A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas
Is there life after the circus has left town?
Circus performer Justine Belmont works with big cats, but when the circus is disbanded and the old lion is sold to a private menagerie at a stately home in Norfolk, she is asked to spend a few weeks settling him into his new environment. When she arrives at the estate, however, she receives a mixed welcome.
The groundsman Tom Yates resents her presence as he doesn’t feel he needs her help with the lion. He revises his opinion when he sees the bond between her and the big cat, and she and Tom grow closer, although Justine remains torn about her feelings for him. The lady of the house, Priscilla – who is married to the reclusive owner, Lord Brooks’s, grandson – is not so easily convinced. She perceives Justine as a threat for the male attention and her plans for the manor. And her two young daughters are a little too curious about the lion for their own good.
When unsettling events occur, Justine begins to wonder if there is more to Priscilla’s animosity than meets the eye. Can Justine keep herself and everyone else safe until it’s time for her to leave again and start a new life elsewhere?
Katie’s 4 Star Review
A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas
By Henriette Gyland
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog
I love a Christmas story and I love a good mystery story so when I read the blurb for this book and realised it was two in one I was really excited to get started – and I loved every minute of it! It’s definitely one of those ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ types of books’ because I probably would have passed it by but I am really glad I gave it a chance. There was danger, romance, and mystery at the turn of every page. I found the authors writing style to be really engaging and exciting. I haven’t read anything by this author previously and as this is the second book in this series I will definitely be checking out book 1 as well.
Whilst I am not a fan of the circus at all, the thought of animals being made to perform is just awful in my mind, I did really feel for Justine, it’s all she has ever known and she obviously really cared for the animals, especially Rexus.
I really liked Tom, he had this brooding quality about him and I loved reading about and watching the relationship between him and Justine unfold.
Definitely a good read that I highly recommend.
Author Bio –
Henriette Gyland grew up in Northern Denmark but moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt, fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express.
Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a consultancy company, in banking, hospital administration, and for a county court before setting herself up as a freelance translator and linguist. Henriette recently began to pursue her writing in earnest winning the New Talent Award in 2011 from the Festival of Romance and a Commended from the Yeovil Literary Prize.
Henriette lives in London.
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