A gripping, festive novel, Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan reveals the devastating power of secrets.
Worlds apart. A love without limit.
In the snow-topped mountains of the Canadian Rockies, Meg and Mitch are living their dream. Just weeks away from their wedding, they work and play with Tuck and Lucy, their closest and oldest friends. Meg and Lucy are as close as sisters - much to Meg's sister's dismay - and Tuck and Mitch have successfully turned their passion for snowboarding into a booming business.
But when a polar storm hits, tragedy strikes. Alone in the tiny mountain log cabin she shares with Mitch, Meg desperately tries to radio for help - and it comes from the most unexpected quarter, a lone voice across the airwaves that sees what she cannot.
As the snow melts and they try to live with their loss, the friendship Meg thought was forever is buckled by tensions, rivalries and devastating secrets. Nothing is as she thought, and only her radio contact understands what it is to be truly alone. As they share confidences in the dark, witnessed only by the stars, Meg feels her future begin to pull away from her past and is forced to consider a strange truth: is it her friends who are the strangers? And a stranger who really knows her best?
©2016 Karen Swan (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
I love Karen Swan books and I adored this one - she certainly didn't let me down!!
Meg and Mitch seem to have it all, a beautifully romantic cabin in the Rockies, he owns a snow boarding company and she enjoys a job in the town. One night, just a week before their wedding disaster strikes and Meg is forced to Radio for help. The only problem being is that Meg has never used the radio before. However, she does make contact with someone who manages to send help, and someone who is simply "out of this world"!
As a spontaneous buy for a light Christmas listen this was a huge mistake. The book has no Christmas theme at all and I can only assume the publisher thought the name and cover would make it sell better to gullible readers (i.e. Me!) The first half is completely depressing and focuses on death and complete misery. I dragged myself through it. The second half was far more enjoyable albeit a little predictable. I liked some of the characters and they developed well and it was a nice chick lit finish. However too simple a plot for a good read and too depressing for chick lit. Odd mix.
Took a little while to get past the tragedy, feeling quite depressed for s chapter or two but wonderful, real feeling characters and setting along with a feel good factor at the end make this a lovely Christmas treat.
I have heard and read a lot of good books, but this is a great story, so different from anything else. It. was so innovative. It was brilliant, I could hear it over and over again.
Beautifully written story which is brought to life by brilliant narration. Will certainly look out for more from the author and narrator.
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