The Northern Lights Lodge (Romantic Escapes, #4)
Escape to a place unlike anywhere you’ve been before and the cosiest little lodge in Iceland for love, roaring 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 the middle of a snowy nowhere, in a land of hot springs and snowflake-dusted glaciers, and in the company of a gorgeous Scot, Alex.Determined to turn her life around, Lucy sets about restoring the lodge to its former glory as the number one romantic destination in Iceland – even if romance is the last thing she wants or needs. However, as Alex and Lucy grow closer under a blanket of stars and the dancing lights of the aurora, Lucy might just learn how to fall in love again…

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

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

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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  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • annemarie_bookaholic
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a excellent book...my first by Julie Caplin and not my last...Absolutely fell in love with the story...What could have possibly happened to Lucy that she was sacked from her previous employer...but she has to find a job because she is tired of sleeping on sofas...she accepts a managers job at the Northern Lights Lodge in Iceland...it's not quite what she wanted but Lucy tries to make the best of the situation...She finds herself in the middle of nowhere. It's cold and dreary and the fr Wow! What a excellent book...my first by Julie Caplin and not my last...Absolutely fell in love with the story...What could have possibly happened to Lucy that she was sacked from her previous employer...but she has to find a job because she is tired of sleeping on sofas...she accepts a managers job at the Northern Lights Lodge in Iceland...it's not quite what she wanted but Lucy tries to make the best of the situation...She finds herself in the middle of nowhere. It's cold and dreary and the front door is locked when she gets to the lodge...why would the front door be locked? As she looks around in the dark...she has an accident and 2 people come to her rescue...one is a woman and the other is a gorgeous man..Determined to make a go of this and prove herself as a manager...she starts making changes to the lodge...but something keeps getting in her way...Will Lucy turn the lodge around or will she fail?You have to read the book to find out what happensHighly RecommendThank you to NetGalley and HarperImpulse for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Megan Walters
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series. Such a fun read that takes you to a different country in every book.
  • Susan Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed the 4th in this series. Off to Iceland this time. Nice easy read that makes me want to visit Iceland. Looking forward to number 5 already.
  • Book-bean
    January 1, 1970
    absolutely loved the new offering in this series.had quite a few laugh out loud moments. predictable but such a wonderful light and enjoyable read.
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