Winter Wonderland by Belinda Jones

Imagine waking up in a snow globe…That’s how travel journalist Krista feels when she arrives in magical Quebec to report on Canada’s glittering Winter Carnival. Over ten sub-zero days Krista’s formerly frozen heart begins to melt as she discovers an enchanting world of ice palaces. Husky dog-sledding and maple-syrup treats galore. And then she meets Jacques, a man as handsome and rugged as he is mysterious…The two share a secret that could bond them forever. Can they find a way to break through the protective layers around their hearts? …let the snow-spangled adventure begin

Winter Wonderland’ has been eagerly awaited by many, myself included. When my postman delivered it to me, little did I know what was inside that cover.

Krista is a travel journalist who finds herself in Quebec. Faced with ice hotels, sub zero temperatures and puffer jackets that make most people resemble the Michelin man, Krista finds herself on a trip that’s going to freeze her hands but warm her heart.
Whilst in Quebec we experience the magnificent views, flavoursome food and best of all the adorable husky puppies. Through Belinda’s writing you feel as though you are there stroking Santol, drinking Caribou and getting to meet Jacques.
Krista is a wonderful character, she is instantly likable and like myself a meddle. It’s almost as if her main goal in life is to make sure everyone around her is happy and on the path she knows they truly want. There’s a sadness within Krista, in fact, this is the first Belinda Jones book I’ve ever been teary eyed at.
Maybe it’s the secret she carries, or the way it’s reacted to… but all I can tell you is this topics dealt with in such a respectful and heartfelt way that you can feel all of Krista’s emotions jumping off the page.
Talking of jumping off the page, that’s something I wish Jacques could do. I need that man in my life. For a man described as ‘not having a bad bone in his body’ means we are on to a winner. But then throw in gorgeous eyes, a rugged body and great personality its like winning the euro millions on a rollover week.
With wonderful characters, scenic views and descriptive writing ‘Winter Wonderland’ is pure escapism. I would recommend this to everyone ‘Bonhomme’ or ‘Malhomme’ its a must read.
Forget ‘The Sound of Music’ this winter and read ‘Winter Wonderland’ instead it really is a few of my favourite things!

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