Tuesday 2 November 2021

Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin Blog Tour

 Tis the season to be festive.

And what better way to find that Christmas spirit than reading a merry sort of book, which is what you'll find when you pick up Rebecca Raisin's latest novel Floras Travelling Christmas shop.


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?

I have nothing but good things to say about this story.

Flora is a big Christmas fan (much like myself) but when she gets fired from Deck the Halls Christmas emporium and gets 'dumped' by her latest boyfriend, she begins to lose a bit of her jolly self. 

That is until her best friend Livvie persuades her to take a sort of leap of faith and set up her own Christmas shop, but not in London. To make it extra special, she'd be opening up her shop in a campervan in the perfect location, Lapland.

Throw in Norse God - I mean manager of the market where she'll be working - Connor and things really start to look up for Flora.

Could this turn out to be Flora's real life Hallmark Christmas movie?

. . . 

Well sort of, there's just one problem really. Connor is not a lover of Christmas.

What transpires is utterly hilarious.

It reminded me of the film Last Christmas, I could just imagine this being made into a movie, it has everything that would make it a fantastic romantic comedy.

I adored everything about this book.

Flora is a wonderfully quirky leading lady and her interactions with everybody had me crying with laughter. She's so quick witted and I found myself wishing that I had her outlook on life. Her ability to sort of roll with any situation was admirable.

Then there's Mr Grinch himself, Connor. Although not immediately charming, his banter with festive Flora was brilliant. It really was a case of opposites attract.

Prepare to be well and truly won over by Flora.

This book has it all, love, humour and a cast of characters that warm your heart. Talk of Christmas mixed in with the van lifers made for a light-hearted combination. I loved Aria's Travelling Book Shop, and this novel is a great addition to the series.

All the festive feels. 

My only complaint is that it ended rather abruptly. For me it needed an epilogue to really make that happy ever after.

Over all, it gets a big thumbs up from me. So grab a mince pie and a mulled wine and prepare to be filled with festive cheer.


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