Book Review – Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain

Available at the Library
Number of Pages: 480
Genre: Christmas/Romance

Welcome to my first book review of 2022! I started this book last year, but didn’t get a chance to finish it until now. Here are my thoughts:


When Anna takes on the role of companion to the owner of Wynthorpe Hall, on the outskirts of Wynbridge, she has no idea that her life is set to change beyond all recognition.

A confirmed ‘bah humbug’ when it comes to Christmas, Anna is amazed to find herself quickly immersed in the eccentric household, and when youngest son Jamie unexpectedly arrives home it soon becomes obvious that her personal feelings are going all out to compromise her professional persona.

Jamie, struggling to come to terms with life back in the Fens, makes a pact with Anna – she has to teach him to fall back in love with Wynthorpe Hall, while he helps her fall back in love with Christmas. But will it all prove too much for Anna, or can the family of Wynthorpe Hall warm her heart once and for all…?

Join Anna for a festive journey festooned with sleigh rides and silver bells and help her discover her happy-ever-after.


This is the third Heidi Swain Christmas book that I have read and I can honestly say that it wasn’t a disappointment. It had everything you could possibly ask for from a Christmas book and more.

The writing was simple, engaging and it had me hooked from the beginning. The description of the Hall and the surrounding village was just enough to give you an idea of where the characters were, but the story mainly focussed on the characters, specifically what the main character was thinking and feeling. 

The chapters were fairly lengthy so you got a good chunk of the story before moving on to the next part of the story. Nothing felt rushed and you were gently taken through the story and immersed in their world. 

The characters were brilliant. They were warm, kind, funny and really brought to life the spirit of Christmas and it’s messages of love and hope. All the way through you were routing for the main character to have a happy ending, not only for her, but for the other characters as well who had all opened their hearts to her. You were made to wait until the very end to see which way she would go!

Lastly the settings. What more could you ask for than a Hall covered in decorations, lights and snow? I loved the village Christmas events and the additional Winter Solstice element too. They really added something to the story and the visuals.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to Christmas fans, Romance fans and anyone who needs cheering up with a festive read!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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