#FestiveReads: Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market by Heidi Swain @Heidi_Swain ‏@simonschusterUK @mgriffiths163

Today it’s back over to Mandie who has another festive review, this time Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market by Heidi Swain. Let’s take a look at what it’s all about.

MMATCM.jpgThe Official Book Blurb

Christmas has arrived in the town of Wynbridge and it promises mince pies, mistletoe and a whole host of seasonal joy.

Ruby has finished with university and is heading home for the holidays to save up for her trip around the world in January. Against her father’s wishes, she takes on a stall at the local market, and sets about making it the best Christmas market stall ever. There’ll be bunting and mistletoe and maybe even a bit of mulled wine.

But with a new retail park just opened on their doorstep, the market is under threat. So together with all the other stallholders, Ruby devises a plan to make sure that Wynbridge is the first port of call for everyone’s Christmas shopping needs.

The only thing standing in her way is Ruby’s ex, Steve. It’s pretty hard to concentrate on saving the world when he works on the stall opposite, especially when she realises that her feelings for him are still there…

This Christmas make time for some winter sparkle – and see who might be under the mistletoe this year… 

Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market is a charming story that centres around Ruby who after deciding that studying for her masters degree at university is not for her returns home for Christmas to run a market stall for her friends as a way to earn money to fund her travels.

Ruby is quite a feisty character. She knows that throwing away her studies is going to anger her dad but she is determined to stick to her guns and plan her future her way. And he certainly puts a bit of pressure on her to at least take a proper job with him at the council in the hope that she will forget what he considers to be a foolish notion of travelling the world

She not afraid of standing up for what she believes in and is determined to not only make a success of the market stall for her friends but also try to help save the market when it looks like it is under threat from developers. Unfortunately for her this puts her at further odds with her dad. She is also contending with working alongside her ex Steve. You can tell that clearly there is something still between them and you know that eventually they will end up getting back together but it’s still fun to see everything they go through to get to that point… including finding out what really happened before Ruby headed off to university

Her friends are the sort you can turn to for anything, all of them sharing the initial common interest of the café where they work but over time it developed into much more. You have to love the small town community spirit that is displayed throughout the story as to be honest it’s not something you get to witness much these days as everyone just seems to be busy getting on with their lives.

There is an ongoing feud between Ruby and Steve’s dad that has always blighted their relationship in the past. I have to say when I found out the reasons behind it I had a “god I would love to bang their heads together” moment as it really is that stupid… and they say women are petty and childish. And the incident at the bake sale had me chuckling for ages.

Now although I have to say I am not a big fan of Christmas, with Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market Heidi Swain has produced a charming read that will get anyone in the mood for the holiday season.

Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market is available now from the following retailers:

Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | Waterstones

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