Review by Veronica

Series Name: Roseford, # 4

She wanted to keep her eyes open as Will’s lips moved towards hers, but she couldn’t help it. As his beautiful mouth touched hers, her eyes closed. His lips were so gentle, so tentative, that she wasn’t even sure, in those first few seconds, that he had kissed her. Then, the pressure increased, and she felt the texture of his beard against her face, and it all became real. 

Another delightful and sweet instalment in the Roseford series.

When the ceiling of preloved clothing shop Roseford Reloved falls in at the height of Christmas season, owner Polly Parrott is in despair. She can see her fortunes draining away as quickly as the water is pouring through her roof. What makes it worse is that standing right underneath the deluge is Will Sutherland, sporting hero and new owner of Parson’s Grange, the new modern mansion in Roseford.

Polly and Will’s first meeting is about as far from a success as it can be, but over a festive season of Christmas markets, a Yuletide Ball and inconvenient snowfalls, can they forge a friendship or even more, despite their unpromising beginning? Or will the complications in both of their lives end their romance before it even begins?

I’m just adoring everything about this book series. It’s fun, heartwarming, and has oodles of charm. Now, for bookworms new to the series, you don’t have to have read the previous books to understand what is going on. Each book in this series reads as a stand-alone, and Fay does a fantastic job at bringing readers up to speed with everything happening in Roseford. Fans of the series will be delighted to know that MCs from the previous books make an appearance in this story, which I loved. This book returns to Roseford just before the Christmas season starts. We meet Polly, whose clothing business is going through a bit of a rough patch. The ceiling literally falls down around her and lands on Will’s head. Maybe not the meet-cute Polly was hoping for, LOL. I enjoyed this story. Y’all know that I love a book with a lot of drama. The only time I don’t want my romance books to have an abundance of drama is when I am reading a Christmas romance, which is why I was thrilled that Fay didn’t dump a lot of relationship and work drama into this book. I liked the lightness of the story. There are plenty of swoony moments, some that made me laugh and others that melted my heart. Maeve (Will’s youngest daughter) is an absolute delight and adds that extra charm and humour to the story.

If you are a fan of single dad and small-town romances, you will enjoy this love story. Will and Polly’s relationship doesn’t start in the greatest way, probably because Polly’s ceiling fell on Will’s head; it was definitely a more memorable meet-cute for me. But watching these two slowly progress from weary acquaintances to lovers was sweet. Their relationship journey wasn’t smooth sailing. Will’s eldest daughter disapproves of their relationship, Will’s ex and her new husband make an appearance, which creates a bit of a kerfuffle, and Polly is trying to save her failing business. I really enjoyed those quiet moments when Polly and Will could have meaningful conversations or just kiss the heck out of each other. 

Winter Wishes at Roseford Reloved is a story that will give readers so much holiday joy.

Thank you, Boldwood Books and Rachel Random Resources for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.