Book Review: The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan

Published: 01/11/2018 by Pan
480 pages
Kindle edition

Bo lives a life most people can only dream of. She and her boyfriend Zac are paid to travel the globe, sharing their adventures with their online followers. And when Zac proposes, Bo’s happiness is complete.

With Christmas coming up, Bo can’t wait to head to the snow-fringed fjords of Norway. Arriving at the picturesque and remote hillside farmhouse that will be their home for the next few weeks, Bo’s determined to enjoy a romantic Christmas under the Northern Lights. Everything should be perfect

But the mountains hold secrets from the past and as temperatures plunge and tensions rise, Bo must face up to the fact that a life which looks perfect to the outside world may not be the life she should be living…


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The book that started it all. First book I read by Karen Swan and I got hooked by her amazing writing.

It’s not your typical Christmas story but so much more. Two stories alongside each other are uncovering secrets of past and present until they meet and everything suddenly makes sense.

I love how engaging and real characters were. So much of current ‘social media’ craze put in the limelight and makes you think, what is it really about? Is it all worth it to have your life invaded by strangers for few likes and shares?

The best part, which I found out is just what Karen Swan does, is she takes you to places just by her words and descriptions. I definitely felt like being there and I’ve never felt more inspired to visit this beautiful country. The wind chill felt real, smell of pine, crackling of snow under their feet,…

This book started my love for Karen Swan’s books and I read another two since. I can 100% recommend.

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