The Winter Garden by SJV
2020/08/13  |  By:   |  Features  |  

We’re so excited to introduce you to the brand new novel by Heidi Swain, #TheWinterGarden, out now in paperback and eBook.

‘As warm and cosy as a cup of hot chocolate’ HEAT

‘A cosy read for winter nights’ The People’s Friend

 ‘A sparkling romance’ Woman’s Weekly Fiction

‘Full of all things Christmas, snowfall, roaring fires and warming romance’ My Weekly

‘With magically descriptive landscapes and the promise of romance, it’s the perfect book to enjoy over a hot chocolate’ Candis

‘(A) lovely wintry tale’ HELLO

 ‘Light the fire, cuddle up close and escape into the warm glow of wintertime and Christmas with the much-loved queen of feel good Heidi Swain.’ The Blackpool Gazette

Will love bloom this winter?

Freya Fuller is living her dream, working as a live-in gardener on a beautiful Suffolk estate. But when the owner dies, Freya finds herself forced out of her job and her home with nowhere to go. However, with luck on her side, she’s soon moving to Nightingale Square and helping to create a beautiful winter garden that will be open to the public in time for Christmas.

There’s a warm welcome from all in Nightingale Square, except from local artist Finn. No matter how hard the pair try, they just can’t get along, and working together to bring the winter garden to life quickly becomes a struggle for them both.

Will Freya and Finn be able to put their differences aside in time for Christmas? Or will the arrival of a face from Freya’s past send them all spiralling?

The Winter Garden is the perfect read this Christmas, promising snowfall, warm fires and breath-taking seasonal romance. Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Cathy Bramley and Sarah Morgan.

Here’s what readers are saying about #TheWinterGarden.


’100% LOVED this book!’ *****

‘Full of sparkles!’ *****


‘Wow wow wow! Heidi Swain does it again.’ *****


‘A magical, beautiful story’ *****

‘I absolutely loved it’ *****


‘A perfect read for anytime of the year’ *****


‘Like coming home to sit in front of the fire, with a mug of hot chocolate wrapped around your fingers.’ *****

‘Pure Christmas indulgence and festive fun’ *****


‘The perfect book to lose yourself in!’ *****

‘If only we could all live in a place like Nightingale Square with such a brilliant sense of community.’ *****


‘Five stars doesn’t seem enough’ *****


‘So heartwarming’  *****

‘Such an utter joy to read, I couldn’t put it down!’ *****


‘All the ingredients for a perfect Christmas read’ *****

‘The perfect antidote to dark days, this book is full of love and light.’ *****


‘Another wonderful, enchanting tale of love, fun and friendships’ *****



‘I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it as one to be read while sitting cosily in the house with some hot chocolate, listening to the horrible weather outside! ‘ *****

‘Full of lovely people, new friendships, and new beginnings.’ *****


‘If you love a feel good Christmassy book then this is definitely one for you!’ *****

‘In all of the chaos of late this was like having a friend give you a big hug and then wrap you up in a snuggly blanket with tea and chocolates.’ *****


‘A lovely festive read’ *****

‘A festive treat with crafts, food, nature, love, humour and gin – it has it all!’ *****


‘I didn’t want the story to end’ *****

‘A great fun, heartfelt, sweet story that I really enjoyed reading’ *****

‘An exciting read by the Queen of great storytelling’ *****


‘THE Christmas book of 2020!’ *****


‘Heart-warming, soul soothing and a perfect tonic to what’s been the most unsettling of times.’ *****

‘Jam packed full of cosy, wintery, Christmas sparkle, wrapped up with romance, friendship and new beginnings’ *****


‘I genuinely couldn’t put it down and loved every word of it.’ *****

‘Completely magical Christmas fiction at its best.’ *****


‘An enchanting, feel good tale’ *****


‘A wonderful book from beginning to end’ *****

‘Absolutely beautiful’ *****


‘A beautiful, heartwarming read!’ *****

‘This book is perfect for when you want to escape real life for a few hours’ *****


‘What I really love about Heidi’s novels is the sense of community and the ways in which the relationships between characters develop’ *****


‘A relaxing, comforting and heartwarming read, full of Christmas atmosphere. Perfect to read curled up in front of the fire with a beverage of your choice.’ ****

‘If you’re looking for a gentle, cosy and wonderfully festive read, you really, REALLY can’t go wrong with this one. Utterly adored it.’ *****


‘If you want something that will warm you from within and leave you feeling cosy and part of a community then this is the book for you.’  *****


‘I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it as one to be read while sitting cosily in the house with some hot chocolate, listening to the horrible weather outside!’ *****


‘Full of lovely people, new friendships, and new beginnings’ *****

‘Loved it!’ *****


‘Heidi’s books are always a joy the read and this is no exception’ *****

Sandra says : ‘If you want something that will warm you from within and leave you feeling cosy and part of a community then this is the book for you.’  Read her full review here.

Karen says :  ‘I needed an uplifting book to cheer me up and this was the perfect choice. A fabulous festive five star read for Christmas 2020 – a virtual hug in a book. So grab a copy of the book, a soft blanket and a mug of hot chocolate for a relaxing escape from the real world.’  Read her full review here.

