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Christmas Island

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Cosy up in front of a fire and discover Christmas the Norwegian way…full of romance, cosy traditions and hygge!

In the bleak midwinter…
A really frosty wind is making Holly’s life absolutely miserable

After all the years of hard work it took Londoner Holly Greene to become a doctor, now it could all be taken away and she only has herself to blame. She’s retreating to her brot
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published November 30th 2020 by One More Chapter
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Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
A cute and cosy Christmas tale, set on a gorgeous Norwegian island, but the romance failed to deliver.

Holly, a doctor has escaped her problems in London by fleeing to a Norwegian island where her brother lives for Christmas, hoping to relax and find herself.
Tor, a Norwegian architect, is also visiting the island to escape his own problems. Alongside his giant cat Frøy, grumpy, bearded Tor has been living a reclusive life.
When Holly gets lost on her first night on the dark, wet island, Tor and Fr
Deanne Patterson
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review on my blog here

This book was really lovely. So what did I take away from it you ask?
Darkness!!!!! No, not the bad kind of darkness but darkness as in pitch dark outside.
The book is set in winter when it's dark and cold most of the time .
But winter isn't dark and depressing it's also filled with light,love,warmth and happiness.
I don't read many books taking place in Norway so I really loved this one.
The Norwegian Christmas customs, the landscape des
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) Well, that’s that. I’m officially ruined for all other Christmas stories EVER. I loved this book and its world so much ❤️
Andrea Pole
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Christmas Island by Natalie Normann will whisk you away for a Nordic holiday, with all of the associated traditions and delights awaiting your indulgence. This is a lovely escapist read that certainly put me in the festive mood.

Holly is an English doctor who has been suspended from her job in the UK, although the reason is not immediately clear. She opts to spend Christmas with her brother and his family on a remote Nordic island, and finds herself being saved from plunging off a cliff shortly a
Melissa Borsey
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very sweet Nordic Holiday Romance story involving Holly escaping from London for the holidays and Tor who has come to the island to hide from people and Christmas until he meets Holly and his life and his heart are suddenly changed. Perfect holiday read. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Joanna Park
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful, uplifting escapist read which has definitely helped get me into the Christmas spirit. I think that this would be the perfect book to read on the run up to Christmas preferably curled up under a cosy blanket with a hot drink.

Firstly the author does a great job of setting the scene in this book and I loved the vivid descriptions of the beautiful, rugged Island. There is a lot of information about Norway and their Christmas customs included in the story which I found fascinati
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Christmas Island follows Holly as she leaves her life in London to visit her brother in Norway. However, her brother is still in Spain visiting his family in law but he'll be back for Christmas. In the meantime, Holly meets the people there and especially the hermit of the town, Tor. He's never really spoke to anyone and he prefers it that way. Or at least, he used to.

Now, Christmas Island charmed me with its setting and the premise of this romance. Overall, this was a cute story I enj
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holly has dreamed of becoming a doctor for years and after all of her work, it could now be taken away. As she awaits her fate, she escapes to Norway to visit her brother. Except it isn't the holiday she was expecting. In the bleak of winter, it is less festive and more gloomy.

Arriving in darkness, Holly tries to find her way to her brothers home. As she stumbles in the night, she is saved from the edge of a cliff by Froy, a grouchy cat, and his hermit owner Tor. As the story goes on we come to
Bookphenomena (Micky)
2.5 stars

The idea of Christmas Island hit all the seasonal buttons for me and in November, I find I’m primed ready for a Christmas read. I’m also a Norwegian descendant, so that all added into my buzz for this read.

Christmas Island was a very low-key, low-drama tale, set on a wet and somewhat uninspiring island off the coast of Norway. This was the story of Holly, an English doctor escaping a work issue and coming for the season to her brother’s house. The hero of this piece was Tor, a hermit-co
I received this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When Holly needs to escape her London life, her brother Jack convinces her to stay with him and his family during Christmas on a remote Norwegian island. As soon as Holly lands, she is freezing, tired and is saved from a near-death experience by Tor - the island's 'hermit'. But as Holly learns about life on the island, and Nordic Christmas traditions she gets to know Tor and the man behind the social awkwardn
Cozy holiday read

This was such an easy read to fly through. It has a meet cute, a new romance, and an adorable small town at Christmas. By the end of this, I really want to visit a small Norway village and it's going on my travel list for sure!

