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Christmas Island by Natalie Normann
About The Book
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.
Sometimes we forget what it means loving someone; it’s not only saying the word everyday but being there when needed, believe in the others dreams and never disrespect our partner.
This is a romance book, not with a high passion in it but with tenderness and friendship; Holly and Tor have never met before but their connection will change their lives forever. I have to say I really enjoyed this book; it was sweet, full of cosy moments and with some really delicious food!
The story felt real and beautiful, two people that the world had let down will heal each other with the help of a big cat and beautiful landscapes; what more can we ask? I liked how all the village accepted Holly, even if they haven’t met her before, knowing her brother is enough to trust her and welcome her; it’s not something that we see often, but I think we all should learn from it.
I’ll admit that the ending was a little bit rushed, maybe we will see more of these characters and we’ll know how they continue their lives? How the summer affects the life of all the villagers and the food in that season!
I have a complaint, there were no recipes in all the book, but there’s so much food detailed in the story that I need to know where I can find the recipes (or buy them). I finished this story famished, eager for sweet cakes and hot chocolate!
This is a great book to read on a cold day, in your favorite spot and with a warm drink in your hands, you’ll not want to leave Christmas Island, ever!
About The Author
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.