Natalie says : ‘The story was descriptive and captivating with a heartfelt and sweet plot. This perfect feel good book is a great build up to Christmas on these cold and chilly evenings.’ Read her full review here.

Kerry says : ‘Left me feeling warm, fuzzy, craving a mince pie and feeling hopeful for Christmas this year’ Read her full review here.

Hayley says : ‘If you need a good pick me up, feel-good, hot chocolate kind of a story then this is for you.  A sparkly 5 star read for me!’  Read her full review here.

Stacey says : ‘The story is like one big cuddle in a book. It is inviting, enthralling, and so beautifully written. It made the dark days feel brighter and gives you a sense that it is never too late to change your life if you don’t like where it is heading or what is happening within it. It is a tale of love, friendship, and doing what is right for you.’ Read her full review here.

Vicky says : ‘This is a wonderfully gentle and engaging festive read, that will draw you in to the beautiful community of Nightingale Square and keep you snug for a little while.’  Read her full review here.

Charlene says :  ‘Festive and magical this is the perfect Christmas book especially in 2020 when we all just need a little extra tlc and sparkle’ Read her full review here.


The Winter Garden Blog Tour graphic

Stacy says : ‘The Winter Garden is a festive delight and the gift that keeps on giving.’ Read her full blog tour post, and an extract from the novel here.

Jo says : ‘A wonderful feel good book that made me look forward to frosty mornings and hot chocolates’ Read her full review here.

Rea says : ‘I loved The Winter Garden, Heidi Swain has delivered another cosy heartwarming read. There was a festive feel to the storyline with the traditional Christmas Markets, tasty delights and the Christmas decorations all play a part in bringing the Christmas spirit out in us already I am longing to pop my tree up now and read next to the glistening lights with a hot chocolate!’ Read her full review here.

Karen says : ‘This is a truly wonderful read, and it was a joy to step into the world of Freya as she makes a new life with the supportive members of Nightingale Square.’ Read her full review here.

Kelly says : ‘The Winter Garden has definitely got me in the festive spirit. I’m left wanting to start celebrating, getting the decorations up, making wreaths and going to Christmas markets.’ Read her full review here.

Alba says : ‘A big thumps up from me for the love story! Great chemistry between the characters and perfect amount of will-they or will-they-not. I finished this book with a huge smile in my face!’ Read her full review here.

Jenn says : ‘A winter delight, it gives you all the right feels, with gorgeous characters and a heart-warming tale.’ Read her full review here.

Emma says : ‘This book teaches us that just because its cold and dark there are still things to look forward to. I think it’s a real message of hope that we need right now.’ Read her full review here.

Julie says : ‘This is a lovely story that features love, friendship and gardening so it was a perfect read for me to enjoy!’ Read her full review here.

Hayley says : ‘I always love the elements of families and of community spirit and as ever this is an abundance’ Read her full review here.

Michelle says : ‘A snuggly warm hug of a book.  As the temperature drops outside, let the fabulous community of Nightingale Square warm your heart so grab a hot chocolate and snuggle up on your favourite chair with The Winter Garden.’ Read her full review here.

Simona says : ‘The perfect winter book full of love, friendship, family and life. Heidi Swain always manages to put a huge smile on my face with her writing. It‘s fresh, romantic, funny and so much more.’  Read her full review here.

Noemi says : ‘The perfect read if you are looking for a fabulous, magical story, a festive atmosphere, and adorable characters’ Read her full review here.

Laura says : ‘Heidi’s books always make you want to pack up and move to where they’re set, befriend the locals and live in her imagined worlds.’ Read her full review here.

Kirsty says : ‘Heidi has done it yet again and has written a huge hit of a story which I fell utterly in love with.’  Read her full review here.

Madeleine says : ‘Perfect for curling up and getting cosy with this winter, the love story between Freya and Finn, the lovely little Nell, the kind and welcoming locals, the healing of nature, the crafts and creations people make, it all adds up to a really pleasurable read.’ Read her full review here.

Bronagh hosted a Top Ten Favourite Festive Activities feature from Heidi on her blog here.

Kay says : ‘A heartwarming and uplifting festive read that I loved from the first page to the last.’ Read her full review and an extract from the book here.

Annette says : ‘This book will warm your cockles just in time for Christmas.’  Read her full review here.

Joanne says : ‘If you need something to make you feel uplifted and warm inside, whatever the weather, look no further’ Read her full review here.

Catriona says : ‘The perfect first winter book of the season’ Read her full review here.

Bookwormcheryl says : ‘ A great fun, heartfelt, sweet story that I really enjoyed reading. This is the perfect book to read snuggled up in the winter and a hot chocolate by the the fire.’ Read her insta post here.

Jessica says : ‘I absolutely adored the characters in this, they were so lovely and easy to get to know’ Read her full review here.

Linda says :  ‘The Winter Garden put a smile on my face and brought me happiness and I can’t think of anything better in these rather bleak times!’ Read her full review here.

The Winter Garden Banner Week1

The Winter Garden Banner Week2



Related News