I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Julie Caplin’s wonderful book The Little Swiss Ski Chalet! This is a fun and charming contemporary romance that I so enjoyed!
About the Book:
It’s time to pack your bags and head to the breathtaking, snow-covered peaks of the Swiss Alps for velvety hot chocolates, delicious cheeses and a gorgeous love story…
Food technician Minna has always believed that chocolate will solve everything – and it’s just what she needs when her latest relationship mishap goes viral!
So with her bags packed and a new determination to sort her life out, Minna decides to drown her sorrows with the best hot chocolate in the world at her godmother’s cosy Swiss chalet. Chocolate: yes. Romance: no. Until she has a run in on an Alpine train with a mysterious but oh-so-gorgeous stranger…
About the Author:
Julie Caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.
These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for her Romantic Escapes series which have been translated into fifteen different languages.
The first book in the seven strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
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The Little Swiss Ski Chalet is the kind of book that you want to curl up in front of a fire with a hot chocolate and lose yourself in. A fun, sweet, and charming contemporary romance, the story focuses on Mina as she travels to the Swiss Alps and finds herself along the way.
Mina is at a crossroads in her life. Newly single after a bitter break-up and encouraged to take much needed time off by her boss, Mina travels to a small village in the Swiss Alps to visit her godmother Amelie. Mina intends to use the two weeks to enjoy herself, reevaluate her life goals, and try to be less impulsive. However, when the man she had a delightful (and steamy) encounter with on the train winds up staying at the same chalet, Mina might find more than she ever expected.
Mina is an impulsive, light-hearted woman who embraces life. However, she feels stifled at her job, she is single, and she is not entirely certain what she wants out of life. Vivacious and outgoing, Mina’s self-discovery throughout the novel is the highlight of the book. I love her zest for life and that she doesn’t let the toxicity get the best of her. Mina is not a woman who intimidates easily, and her enthusiasm for new experiences and relationships is refreshing, as is her acceptance of herself.
Life is for the living. You need to wring every last bit of pleasure out of it.
Mina’s budding relationship with Luke is another highlight of the story. Luke is such a gregarious and amicable man who shares Mina’s ‘seize the day’ attitude. They are very similar in temperament and attitude, and they complement each other well. Luke believes in serendipity, and by the end of the book, I did too!
The small ski town is charming, and the welcoming residents bring so much holiday warmth and cheer. The chalet guests are unique and interesting, and I loved learning about all of them. I also loved how vividly the author described the setting. Everything from the chalet to the slopes to the mountains sounds so beautiful and majestic, and I appreciated how the author brought the setting to life.
A story about new beginnings, staying true to yourself, and living life to the fullest, The Little Swiss Ski Chalet is an absolute delight. Plus, the chocolates, cakes, and other yummy concoctions sound deliciously mouth-watering. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Rachel’s Random Resources, and Julie Caplin for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Life might be crap, but there was always chocolate.
The journey had cocooned her, and now it was like being thrust out into a jewel-bright world where all her senses were being returned.