Chick lit

The Post Box at the North Pole by Jaimie Admans

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Book is still up on NetGalley!

It was a combination of precisely two factors that made me pick this book up. The first was that I really enjoyed another of the author’s works and found the romantic aspect to be well rooted into the background narrative. The second was that the location was Norway, and I would love to tick off a new location for the world map of stories at the end of the year. I can be calculating like that sometimes.
Our story begins with Sasha not looking forward to another Christmas of being let down by her father. She is at a loose end with regards to employment, and when her father calls sounding miserable, she packs her bags and flies off to a remote location that he now calls home.
Sasha’s father will not win father of the year. Even with the reuniting at the end of the book, he is far more shrewd than first presented and, in turn, could not have unknowingly been as neglectful as he was. Despite my mixed feelings towards the central lynchpin for the romantic section, I enjoyed the book.
The pace of the story slows down as soon as Sasha arrives in the remote location that functions as Santa’s post office. There is a little emotional manipulation being done to keep her around, but the writing and the overall effect of it all had me looking past all of it. Sasha comes to town with a plan in mind, but her growth arc and finding herself takes her along a different route. The progression ensures that it is not abrupt or a weird choice for anyone to make.
I may not have made it sound cozy and warm (even in freezing temperatures), but those elements are dosed liberally throughout the book. I would recommend this book to people on the lookout for well-written Christmas themed books set in extraordinary locations.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of the book

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