Hideaway in Iceland by Victoria Walker | #bookreview | @rararesources @4victoriawalker

I really enjoyed the Victoria Walker’s previous book set in Iceland, Snug in Iceland, so was keen to revisit in this new book. Thanks to Rachel for having me as part of the tour and providing an e-copy of the book for review. Hideaway in Iceland is available now in ebook and paperback.

About the book

PR executive Anna Mortimer has clinched the deal of a lifetime for the hottest celebrity couple to have their wedding covered by a glossy magazine, but when things don’t go to plan, she loses her job. With no job and no life outside of work to fall back on, an invitation to stay with her friend, Rachel, in Iceland is a well-timed distraction.

Ned Nokes has just left the most successful boy band in history to go it alone. With the eyes of the world on him, he escapes to Iceland in search of solitude while he plans what to do next. Not used to trusting anyone outside of the band that has been his life for the past ten years, he finds friendships in Reykjavik that he never expected.

Visit Iceland at its most beautiful as autumn turns to winter and find out whether the magic that helped Anna’s friend Rachel find her happy ever after, is still there…

My Thoughts

Having been lucky enough to visit Iceland in February 2020, this book brought back lots of lovely memories. Victoria Walker really captures the cold, crisp weather and cosiness of the cafes and bars in Reykjavik. I could really picture everyone getting wrapped up against the cold, enjoying the hot springs and lagoons as well as the magic of seeing the Northern Lights. It was great to meet up with Rachel and Jonas from Snug in Iceland once more, although you can easily read this book without knowing their story.

Anna lost her job very unfairly and is a bit adrift. She takes up her friend Rachel’s invitation to visit while she tries to figure out what to do next. Despite not really being into the natural wonders or understanding the appeal of an outdoor lifestyle in such a cold climate, she soon falls for Iceland’s charms and starts to make friends. Ned has recently left a hugely successful boyband with the aim of going solo. He has come to Iceland for a bit of a retreat and to write for new solo project. Living a quiet incognito kind of life, he is able to live a more normal kind of life and discovers he quite likes it.

As Anna and Ned get to know each other, Iceland works its magic and they are soon smitten but their relationship isn’t without complications or misunderstandings. I’ve often wondered about the difficulties of having a relationship if you’re mega famous. How do you know if the person wants you for yourself or your fame? And what about if you’re dating someone famous? What’s the pressure and press attention like? Well, we certainly get a glimpse of that in this book.

The book has a fabulous ending that will leave you with a warm glow inside. Hideaway in Iceland will have you reaching for the cosy blankets and snuggling up with a hot drink. The book finished on Christmas Eve which the Icelandic people celebrate with Jolabokaflód, If you haven’t heard of Jolabokaflód before, it is a brilliant idea! On Christmas Eve, people exchange gifts of books and then spend the whole evening reading! That would also give me a warm glow inside.

About the Author

Victoria Walker has been writing romantic fiction since a visit to Iceland in 2014 inspired her first novel. As well as writing, she spends her free time dressmaking, knitting and reading an inordinate amount of contemporary romance, occasionally punctuated by the odd psychological thriller and saga.

In the past she has worked as a cinema projectionist, a knitting and sewing tutor and has owned a yarn store, all things which will no doubt appear in her books if they haven’t already.

Victoria lives in the Malvern Hills with her husband and two teenage children.

Buying links

UK – Hideaway in Iceland

US – Hideaway in Iceland

Social Media Links

Twitter – @4victoriawalker

Instagram – victoriamakes

Website – http://www.victoriaauthor.co.uk


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