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  • a four-star read that will magic you away

    A Gift in December by Jenny Gladwell a four-star read that will magic you away. This was a great story, when you get to know Thomas and Marit’s story they will take you away to long cold nights, dreaming of the Queen of the Forest. Throw in some drama in the telling of the tale and you will get taken away from the very first page when you start the letter they story unfolds and take you in to its pages. The only thing that disappointed me was Jane her character just bothered me at times as she was well written for the most part but floated and became someone irritating at other parts. It just put me off a bit, that being said this is a great one to snuggle up with on a cold winter’s night.

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  • Christmas, snow, Norway & an old mystery - lovely!

    I really enjoyed this story, quite light-hearted to start with, but with added depth just over a third in with the additional story developing of the wartime drama of the King of Norway's escape to London during the war, and the people who helped him. Jane is a journalist who recently broke a big story and so is on a high career-wise at the moment, but it's heading towards Christmas and she has also recently split with her partner and so is very down. She is persuaded to go to Norway on an all-expenses paid trip to do a lighter piece on how the Norwegian people donate a Christmas tree to London every year for their help in the war. There are a variety of people on the 'jolly', younger bloggers and a bit of a Z-list (slimy!) lothario hoping to restart his journalistic career amongst them, along with Jane and Ben, the photographer from her paper. One of the people on the trip is a quieter elderly gentleman, Thomas, who turns out to have been involved with helping the King escape during the war. He is looking for the girl (Marit) who helped them, and whom he corresponded with for a while but then lost touch. This is the interesting history bit of the book, which I really enjoyed, a bit of intrigue going on too and a few secrets. The book definitely got better and better as it went on and I couldn't put it down towards the end, just wanting to know what happened. The story of Thomas and Marit was really interesting. In the end everything was solved and Jane got her story (albeit with a few mishaps along the way) and the guy - but which one?! Really lovely story, although slightly sad towards the end, but with a real Christmas feel in all the snow and cold. Just lovely.

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