Book Review - Christmas Under The Stars

by Karen Swan (Pan Macmillan) ISBN: 9781447280163 

Swan is an international best-selling novelist with a penchant for fashion and a reputation as a romantic. This, her eleventh novel, certainly lives up to that image. 

Meg and her best friend Lucy live in a remote part of the Canadian Rockies where skiing and snowboarding in the breath-taking surrounds is what attracts tourists from all over the world to their little corner of heaven. As beautiful as Banff is, it is also treacherous and tragedy strikes setting Meg on a path of discovery involving an astronaut, her estranged sister, a bear attack and a series of realisations that her best friend isn’t the person she believed her to be. 

A real page-turner this novel doesn’t let the reader rest for excitement. Swan’s experienced story-telling fulfils all those good book requirements avid readers expect. There’s plenty of drama but none of it is unrealistic, lots of depth without the length and prose of a saga, and a smattering of factual information that really bring the words to life. A great summer read and a very quick 500 pages. 

Justine Cullinan


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