I totally and utterly adored Sunset over the Cherry Orchard by Jo Thomas when I read it in the summer. My review can be found by clicking here. So when I was asked if I’d like to take part in another tour for Jo, I was delighted and couldn’t wait to get toA Winter Beneath the Stars on my reading pile. Now that winter is firmly ensconced in my life, I thought it was time I embraced the cold and started to read it.
Now anyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of cold weather. I’m a summer and sunshine bird who loves to feel the heat on her body. Don’t like to be wet or cold, and the thought of going on holiday to a destination which is cold and snowy fills me with horror. I’m one of those people who is happy at home when it snows as long as I don’t have to go outside. However, I can honestly say that A Winter Beneath the Stars has totally and utterly got me googling holidays to Sweden and has completely changed my mind! I also love reindeers! We are really lucky to have a reindeer farm near to where we live and we visit every Christmas.
Now at the same time as reading this book, the travel agent Jo, that I use all the time, who somehow manages to find us the MOST amazing deals, was on a trip in Lapland and was posting pictures and videos of her trip and it totally got me in the mood and maybe thinking that perhaps that type of holiday is for me after all. Here’s a link to Jo’s Facebook page if anyone wants to check out her deals and you can also see pictures of her trip to Lapland too. Well worth taking a peek!
Anyhoos! Back to A Winter Beneath the Stars. What a totally brilliant, romantic, inspirational, fabulous read it was.
Halley is a courier delivering precious parcels to people, a job she took when a life-changing event meant that she wanted to keep herself busy and travelling the world. She writes all her thoughts down in a travel journal to share with a very special person in her life. When she arrives at the hotel in Sweden where she is delivering very special cargo which will mean the world to two people, and disaster strikes, she meets Hotel Manager Lars and then Bjorn, a grumpy reindeer farmer who needs to get his herd back to the farm. Halley begrudgingly helps him as he holds the key to something that she needs, discovering herself along the way.
Jo Thomas creates THE most amazing characters. You get completely inside their head and almost become them, feeling their every emotion and get so entangled in the plot that you shut out real life and focus entirely on the world that you have become part of. Her scene building is just stunning. I totally and utterly fell in love with this part of Sweden and want to go and live there. Now! I want to mush and go on a sleigh ride and sleep under the stars and see the Northern Lights. Now!
This book would be perfect as a Hallmark Christmas movie. It has everything that a Hallmark movies has – fabulous characters, stunning setting, compelling plot and a perfect fairytale ending. One of those films that leaves you smiling from ear to ear and feeling a little bit mushy!
A Winter Beneath the Stars was SUCH a gorgeous read. A right proper heart-warming, feel-good and inspirational read, with the perfect ending, that you can curl up on the sofa with, under a nice cosy blanket and immerse yourself in a whole new and fabulous world. Trust me though, don’t plan anything else once you pick up this book, because you are SO not going to want to put it down.
About the book
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…
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.
Now the Kindle version of this book is just £1.99 right now which really is great value and worth every single penny!
There are lots of other fabulous bloggers taking part in the blog tour for this book over the coming ten days, so if you don’t want to just take my word for it, you could also have a peek at their reviews too.