The Northern Lights Lodge (Romantic Escapes, #4)
Escape to the cosiest little lodge in Iceland for love, log fires and the Northern Lights… With a shattered heart and her career completely in tatters, Lucy needs to get away from her life in the UK. But, when she takes a job as hotel manager of the Northern Lights Lodge, she doesn’t quite expect to find herself in a land of bubbling hot springs and snowflake-dusted glaciers – and in the company of gorgeous Scottish barman, Alex.Determined to turn her life around, Lucy sets about making the lodge the number one romantic destination in Iceland – even though romance is the last thing she wants. However, as Alex and Lucy grow closer under the dancing lights of the aurora, Lucy might just learn how to fall in love again…Readers love Julie Caplin!‘The crème de la crème of rom-com confection’ Mrs W Reviews‘I have found a little piece of myself in the story…a joy to read’ Kate McLaughlin Reviewer‘I loved this book…the slow building romance, the descriptions of the shop as it comes to life. When I finished it, I had an incredible urge to go bake something’ Sharon Redfern, Librarian‘Simply brilliant’ Nicola, Goodreads‘Another gem in this series’ Rachel’s Random Reads

The Northern Lights Lodge (Romantic Escapes, #4) Details

TitleThe Northern Lights Lodge (Romantic Escapes, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 28th, 2019
PublisherHarperImpulse
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Travel

The Northern Lights Lodge (Romantic Escapes, #4) Review

  • Nicola
    January 1, 1970
    It’s off to Iceland for the fourth trip in Julie Caplin’s Romantic Escapes series, treating us to happiness and high jinx at The Northern Lights Lodge. They’re all mad, but lovely.” Having loved Alex as a secondary character in The Little Paris Patisserie with his quick wit and laid back nature, I went into this with a mix of excitement and wariness as that book didn’t entirely work for me. But, once introduced to Lucy Smart and her quirky, loveable bunch of employees who are, at times, as ma It’s off to Iceland for the fourth trip in Julie Caplin’s Romantic Escapes series, treating us to happiness and high jinx at The Northern Lights Lodge. They’re all mad, but lovely.” Having loved Alex as a secondary character in The Little Paris Patisserie with his quick wit and laid back nature, I went into this with a mix of excitement and wariness as that book didn’t entirely work for me. But, once introduced to Lucy Smart and her quirky, loveable bunch of employees who are, at times, as mad as a box of frogs, all my concerns were quickly put to bed as it became clear that we were going to get along just fine. This place…it’s lovely but you’re the people that will make the difference.” Friendship and trust is at the forefront of this story but not at the cost of the romance as was sadly my issue with its predecessor, and in keeping with the series the location is beautiful and the characters down-to-earth, relatable, endearing and so much fun to spend time with that I didn’t want my visit to end. Having lost herself a little, Lucy literally blossomed as she the story progressed, she absolutely deserves her happy ever after and Alex...well he was everything I was hoping for and more. She’s a sucker for a love story.” A resounding success, The Northern Lights Lodge comes with a huge thumbs up from me and I’m excited see what delights are waiting in The Secret Cove in Croatia later this year. Copy received courtesy of HarperImpulse via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Lisa M
    January 1, 1970
    I have long been an admirer of the covers of Julie's books but this is the first I've been fortunate to read - it won't be my last.Lucy is forced to leave her job in hotel management following an incident that leaves her relationship as well as career in pieces. She is desperate to be taken on elsewhere but finds nobody is interested without getting a reference from her previous job so she takes a leap of faith and agrees to become Hotel Manager at the failing Northern Lights Lodge in Iceland. W I have long been an admirer of the covers of Julie's books but this is the first I've been fortunate to read - it won't be my last.Lucy is forced to leave her job in hotel management following an incident that leaves her relationship as well as career in pieces. She is desperate to be taken on elsewhere but finds nobody is interested without getting a reference from her previous job so she takes a leap of faith and agrees to become Hotel Manager at the failing Northern Lights Lodge in Iceland. With poor trip advisor reviews and low occupancy, Lucy is forced to pull the staff team together to turn the hotel around. Lucy is only temporary so is also fighting to keep the job on a permanent basis. The staff sounded awesome, I would love to be part of a team like that- how they all pull together and there was genuine warmth to their friendship. Lucy also sounded like a manager I would happily work for, a solution for literally everything. This book had me laughing in places and it has serious moments too but overall it was a light-hearted read which had me eagerly turning the pages. Alex is working as barman and he turns Lucy's eye and aspects of this were very romantic. Alex is hiding a secret though, can Lucy forgive him when all is revealed?I have long been an admirer of hygge which sounds so cosy and snuggly! It is referred to as huggulegt in Iceland and this book has me totally converted to it, I think