Like I said, I love all of Heidi’s books, particularly the Christmas ones, but this one will probably move to the top of my list. I’d like to move in right now please so I’m ready for the festive season.

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