Holly is a funny character. She's a bit clumsy and I laughed at how many phones she dropped during the story. She gets along well with pretty much everyone and I liked how she drew Tor out of his shell. At times she could be a bit much, but I thought she
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Christmas Island was all kinds of cute and adorable. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if this is ever made into a movie - like for Hallmark or Lifetime. Just because it seems to follow the same formula those movies do. That being said, I really liked getting to meet Holly and Tor. Even if she seemed to be super trustful to strangers in the beginning. It's like stranger danger doesn't exist in the worlds within books.

Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
*** Note : I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to One More Chapter ***

Christmas Island was cozy romance that revolved around Holly and Tor retreating from the drama of city life to an island off the coast of Norway and finding love and spirit of holiday. It was about Norwegian customs and traditions, holiday and food, community, friendship, family and love.

What I loved most was Norwegian folklore, tradition, customs, food
Rachel Gilbey
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is something about this book that was just incredibly more-ish. I found it to be really quick to read, and whenever I wasn't reading, I was wondering what Holly and Tor were getting up to in my absence.

And it all starts with a rather dramatic and atmospheric opening sequence, as Holly arrives on the island and promptly gets lost, but is saved by the local hermit and his yellow-eyed beast.

Ok for beast, I mean cat that I swear sounded more like a dog at times, but is utterly amazing. Froy
Julie - One Book More
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Christmas Island is a lovely contemporary romance that proves that, even in the middle of a cold and dark winter, romance is alive. Set on an island off the coast of Norway, the story is immersive and rich in Nordic traditions and culture. I enjoyed learning more about how they celebrate the holidays and appreciated all the vivid imagery. The author really brought the island, the culture, and the holiday spirit to life. The food, in particular, is described in mouth-watering and vivid detail. I ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, arcs, romance
Christmas Island has a lot of the elements needed for a cozy holiday romance: a gorgeous setting, an adorable animal sidekick, and lots of detailed descriptions of holiday treats that left me wanting to bake up a storm. On the surface level, the story was entertaining and easy to get through quickly. I kept hoping for more depth in terms of character development and the romance, though, and ended up being disappointed.

Holly and Tor are each looking to get away from their problems by spending Ch
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, cosy-reads
What a cosy and sweet novel! As sweet as all those baked goods they eat for Christmas.

In this story we meet Holly, Jack's sister (he's one of the main characters from Summer Island). She needs a change of air, because of something that happened at work. This isn't revealed until 70% of the book, so we have to wonder what might have happened for a long time. Holly is a doctor and she's been working in London. After "the incident", the hospital has suspended her until they decide what to do with
Jessica Svajgert
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arc
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Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Put another log on the fire, pour a yule latte and grab a slice of Delfia cake because you are going to want to get your Norwegian Christmas spirit going as you delve into Natalie Normann’s ‘Christmas Island’ to be published November 30, 2020. To misquote Will Smith and add a Norwegian flair to it … "Get Hygge wit it!”

For the past 8 months we’ve been inundated with Covid-19 terms. Everywhere we look we are reminded about 'social distancing', 'flattening the curve', and 'pandemic', so it’s for t
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs-netgalley
Holly is a doctor from England who comes to Norway to stay with her brother over Christmas to escape an issue at work. She meets Tor, a grumpy, bearded man living a reclusive life with his sidekick FrØy, a large semi-feral cat. This is a big cat with a big personality and, in my opinion, one of the best characters in the book!

I had high hopes for Christmas Island, it ticked all of my boxes for a romantic, festive read set in a beautiful winter wonderland. Sadly it didn’t work that well for me,
Trish at Between My Lines
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
BLog Tour : Christmas Island by Natalie Normann

Cosy up in front of a fire and discover Christmas the Norwegian way…full of romance, cosy traditions and hygge!

Huge thanks to Random Tour Things for this delightful Christmas read that has put this grinch into a festive Christmas mood.

