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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.
My goodness! How festive is that cover? Honestly I could just stare at it all day. It’s stunning. The cover and blurb just ooze Christmas charm and immediately brought joy to me. And that’s without opening a single page.
I adore travel and festive romance so finding a combination of the two was just superb luck. Norway isn’t a common book location, so I found the description of the landscape stunning and the sumptuous food made my mouth water. I could feel the cold of the snow but that didn’t stop this book from completely warming my heart and soul. Learning about Nordic festive traditions was really enjoyable and a fabulous touch.
I’m a cat lover so Froy was amazing and such a central character despite not saying a word. Both Tor and Holly have baggage and issues to work through and these are revealed throughout the book. I adore plots where a character is introvert and grumpy and opens up to a romantic lead so this plot was right up my ally.
An adorable and very festive read that will melt the coldest of hearts.
Author Bio – Natalie Normann
Natalie Normann grew up in a shipping town on the west-coast of Norway and always wanted to be a writer. Actually, she wanted to smoke cigars and drink whiskey like Hemingway but settled for chocolate and the occasional glass of Baileys.
Her writing journey started with short stories in women’s magazines until her first book was published in 1995.