Tuesday 10 November 2015

Blog Tour: A Snow Garden by Rachel Joyce

Title: A Snow Garden
Author: Rachel Joyce
Published: 5th November 2015
Publisher: Doubleday
Hello bookworms. Today I am thrilled to be the last stop on the blog tour for Rachel Joyce's  A Snow Garden and other stories. Would you just look at that cover! It is beautiful. All the other stops are listed below and read on for my review.

I am a big fan of Rachel Joyce's stories, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry being my favourite, so I obviously could not wait to dive into A Snow Garden and other short Chrismassy stories. You only have to take one look at this absolutely stunning cover to want to pick this up and read it, 

A Snow Garden and other stories is a collection of seven short stories that start just before Christmas and lead up to the new year. Although these stories are all separate, they are all linked by something, which somehow made them feel extra special and almost like a full length novel. I adored how these stories entertwined with one another and how they are centred around Christmas and New Year.

What never fails to amaze me is how Rachel manages to convey emotions into words, it is rare that you will meet a bunch of characters and know exactly how what they are thinking and feeling. There is always a raw edge to Rachel's characters and even though we only meet some of them briefly, you will feel like you know them as friends and be able to relate to them in some way. Although these stories have a melancholy feel around the festive period, they still manage to leave you feeling uplifted as each story has a wonderful little message to take away. Rachel just has this ability to transport you into a story no matter how short and she leaves you with a cosy, warm feeling at the end.

I actually read one of the short stories, A Faraway Smell of Lemon last year, but was delighted to see it put in with this wonderful collection of short stories. It was a treat to be reintroduced to some old characters and one story that is linked to Harold Fry. 

Beautifully told, the only thing I have left to say is to go and pick this book up and read it for yourself. It will also make for a perfect festive gift.


A Snow Garden and Other Short Stories is out now!


  1. I'm really enjoying this book too and especially love The Boxing Day Ball. All the characters are memorable and I love the way all the stories gradually and gently unfold.

    1. It is a gorgeous collection of stories and yes exactly that, love the way they gently unfold, there is always a lovely gentleness in the way Rachel tells her stories.