especially in the dark and snowy days it sounds beautiful and would help to settle me. I was a huge fan of Hekla in this book, assistant manager to Lucy - I hope she features in another book as I would love to see her character develop into the main storyline.Such an absorbing read! My many thanks to Harper Impulse via NetGalley for providing me with this advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like I had been waiting forever for this book to finally be available, but wow it was worth the wait. It is another excellent story from the always talented Julie Caplin, and its a story that is set in Iceland. Makes a change to read something light hearted set in Iceland, instead of a noir book, and this is set outside Reyjavik, in a small hotel that offers Northern Light chasing trips. This lodge also offers a lifeline to Lucy, who is struggling to get a new job after a rather unfortuna I feel like I had been waiting forever for this book to finally be available, but wow it was worth the wait. It is another excellent story from the always talented Julie Caplin, and its a story that is set in Iceland. Makes a change to read something light hearted set in Iceland, instead of a noir book, and this is set outside Reyjavik, in a small hotel that offers Northern Light chasing trips. This lodge also offers a lifeline to Lucy, who is struggling to get a new job after a rather unfortunate incident led to her getting sacked in her previous one.I loved not only seeing how Lucy was able to adapt to life in Iceland, but the few excursions she did and learning the culture and customs of this proud Scandinavian country. This is fabulous poolside reading, especially if you need cooling down, it didn't really make me much colder but the humidity in Thailand is hard to counter act, even when reading about winter temperatures in Iceland.I loved every moment of this wonderful book, and I'm already looking forward to Julie Caplins' next book. Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • victoria_tonks
    January 1, 1970
    A short review just now (I might expand it later if I have time). This book is the fourth part of the series but it also reads well as a standalone. This is also my 8th or 9th book by this author (a.k.a. Jules Wake) so obviously, I like her books. A lot. That being said, this one did not live up to my expectations. I am not sure if it was the characters or the plot but somehow, the book did not hold my attention. I kept skipping forward to see what was going to happen, and it took me an inordina A short review just now (I might expand it later if I have time). This book is the fourth part of the series but it also reads well as a standalone. This is also my 8th or 9th book by this author (a.k.a. Jules Wake) so obviously, I like her books. A lot. That being said, this one did not live up to my expectations. I am not sure if it was the characters or the plot but somehow, the book did not hold my attention. I kept skipping forward to see what was going to happen, and it took me an inordinate amount of time (for a chick lit read) to finish it. I would have given the book three stars but for the editing which was really unprofessional. Too many missing commas, too many typos. Oh, and a word of warning - (view spoiler)[it is not a clean read. Nothing too extreme but there are a couple of rather detailed scenes. Too detailed, IMO. (hide spoiler)]I suppose if you are new to Julie Caplin, you might enjoy this book much more. She is a really good writer. This one just did not work for me as well as I had thought it would.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really lovely, romantic book. Set in a place I would absolutely love to visit. I would love to see the Northern lights and this book just made me want to be there even more. Lovely.
  • Nicola Clough
    January 1, 1970
    Simply fantastic book I loved it from the first page and the characters are excellent you are hooked straight away. Full of adventure and romance and friendship and proving yourself and showing you are good at your job. I love the different countries that Julie writes about with each book and this didn't disappoint at all. Lucy has lost her job and her boyfriend and is really struggling to get another job but when she's offered one as hotel manager in Norway she takes it as it means she will get Simply fantastic book I loved it from the first page and the characters are excellent you are hooked straight away. Full of adventure and romance and friendship and proving yourself and showing you are good at your job. I love the different countries that Julie writes about with each book and this didn't disappoint at all. Lucy has lost her job and her boyfriend and is really struggling to get another job but when she's offered one as hotel manager in Norway she takes it as it means she will get away. She packs up and goes and she really wants to prove the she can do this job well as its only for six months and could go full time. When she arrives they weren't expecting her for another week so she doesn't feel she is off to a good start. She meets the staff and when she sees the barman Alex she can't help but thinking how good looking he is. She throws herself into work and really has to do a lot to a lot to turn it around but things keep going wrong and believes it's not just an accident is someone trying to say she can't do the job. She gets closer to Alex and they out on trips out together and she really starts to fall for him. The time is getting close to the hotel being taken over and she's worried her job will finish but Alex keeps telling her she will be ok. Problem is when she learns the truth about who Alex is and who has taken over the hotel will she have lost everything or not and will she be happy or will it all end badly and she has to sadly go home. Brilliant read worth more than five stars.