Review: Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin

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Flora loves Christmas more than anything else in the world, so she’s gutted when her Scrooge-alike boss fires her from Deck the Halls Christmas emporium. But now she finally has a chance to follow her dreams – and what better place to start than the home of Christmas?
Before she can say ‘sleigh bells’, Flora’s on her way to Lapland in a campervan-cum-Christmas-shop. She can’t wait to spend her days drinking hot chocolate and taking reindeer-drawn carriage rides, but something Flora didn’t expect was meeting Connor, a Norse god of a man who makes her heart flutter and snowflakes swirl in her stomach. There’s just one problem: Connor hates Christmas.
Can Flora convince Connor of the joys of Christmas – and will she find a festive romance along the way?

Thank you to HQ Stories and Midas PR for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I don’t usually pick up festive books as such but this one called out to me and I couldn’t resist reading it! If you love cozy Christmas books and Hallmark movies, this one is definitely for you, and I had so much fun picking it up.

Flora’s story was so fun and I loved her eccentric nature and how she was true to herself. At the start of this book, Flora’s life is falling apart and she decides to follow a new Christmas dream to go to Lapland and set up a Christmas shop out of her campervan. I loved the setting of Lapland and the market Flora moves to just feels so festive and beautiful. I feel like the author did a great job of creating a festive atmosphere that shone throughout the book, and I could picture the locations really well.

Although I loved the characters, one of my big problems with this one was the dialogue. The writing wasn’t brilliant, but did get better as the book went on. A lot of my problem was in the dialogue. It wasn’t broken up properly in the text and most of the dialogue felt really unnatural. This book was also very far fetched in some ways and felt like a Hallmark movie, but if you can overlook and accept that, it’s a great festive read!

Overall, I did enjoy this one even though it didn’t blow me away. I appreciated how escapist it was and definitely put a smile on my face and made me excited for Christmas!

★★★★
3.5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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