By Natalie Norman
Published by One More Chapter
What it’s about?
Cosy up in front of a fire and discover Christmas the Norwegian way…full of romance, cosy traditions and hygge!
In the bleak midwinter…
A really frosty wind is making Holly’s life absolutely miserable
After all the years of hard work it took Londoner Holly Greene to become a doctor, now it could all be taken away and she only has herself to blame. She’s retreating to her brother’s rustic home on an island off the coast of Norway to lick her wounds. Only, it’s the middle of winter and icy slush plus endless darkness isn’t exactly the cheery, festive getaway she had imagined.
Nearly stumbling off the edge of a cliff in the dark, Holly is saved by Frøy, a yellow-eyed cat of fearsome but fluffy proportions, and his owner – grouchy, bearded recluse, Tor. Tor has his own problems to face but the inexplicable desire to leave a bag of freshly baked gingerbread men on Holly’s doorstep is seriously getting in the way of his hermit routine.
Call it kindness, call it Christmas, but Holly’s arrival means midwinter has never looked less bleak.
What I think:
This book is exactly what you expect, and need, from a holiday romance.
Winter setting, lots of snow, lots of food, welcoming locals, grumpy locals, pets with personality and romance.
It’s the recipe for perfect festive fun.
Holly is fun and kind and the kind of character you warm too immediately. Tor is grumpy and reclusive but obviously has a heart of gold and underneath the beard and many winter layers is obviously gorgeous.
This is a perfect read for winter evenings snuggled up with a blanket and the last of the Quality Street.
Thank you One More Chapter and Netgalley for the gifted copy in return for an honest review.
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