*I was sent a copy of Christmas at Frozen Falls in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Saga and Kiley Dunbar*
Sylvie Magnusson is going to be lonely this Christmas. Instead of jetting off for her honeymoon, she’s freezing at home in Cheshire. Guess that’s what happens when your fiancé dumps you a week before your wedding…
Sylvie’s best friend, Nari, plans a trip to see the Northern Lights and get Sylvie’s mojo back. But as their Lapland getaway approaches, Sylvie realises that Frozen Falls is the hometown of Stellan Virtanen, her dreamy Finnish ex-boyfriend, the one that got away.
When they meet, Stellan’s still gorgeous – and her heart is warmed when he shows her the romantic delights of Lapland (as well as some adorable Husky puppies). But when she returns to England, can she really leave Stellan behind? Or will she find that her heart belongs in the frozen North?
I did enjoy this book, but I really didn’t love it. Honestly, I do find it harder to connect with audiobooks, but I have been trying to listen to them more often.
The setting of Christmas at Frozen Falls sounded absolutely stunning. I love a Christmas book set in Lapland and this has been one of my favourite settings so far. I think because this was an audiobook you could really picture the setting and just how beautiful it is.
I don’t know if it was just me, but a lot of the dialogue sounded really harsh. Now I do listen at a slightly faster speed, but not fast enough that the pitch of the voices changed. A lot of the interactions between characters were quite blunt, but this was potentially intentional with the style or how it was directed to be recorded? I really don’t know.
I am, however, the type of person that finds ‘voices’ in audiobooks cringey at times. It’s most likely down to me knowing that it’s just one person doing all of the characters so I know they’re being put on. One character’s voice that I did like though was Sylvie’s. Her northern accent was very comforting and made me feel quite nostalgic for my hometown (I live in the south now so don’t hear northern accents very often).
So I really like the cover, but those people are not Sylvie and Stellan which is super confusing. Sylvie is definitely the main character of this book, so why is Nari (I’m guessing it’s her) on the cover?
Talking of Nari, I had no idea this was a dual point of view book. The second pov didn’t come into play for quite a while, so when it did it felt very out of place. With that being said I did enjoy Nari’s point of view, however she wasn’t who this book is about. It felt very much like filler content and because of this you don’t really get to know the characters that well.
Sometimes I enjoy a ‘will they won’t they’ plot line, but I didn’t really like it here. Personally I didn’t think Sylvie and Stellan had any chemistry so I found it hard to root for them. The romance as a whole in this felt either very flat, or a little too cringey. Maybe I just listened to this at the wrong time so I wasn’t very invested in the plot.
With that being said, this is by no means a bad book. It was well written and narrated (for the most part) and it was packed with festive vibes, but it fell short for me personally. If you are interested in a festive romance which includes cute dogs – easily the best part of this, then you will enjoy Christmas at Frozen Falls.
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