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    This cozy romance is set in a lodge in Iceland. I won't lie, I struggled with the book quite a lot. I hope all my issues are based on the fact that I read a review copy and not the finished book. Lucy, the female MC, lost her job in a five-star hotel in Manchester. Due to her unwanted internet fame she has had a hard time finding a job and when she is offered a part time contract as a manager of a lodge hotel in Iceland she sees it as punishment --- honestly, I would cut off my left arm for a tw This cozy romance is set in a lodge in Iceland. I won't lie, I struggled with the book quite a lot. I hope all my issues are based on the fact that I read a review copy and not the finished book. Lucy, the female MC, lost her job in a five-star hotel in Manchester. Due to her unwanted internet fame she has had a hard time finding a job and when she is offered a part time contract as a manager of a lodge hotel in Iceland she sees it as punishment --- honestly, I would cut off my left arm for a two month working contract in Iceland, even in winter. Alex, hotel manager from Scotland, currently working in Paris, is on an undercover mission at the lodge. He has to snoop around because his boss would like to buy the hotel for his chain of boutique hotels. Well, Alex rubbed me the wrong way from the start, until about chapter 10. He behaved so bohemian at the start, very un-Scottish like, and suddenly, a few weeks into his stint at the lodge, he realises just how much Iceland reminds him of how much he missed the connection to nature and Scotland. The lodge and the Icelandic staff are great. The nature is described in such a lot of detail that I really would give my left arm for a cleaning job at the Northern Lights Lodge. All in all, 3.3 points -- not a "meh" but also not a "yeah"
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  • Jo Shaw
    January 1, 1970
    As soon as I got a notification that ‘The Northern Lights Lodge‘ by Julie Caplin was available on Netgalley, I immediately requested it. I had been introduced to the books of Julie Caplin/Jules Wake last year by a friend, and I do have lots more of her books to read on my tbr.I loved her previous book, ‘The Little Paris Patisserie’ and I attended her book tour in November 2018 to promote that book. During the evening with Julie Caplin and Sue Moorcroft, Julie said that some of the characters fro As soon as I got a notification that ‘The Northern Lights Lodge‘ by Julie Caplin was available on Netgalley, I immediately requested it. I had been introduced to the books of Julie Caplin/Jules Wake last year by a friend, and I do have lots more of her books to read on my tbr.I loved her previous book, ‘The Little Paris Patisserie’ and I attended her book tour in November 2018 to promote that book. During the evening with Julie Caplin and Sue Moorcroft, Julie said that some of the characters from The Little Paris Patisserie would be making select cameo appearances in ‘The Northern Lights Lodge‘ and this excited me at the time because the characters she mentioned, Peter and Jane, had been lovely in ‘The Little Paris Patisserie‘. By the time I read The Northern Lights Lodge I had completely forgotten, so when I was reading, I had a little light-bulb moment when I recognised them as well as very briefly Nina and Sebastian too. I love little continuities between books that on the surface are completely unrelated.Me in the middle, with Julie Caplin on the left, and Sue Moorcroft on the right.The Northern Lights Lodge follows Lucy, who was sacked from her job as General Manager of a prestigious hotel in Manchester, and found herself unable to find work elsewhere because news of her dismissal and the viral video that formed part of the scandal had spread amongst her profession. She gets the opportunity to head to a small Lodge in Iceland to take over as General Manager in an area where no one knew her for a probationary period of two months. Broken by her past, fragile Lucy arrives in Iceland to an interesting number of Icelandic staff, together with the very handsome Scottish barman Alex. A number of mysterious things happen at the Lodge, which could be sabotage, or could even be the Huldufólk or elves. Add to that a film crew arriving at short notice to film a fly on the wall documentary, and Lucy and the staff find themselves with more than a few issues to deal with.The setting for The Northern Lights Lodge sounded absolutely incredible, and I finished the book with a huge desire to travel to Iceland and stay in a lodge there. The cosiness that Lucy wants to instil in the lodge for the benefit of the customers ties into the Scandinavian theme of hygge, or in Iceland huggulegt. The use of hygge shines through the pages of the book, and in spite of being aware of the cold outside the lodge, the lodge itself sounds idyllic, cosy and welcoming.I loved the growth that you see in Lucy as the book progresses. When she arrives in Iceland and ends up soaked to the skin and bedraggled, it’s a visual suggestion of just how damaged she had been by the destruction of her previous relationship and career. With new friendship