The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan

The Sunday Times bestseller

Set on the scenic fjords of Norway, The Christmas Lights by bestselling author Karen Swan is a moving Christmas tale of love and heartbreak.

December 2018, and free-spirited influencers Bo Loxley and her partner Zac are living a life of wanderlust, travelling the globe and sharing their adventures with their millions of fans.

Booked to spend Christmas in the Norwegian fjords, they set up home in a remote farm owned by enigmatic mountain guide Anders and his fierce grandmother Signy. Surrounded by snowy peaks and frozen falls, everything should be perfect. But the camera can lie and with every new post, the ‘perfect’ life Zac and Bo are portraying is diverging from the truth.

Something Bo can’t explain is wrong at the very heart of their lives and Anders is the only person who’ll listen.

June 1936, and fourteen-year old Signy is sent with her sister and village friends to the summer pastures to work as milkmaids, protecting the herd that will sustain the farm through the long, winter months. But miles from home and away from the safety of their families, threat begins to lurk in friendly faces . . .

The mountains keep secrets – Signy knows this better than anyone – and as Bo’s life begins to spiral she is forced, like the old woman before her, to question who is friend and who is foe.


I will always read anything to do with the northern lights and jumped at the chance to read this book.  Having spent two years of my life in Orkney, I was fascinated by the northern lights and love to read about them still.

WOW! This is a lovely book, perfect for reading on a winters day.

It is an enthralling tale set in the gorgeous Norweigan Fjords.  The author gives us a good feel for the location. The story is set between the current day and flashbacks to the 1930s when Signy was a teenager .  The author has described the feelings of seeing the lights as magical – which it is!  

It is a different book from others available at the minute, and definately worth a read!

Thank you to NetGalley, Pam Macmillan and Karen Swan for the opportunity to read and review this novel.


  • TITLE: The Christmas Lights
  • AUTHOR: Karen Swan
  • PUBLISHER: Pan Macmillan
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 1 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781509838080
  • FORMAT: ebook (ARC)
  • LENGTH: 480 pages



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Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and a puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her books include Christmas at Tiffany’s, Summer at Tiffany’s, The Perfect Present, Christmas on Primrose Hill, Christmas Under the Stars and The Paris Secret.









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