Hello fellow bookworms!
Last month I announced that I had joined a book club (#TsundokuSquad) and today I get to share with you our first book club read review! We decided to read Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn, shall we see what we thought of it?
Title: Love at the Northern Lights
Author: Darcie Boleyn
Genre: Romance (Christmas)
Goodreads Rating: 4.15
#TsundokuSquad Average Rating:
‘Climbing out the window in her dress and tiara wasn’t exactly how Frankie imagined her wedding day…’
Runaway bride Frankie Ashford hops a plane to Norway with one goal in mind – find her estranged mother and make peace with the past. But when a slip on the ice in Oslo lands her directly in Jonas Thorsen’s viking-strong arms, her single-minded focus drifts away in the winter winds.
When it comes to romance Jonas knows that anything he and Frankie share has an expiration date – the British heiress has a life to return to in London that’s a world away from his own. But family is everything to Jonas and, as the one man who can help Frankie find the answers she’s seeking, he’ll do whatever it takes to help her reunite with her mother.
Now, as Christmas draws closer and the northern lights work their magic Frankie and Jonas will have to make a choice…play it safe or risk heartbreak to take a chance on love.
We stumbled across this book as a freebie on kindle, having read and enjoyed one of Darcie Boleyn’s books before I was keen to give it a go. When we first started reading Love at the Northern Lights we were very pleased to see that the author wasn’t hanging about and the story was moving on quite swiftly. Before we knew it Frankie was in Oslo trying to find her mother and we got to appreciate the beauty of the country. All of the book club agreed that we loved the setting and it fed our want to go and see the northern lights one day. We hoped to learn more about the culture and get an authentic norweign experience.
From there though it rapidly went down hill. Everything seemed very rushed and none of the characters were relatable or even likeable. As a group we felt that everyone was far too nice and easy going about past events, we had high hopes that the nan would stir up trouble but even she became a pussy cat towards the end. We felt it could of packed a bit more punch and drama before everyone just accepted Freya back into their lives. The relationship between Frankie and Jonas was a little odd too, there were too many stereotypes and other than the odd kiss there wasn’t a lot of romance. We got to see some more of Norway but not as much as we’d hoped. By the end everything was wrapped up neatly and everyone got the happy ending they were looking for.
As with all reviews this is just our opinions and you shouldn’t let our views deter you from reading this book. At less than 300 pages it would be a quick read but unfortunately it wasn’t our cup of tea. As a group our ratings ranged from 2 – 3 stars, with most of us giving it a 2.5. We had a lot of fun discussing the book and all agreed that we were looking forward to discussing more books together.
Nice, honest review Lucy. I find Darcie Boleyn’s book are either love or could do without. Not much in between.
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Thank you, I really enjoyed one of her previous books so hopefully it was just a one off ☺️
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