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. 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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About the Author
When Helen isn't working or writing, it goes without saying that she loves to read. She also enjoys a good coffee in a quiet bookshop, and appreciates the company of family and close friends.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a bittersweet, romantic tale. Pollard has crafted a fun yet emotional story about a second chance at love. She brings emotions forward, allowing you to feel for and with her characters. At the same time, Pollard sets the scene well. Readers are able to visualize the secluded setting as if they were there. I appreciated the fact that the suspense in the novel didn’t go over the top. Yes something happened, but the main character is a thriller writer. But it happened and then it was over. Pollard’s writing focuses on the characters and their choices and decisions, not on external forces beyond their control. Pollard had created some cute and quirky characters to carry this story forward, and they definitely carry it well. It was really neat to see the writing process as part of who a character is. This imaginative, goal oriented task is what defined the male lead of this story. Combined with the raw emotions that he portrays, this is one character that you won’t soon forget. The female lead had me perplexed for a while. Her secret overshadows a great many things, but her genuinely warm heart shines through and I couldn’t help but feel for her as well. The fact that these two carried this story forward almost singlehandedly worked perfectly with Pollard’s plot and readers aren’t left feeling like something’s missing. Overall this was a cute, sweet story. Pollard drew me into her world and I found myself caught up in the plot of the story, and falling in love with the characters. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
“Warm Hearts in Winter” is a sweet love story with just enough mystery to keep you guessing as to the outcome. I loved the interaction – and inner struggles – between the two main characters, Jack and Abby. Helen Pollard’s descriptive writing made me feel as though I were traipsing across the open fields of Yorkshire, England. I would highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from this author.
How desperate would you need to be to take a P.A. position to a complete stranger in a remote cabin surrounded by nothing but snow and mountains? Suddenly I’m seeing images of Jack Nicholson from The Shining. Not too enticing for me. And why would a writer need a personal assistant? I mean, how lazy is the guy? Abby was right: it did sound like he needed a babysitter. In any sense, Abby takes the job. Of course, when she first gets to the cabin, she was freezing cold, wet, bruised (from her fall in the snow,) and exhausted. Misery, party of one, please. I was impressed how forceful Jack was when he insisted that she not drive off in the middle of the night in search of a hotel. Was she nuts? It’s dark and snowy—you won’t be able to see a thing! But with disregard to her stubborn poutiness, he laid down the law and said: “You’re staying and that’s that.” Now that’s a man. Mainly the tale revolves around two people with nothing to do but look at each other and talk. Of course, there was no doubt that there would be some lovey-dovey feelings there. In fact, it got a little sappy at times. And with nothing to do out in the woods, it got a little boring. The intriguing twist was cabin fever settling in, making the two anxious and disgruntled in the midst. Still, there was something there. “She wore simple clothes, never primped at her hair, and rarely wore any make¿up….Abby was the opposite, almost unaware of her attractiveness, and of course Jack found that attractive in itself.” (57) I like guys that like plain girls—girls that are just the way they are. Although I don’t know how I’d feel to know that I reminded him of his dead wife. Now the thriller book, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurie, is coming to mind. At one point, I thought Abby was actually being haunted by the dead wife with the silent phone calls, dark figures, and strange noises that kept happening at the cabin. But that just enabled the two to get even closer. The story is well-written and describes the snowy scene vividly. Well, of course, you’re going to describe nothing but snow. That’s all there is! I don’t think I’d be able to take all that snow—I’m a Cali girl, after all. Story is full of emotion—mainly heart-ache that predictably turns to love. This is a warm, fuzzy, little romance that’s supposed to melt your heart.
MYSTERY/SUSPENSE WITH ROMANCE Two people, not looking for love and both dealing with hurt and loss. Abby Davis losing her job wrongly when a jealous wife sees more than what is really there. Taking a temporary assignment as a personal assistant with the help of her friend Casey puts her out in the country. Jack Blane, widower, author of dark thrillers, needs a PA after his present one must go help her sister when she breaks her leg. Two people thrown together, during a freakish winter storm, by circumstances and need, slowly accept and adapt to each other. They develop a good working relationship and even a friendship. But there is someone out there causing trouble, sinister letters, dead mice, silent phone calls, and sneaking around. Can Jack and Abby continue to work together? Can the pain that each of them have been living with be laid to rest or continue to haunt them? This is a clean mystery romance, with many emotions, strong characters, and maybe even a HEA ending.