Book Club 9.0

By December 15, 2016Featured, Lifestyle
Me & my girlfriends have been wanting to get a Christmas book for a while, we all LOVE the holiday & everything that goes along with it. So once we decided we needed a book for the holidays & having read one of Karen Swan’s books before I knew she would be the perfect author. You can’t avoid a good heart warming slightly ‘cheesy’ book & to be honest I couldn’t hold back my Christmas spirit any more so I dived right in to ‘Christmas In The Snow.’ 

No secret stays buried forever …In London, the snow is falling and Christmas is just around the corner – but Allegra Fisher barely has time to notice. She’s pitching for the biggest deal of her career and can’t afford to fail. And when she meets attractive stranger, Sam Kemp, on the plane to the meeting, she can’t afford to lose her focus either. She learned to shut off her emotions long ago and only her sister and best friend Isobel knows why. But when Allegra finds herself up against Sam for the bid, their passion quickly turns sour. In Zermatt in the Swiss Alps, a long-lost mountain hut is discovered in the snow after sixty years and the last person expecting to become involved is Allegra – she hasn’t even heard of the woman they found inside. But it soon becomes clear the two women are linked and, as she and Iz travel out to make sense of the mystery, hearts thaw and dark secrets are uncovered, long buried by the snow. 

Set against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps, this book describes the perfect Christmas scenery with plenty of holiday festivity with hot chocolates, crisp white snow & beautiful handcrafted wooden Advent calendars, it was perfect to curl up with. The story is quite glamorous, set in the fast paced business world of London & then jetting off to the Swiss Lap. It takes a new twist with the change of the location, changing the pace of the story as Allegra & Isobel find themselves on this adventure.
I don’t have a sister but my mum & aunty have such a tight relationship that I am always intrigued by it & that’s possibly why I was drawn to both Allegra & Iz, sisters who couldn’t be more different. While Allegra is a workaholic, Iz prefers family life, she has a husband & a young son. Allegra is career driven concentrating only on her job, on securing the best deal, bringing as much money as possible for her company, she doesn’t care how she looks like & where she lives, well, she has a personal stylist & she has a flat, & also bought a house (which she hasn’t seen yet!) But she usually stays all the hours at her office anyway. Holidays in Zermatt in Switzerland is really the last thing on her mind but, under the circumstances, she and Iz pack their bags and fly to the land of snow & Après-Ski.
I loved the relationship that the sisters had between them, it felt real & natural. I don’t want to give away too much about the plot as there are so many twists & turns you can’t help but keep turning the pages. Wanting to find out more about the revelations that has the sisters whisked off to Switzerland & also the ups & down of Sam Kemp. He is a complex intriguing character & I really couldn’t work him out. I had my doubts, oh I did, I was really not sure if I should believe him or not & you will make up your own mind on him but I definitely developed a soft spot for him.
There are many plots in the book but it’s easy to stay on track. Everything is clear & all the storylines are surprising, full of twists & turns. An as mentioned you are taken on a journey through Europe, to London, Paris &  Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. The story flows effortlessly, keeping you on your toes & having you thinking nothing more can happen & then, suddenly, drop another complete spin that you weren’t expecting. It’s the perfect read this Christmas. AA x

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