A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Winter Beneath the Stars by Jo Thomas.
A Winter Beneath the Stars was published in eBook on 4th October and in paperback on 29th November by Headline.
Halley has been running from her problems for years.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…
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Thank you to Anne Cater and Becky at Headline for issuing me with my review copy and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.
Jo Thomas is one of my favourite authors and I know I am in for a treat when she has a new book published. As a change, she has written a wonderful and charming book set during the winter months in Sweden.
We follow Halley as she is coming to the end of a trip as a courier. She has been involved in this role for two years and we read more about her, we realise that things aren’t quite what they seem. When she mislays the wedding ring package that she is due to deliver for a wedding, she is in a race against time to find them before the wedding! In order to get the rings back she has to face her fears and also has to rely on someone else, namely Bjorn, a mysterious and quiet reindeer herder.
The author has captured the beautiful winter in Sweden perfectly and has written the perfect book to read over Christmas. The Samii life was really interesting to read about and Jo Thomas has clearly done her research. It adds another interesting side to the story that I was absolutely fascinated with having not known anything about it. Both characters are really brought to life and, in a sense, both are running from something yet appear to be the perfect foil for each other.
The journey they both make is exciting and I loved following them on their travels as they grapple with the harsh reality of the winter, the predators in the woods and the race against time to keep the reindeers safe. Reading about Halley completely out of her comfort zone was funny but also sad in places as she faces up to why she is constantly travelling and living out of a suitcase and we see a sensitive and fragile side to her that she has long tried to hide.
I was sad to finish this beautiful and warmhearted story but enjoyed reading every word.
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About the Author
Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and 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.