Blog tour review – Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas

Get me on that ferry to Winter Island. I need to be there right now!

I’ve cut right back on blog tours, because I’m concentrating on writing my own third book, but when I was asked by Anne Cater if I’d like to read and review Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas, there was no way that I could turn it down. I’ve been a huge fan of Jo, since Sunset over Cherry Orchard (review here) and her books are amazing. This book did not disappoint in any way and was utterly gorgeous.

The setting was delightful, I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to visit anywhere so much. Not only could I picture every part of the island in my mind, but I could picture myself there as Ruby the main character. This is an author has such a huge talent for making you feel like you are the main character living in each of her stories!

Talking of characters. Oh my! How I loved the characters in this book. These wonderful people who I feel like I’ve known all my life, made me realise that sometimes you just have to go with the flow to make people happy. And sometimes by doing that, you discover things about yourself and what makes your heart sing too. And really that’s what life is all about isn’t it. Doing things that make your heart sing to live your best life.

And the house, was just another character. A house that made you want to live in it, even though it was winter and cold, you could feel the warmth and love that had been held in it over the years. And when Ruby discovered that she might hold the key to an old family business which needed to be revived, so that they could get to the end of the reason she’d gone to the island in the first place, I routed for them all the way. (This business made me VERY happy but I’m not going to give away what it is! Read it and find out!)

Tears rolled down my cheeks towards the end of the book when the most tender moments between Ruby and her grandfather and Ruby and Lachlan occur. Such beautiful scenes made me extremely emotional and filled my heart with joy!

This was SUCH a delightful read. A proper, cosy up, under a blanket and don’t move for the day type of a read.


There’s a fabulous blog tour taking part for this book, do check out the other reviewers thoughts too.

About the book

Wrap up warm and explore the breath-taking beauty of a remote Scottish island and an old house waiting to unlock enchanting family secrets.

Fans of Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson will love this irresistible new winter novel from Jo Thomas.

Do you need to find out where you’ve come from before you can know what the future holds?

Ruby’s singing career is on the verge of hitting the big time, when her voice breaks. Fearing her career is over, she signs up for a retreat in Tenerife to recover.

But an unexpected call from a stranger on a remote Scottish island takes her on a short trip to sort out some family business. It’s time to go and see the grandfather she’s never met.

City girl Ruby knows she will be happy to leave the windswept beaches behind as quickly as she can, especially as a years-old family rift means she knows she won’t be welcome at Teach Mhor.

But as she arrives at the big house overlooking the bay, she finds things are not as straightforward as she might have thought.

There’s an unexpected guest in the house and he’s not planning on going anywhere any time soon …

Praise for Jo Thomas:

‘Magically romantic…best read in front of a crackling log fire’ Milly Johnson

‘The characters went straight to my heart’ Katie Fforde

‘A sparkling, heartwarming hug of a story’ Miranda Dickinson

‘Like the best kind of holiday’ Lucy Diamond

About the author

Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.

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