Can’t Wait for … Christmas Island by Natalie Normann

You know what I—and I’m sure many others—could use this year? An escape. While that’s not going to happen right now in the traditional sense, it does mean that my reading has gone in a very specific direction. I’m grabbing at bright stories, filled with a little adventure, a little romance, and a lot of fun. Honestly, at this point, just having a bright cover is enough to get me to look at a book. And, considering the time of year, if it’s set against a Christmas backdrop? That’s perfect. Sure, drama and tension are more than welcome, but there better be a happy ending for me to escape off to before I snap the cover shut.

Fortunately, this week, I stumbled across a brand new read that seems to tick off all those boxes. It’s being released at the end of the month. I can’t wait.

Today I’m waiting for…

From the publisher:

In the bleak midwinter…
A really frosty wind is making Holly’s life absolutely miserable

After all the years of hard work it took Londoner Holly Greene to become a doctor, now it could all be taken away and she only has herself to blame. She’s retreating to her brother’s rustic home on an island off the coast of Norway to lick her wounds. Only, it’s the middle of winter and icy slush plus endless darkness isn’t exactly the cheery, festive getaway she had imagined.

Nearly stumbling off the edge of a cliff in the dark, Holly is saved by Frøy, a yellow-eyed cat of fearsome but fluffy proportions, and his owner – grouchy, bearded recluse, Tor. Tor has his own problems to face but the inexplicable desire to leave a bag of freshly baked gingerbread men on Holly’s doorstep is seriously getting in the way of his hermit routine.

Call it kindness, call it Christmas, but Holly’s arrival means midwinter has never looked less bleak.

Title: Christmas Island
Author: Natalie Normann
Publisher: Kensington Books
Expected Publication: November 30, 2020
Classification: Romance

Normann’s Website | Goodreads

Note: Can’t Wait Wednesday is a feature hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, so be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants. Fair warning: don’t be surprised if you come away with an expanded TBR pile.


  1. You talked me into this one. It does sound good. Just like a piece of dark chocolate, sometimes you have to give in to a special ARC. Turn off the “news.” Replace it with a feel good, Christmasy story! I’m hoping this will be approved and fit the bill.

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    1. I don’t think you could have described this more perfectly! I’ve been trying to avoid looking for ARCs because I have a bit of a backlog building up, but this one was too much to resist. One way or another, I’m snagging a copy. Merry Christmas to all and to all—happy reading!


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