Wednesday 8 February 2023

Guest Review: The Northern Lights Lodge by Julie Caplin

Escape to the cosiest little lodge in Iceland for love, log fires and the Northern Lights…

With a shattered heart and her career completely in tatters, Lucy needs to get away from her life in the UK. But, when she takes a job as hotel manager of the Northern Lights Lodge, she doesn’t quite expect to find herself in a land of bubbling hot springs and snowflake-dusted glaciers – and in the company of gorgeous Scottish barman, Alex.

Determined to turn her life around, Lucy sets about making the lodge the number one romantic destination in Iceland – even though romance is the last thing she wants. However, as Alex and Lucy grow closer under the dancing lights of the aurora, Lucy might just learn how to fall in love again…

Review: This is book 4 in the highly entertaining Romantic Escapes Series by this author. The books are all set in stunning locations around the world, many featuring food or beverage preparation within their storyline. Although they are all standalone stories, readers will often be pleased to come across characters that have played a role in an earlier book in the series. The present title, as the name and cover suggest, is set in Iceland.

The central female character is Lucy, who has lost her job as general manager of a large hotel and, at the same time, her boyfriend. Desperate to find another post, she accepts a position running the Northern Lights Lodge in Iceland on a three months’ probationary basis. She has no idea what to expect, but is a little dismayed by the state of the hotel when she arrives. However, she is determined to turn things around in the hope of making her post permanent. She finds support in the unlikely form of the Scottish barman, Alex. There are many hilarious incidents while Lucy gets to grip with the sometimes temperamental staff and local customs, but all the while she and Alex become closer, in spite of the fact that she is trying hard to remain professional. Both of them are hiding secrets, afraid of how the other will react when they inevitably come to light.

I can thoroughly recommend this book, and indeed the whole of this series. I have now read them all and am eagerly awaiting publication of the next book. As well as being romantic stories, they are also filled with humour and a fair amount of drama. In this story, Lucy is having quite a battle recovering from a difficult incident in her past, but is helped tremendously by the loveable staff at the Northern Lights Lodge, especially barman Alex. After a bumpy start, he is always on hand to back Lucy up whenever she needs it. Alex comes across as a thoroughly lovely, considerate person, but I was concerned about what would happen when his secret came to light. Throughout the story, the reader is presented with an insight into what life must be like for inhabitants of the island through the excellent descriptive writing and the voices of the hotel staff.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi! Can it be considered a Christmas novel? Is it set during Christmas time?