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The Heart of Winter by Emma Hannigan

The Heart of Winter

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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

If you like Emma Hannigan you might also like to read books by Patricia Scanlan, Cathy Kelly and Maeve Binchy.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review The Summer Guest, also by Emma Hannigan.  Click here to read the full reviews.

  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'Emma Hannigan takes on the mantle left by Maeve Binchy...I enjoyed this book and would happily read more by the same author.' 
  • Alison Bisping - 'The characters and the situations are all so believeable and although predictable at times, it is not the case the whole way through!'
  • Sharon Goodwin - 'Emma Hannigan shows us that facing fears and the sadness that may bring can also be uplifting and empowering. An inspiring read.' 
  • Julie Wragg - 'A warm and gentle read about friendships, new and old, that touch our lives.' 
  • Nikki Clark - 'A delightful Summer read, full of Irish charm and warmth.'
  • Cleo Bannister - 'I defy anyone who reads this book not to warm to the characters within the pages.' 
  • Rachel Hall - 'This is a real escapist read...suspend reality and let yourself be taken to another place!' 
  • Lyn Barrett - 'I found this to be a very enjoyable and thought-provoking read, hard to put down and certainly to be recommended.' 
  • Cheryl Kinney - 'Emotional, gripping book...I really enjoyed this book and was sad to leave the characters behind.'


The Heart of Winter by Emma Hannigan

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?

About the Author

Emma Hannigan

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.

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22nd October 2015


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464 pages


Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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