Hi everyone! I am so excited to be participating in the blog tour of An Island Christmas by Helena Halme, which is hosted by the lovely Anne at Random Things Tours.
An Island Christmas
Author: Helena Halme
Publication Date: 28 November 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction – Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Newhurst Press
On the windswept Scandinavian Åland Islands, the festive season is snowy and chilly—yet breathtakingly beautiful.
It’s time for Alicia to enjoy her first Christmas back on her beloved Islands with her family. There’ll be traditional dancing around the tree and sipping mulled wine in front of a cozy fire. But peace is broken by Alicia’s estranged husband, Liam, who springs an unwelcome and devastating surprise, while her ex-lover, Patrick, temps her with an altogether different kind of future. Alicia faces impossible choices to keep her family together.
With her world crashing around her, can Alicia create the idyllic Island Christmas she’s always dreamt about?
Meanwhile, Brit, Alicia’s best friend, returns to the Islands to lick her wounds after a particularly bloody break-up with an Italian chef. When she meets her new boss, the Captain of a Baltic cruise liner, sparks fly. Brit can’t help but fall quickly in love with Jukka, but when she discovers his murky past, she fears her heart is about to be broken yet again. Are the rumors about Jukka true, or just typical small island gossip?
Join this quirky Scandinavian island community for a Christmas you’ll never forget!
An Island Christmas is a sequel to Helena’s first novel set on Åland, The Island Affair, but it can also be read as a standalone book.
This is the second book in the Love on the Island series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone.
It has been six months since Alicia has returned home to Åland Archipelago following the tragic death of her seventeen year old son left her feeling lost and abandoned. This will be Alicia’s first Christmas at home in over ten years, and she can’t wait to celebrate with her granddaughter and bring back the magic to Christmas that she once had growing up. Alicia’s granddaughter brings her so much hope and happiness especially since she can still hold onto a piece of her lost son.
While the Christmas preparations are in full swing on the Åland Archipelago, the story focuses on the lives of Alicia, Alicia’s best friend Brita, and Frida (the mother of Alicia’s granddaughter) and the choices that they are faced with…especially when it comes to the men in their lives. There’s also a bit of mystery in this plot with a stranger who is hell bent on driving recklessly on the island. Everyone must figure out how to stop this person before someone ends up injured…or worse.
This story is told amongst the most gorgeous winter Scandinavian backdrop. I got lost in the incredible descriptions and wanted to immerse myself into Christmas on the island. Whenever I’ve pictured a winter wonderland, this serene setting is exactly what came to mind.
Overall, this is a heartwarming story filled with wonderful characters and is the perfect read to get you ready for the upcoming holiday season.
Thank you so much to Anne for my blog tour invite as well as providing a copy for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
A prize-winning author, Helena Halme writes contemporary fiction with a hint of both Nordic Noir and romance. She’s a former BBC journalist, bookseller and magazine editor. Originally from Finland where she gained an MSc in Marketing, she also holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and writes in English.
Helena acts as Nordic Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors and helps other writers publish and market their books.
Helena has published seven fiction titles, including The English Heart, a best-selling Nordic romance, which won an Awesome Indies badge on publication. The bittersweet 1980s love story between a Finnish student and a British Navy officer is now a series, including a prequel novella, The Young Heart, the sequels The Faithful Heart, The Good Heart and Helena’s latest title, The True Heart, book four in The Nordic Heart Series. Helena has also published a non-fiction title, Write Your Story: Turn Your Life into Fiction in 10 Easy Steps.
Helena is addicted to Nordic Noir and dances to Abba songs when nobody’s watching.