and love from her new friends, and from Alex, she becomes more in control of her own life and consequently the lodge. She even finds the strength to stand up to her past and put it firmly behind her. As for Alex, I think he’s possibly my new book boyfriend, tall, handsome and with an accent like David Tennant, could he be any more perfect?I love the way the spark between Lucy and Alex grows, and although I’m not going to use a spoiler, let’s just say that there is a scene involving the reflection in a window that was just perfect.This was an easy 5 star for me, and if you want a journey through Iceland, finding love under the shimmering lights of the aurora borealis, then this book is definitely for you. Read this wearing cosy socks, under a snuggly throw with a hot drink and a candle at the side of you!I loved The Little Paris Patisserie, but found myself loving this even more, and I cannot wait for book 5 in the series, The Secret Cove in Croatia which is due to be published in July.Many thanks to Harper Impulse and Netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Eve beinguniquebooks
    January 1, 1970
    When Lucy leaves Bath and moves to Iceland to run the Northern Lights Lodge she meets Alex a Scot from Paris who's secretly there not as a bartender but to see for his friend if the hotel is worth buying.Whilst the pair grow close and have many moments they are also faced with a whole TV crew films by an off the wall hotel documentary only one of the guys soon remembers Lucy...As Lucy tries to hide a viral video from her old hotel job with slimy boring ex Chris unlike the electric chemistry she When Lucy leaves Bath and moves to Iceland to run the Northern Lights Lodge she meets Alex a Scot from Paris who's secretly there not as a bartender but to see for his friend if the hotel is worth buying.Whilst the pair grow close and have many moments they are also faced with a whole TV crew films by an off the wall hotel documentary only one of the guys soon remembers Lucy...As Lucy tries to hide a viral video from her old hotel job with slimy boring ex Chris unlike the electric chemistry she has with Alex.Dealing with a hotel sabotage from inside, new management and Lucy getting kicked out her job shockingly thanks to Alex she winds up back home to best friend Daisy only for the new hotel manager wanting to meet her in Edinburgh and just what happened to Alex as he disappeared...Wow. Making life changing decisions and finding not just a gorgeous sight as the country she winds up in but in her new man too Lucy gets it all but not without a harsh time over her secret which amped up the underlying tension throughout the book. With video drama and job unease there's still plenty of heart stopping moments in a good way not just had and everyone will enjoy this read as I've read nothing like it.Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    I adored this , this is the first Julie Caplin book I have read and now I am going to have to read the rest in the series. The characters were lovely, relatable, had real chemistry wether friends or romantic interests. The couple actually got together before the very end of the book which I loved. It’s a great feel good read.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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  • Shirley
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely fantastic book. Wonderful characters, brilliant descriptive scenic writing. Definitely made me want to visit Iceland all the more.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the story and setting of this book, as I have other Julie Caplin books. As a copyeditor myself though, the typos, errors (e.g., sometimes words were changed in an edit but parts of the old version of the wording was left in there), and grammatical issues in the Kindle version really distracted from what is otherwise a very good, cozy, and fun book.
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  • Cheryl Basile
    January 1, 1970
    I have a new favorite author. Her name is Julie Caplin!I read Caplin’s book “The Little Paris Patisserie” several months ago. After her vivid descriptions of macarons, I found myself searching all the bakeries in my area so I could try one. I’ve even made it my 2019 goal to learn to make the perfect macaron. Maybe I’ll have to find a course in Paris so I can visit some of the places she mentions in the book.I just finished reading another one of Caplin’s books in her “City Bakes” series: “The No I have a new favorite author. Her name is Julie Caplin!I read Caplin’s book “The Little Paris Patisserie” several months ago. After her vivid descriptions of macarons, I found myself searching all the bakeries in my area so I could try one. I’ve even made it my 2019 goal to learn to make the perfect macaron. Maybe I’ll have to find a course in Paris so I can visit some of the places she mentions in the book.I just finished reading another one of Caplin’s books in her “City Bakes” series: “The Northern Lights Lodge.” I immediately began a Google search for ticket prices to Iceland, where this story takes place. Caplin’s description of the aurora borealis, the glaciers and the overall beauty of Iceland make me feel like I’d miss something big if I never visited this remote northern island! She really should get a commission from Iceland’s tourism board for bringing more visitors to Iceland.But it’s not just the scenic descriptions that captured my attention. It’s the way she integrates the unique