A huge thanks to the author Heidi Swain and Danielle @_DanielleLouis_ for organising this tour and @a_hogston and Isis Audio for an audio copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.
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 that 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?
Plot full of festive feels – check!
A cosy Festive romance – check!
A bucket load of Christmas spirit – check!
Everything I want this time of year – check!
As soon as I saw Underneath the Christmas Tree was on the 12 audiobooks of Christmas tour I tapped out a speedy response whilst keeping my fingers crossed that I would be the chosen one – and I was over the moon the be allocated this date and review slot. Even more exciting was the fact that Karen Cass was narrating as I’d loved her narration of The Cherry Tree Café which I read earlier in the year.
Karen’s narrations is just exquisite and she brings characters and settings alive. Her voice is perfect for relaxing with and just getting lost in the story.
I adored Liza’s story and the whole backdrop for it was perfect for the Christmas season. One of my favourite festive tropes are where there is a huge community feel and Heidi used several ‘smaller’ characters to create this. I am always smitten by books with a character who doesn’t love Christmas in the beginning. I love it when I just want to live inside a book and be part of everything and Underneath the Christmas Tree made me feel this way.
I really liked the character of Liza. In the beginning I was unsure about why she behaved the way she did and she came across a little stubborn however as more layers of her character are peeled back, I began to build a better picture and her reasons became clearer. It was so heart-warming to see Liza deal with her issues and begin to enjoy Wynter’s Trees and the surrounding community.
The romance aspect is cosy and I enjoyed being part of Liza and Ned’s developing relationship. Ned is such a sweetie and obviously loves what he does.
This was a gorgeous audio book to listen to over the past few weeks and was perfect for getting me into the festive mood. I cannot recommend it enough to fans of romance. It’s enchanting and has the most perfect Christmas atmosphere.
Author Bio – Heidi Swain
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.