Snow Day and The Detour || Mini Reviews

These are two audiobooks I found on the Audible Plus Catalogue.

There are both Christmas themed which is great because it gave me the opportunity to mark extra prompts off my 2023 reading challenge.

I listened one of Julie Lipson’s books last year, which was okay, but after this book, I’ll give another one of her books a go.

I’ve also had a bad experience with a book by K. Bromberg last year and it just didn’t gel with me, but this book had an interesting blurb and I wanted to be proven wrong that I could actually like a book by her if given another chance. It wasn’t great but it was definitely much better than the previous one I listened to.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

Snow Day by Julie Lipson

Challenge prompt: Christmas books

Originally published: 2020
Read: January 2023

Source: Audible
Format: Audiobook

Hours: 1h11m

Plot from GoodReads:

What makes for a wonderful life? On a crowded Christmas train from Milan to Paris, Amy, an American headed to meet her fiancé, and Martjin, a Finn headed anywhere but home, meet cute. But when their train gets delayed in an Italian Alps hill town due to a snow storm, they, along with a passel of fellow stranded passengers, find comfort and joy in a cozy inn, run by a wise Italian man who forces them to look at the holiday and each other in a whole new light.


I loved the mix of the book in audio form with all the extra sounds and effects added to the story.

The major snowstorm storm changes the fates of two strangers on a train heading for Paris and they get stranded in a cozy little village.

This light-hearted romance deals with many perspectives and the changes that these two strangers encounter and accept into their lives. The biggest message was that we need to remember that we need to sometimes be selfish and put our happiness before others, that self-discovery is crucial to our journey, and discovering new places and a possible love interest is an added bonus.

I loved that there were no cheesy moments in the book, no overdramatic scenes and the ending was just bittersweet, leaving your heart full of warm fuzzy feelings.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.51 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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For Love or Music – Julie Lipson

The Detour by K. Bromberg

Challenge prompt: Christmas books

Originally published: 2021
Read: January 2023

Source: Audible
Format: Audiobook

Hours: 1h28m

Plot from GoodReads:

Bestselling author, Harley Humbug, needs an escape.
From the current state of her own love life.
From her deadline she blew past weeks ago.
From Christmas that’s just around the corner and the bad luck it usually brings with it.

When a snowstorm causes a road closure, she chalks it up to one more thing to go wrong.
Little does she know the detour will take her to a town she never knew existed, and right into the path—and possible arms—of a man who might just be her real-life muse.


I was cautious about trying another book by this author because of my previous bag experience but I’m happy to say that this one surprised me.

It was hot! Okay, a few scenes were but they were worth the blush on my cheeks and the wicked smile I was sporting in public while I listened.

As the title suggests, sometimes life takes you on a wild journey you’re just not expecting. The whole town set-up was a little gag effective and made me realise that even hearing about an overly done Christmas village will make me want to roll my eyes. I’m just not a fan of the overly dramatic festive season.

The steam scenes, while they included explicit language, were still tasteful and a turn on (yep, I’m sharing here). I’m just saying, the girl has got taste… and drive!

All in all, it was a good story, but the ending wasn’t necessary. I would’ve liked a different one but it’s okay. Maybe that was just part of the detour of life.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.65 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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The Package – K. Bromberg

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