culture of Iceland into the book. The main character, Lucy, has been offered a temporary general manager position at the namesake lodge. Upon her arrival, she immediately begins dealing with a myriad of unexplicitable problems. The locals claim it’s the huldufolk (hidden folk or mischievous elves) who are causing the problems. Caplin weaves this unique folkloric character throughout the book whenever trouble pops up. Some of the situations with the mythical huldufolk will have you chuckling. Writing about folklore customs can sometimes turn a book into a ridiculous folly. But Caplin does it so skillfully that it doesn’t add ridiculousness to the book. Instead, it helps the reader better understand some of the unique quirks of the Icelandic culture.She also intersperses the concept of huggulegt throughout the book. It’s the Icelandic version of Danish hygge – keeping a mood of coziness and comfort in one’s life and home. Her descriptions of the rooms within the lodge – with their roaring fireplaces, subdued candlelight, thick rugs and snugly blankets – help the reader experience huggulegt even if she’s sitting on a beach in a tropical climate.Caplin also does a wonderful job of painting verbal pictures of the minor characters in the book. You can see them in your mind and almost feel like you would recognize them if you met them on the street.I don’t want to go too much into the story – it would be too easy to leak a spoiler by mistake! But the gist of the story is that Lucy deals with many problems while running the hotel with the help of Alex, the Scottish bartender who seems to know a lot more about running a hotel than the average barkeep. (There’s a reason why, but I won’t spoil it for you!) Lucy, who is usually very independent, finds that she likes having another person around to help her solve some of the ridiculous problems that the supposed huldofolk keep throwing at her (like a sheep in the lodge’s hot tub). She and Alex grow closer and she shares some of her fears with him, along with her need to convince the lodge owner that she should be hired permanently.But then, of course, she learns something about Alex that shakes her world. Seems he may have been keeping some very important information from her. She realizes that they growing relationship may have been a lie, and wonders how he really feels about her. Was it just a fantasy in her mind? How could he deceive her, especially since he knows how past deception from a boyfriend nearly destroyed her personally and professionally?I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes love stories set in exotic and unusual locations. (How many romances take place in Iceland?) It’s also a great read for people who like to see the main character grow and develop into a better version of herself. As for me, I’m off to purchase Caplin’s book “The Little Café in Copenhagen.” I can’t wait to escape to another world created by this talented author!
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  • Jenn Webley
    January 1, 1970
    I could try and play it cool (haha Iceland, cool.. get it?!) but I can't I LOVED this. I've only just stumbled upon this series and have read the previous books in very quick succession so I was thrilled at the chance to head to Iceland on this next adventure. That being said, it works as a standalone (they all do) so you really don't need to have read any of the others. If you have - then you will recognise a few characters!Alex is one - he's really a secondary character in The Little Paris Pat I could try and play it cool (haha Iceland, cool.. get it?!) but I can't I LOVED this. I've only just stumbled upon this series and have read the previous books in very quick succession so I was thrilled at the chance to head to Iceland on this next adventure. That being said, it works as a standalone (they all do) so you really don't need to have read any of the others. If you have - then you will recognise a few characters!Alex is one - he's really a secondary character in The Little Paris Patisserie but I liked him then and now he comes into his own - I am so pleased we got to see more of him. The spy/love interest for our main lady Lucy, you are already on his side (even knowing his 'undercover' position) and it is soon clear he is actually falling for Lucy in every way possible.Lucy has been through a lot, mistakes in her past and awful behaviour by others abusing their power and position have left her needing the job nobody else would take on. She's pretty desperate. You don't really discover what has happened for a while, you see that she is vulnerable, lacking confidence and needs support. If I'm honest, I'd imagined far worse than what we find out but maybe that's just my mind - it isn't a pleasant situation for anyone to go through though.Various situations arise as she'd getting to grips with running the hotel and Lucy, with a good team of staff/friends, handles everything in a typically unique way and we see her rediscover passion for the job, remembering why she chose the career in the first place. She is hardworking and determined and it shows true spirit that she can bounce back. I like her, I hoped she wouldn't be a weak, sorry for herself kind of character but you see she is quite daring and willing to put herself out there. Just like the previous books, the setting sounds incredible. It is well written and moves along at a nice pace, yet again reading one of Julie's books makes me want to book a trip.So thats Copenhagen, Brooklyn, Paris and Iceland on the travel list!! In fact, Iceland and the Northern Lights has never really appealed to me before but now I could really be tempted.Julie Caplin gives us a wonderfully romantic escape with characters and places you'll love. I cannot recommend The Northern Lights Lodge enough, perfect for a cosy, snuggled up read. I will eagerly await the next book!Many thanks to Harper Impulse and Netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Joanne D'Arcy
