Review: Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn
September 18, 2018
‘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.'
I am perhaps a little bit biased with Darcie’s books as the Corwenna Cove books are some of my favourite summer time reads. So when I found out that she was releasing a ‘winter’ read, I couldn’t wait. I have always wanted to go and visit the Northern Lights, so this also automatically interested me. Moreover, the vivid descriptions of the scenery and the lights itself did not disappoint. A heart-warming tale about a runaway bride, a wonderful trip of self-discovery to Norway and some humour thrown in - sometimes I was laughing out loud. It made for a fast read.
Love at the Northern Lights was the perfect book to read curled up by the fire. The characters are all well-rounded in the sense of how they were written. Fully-fleshed out and made to read like real people, also in the sense that some were not particularly likeable. For example, the Grandmother, but at least we could understand her motives and why she was like how she was. That is one great thing about Darcie Boleyn’s writing, the characters are written in such a way that they are redeemable, and whilst reading I like that a lot.
Romantic, adventurous and the perfect christmassy novel, if you like reading christmas fiction at this time of year, which I definitely do. From the front cover of the novel, to the last word on the page, the whole thing was perfect. One of my favourite part of the whole novel, is the scene where Frankie and her mother bake together, it is so warming and endearing to read. The plot moves on fairly quickly, which I personally prefer, as fast-paced reads always keep you wanting more. The chapter lengths were great as well, as you would finish one and then automatically think, ‘just one more’…
With a wonderful storyline, stunning descriptions of Norway and some festive spirit One of my favourites from this author, I would highly recommend you pick up the rest of her books, this is perfect for this time of year!