A Winter Beneath The Stars by Jo Thomas #randomthingsblogtours

Today I’m thrilled to share with you my review of A Winter Beneath The Stars, the first Winter novel from Jo Thomas. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the tour invite.

About this book…

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…

My review…

Jo Thomas does THE BEST romances and I’m so chuffed that she has now written her first winter book. A Winter Beneath The Stars was much anticipated by me and I have to say that it didn’t disappoint. I’ve already passed my copy onto friends who have loved it just as much as I did. It’s like a huge mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows-heartwarming, sweet and utterly addictive till the very last drop!

Halley was a likeable character from the very moment she appears on the page, full of secrets but with a passion for life that she uses in her travels for the most amazing job. She’s on her way to Sweden with a pair of wedding rings and when she has delivered them she knows that she will be able to move onto the next level of her courier job-long haul flights will be hers! But when her bag gets accidentally mixed up with another, she ends up on a journey of discovery across the solitude of the Swedish Lapland with a reindeer herder called Bjorn where she learns about a culture rich in food and traditions but also learns to face her own past heartaches.

This is a beautifully written book full of tender moments that really do reach into your heart and give it a good old squeeze! Honestly you would need to have a heart of ice not to be touched by the interactions between Halley and Bjorn. Their journey to find the lost bag together was full of self discovery that lead to an impressively heartwarming conclusion for them both. To watch the coming together of two different cultures, as they learnt from each other was fascinating to watch. I just wish I was able to visit the characters in the setting that Jo left them as I want to check on how they are getting on now! And have some of that mushroom soup ofcourse!

I’m hoping that Jo Thomas delivers her own personal brand of winter wonderland every year now! It was wonderful to have a book that worked on a festive level but without being “over the top Christmassy” in its presentation. It was emotional without being overly sentimental and I adored every single page!

Meet 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.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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