#BlogTour #Review : Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin. @rararesources @jaxandwillsmum

I’m thrilled to be taking part in this tour, and on the first day of it as well. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.

The Book: ‘Tis the season for mulled wine, mince pies, and magic under the mistletoe…

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?

Purchase Links

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3gtWYSS

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3ycZ6UM

Amazon AUS: https://amzn.to/3sHpYLx

The Review: If you’ve read the other van lifer books, about Aria and Rosie then you’ll be familiar with the van life concept. However, if not don’t worry, this works brilliantly as a stand alone so you don’t need to have read either of the others first.

We first meet Flora at a tricky time in her life, everything is changing and she doesn’t know what to do next. However it doesn’t take long before the travelling Christmas shop idea takes shape and she heads off to Lapland to follow her dreams. I really liked Flora, she’s a little too energetic for me but at the same time she’s so enthusiastic and positive that nothing keeps her down for long and that is a trait I admire.

In the story she’s met Connor who doesn’t like Christmas and I can understand his point of view. Christmas can be a very materialistic time of year but that doesn’t mean it’s not also a magical time if you look at it from a different perspective, and that just what Flora tries to get him to see.

This book is an excellent combination of the risks and benefits of the van life way of living alongside enthusiasm for all things Christmas. There’s some magical parts with reindeer and times when it all slows down and there’s a campfire involved which help balance things out and stop it from being too full on and I liked that. There were times it made me want to ditch everything and travel, and other times it had me wishing for snow and frosty mornings so I can put my fairy lights up and light all my candles.

I know Christmas books can sometimes be read all year and this does fall into that category but I think it’s best read in the winter, there’s so much optimism and joy that it feels to me that it fits better then so it can be a contrast to the dark and gloomy winter days. If you’re looking for something uplifting then this is definitely worth checking out. Best read with hot chocolate and a warm blanket to snuggle under.

The Author:

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaRaisinAuthor

www.twitter.com/jaxandwillsmum

https://www.instagram.com/rebeccaraisinwrites/

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