#BlogTour – #BookReview of #AWintersDream by Sophie Claire @SClaireWriter @HodderBooks

I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for heartwarming festive read A Winter’s Dream by Sophie Claire. Thank you to Myrto Kalavrezou and Hodder & Stoughton for giving me the opportunity to read and review this lovely book.

About the book:


Liberty has never been a risk-taker. She loves the routine of her quiet life in the charming village of Willowbrook, with her Labrador, Charlie. But the arrival of a mysterious gift prompts Liberty to make some changes: starting with a daily challenge to say yes to everything for the month of December… 

Fearless and independent, Alex could hardly be a less obvious fit for peaceful village life. But after an accident cuts short his promising motorcycling career, he finds himself in Willowbrook in search of new direction.  

When the pair become unlikely housemates, sparks fly at Damselfly Cottage. Will living together prove impossible – especially when the first snow falls? Or, cut off from the outside world, can they help each other find what it takes to be brave this Christmas? 

About the author:


Sophie Claire writes emotional stories set in England and sunny Provence, where she spent her summers as a child. 

She has a French mother and a Scottish father, but was born in Africa and grew up in Manchester, England where she still lives with her husband and two sons.

Previously, she worked in Marketing and proofreading academic papers, but writing is what she always considered her ‘real job’ and now she’s delighted to spend her days dreaming up heartwarming contemporary romance stories set in beautiful places. 

You can find out more at http://www.sophieclaire.co.uk and Twitter @sclairewriter.

My Review:

As the days grow colder and the nights draw in, what could be better than curling up with this lovely, heartwarming story by Sophie Claire? The third in a series but easily read as a standalone, A Winter’s Dream has everything you could possible need or want from the perfect festive read to escape with this winter. There is a warmth to this author’s writing that draws you into the lives of the characters from the outset, soon finding yourself emotionally invested in the outcome of the choices they make. And then there’s gorgeous Charlie, Liberty’s Labrador, who even the coldest of hearts would find it impossible not to warm to!

Liberty loves the quiet life she lives in Willowbrook with her Labrador, Charlie. But when a mysterious gift arrives Liberty decides to make some changes, starting with a daily challenge to say yes to everything for the whole month of December. What could possibly go wrong?!

She soon finds herself with a new housemate, Alex, who is searching for a new direction in life after an accident cuts short his promising motorcycling career. As the sparks fly, will living together prove to be a step too far for this unlikely pair? Or can Liberty and Alex put aside their differences long enough to help each other as they come to terms with the hand life has dealt them? As the snow falls and they find themselves cut off from the outside world, one thing is for certain: life is never going to be the same again.

What follows is a lovely, warm and emotional tale that once started I did not want to end! I loved spending time with these characters and could quite happily have carried on reading about Damselfly Cottage, the picture perfect village of Willowbrook and the wonderful people who inhabit them. Sophie Claire’s gentle writing and gorgeous characterisation brings this charming story vividly to life, making it feel like you’re being enveloped in a warm, cosy hug that you don’t ever want to break free from!

A Winter’s Dream is a beautifully written, heartwarming festive story of friendship and love that I thoroughly enjoyed. Pure escapism at its very best! I loved it.

Highly recommended.

A Winter’s Dream by Sophie Claire is available to purchase now: Amazon UK

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