I’ve got another blog tour review ready for you! This is a very sweet and feel-good sort of book but I think I would recommend that you read the first book in the series. The synopsis is borrowed from Goodreads:
Neva Grey’s Christmas brought several surprises. Now a shocking secret has life-changing consequences for the Wynters, as the New Year brings revelations … and relatives to Wynter House.
It also brings Hazel Smart and Amelia Goodbody. And it’s not just Adam and Rafe Wynter who are pleased Hazel and Amelia have come to stay. Olivia Wynter will enjoy bossing nurse Hazel around and she also makes it clear Amelia – who is handling the marketing for Rafe’s new business venture – is far more suited to be her grandson’s girlfriend than Neva will ever be.
Whilst Amelia is ensconced at Wynter House, Neva is busy with her new hair and beauty salon in Merriment Bay. Perhaps she should enlist her niece, Sasha’s help because just when she thought she had found the love of her life, old secrets, ghosts from the past, and new arrivals might shatter all her dreams.
At least she has her best friend, Jo Duncan to lean on. But newly single, Jo is determined to have some fun, both at Wynter House and in Merriment Bay. And so is Adam Wynter.
New Beginnings at Wynter House might seem confusing at first for a new reader. I haven’t read the first book and there was a lot of names to get used to in the beginning. Most of them are given short introduction in a bypass sentence whereas the new characters of course are introduced in a more filling form. In my opinion this book is very sweet and easy to read. It lacks a bit of action but this doesn’t mean that «nothing» happens in the book, it was just a little too little for my taste. The storyline is good, although a bit predictable at times. From reading about the book on Goodreads I gather that reading the first book would have been more beneficial for me so this is a central factor for why the book may not have engaged me as much as readers who have read the first one. I’m not the biggest romance fan but I liked the fact that it wasn’t full of the standard romance ‘cliches’. There is focus on love, family and friendships which is all themes I find important in daily life and there was a nice balance between all these three topics.
Characterwise our main character, Neva, is a very sweet person. She seems to have been having some issues in the past which might have been discussed in book 1? Still, she does her best to please everyone and she’s thoughtful about both her own family and her new one which includes the very handsome Rafe, which was another character I really liked! I believe that Amelia is our most dramatic character. She’s the arch-typical bitch! You just get the whole vibe from her the minute she sets foot at Wynter House. She stirs things up a little bit which is always fun and I think every girl on the planet can relate to Neva’ thoughts when it comes to her. We’ve all had an Amelia in our lives at least once! Harvale is good at creating life-like scenarios that her reader can identify with and that makes the book more interesting to read.
New Beginnings at Wynter House was a sweet and feel-good sort of read. I do think I’m going to go against people who says its a standalone because I believe that I would’ve gotten way more out of it if I had read the first one. The storyline is sweet and its an easy read with life-like scenarios every girl definitely can identify herself with. Harvale writes series about love, friendship and family so if this book was up you’re alley you have more to look forward to!
Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to
your face and a warmth to your heart. Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at http://www.emilyharvale.com. Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.
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