A MelanieM Review: Northern Lights by Asta Idonea

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Sleigh Ride Advent StoryA dream romantic vacation to Iceland to see the Northern Lights turns into a nightmare when James’s workaholic boyfriend, Richard, again insists on putting his work first. After a call from Richard’s office, an argument ends with the couple splitting up for good. Not only has Richard left James, he’s left him abandoned to explore the park alone, where James quickly gets lost. But just when things seem darkest, the Solstice works its magic, and James finds the guiding light he needs. Or it finds him.

Northern Lights by Asta Idonea was a lovely way for me to dive into this collection.  Asta Idonea brought so many delightful elements to this holiday short story.  A heartbroken man left by his long term partner in Iceland when an argument turns into a breakup that should have happened long before now.  Now James has to face an uncertain future on every front, no home, no stability, no partner and even the likelihood of not enough income to support himself.   All while he’s in a place he always wanted to see and photograph.

The author makes us feel James’s fear and while not exactly pain, the knowledge that he knew this was coming and the hurt that carries with it.  And as James tries to pick himself up and travel around to places in and around Reykjavik, we get to hike along with him, delighting in the discoveries he finds as he goes and the despair he feels when reality intrudes.  The author’s descriptions are wonderful and inviting and it gets even better as disaster strikes James and his path changes for the better.

Northern Lights is full of the old traditions and old gods, the beauty of the Northern Lights and a path to a new future that can open up when you least expect it.  At 29 pages, I would have loved more of the setting and couple, but what I got set the mood perfectly for the first day of December and the holiday season.  And yes it made me want to grab a plane to Reykjavik, not for the first time either. I recommend this story and I need to explore this author’s writing more as well.  Happy Reading!

Cover Artist:  Paul Richmond did the wonderful generic cover used for the majority of the stories, great job as always.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press |

Book Details:

ebook, 29 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
edition languageEnglish
series:Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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