ARC Review: The Little Swiss Ski Chalet by Julie Caplin

Good Morning All,

Christmas is officially over. I hope that you all had a good time over the last few days and for those that were able to see loved ones, I hope it was amazing. I have had a great couple of days given the circumstances and tried to cling to all of the positives. There is part of me that is glad it’s over though which is quite normal for me. As soon as it’s done, I can’t wait to get back to normal life. But before I felt that way, I read this cute book.

Book 📖

I really wanted a cutesy romance book to read and given the time of year, I saw this book and thought it would be great for me. Thank you to @HarperCollinsUK and @JulieCaplin for this advanced audio copy of The Little Swiss Ski Chalet in return for an honest review. The Little Swiss Ski Chalet is due to be published on 30th January 2021 and you can get a copy here.

Description 🔖

Minna is a food technician and her thing is chocolate. She needs plenty of it when her latest relationship goes south. The timing couldn’t be more perfect when her godmother invites her to Switzerland to stay in her cosy ski chalet. The home of chocolate is just what Minna needs; romance is not. But sometimes romance finds you even when you don’t want to be found.

General Thoughts 🤔

To begin with, I wanted cute and this book certainly gave me cute. What I particularly loved was the vivid description of the setting. The ski chalet sounded absolutely beautiful and I found myself wanting to be there with Minna on her getaway. Although Minna went there with the intention of working out what she wanted from her life, it’s a romance book, so obviously a man had to come along into the story. The back and forth between Minna and Luke was fun to follow and had the expected romantic ending.

I will say, the book is kind of predictable, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing. We all know how romance stories go, there’s a meet cute (as per The Holiday), there are some hiccups and then everything ends with love hearts and tingly warm feelings.

Characters 👭👬👫

I have to be straight, Minna’s character did grate on me a little. She was just so away with the fairies, I wanted to drag her back down to earth. I suppose it did all work out for her in the end, but that’s really not how it goes for most people.

The godmother was my favourite character. I thought that she was a good influence on Minna and I liked that she was so supportive of Minna following and achieving her dreams in her career. She was a hard working woman who found her own romance and I thought that she was the most deserving of this out of all the characters in the book.

Writing Style ✍️

I was impressed with the description of the settings and surroundings in this book. There were times when I could see Switzerland in my mind really clearly. I’d go as far to say that reading about Switzerland and the little bits of information about culture, traditions and food were probably the thing I enjoyed most about this book.

The narration of the book was engaging and appropriate for the story. I loved the different accents that were used, it helped to bring the characters to life.

Conclusion & Scoring 🏅

I wanted a fluffy romantic book to read right before Christmas and this book gave me exactly that. I can’t say that it has the most complex or even realistic storyline, but then that’s not what I was expecting. Under usual circumstances, this would potentially be a book I wouldn’t go for, but I’m glad that I gave it a chance as it put a smile on my face at a time when I was struggling to do that for myself.

😍😍😍😩😩

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