📚5 reasons to cosy up with Christmas Island📚

✅ It whisks you off to experience a Norwegian Christmas and I loved all the hygge vibes. Even the nearly constant darkness just seemed warm and comforting.
✅ A romance tha
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I read ‘Summer Island’, I’ve been waiting for this sequel and I wasn’t disappointed – it’s wonderful! I read it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with that idyllic island in the summer time, but despite the horrible weather, it was just as lovely during Christmas and I so want to go there. This was in large part due to a big, grumpy Viking named Tor, with whom I fell instantly in love (despite his enormous beard!). He was tough and vulnerable in equal measures, a ...more
Heather  Lou Reads
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Thank you to One More Chapter and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for a honest review.**

This was such a heartwarming, cute and funny read. It did have dark topics, but I felt that they were handled well with humor.

Tor is a gentle giant who loves his cat, while Holly is outspoken and super quirky. I really enjoyed both Tor and Holly's characters. I thought they balanced each other really well. They both communicated with each other and talked to one another about their
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
CHRISTMAS ISLAND by Natalie Normann is a cute holiday romance! The main character, Holly, travels from London to a small island in Norway to spend Christmas with her brother and his family. While there she meets Tor and his adorable pet cat Frøy and romance ensues. I really enjoyed the setting in this book. All the Norwegian Christmas traditions and foods were so interesting. I liked the slow build up to their romance. Overall this was a really cute and festive read! I also loved how there are r ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I absolutely love this cover. It's so Christmassy and lovely and cozy and everything I could wish for.

Sadly, the story wasn't my cup of tea. It was a bit lacking in my opinion. From the first page I was already cringing. This romance wasn't what it should've been. The way these adults talk to each other is so cringey and I had a hard time getting through the story.

However, I really liked the writing style and world-building. Normann describes the island really well and creates this dark atmosphe
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one, I love visiting different places in books, that's what reading is all about for me, escapism.
I like all of the characters very much and felt that they were very real, having been to Norway a couple of years ago.

The setting was perfect and well described and I liked learning about the different foods, and the recipes at the book were a really nice touch.

All in all a lovely cosy read.
Soni S
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holly Greene is a doctor who has found herself in some trouble at work. It's almost Christmas and she finds the she doesn't really have anything to look forward to. To escape, she goes to visit her brother who has moved to a little island off the coast of Norway. There, she meets a man many people of the island refer to as a "hermit" and she slowly starts bringing him out of his shell.

I loved the setting of this book, it sounded so beautiful and picturesque despite being rainy and slushy. I've
Jo Shaw
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved Natalie Normann’s first English language novel, Summer Island, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to return to the same Norwegian island for her new novel Christmas Island. This book embraces the whole ‘koselig’ ethos (I’m sure you’ve heard of the Danish ‘hygge’, which has a similar meaning), and once I’d calmed down from Holly’s fraught introduction to the island, I just knew the setting was going to be absolutely perfect.

I have frequently dreamed of going to Norway again,
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5* I hate giving low ratings for books, but I have to do it this time. Christmas Island is a story with a fantastic concept but poor execution unfortunately.

Escaping from work drama back in London, Holly decides to spend the Christmas holiday on a small island in Norway where her brother lives. Upon arriving on the island, Holly gets lost in the dark and ice slush and almost falls off a cliff before being saved by Frøy, a Norwegian forest cat and the best character in the book, and Tor, his h
Emma Jackson
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A gorgeous festive story, with hugely likeable characters, a sweet romance and a beautiful introduction to Norwegian Christmas traditions. I loved escaping with Holly onto the stormy, cold, wild and beautiful island - it was completely believable that such a place would be soothing to the soul. Tor, the reclusive, awkward man she meets, was completely adorable and only eclipsed as my favourite character by Froy, his gorgeous cat. Learning about all the Norwegian customs (and the food, OMG!) was ...more
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Natalie Normann grew up in a shipping town on the west-coast of Norway and always wanted to be a writer. Actually, she wanted to smoke cigars and drink whiskey like Hemingway but settled for chocolate and the occasional glass of Baileys.

Her writing journey started with short stories in women’s magazines until her first book was published in 1995.

Christmas Island is her second romance written in En

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