Christmas at Winterbourne by Jen Silver ~ Book Review by Ameliah Faith

Xmas-at-Winterbourne-CoverTitle: Christmas at Winterbourne

Author: Jen Silver

Publisher: *Not Listed

Cover Artist: Irish Dragon Designs

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/01/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance

Blurb:

The Christmas festivities for the guests booked into Winterbourne House have all the goings-on of a traditional holiday. The only difference is that this guesthouse is run by lesbians, for lesbians.
When the guests arrive, tensions are already simmering between the house’s owner Wilma (Wil) and very pregnant partner, Gabriella. Wil has a lot on her plate…ensuring the smooth running of the events, looking after all the guests, including her in-laws and business partners. What she hasn’t planned for is a ghost from Christmas past.
Wil inherited Winterbourne from her adopted mother, Kim Russell, author of a series of successful lesbian novels. Most of the guests who stay, do so because they are fans of the author.
One guest, Sally Hunter, is on a mission to write Kim’s official biography. She meets with resistance from the people at the house she tries to interview, stirring up memories from those who knew the reclusive writer well.
For a bit of extra spice to the festivities, add in an unexpected snowstorm, a disappearing guest, and an imminent birth. Join the guests and staff at Winterbourne for a Christmas you’ll not soon forget.

My View:

A Lovely Winter’s Tale
Wil and her girlfriend, Gabby, own a lesbian retreat that Wil inherited from her “surrogate Mom”, Kim.
Its Christmas time and Gabby has decided that even though she is nine months pregnant they should keep the retreat open for the holiday. Take half a dozen friends, a set of parents and a group of lesbians and watch the drama unfold.

I was surprised at how much I liked this book. I am not a fan of Christmas and I was really worried that this book would be all about it. Turns out that while the book is set during that time of year, it was much, much more than that! Ms Silver writes flawlessly. The pace was great, there were no technical errors that I noticed and the story itself was just wonderful. I loved the interaction between the guests and Gabby and Wil. Gabby’s parents were absolutely darling. In spite of all the angst and inconveniences the group endured everyone was willing and able to look for the good and to go with the flow. I was highly entertained by them all. It was a vacation I would loved to have been a part of. Nicely done Ms Silver.

Links

Christmas at Winterbourne on Goodreads
*Not Listed
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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