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Christmas in the Snow by [Swan, Karen]
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Christmas in the Snow Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews

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Hide indoors with a glass of wine and lose yourself in this (Heat)

Deliciously glamorous, irresistibly romantic (Hello!)

As sassy and glamorous as a champagne cocktail (Daily Mail)

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From the internationally bestselling author of Christmas at Tiffany's and Christmas on Primrose Hill comes another spellbindingly beautiful story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2238 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (6 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N4UYW52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this especially with it being Xmas! A modern story in a lovely setting. Karen Swan at her best! She always cheers me up!
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This book is the ultimate book to curl up with on a winters day in front of a roaring fire with a glass of wine and a box of chocolates. Karen Swan is the queen of winter reads, and despite Christmas in the Snow having "Christmas" in the title, I would class this is more of a "winter read" as it is set in the month of December in the lead up to Christmas, and Christmas does not realllly feature until the last few pages of the book. However, when Christmas does come, it is the perfect family Christmas, at long last.

I loved the idea of the Advent Calendar that Allegra and Isobel find in their mum's loft, and wish we had seen more of it in the earlier parts of the book. Whilst we see the sisters open the first door together on 1 December, we do not see it again until 14 December (other than the 'titles' at the beginning of certain chapters). However, I guess this fits in with how Allegra grows throughout the book; in the first part of the book, she is so engrossed in her work that she doesn't even notice that Christmas is approaching whereas a dramatic shift will soon change everything in her world. I liked the first part of "Allegra's life" but I loved the second part which emerges along with the dramatic shift.

I am not a skier and I have never been to Zermatt but I love the descriptions (including the descriptions of waffles and crepes, being my weak spot and made me hungrier than I already was) and the vast array of characters are simply divine as they lead you on a complex journey that will not only hold your interest but sometimes you will gasp realising that you've been holding your breath for too long.
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I'd been seeing this book plastered all over Goodreads and Facebook for a few weeks before I finally caved in and bought it. I'd never read anything by Karen Swan before, but I did have one of her other books on my To Read list, so I was curious about this one. The first thing that I noticed was the beautiful cover. Although it is true that you should never judge a book by it's cover, I was immediately drawn to the beautiful snowy image and the sharp contrast of the red-coated woman.

Anyway, to the book itself. I have to admit, at the start of the book I wasn't sure if I was going to finish it. The first eighty or so pages focused very much on Allegra's job as it was opening up the story and showing me how career-focused Allegra is. I just found the talk about stock markets boring, and I really couldn't wait for the story to move on. Luckily, when Allegra got a call from the Swiss Police, I started to find the story more exciting, and it's at this point that I couldn't put the book down.

The setting of Zermatt was beautiful; although I've never been there myself I was able to imagine the mountains, the huts, and the shops, especially the gift shop that sold wooden ornaments. It certainly got me in the mood for Christmas, not that I needed any help in that department.

I loved seeing the change in Allegra as she got some distance from London, and her demanding career. It's like she finally realises that there's more to life than her job, and she lets herself become more open to enjoying her life, and spending more time with her sister. Christmas wasn't a great time for Allegra and Isobel, for reasons that I won't disclose, but Allegra definitely feels it the most.
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I've read quite a few books by Karen Swan and always enjoy her stories. I love how she is now switching it up between summer and Christmas releases. Christmas in the Snow has an absolutely breathtaking cover which draws you straight in. Not being a fan of skiing or the cold in general this cover alone would go some way to changing my opinion. The book is quite lengthy at just under 500 pages and I'd love to say I was gripped the entire time but I wasn't, that's not to say the book was not good, it was but I wasn't as engrossed as I normally am. Usually if gripped enough I would read this type of book in one or two sittings, instead it took me several days and certain parts of the book held my attention more so than others. I found there were two story lines here competing with each other to be told and where the author wanted the two to combine for me at times they didn't merge together that well. Overall there are two good story lines here but the element of the past held my attention more and I suppose that's the historical fiction lover coming out in me.

Christmas in the Snow opens with a promising prologue – a woman is waiting in a hut for someone to arrive. She is growing weary of this wait when she hears noise - an avalanche then silence. Fast forward over sixty years later to the present day and we meet two sisters Allegra and Isobel. Complete opposites to each other in terms of careers and aspirations but yet still the sisterly bond shines through in any chapters the two are together. Allegra is at the top of her game in the business world, obsessed by work and stopping at nothing to become top dog in a male dominated environment. Her mind is always on the job never allowing for any real downtime.
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