I am so excited to join the Blog Tour for A Winter Beneath The Stars by Jo Thomas. Thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours, and Netgalley for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly
A Winter Beneath The Stars
On a courier trip to Tallfors, deep in Swedish Lapland, everything is going to plan. Halley has her bag, with
two precious wedding rings inside for delivery… until she doesn’t.
The only way to save the wedding is to team up with mysterious reindeer herder Bjorn, the one person
who can lead her across the snowy tundra to be reunited with her bag.
On a journey of a lifetime beneath the stars, with only the reindeer and a bad-tempered stranger for
company beside the fire, Halley realises that she will need to confront her past heartaches in order to let
the warmth of love in once more.
I found this a truly addictive Christmas read. From page one I was compelled by Halley and her travels across Swedish Lapland.
Of course, things don’t go to plan for courier Halley and she finds herself with all sorts of problems. However, she meets Lars and Bjorn who help her in her quest to return and retrieve some very special lost luggage.
Bjorn introduces her to the life of the Sami, reindeer herders who spend days in the sub-zero temperatures, sleeping under the stars. I wasn’t keen on Bjorn at first but warmed to him completely when I saw what great care he took of his pack of sled dogs. Halley seemed vulnerable and naive for such a seasoned traveller, but as the story unfolds, you begin to see why.
Lars and the other characters back at the hotel bring a cheery humour to the storyline and the stunning location gives the reader a feel for the ‘true’ Lapland.
The message from this book is really profound. I’m not going to take the risk of saying too much in this review, a slight slip would ruin the magic! You will just have to trust me on this one!
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.