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A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas (Norfolk Mysteries novella, #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Is there life after the circus has left town?

Circus performer Justine Belmont works with big cats, but when the circus is disbanded and the old lion is sold to a private menagerie at a stately home in Norfolk, she is asked to spend a few weeks settling him into his new environment. When she arrives at the estate, however, she receives a mixed welcome.
The groundsman Tom Yat
Kindle Edition, 134 pages
Published December 10th 2017
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DJ Sakata
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This quick and entertaining tale was hard for me to classify as it had a little of everything – a tight-knit small circus, big cats, a bit of suspense, murder, family drama, bratty over-privileged children, a dash of romance, and a secret identity - and all within one-hundred-thirty-four pages. Impressive! The characters were likable and the storylines were easy to follow and quickly paced yet also engaging and unpredictable with a variety of hissing and petty villains to despise, after all, eve ...more
Dash fan
5☆ Simply Divine, Captivating & enthralling read

A lion is not just for christmas is the second book in the Norfolk Mysteries Novella series.
I haven't read the first book but it didn't matter one bit as I dived straight in without any problem.

This book is simply divine. I loved every single page of this captivating read.
It had a sense of danger, intrigue, romance, family drama, secrets, the circus.
 I was a little surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it having not read book 1.

Justine live
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, blog-tour
This was a delightful story full of whimsy, romance, and a peppering of mystery...

How could I resist a book with both the word Christmas and lion in the title? I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but this book was so much fun, I haven’t read a book about the circus in a very long time... although the majority of the story did not take place at the circus we still learn A lot about the circuits from Justine....

Justine was a wonderful character I loved how down to earth she was and how lovely her b
Tasha and Megan Mahoney
Well, how do I categorise this story that can be sorted into so many slots. It really was a novella that managed to pack in so much story. 

Family drama, romance, intrigue, murder, suspense, deceit and a Lion. Circus drama had nothing on the drama that she is unknowingly thrust into.

I am not going to give the story away but if you can keep up with the characters (the main players become evident early on) which I found to be easy enough, then you will be in for a real treat. You get all the conten
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I have to say that this isn’t probably an obvious choice of book for me but I was very pleasantly surprised. It is the second book in the Norfolk Mysteries series but am assuming that each book probably features different characters as this definitely reads as a stand alone.

As a child who wouldn’t be fascinated with the circus and the people and animals that work within one? I was really intrigued as to how this story was going to work with a lion and a performer going to a stately home. I mean
Cathy Ryan
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, mystery, romance
I was intrigued by the title (Christmas and a lion don’t usually go together) and, although it’s the second book in a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. Reading the synopsis for book one at the end, it seems each story has different characters. And Christmas doesn’t overpower the story at all.

Justine has known no other life than that of travelling and working with the family circus, but now Circus Belmont was in financial trouble. They could no longer afford to keep going, compet
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas is the second book in the Norfolk Mysteries series by Henriette Gyland. It is a novella which makes for a fabulous light quick read.

Justine Belmont has spent her life living in the circus her parents own. During the time when animals in circuses were slowly being phased out, her parents' circus still had a few including a beautiful old lion, Rufus. When they realise that they can't keep the circus running due to the fall in numbers of customers Justine's parents
J.B (Debbie)
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Henriette Gyland that I have read will be reading more of her work. Her writing style flows so well with the story perfectly paced. A Lion is Not Just for Christmas is a fairly short read so perfect for cosying up on the sofa with a glass of wine. The book opens with Justine performing in the circus ring with her father. Their routine with the lion Rexus and two tigers wows the audience but Justine is slightly distracted by a man in the audience. Not long afterwards Ju ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think I may have been a child the last time I read a book featuring a traditional circus performer and a hint of all the old circus tricks and travelling lifestyle. And I don't think I've ever read a book featuring both Christmas and a Lion in the same book, or in fact many books with lions at all!

So I was naturally eager and intrigued by this book once it was on my radar and I have to say my curiosity has been incredibly well satisfied.

There was a hint of a mystery in this book too, and alt
Nicola Smith
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Lion is Not Just for Christmas is such a lovely story. At 134 pages it's not a long one but it's packed with romance and intrigue.

I loved the background story of the circus that Justine's family were part of and when that disbanded I enjoyed it when Justine accompanied Rexus the lion to his new home at Lord Brooks' menagerie. Such interesting settings that combined to make this a fabulous story to read. How many books have a lion as a character?

Justine is an excellent protagonist. She's strong
Bena Roberts
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review 

The Good

I am at the stage where I am saving all the Xmas films for cold nights this winter. This book was the start of my Chrstimas reading and I loved it! A warm wonderful story. The mystery, the family and the lion all my fabby elements. 


The Bad

The beginning was good - but from chapter 3 it was addictive. A could not put down read. Loved Tom, the granddad ... everything. 


The Ugly

The things people do for money!

5 Stars - Fab!
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read anything by this author before and didn’t realise it was the second in a series but that hasn’t spoilt my enjoyment one iota it just gives me a reason to look at her other work.

I was always fascinated as a child with circus stories (blame Enid Blyton!) and dreamt that it would be a wonderful lifestyle. I’m sure the harsh realities would soon have sunk in but hey the beauty of reading is the ability to lose yourself for a while and I certainly did in this book.

A Lion Is Not Just Fo
Stacy Walton
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is an unexpected and beautiful piece that left me transfixed and wanting so much more. I have always been fascinated by tales of the circus with their air of mystery and element of surprise which is the reason I was initially drawn to this story and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.

The plot starts out with the spectacular Rexus, a male Lion, showcasing his skills in the big circus top creating a grand opening to the story. Then in a dramatic change of pace we move to Stoneybrook
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas
By Henriette Gyland
4 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

I love a Christmas story and I love a good mystery story so when I read the blurb for this book and realised it was two in one I was really excited to get started – and I loved every minute of it! It’s definitely one of those ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ types of books’ because I probably would have passed it by but I am really glad I gave it a chance. There was danger, romance, and
Laura Reading
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Decked out in an off-season, holiday cloaking, this is a story about family and following your dreams.
Beginning with a circus setting, their season is coming to a close. As finances are dwindling and times are changing, it turns out major changes will be happening.
The star lion, Rexus, is being retired and sent to live at a sort of sanctuary. This sanctuary also seems to be on hard times. The family running it also is having some personal issues and changes are coming. Staying with Rexus, to get
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Henriette grew up in Northern Denmark but moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express.
Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a co