Christmas at Frozen Falls by Kiley Dunbar Full Book Review
Sylvie Magnusson is going to be lonely this Christmas. Instead of jetting off for her honeymoon, she’s freezing at home in Cheshire. Guess that’s what happens when your fiancé dumps you a week before your wedding…
Sylvie’s best friend, Nari, plans a trip to see the Northern Lights and get Sylvie’s mojo back. But as their Lapland getaway approaches, Sylvie realises that Frozen Falls is the hometown of Stellan Virtanen, her dreamy Finnish ex-boyfriend, the one that got away.
When they meet, Stellan’s still gorgeous – and her heart is warmed when he shows her the romantic delights of Lapland (as well as some adorable Husky puppies). But when she returns to England, can she really leave Stellan behind? Or will she find that her heart belongs in the frozen North?
Super cosy, touching and romantic. Perfect wintery read to warm your heart.
My full book review of Christmas at Frozen Falls.
STORY ★★★★☆ So I read this book just before Christmas because I wanted something cosy to read in the run up to Christmas day. Now I desperately want to spend Christmas in Lapland! It isn’t just a Christmas book though, this book just has a lovely, cosy, wintery feel to it. The cover drew me in more than anything and I am so glad that it did!
The story is about a woman, Sylvie who was dumped by her fiancée a week before their wedding. She is meant to be going on her honeymoon at Christmas with her best friend Nari but at the last minute she decides she can’t face it and tries to cancel it.
Nari is a supportive best friend and isn’t having any of that. She uses her influence within the travel world (she is a traveller and blogger) to get Sylvie a full refund on her honeymoon and a host of other options for them instead.
The one that catches Sylvie’s eye is a trip to Finnish Lapland and she decides that is where she wants to go because her first love (an exchange student named Stellen who she met in college and who broke her heart) lives there and she wants to see him again. The book follows the friends as they spend a few days in Lapland and fall in love. It’s beautiful.
CHARACTERS ★★★★☆ *Sylvie* – A history teacher, dumped before her wedding, loves completely (maybe too much), loves dogs. She is difficult to dislike. She is enthusiastic and puts her all into everything that she does. When she loves something or someone she exclaims about it. You can’t help but be excited right along with her.
*Nari* – A traveller, a blogger and unlucky in love. Sylvie’s best friend and completely adorable. She loves to experience new things and is a bit of a thrill seeker. She encourages Sylvie to live her best life!
*Niiro* – Quiet, loyal and just lovely. There is something completely adorable about Niiro and he is just so likeable. You find yourself rooting for him and wanting so much for things to go his way. He comes across a little awkward and inexperienced in love which just makes him all the more endearing.
*Stellan* – Complex, reserved and finds it hard to open up and reveal his feelings. Doesn’t love easily. He was probably my favourite character just in his complexity… all I wanted the whole way through was for him to open himself up and share his feelings!
WORLD ★★★★☆ There are a few words to describe the world in this book. Stunning, beautiful, magical, cold but warm, cosy. I just loved it. The descriptions are wonderful and you can absolutely picture yourself in the cosy little cabin, decorating the Christmas tree with the snow piling up outside the windows and the Aurora lighting up the sky above you.
ENDING ★★★★☆ I LOVED the ending to this book. It was wonderful and it just leaves you smiling and feeling so warm and happy. It was touching, heart-warming and reading it you could just find yourself rooting for the characters and egging them on!
OVERALL ★★★★☆ I really liked it, this is a great book to read at any time of year if you like to read a book that makes you smile. The romance is perfect, the setting is beautiful and it all just wraps itself up nicely at the end and leaves you feeling great and checking online for Lapland ticket prices! I’m sure that’s not just me?!