Originally published: 29 November 2018
Author: Jo Thomas
Published by: Headline Review
Genre: Chick lit
Length: 368 pages
Reading dates: 14-18 December 2018
Halley is a courier, specialising in delivering special items by hand all over the world. On a trip to Tallfors, deep in Swedish Lapland, Halley is due to deliver two personalised wedding rings and is enjoying her trip through the snowy country until she gets to her hotel and realises her bag has been switched.
She soon ends up with a mysterious reindeer herder called Bjorn who is the one person who can get her to her bag. Soon she is riding on sleds pulled by dogs, helping to herd reindeer and is experiencing the life of herder, travelling 150 miles across Lapland in order to get the reindeer home in time for winter and to be reunited with her bag.
What a wonderful wintery read! Jo Thomas has certainly done her research and I felt transported to Lapland – the snowy landscape is described beautifully and I could almost feel the cold that poor Halley has to get used to on her trek! The descriptions of the food are mouth watering, the food Bjorn is able to make using what nature provided is inspiring. This isn’t just a road trip novel: both characters have a back story and I love how they come together and learn to recover from past heartaches.
The evocative descriptions of Lapland made me really want to visit and see reindeer in the wild (and I hate the cold!) Perfect for Christmas and in fact any time during winter, I really enjoyed this.
Thank you to Headline and Anne Cater for having me on the blog tour.
About the author:
Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.