*BLOG TOUR* Winter at Wishington Bay by Maxine Morrey

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Winter at Wishington Bay by Maxine Morrey as part of her fabulous blog tour!

Eighteen months ago, Sophia Jones finally walked out on her unhappy life.

With a tricky divorce ongoing, money is tight and so when friends offer her a housekeeping job while they’re away travelling, she accepts.

Nate McKinley is hesitant when his brother, Gabe, offers him the use of their home in the picturesque village of Wishington Bay. But he has a book to a write and an imploded marriage to recover from, so maybe a change of scene is exactly what he needs. 

As Wishington Bay works its magic, friendship blossoms between Sophia and Nate. For Nate, finally feeling able to be himself with someone who is honest and down to earth is a revelation. 

But Sophia has a secret and a jealous colleague is determined to blow her cover. Can she really keep her old life in the past or is it destined to destroy this new, happy one too?

Take a trip back to Wishington Bay this winter and find out…

A deliciously heart-warming and romantic read, perfect for a cosy winter’s evening, from the author of the bestselling Winter’s Fairytale.

I was so excited when I heard that Maxine Morrey was returning to Wishington Bay – I loved her first foray into the bay in Coming Home to Wishington Bay and I knew that Winter in Wishington Bay would be no different. I should however state that whilst we do revisit Wishington Bay, these are both standalone books. Whilst there is mention of previous characters, Winter in Wishington Bay is very much focussed on Sophia Jones and Nate McKinley.

Sophia and Nate have both escaped to Wishington Bay. Both are running from their marriages, attempting to rebuild themselves in the chilly but welcoming Bay. Sophia alludes to the secrets she keeps about her old life, and although we are able to make assumptions about her, the big reveal doesn’t happen early on. She is escaping a life of unhappiness with a cheating ex.

Nate’s wife has left him, and it is clear that their relationship has had a negative impact on his for quite some time. He feels worthless and certainly lacks in confidence. Despite a rocky start, Sophia’s straight talking starts to bring him back to himself, and their friendship deepens.

This is a wintery story full of second chances and I loved it. Both Sophia and Nate are definitely flawed characters, but it makes them both all the more relatable. They are keen to protect themselves from more hurt, in Sophia’s case by keeping secrets, but they are both ultimately seeking a happiness that they each once thought would not be possible. This is such a lovely novel, perfect for reading as our nights draw in. So grab yourself a hot chocolate (or glass of wine!), a cosy blanket and curl up in your armchair with a copy of Winter at Wishington Bay – you won’t regret it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Maxine Morrey and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Purchase Link

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Author Bio

Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with eight books to her name including Winter’s Fairytale and the top ten hit The Christmas Project. She lives in West Sussex. Her first novel for Boldwood, #No Filter, was published in November 2019.

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