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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!

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.

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I loved Ms Normann's novel, Summer Island, and I loved this one just as much. Maybe it was the description of all that delicious food, or maybe it was the wildness of the island and the cosiness of the community? Or maybe it was the slightly unnerving and far-too-knowing cat? The romance had something to do with it too, and who couldn't fail to love a Viking (not really, but close) like Tor?

About the Author

Natalie Normann grew up in a small shipping town on the west-coast town in Norway. She wanted to be a writer as soon as she realised that books were written by real people. Her debut novel was published in Norwegian in 1995. She has been published in Swedish and Danish. Since 2007 she has written Historical Romance in Norwegian and recently published her 60th book.

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