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Festive Reads - Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market

My second Festive Read, yes I know it's still technically September, was Heidi Swain's Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market.   Released in October 2016, this book is part of the Wynbridge series, in this story we are introduced to Ruby who has recently dropped out of university and is heading home to run a market stall for the Cherry Tree Cafe in order to save some money to go travelling.

Her dad is not happy that his daughter whom he seems to want to live vicariously through is working as a market trader.  It soon turns out there maybe more to his concerns about her working on the market than it first seemed.  Not only is Ruby faced with dealing with her dad and his strange behaviour but she is working on the stall next to her childhood sweet heart who after three years she still hasn't got over.  Throwing herself in to making this the best Christmas market ever Ruby is determined to being back the community feeling and turn Wynbridge's Christmas market in to a hallmark Christmas Movie.

I love Heidi's books, they always leave me with a warm feeling.  Wynbridge is an aspirational village, there's so much to celebrate that it's faults pale in comparison for the community spirit that each book evokes.

Each book ties in to the other but no so much that you have to read in a specific order, I first discovered Heidi's work last year when I purchased Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair and I've been working my way through her collection ever since.

This is a perfect build up book to the Festive Season and I enjoyed getting to know more of the Wynbridge residents and catching up with some more familiar favourites.  While I think Sleigh Bells is a little more Christmassy I would still put this on my annual Christmas reads list to get me in to the festive spirit.


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