Posted in Adult Fiction, Seasonal

Festive Reads Day 22 – The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan

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The Christmas Lights is the story of Bo and Zac, they are living the dream life touring around the world creating an endless portfolio of instagram pictures for their followers. It isn’t until they reach the snowy fjords of Norway in the middle of nowhere does Bo begin to question how happy she really is.

This is a lovely story focused around the lovely Bo staying in the remote and basic farm and also crosses back to the 1930’s when Signy spent her first summer on the very same farm.

As the story unfolds Bo starts a new journey of self discovery and starts to reflect on what she really wants from life, whilst Signy is revisiting her memories from all those years ago and starts to relay snapshots to Bo.

I really enjoyed this idyllic location and loved the descriptions and research that had gone into creating the perfect remote location in the Norwegian mountains.

Book Blurb

Indulge in the perfect winter’s day treat and escape to the snow-fringed fjords of Norway with The Christmas Lights, a delicious tale full of drama and mystery, heartache and hope by Sunday Times bestseller Karen Swan.

December 2018, and free-spirited influencers Bo Loxley and her partner Zac are living a life of wanderlust, travelling the globe and sharing their adventures with their millions of fans. Booked to spend Christmas in the Norwegian fjords, they set up home in a remote farm owned by enigmatic mountain guide Anders and his fierce grandmother Signy. Surrounded by snowy peaks and frozen falls, everything should be perfect. But the camera can lie and with every new post, the ‘perfect’ life Zac and Bo are portraying is diverging from the truth. Something Bo can’t explain is wrong at the very heart of their lives and Anders is the only person who’ll listen.

June 1936, and fourteen-year old Signy is sent with her sister and village friends to the summer pastures to work as milkmaids, protecting the herd that will sustain the farm through the long, winter months. But miles from home and away from the safety of their families, threat begins to lurk in friendly faces . . .

The mountains keep secrets – Signy knows this better than anyone – and as Bo’s life begins to spiral she is forced, like the old woman before her, to question who is friend and who is foe.

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Available to purchase on Amazon


About the Author

Karen Swan was previously a fashion editor and lives in East Sussex with her husband and three children.

Visit Karen’s website at, or you can find her author page on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @KarenSwan1 and Instagram @swannywrites.



I am a total bookworm who loves nothing more than to lose herself in a book. My pile of books to read is teetering higher and higher as there are not enough hours in the day compared to how many old and new amazing books there are out there to read. I love to read in my spare time and books are a massive part of our household. I feel really lucky that Daisy also loves losing herself in the amazing worlds the authors are creating for us and neither of us ever go very far without having a book to hand as you never know when an opportunity to read may present itself.

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