    January 1, 1970
    Here I am travelling the world again with Julie Caplin. This time Iceland, somewhere I have always wanted to visit, even more so having read this book!Lucy takes a short-term contract at The Northern Lights Lodge a hotel in Iceland. It seems the perfect place to escape the gossip about why she was sacked from her previous high-flying hotel job in Manchester. Lucy finds herself in the middle of a snowy nowhere. Nothing is within walking distance apart from snow, glaciers and on occasion the North Here I am travelling the world again with Julie Caplin. This time Iceland, somewhere I have always wanted to visit, even more so having read this book!Lucy takes a short-term contract at The Northern Lights Lodge a hotel in Iceland. It seems the perfect place to escape the gossip about why she was sacked from her previous high-flying hotel job in Manchester. Lucy finds herself in the middle of a snowy nowhere. Nothing is within walking distance apart from snow, glaciers and on occasion the Northern Lights.Almost trapped in this hotel with a bunch of locals who seem rather crackers, the receptionist, the housekeeper, the chef and a gorgeous looking barman who comes from Scotland. Lucy finds that the best way to manage them all is to embrace the running of the hotel and bring it back to the place it was.Trouble is there is something working against her. Could it be the fairy folk that the locals say or is it more to do with the locals themselves. Is everyone who they really say they are? Is anyone else hiding at this lodge and are their reasons legitimate?When a film crew arrive for another "behind the scenes" series, Lucy tries her very best to make sure that there is nothing for them to see. Even the Northern Lights don't come out for them. More importantly she doesn't want to be seen on film again......Falling in love with the place and maybe the barman might not seem like a good idea when you are only there temporarily but the place has got to Lucy as it did to me. I can see myself waking up to the snow described scenery from the bedroom window. Embracing the hot chocolate round the open fire and the wonder of the Northern Lights when they appear. Some eccentric staff sound the best form of entertainment in such a far away place.What will happen to Lucy when everyone finds out why she left her last job and will her fame mean she never gets to work again? Or will her passion for her job and the people she works with mean she is sought after as a hotel manager once again......I really enjoyed this book, a perfect escape and really cosy - perfect for dark dreary days - made everything much cosier
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  • Denise Hale
    January 1, 1970
    I ordered this book after finishing Julie's Parisian escape. I thought it would be a treat to read in the dark months after Christmas, however, it was delayed and finally arrived in March. I'm not sure why it was delayed as I still came across some jarring typos. I recently read an American author who stated that her early writing (for a male audience) was praised with the comment that 'you can't tell it's not a man writing'. However, her bestselling autobiography was described dismissively as ' I ordered this book after finishing Julie's Parisian escape. I thought it would be a treat to read in the dark months after Christmas, however, it was delayed and finally arrived in March. I'm not sure why it was delayed as I still came across some jarring typos. I recently read an American author who stated that her early writing (for a male audience) was praised with the comment that 'you can't tell it's not a man writing'. However, her bestselling autobiography was described dismissively as 'chick-lit'. She was bemused as to why books women enjoy should be treated as inconsequential. She was still the same writer presenting her views and experiences to her audience.This book is unashamedly aimed at women and is a highly enjoyable read and it is the best in the series so far. In the previous book, we met Alex, the GM of a Parisian hotel who allowed his friend Sebastian to stay in one of its room. Here his boss sends him to Iceland to check out a hotel he is thinking of buying. The hotel looks good but there has been a high turnaround of GMs. Alex isn't happy working undercover but opts to pose as a bartender.Lucy is sleeping on her friend's sofa after losing her job as a GM in a prestige Manchester hotel, along with her boyfriend and self-confidence. The position of GM of The Northern Lodge is her chance to prove that she can still do the job she used to love. As she experiences the natural wonders of Iceland she reconnects with herself and learns to trust others again.I enjoy Julie's writing and in this book her descriptions of the natural world sparkled like the droplets of water caught in the stumble of Alex's face. Indoors, once again we experience the concept of hygge as Lucy and Alex inevitably fall in love. This is romantic escapism to be savoured with hot chocolate and a delicious brownie.
