Monday, October 17, 2022

Flora's Traveling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin

 Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop

Book Summary

’Tis the season for mulled wine, mince pies, and magic under the mistletoe…

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?

My Thoughts

Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin is a story full of Christmas spirit.  Flora loves everything about Christmas.  She has Christmas clothing, purses, shoes, and pajamas (I want the jammies).  When Flora is at her lowest, her best friend brainstorms with her to come up with the perfect job.  It also solves Flora’s living situation.  She suggests Flora have a travelling Christmas shop.  Before you can say jingle bells, Flora is off to Sweden to buy a camper van.  She then heads to Lapland to pick up her stock and join the Christmas market.  Flora’s new life gets off to a bumpy start.  The one person Flora hoped to never see again happens to be in charge of the Christmas market.  Will Flora’s story have a happy ending like the holiday Hallmark movies that she loves?  

You can dine inside this life sized gingerbread house

Flora has an over-the-top personality.  She says what she thinks, dresses creatively, has a tendency to find herself in awkward situations, and she is very focused on Christmas.  Flora is kind, compassionate, amusing, spirited, and totally unpredictable.  There is humor all throughout the story.  I am just amazed at the situations Flora gets herself into.  The story is chockfull of all things Christmas related.  Christmas trees, ornaments, hot cocoa, wreaths, snow, and so much more.  Connor (aka the Viking God) is the exact opposite of Flora.  He is a by the rules type of person.  He is ecofriendly (a little over-the-top about it) and lacking in the humor department.  Connor and Flora clash from the moment they meet (they have a humorous meet cute).  I loved the descriptions of Lapland.  I could understand why Flora was in awe the first time she witnesses the aurora borealis.  It was interesting learning about the camper van shop community.  I did feel that some of the repetition could have been eliminated along with the long phone calls between Flora and her bestie, Livvie (they went on for pages).  There is mild foul language in the book.  If you like to watch romantic comedies, then you will enjoy Flora’s Travelling Christmas ShopFlora’s Travelling Christmas Shop is a charming Christmas tale with work woes, seasonal nightclothes, Reindeer name requests, a giant gingerbread house, a hot spot in the sauna, and a cheerful Christmas.  

Lapland Christmas Market

Flora's Traveling Christmas Shop is available from Amazon*.  You can find Rebecca Raisin's other novels here.  Thank you for stopping by today.  I will be featuring The Christmas Spirit by Debbie Macomber tomorrow.  I have been reading Debbie Macomber's books since she began.  I look forward to her new Christmas story each year.  I am heading off to one place that I believe every individual dreads--the DMV.  I ordered our car tag online, but it failed to arrive.  I now must get a replacement in person.  My mother also needs a new state ID.  Unfortunately, our local office does not allow you to make appointments.  I am taking my kindle with me (loaded with my October books).  I am sure that you day will be much better than mine.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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