Mini-Review: Christmas Island by Natalie Normann

Cosy up in front of a fire and discover Christmas the Norwegian way…full of romance, cosy traditions and hygge!

Cover Design: Lucy Bennett


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.12 

My thoughts

Christmas Island is a sweet old-fashioned clean romance. Natalie Normann’s writing makes the story move swiftly as the romance moves slowly.

Normann pens a salivating salute to Norwegian holiday traditions. I wanted to taste most of the sweets and I have to be honest, based on Holly’s response, I will stay away from brown cheese (smile).

Amidst Holly’s adventures exploring life on an island in winter, we get to watch Tor and Holly’s courting dance. I think the best part of their relationship is Tor’s cat Frøy. He stole my heart as he does everyones.

Minus some grammatical errors Christmas Island is a good small town holiday romance. There is no real angst (it does mention events off page, but does not dwell heavily in it). Normann concentrates on life on an island, Frøy, and trying to find enjoyment in the everyday moments. Christmas Island is a holiday treat in food, cat frolics, and adventure. 

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: One More Chapter, 978-0008362744, November 30th 2020

Editor: Charlotte Ledger

Series: A Very Hygge Holiday #2; Settings: island off of Norway

Pages: 340

Promotion materials provided by Love Books Tours


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