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This follows the development of the country house Huntersbrook begun in Driving Home for Christmas where the family of three siblings and their appendages discovered from their mother that their home was under threat. They decided to turn it into a luxury event centre, so that’s what is happening here. You will appreciate this a great deal more if you read the earlier one first, mainly so you understand the dynamics of the siblings. If you don’t then the three will appear pretty unpleasant people who you will eventually warm to. If you know their background you will understand them better. The narrative is divided in the main between the three of them. It does turn into that expected uplifting family stuff the Irish are so good at but it’s a bit traumatic before you get there. It’s good. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
The Heart of Winter by Emma Hannigan, author of the Irish Top Ten bestseller The Summer Guest, delivers a glorious and warm family novel that will delight fans of Patricia Scanlan and Cathy Kelly. With the promise of December in the air and the hedgerows laced with frost, Huntersbrook House has never looked more beautiful. Once the Craig family's beloved home, the house has been transformed into a magnificent countryside venue. And its first booking couldn't be more perfect - the Christmas wedding of a well-known film actress. Yet, behind the scenes, the Craig children are feeling the chill. Pippa is skating on thin ice with her reckless personal life; Joey, preoccupied with the business, is blind to his fiance's struggles. And Lainey's future is dealt a cruel blow. As the wedding approaches, everyone hopes the house will weave its magic. But can the Craigs put their differences aside and pull together as a family once more?
Closing date: 27/03/2019
Publication date: 22/10/2015
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
|Publication date:||22nd October 2015|
|Publisher:||Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Emma Hannigan is the author of ten bestselling novels including The Secrets We Share, Driving Home for Christmas and the bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf which charted her journey through cancer. Emma lives in Co. Wicklow , Ireland, with her husband, two children and a dog.More About Emma Hannigan