Friday 18 December 2015

Review of Winter Wishes by Ruth Saberton - Five *


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?


This is the 3rd book in the Polwenna Bay series and it concentrates on Jules, the vicar and Danny Tremaine, the damaged war hero. However, it is perfectly possible to read it as a stand alone, without reading the preceding books.

This book is written so sensitively and I really felt for Jules and Danny. It's all about secrets and trust and it just doesn't seem possible that they can ever achieve their happy ever after.

As they follow a tortuous path, the other members of the family and the residents of Polwenna Bay form a backdrop which can be very funny at times. We also meet Danny's estranged wife, Tara and the new doctor as well. It's always nice when new characters arrive and I enjoyed seeing them fit in with others and each other. There was one very funny line about Nurofen that made me laugh out loud!

Think this one is my favourite. I hope Issy is next but what I would really like would be a retrospective book looking back at Alice's life and loves.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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