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  • Corey
    January 1, 1970
    I chose this novel by its cover, shame on me I know. Luckily for me this book is even better than the adorable cover!This book follows Lucy after she takes a job, the only job left for her really, at a remote hotel in Iceland. Determined to turn this temporary position into a permanent one she tries to regain her confidence and trust in others after being burned badly with her last job. While most of her new employees are willing to help her turn the Northern Lights Lodge around there's at least I chose this novel by its cover, shame on me I know. Luckily for me this book is even better than the adorable cover!This book follows Lucy after she takes a job, the only job left for her really, at a remote hotel in Iceland. Determined to turn this temporary position into a permanent one she tries to regain her confidence and trust in others after being burned badly with her last job. While most of her new employees are willing to help her turn the Northern Lights Lodge around there's at least one person that's doing anything they can to mess things up and leave Lucy jobless yet again. I found this book utterly charming. It's gritty enough to not be boring and fluffy but sweet enough to be a perfect light read afters some heavy ones prior to it. The romance is believable and the cast of characters are a delight. There isn't a single one I wouldn't want to meet IRL (ok, maybe not Bob, he's a jerk). This is my first time reading a book by Julie Caplin and it won't be the last! As you can tell, I haven't read the previous novels in this series and I don't find that it suffered at all for it. I think that there may be a brief cameo from the characters in the book prior but that's all so if this is your first by her as well don't fear, you won't be remotely lost without having read the others! I highly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys modern romance novels with a smart and funny heroine and a genuine nice guy hero.Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Impulse for the eARC copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early copy copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.I have read the previous books in the romantic escapes series, this being book four. There were a few references to previous events, and one of the characters, Alex is one of the main characters in this book. It could easily be read as a standalone novel though.The setting of the book is gorgeous, as is the cover, it is very enticing. Set in Iceland, at the Northern Lights Lodge, I have always wanted to see I received an early copy copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.I have read the previous books in the romantic escapes series, this being book four. There were a few references to previous events, and one of the characters, Alex is one of the main characters in this book. It could easily be read as a standalone novel though.The setting of the book is gorgeous, as is the cover, it is very enticing. Set in Iceland, at the Northern Lights Lodge, I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights, and this book made me even more eager to see them one day.Lucy finds herself taking a temporary job in Iceland, after losing her previous job. With no references, she finds it impossible to do d work, and this is her only opportunity. She soon finds that working in the lodge is very challenging, as things keep going disastrously wrong. The characters in this book are wonderful. I wanted to carry on reading to find out why Lucy had been fired from her last job, and who was behind the mysterious events at the Lodge. There was a lot of humour in this book, it was light hearted and fun to read. It also had a cosy feel to it. This is my favourite book in the series so far.
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  • Jane Hunt
    January 1, 1970
    If your reading likes include romance, delicious food, stunning settings and believable characters, the Northern Lights Lodge is the perfect book for you. The fourth book in the #Romantic Escapes series, it tells the story of Lucy and Alex as they fall under the spell of the Northern Lights in Iceland.Lucy’s life is not what she imagined. She’s lost her prestigious job, her reputation and her lover. She doesn’t want to work at a remote hotel in Iceland but it’s her only option. Alex is tired of If your reading likes include romance, delicious food, stunning settings and believable characters, the Northern Lights Lodge is the perfect book for you. The fourth book in the #Romantic Escapes series, it tells the story of Lucy and Alex as they fall under the spell of the Northern Lights in Iceland.Lucy’s life is not what she imagined. She’s lost her prestigious job, her reputation and her lover. She doesn’t want to work at a remote hotel in Iceland but it’s her only option. Alex is tired of being Mr Nice Guy, he never gets the girl and even though he knows he made the right decision about Nina, it hurts.The plot is simple but effective and you learn lots about Iceland, its customs, food and people. The romance is a lovely mix of sweet and sensual, and even when you think everything is okay, Alex’s secret threatens their future happiness.Important current social issues are explored in this book, which shows the growth of Lucy’s emotional strength, as she realises her true worth.The ending is magical. It gives this couple the life they deserve, on their own terms, providing you can be kind and caring and win..I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Kate Mclaughlin
    January 1, 1970
    For me, this novel is my ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ huggulegt (Icelandic Hygge), it’a like hot chocolate on a snowy day, good for the soulI have been a fan of Julie Caplin since I read The Little Café in Copenhagen, each book she releases only increased my love of her work.I jumped into #TheNorthernLightsLodge with both feet, under the glow of my cotton ball lights I wrapped myself up in a fleece blanket, steaming mug of coffee, a chocolate or two within easy reach and didn’t move until I was at least a third of the For me, this novel is my ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ huggulegt (Icelandic Hygge), it’a like hot chocolate on a snowy day, good for the soulI have been a fan of Julie Caplin since I read The Little Café in Copenhagen, each book she releases only increased my love of her work.I jumped into #TheNorthernLightsLodge with both feet, under the glow of my cotton ball lights I wrapped myself up in a fleece blanket, steaming mug of coffee, a chocolate or two within easy reach and didn’t move until I was at least a third of the way through. For me, it’s the characters that get me every time. Yes, you have the dramas of Lucy and Alex but as you read you start to feel that you, yourself are part of the story, relaxing with the staff after hours and frustrated for them when it feels like someone is out to get them. My thanks to #Netgalley and #HarperImpulse for allowing me to read and review it in advance, I can’t say enough good things about it, just buy it and see for yourselves.The Nothern lights Lodge is an honest to goodness delightful read, it’s playful as well as romantic and like hot chocolate, good for the soul.
