May 12, 2015

Review: Warm Hearts in Winter by Helen Pollard

Forced by circumstance into the world of temping, when Abby Davis accepts an assignment in the wilds of Yorkshire as personal assistant to a widowed novelist, she assumes he is an ageing recluse.

Thirty-something Jack Blane is anything but an aging recluse. Still struggling to get his life and writing career back on track three years after his wife’s death, Jack isn’t ready for a breath of fresh air like Abby.

Snowed in at his winter retreat on the moors, as the weeks go by and their working relationship becomes friendship and maybe more, Abby must rethink her policy of never getting involved with someone at work … and Jack must decide whether he is willing to risk the pain of love a second time. 

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Abby has lost her job. It's been a traumatic experience for her and she's still trying to get over it when she finds a temporary assignment. She has to work for author Jack Blane as a personal assistant. Jack lives in the middle of nowhere in Yorkshire and when Abby arrives she doesn't completely know what to expect. 

Jack is a widow and while Abby thought she would be working for an old man he certainly isn't. She also had no idea that working with him would mean living in his house. While she's getting over the shock she has to find a way to make this assignment work as she needs the money. At first things are a little awkward, but soon Jack and Abby are starting to get along. They also form a good team and they're great together. Is it too soon for Jack after the death of his wife to find love again and is Abby actually willing to date her boss?

Warm Hearts in Winter is a wonderful story about two people who deserve a chance at happiness. There's also a little bit of mystery involved as someone is leaving nasty messages and horrible surprises for Jack and Abby. That gave the story a nice edge. I loved the atmosphere, the big house in the middle of nowhere and the cozy fires. Together they're the perfect setting for a romantic story. I liked this book a lot, it's both sweet and heartwarming.


  1. Lovely review. I need to movie this up on my TBR pile!

  2. Thanks, Patricia. I think Librarian Lavender has captured the feel of the book very well :) But I know how high those TBR piles can get!


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