‘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?
What I Enjoyed
Flora’s Traveling Christmas Shop put a smile on my face with page 1 and kept it there for the entire story. I love how happy it made me. It’s such a fun and quirky story, all because Flora is the brightest, most persistent bulb on the Christmas tree, lighting it with her own unique color.
The friendships Flora makes are so incredibly heartwarming. Flora always marches to the beat of her own drummer, and many people don’t like her because of it. So, it means that much more when someone loves her, not despite who she is, but because she is who she is. And that’s true of romantic relationships as well.
Flora feels the tick of the clock as she approaches her 30th birthday and longs to find that special someone who loves Christmas just as much as she does. Someone who can name all of Santa’s reindeer and pass all of her Christmas-inspired tests. All she really needs is to find someone who loves her because she loves everything about Christmas, even if they don’t share her sentiment. It’s so fun witnessing Connor and Flora figure that out in their almost enemies to lovers story.
I cheered Flora on as she picked herself up after being fired again and opened her own traveling Christmas store in Lapland. That setting is the perfect Christmas setting as it basically is the North Pole of Christmas legends or as close to it as there is. Some people are destined to be their own boss, but only a few of those people dare to actually do it. Flora is one of those people, and I was happy to be one of the people in her corner, cheering her on loudly and with my whole heart.
What I Wish
I wish that the story actually had more pages. I didn’t want it to end and felt like the end came too fast. Everyone needs as much Flora in their lives as possible.
The characters are more developed than often can be found in romantic comedy holiday stories. Flora demanded every bit of the layer after layer of the development that lets the reader understand her. And even the support characters are more than two-dimensional caricatures. In a more minor way than with Flora, they demonstrate their insecurities and their dreams so that they walk off the page and into your heart with ease.
Reminds Me Of
Sure, it’s a fun Hallmark movie waiting to happen, and it tells the reader that over and over again. If done right, it could quickly become a movie that I would watch every December.
To Read or Not to Read
If you are looking for a story that will put a smile on your face and keep it there, Flora’s Traveling Christmas Shop is the one you want to read this holiday season.
Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.
Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.
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