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  • Sally Coles
    January 1, 1970
    When Lucy's life is turned upside down by being sacked from her prestigious hotel management job, after being set up by her ex boyfriend, she wants to run away as fast and as far as she can and so ends up at the Northern Lights Lodge in Iceland. She is determined to turn the hotel around and make it successful again without any distractions........ but will Alex the gorgeous Scottish barman allow her to do that! A lovely warm cosy book that draws you in from the first pages, the characters are a When Lucy's life is turned upside down by being sacked from her prestigious hotel management job, after being set up by her ex boyfriend, she wants to run away as fast and as far as she can and so ends up at the Northern Lights Lodge in Iceland. She is determined to turn the hotel around and make it successful again without any distractions........ but will Alex the gorgeous Scottish barman allow her to do that! A lovely warm cosy book that draws you in from the first pages, the characters are all great and the setting is stunning.... it will certainly make you want to visit Iceland....... and there is plenty of fun and humour... perfect for curling up in front of a fire.
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  • Nicola Short
    January 1, 1970
    A fun, quirky read.....nice romantic book. This is my first Julie Caplin book and won’t be my last. Lots of interesting information about Iceland and the Northern Lights. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the description of the characters, described in a way I could actually visualize what they looked like and how they acted. There are lots of humorous aspects to this story which made it a fun, enjoyable, laugh out loud read.Many thanks to NetGallery, the publisher and author for the opportuni A fun, quirky read.....nice romantic book. This is my first Julie Caplin book and won’t be my last. Lots of interesting information about Iceland and the Northern Lights. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the description of the characters, described in a way I could actually visualize what they looked like and how they acted. There are lots of humorous aspects to this story which made it a fun, enjoyable, laugh out loud read.Many thanks to NetGallery, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review this arc of “The Northern Lights Lodge.”
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  • Carol Steel
    January 1, 1970
    Sadly. It should have been more starsThe story was well crafted, and it should have been a good read. But it seemed as if they neglected to use a proof reader. I was pulled back to reality by the far too numerous misspellings and punctuation errors. I find it extremely difficult to stay engaged in a story when I’m constantly aware of errors. From “One upon a time,” a few pages in, it seemed as if every fifth page had an error.So, 4 for Julie Caplan’s storytelling and 0 for presentation.
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  • Barbara Tobey
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. Feel as if I have been to Iceland without having to actually experience the cold. Would love to see the Northern Lights. I especially enjoyed the adventure on the glacier, as I have been on one and fallen. A charming love story. An interesting look behind the scenes of hotel management. My first book by Julie Caplin, but I certainly look forward to reading more. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
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  • Pernille Hughes
    January 1, 1970
    Ah man, this book! I’ve always had it in my head that I’ve wanted to see Iceland, but now I’ve read The Northern Lights Lodge it has gone way up my to-see list. Caplin brilliantly describes the scenery, the sites and the food, but also gives a fond portrayal of the people and the close community of the country. It’s a story about regaining self-belief and finding life-balance. Add in a great romance with a smart-but-slightly-broken woman and a hot Scot and what’s not to love?
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    This whole series is Fabulous. Every book has made me want to travel to the destination and also spend ages researching that they go cause I’m so jealous of the characters (is that just me or does anyone else do that too) I love the use of Icelandic words in the book and the meanings getting described and how fast Lucy comes up with solutions to the Huldufolk. Please tell me there’s more to this series Xx
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  • K is for Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    I have become a fan of Julie Caplin. I love going to new locations. In this book I find myself in Iceland. I have read and heard about the country before but being described through the eyes of a visitor as our main character Lucy, makes the location a bit more real. This is a continuation of previous book series, yet, a very stand alone book. A tiny mystery, a romance, friendship, fun and great read.
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  • Carol Beasley
    January 1, 1970
    This was brilliant. I really enjoy this authors writing and have enjoyed reading all her books. I like how there are things which link them all but if you haven't read the others it still stands alone as a good book. The characters are enjoyable and relatable, the setting brilliant and cosy and the plot clever and engaging. Highly recommended.I was sent this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    A good, entertaining, and enjoyable book that will make you wish you were in Iceland.I loved the fascinating setting as much as I liked the characters and the plot.The style of writing was good and the characters fleshed out.It was a very good reading experience and I look forward to reading other books by this author.Recommended!Many thanks to HarperImpulse and Netgalley for this ARC. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, all opinions are mine.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    Another fabulous installmentThis is the newest installment of the travelogue and romance combination. Lucy is a great heroine ,plucky and courageous in the face of personal and professional traumas. Alex is a dream hero. The writer create a wonderful cast of supporting characters and they also visit some of the best of Iceland. Lovely.
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