The 12 Books of Christmas: Underneath the Christmas Tree by Heidi Swain

*I was sent a copy of Underneath the Christmas Tree in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Simon & Schuster UK and Heidi Swain* 


Wynter’s Trees is the home of Christmas. For the people of Wynmouth, it’s where they get their family Christmas tree, and where Christmas truly comes to life.

But for Liza Wynter, it’s a millstone around her neck. It was her father’s pride and joy but now he’s gone, she can’t have anything to do with it. Until her father’s business partner decides to retire and she must go back to handle the transition to his son Ned.

When Liza arrives, she discovers a much-loved business that’s flourishing under Ned’s stewardship. And she’s happy to stay and help for the Christmas season, but then she has other plans. But will the place where she grew up make her change her mind? And can it weave its Christmas cheer around her heart…?


This book was a breath of fresh air for me. I’ve recently only been reading festive romances and honestly, they were starting to become a little stale. However, I really enjoyed reading Underneath the Christmas Tree. 

The Christmassy feeling, that I had so been craving from these types of books, was present throughout the entirety of this book. It doesn’t make sense but a lot of festive romances don’t really cater to the first half of their genre but Underneath the Christmas Tree really hit the mark. 

The setting for this book was absolutely perfect. I find that I enjoy festive romances a lot more when they are set in England (sorry America), but they feel so much more special and contains that wonderful sense of humour that all brits love and have. 

Wynmouth sounded like the exact type of little village that I envisage every festive romance should be set in and I love the strong community that this book had. 

At first, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy Underneath The Christmas Tree as I thought Liza was going to be an annoying main character who hated Christmas. However, that wasn’t the case I actually really liked her. She was a strong-willed character who always knew exactly what she wanted. Although I will say I have never read a romance book where the main character was trying to set up the love interest with another person. That was certainly interesting. 

There wasn’t a huge amount of romance in this book, but in a way, I quite liked that. It was definitely a slow burn, which wasn’t technically that slow as the book only took place over about two months. But the build-up was infuriating in the best way. 

Wynters Tree and all of its workers were such a great cast of characters. I love how they seemed like one big family and how family was such a huge part of this book. Personally, I would say the family/friend relationships eclipsed the ones of passion by a mile. 

Underneath The Christmas Tree has been one of my favourite seasonal reads of the year so far. It was a quick and easy read that was much needed by myself at the time. Underneath The Christmas Tree reignited my love for reading in a time where I was struggling to turn the pages of other books. 

If you are looking for a massively festive read that is sure to warm the coldest of hearts then check out Underneath The Christmas Tree now.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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