Review and Blog Tour: Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin @rararesources

Welcome, Rebecca, to The Cozy Pages! Here’s my stop of the blog tour for this wonderfully festive tale!

‘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?

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The Christmas Factor: Our protagonist is enamored of all things Christmas and her favourite memories centre around her grandmother and Christmas preparations. She works in a toy store and ends up running her own traveling Christmas shop from a camper van named Noel. She also ends up working in a Christmas market in Finland where we are treated to a description of the Northern Lights. Umm… I don’t think it’s possible for the Christmas factor to be any higher!!! There’s even a life-sized gingerbread house, people!

The romance: Oh Connor, so broody, so unsentimental, so eco-conscious and so in need of some Christmas cheer! I love this dynamic of his resistance to Christmas festivities and adherence to “all the rules” pitted against Flora’s open zaniness. She’s all in, no-holds-barred versus his militant self-control. They really are a great case of opposites complement and attract. Of course, the absolute best part about Connor is how, despite everything, he accepts Flora just as she is and repeatedly tells her to never change.

Flora: Connor’s willingness to take Flora as she is, is a balm to her soul. Her eccentricities and larger than life character have never been her selling points where relationships are concerned. From her family to a string of ex-boyfriends, no one is ever happy to engage with her exuberant nature. Thank goodness she has such a great best friend and had a grandmother who built her up and gave her a safe, happy space to grow.

I won’t lie, though, Flora is a bit of an odd duck and there are some very questionable dialogues and decisions that may leave you scratching your head. Yet, I couldn’t help but delight in her antics, most of the time.

All thing Finland: Finally, another fantastic element of this story is all the details provided about Finland and Finnish culture. I absolutely loved learning more about this part of the world and especially loved that this Christmas story is set in Lapland!

This sweet, heart-warming story is a most charming Christmas tale and I’m so happy to add it to my Christmas reading for 2021.

I give Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop 4/5 merry espresso shots.

About the Author

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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