Fair Mountain Christmas by Heidi Eljarbo (novella review)

“How could a few days at Fair Mountain change a life?”

Fair Mountain Christmas, page 76

Lacking inspiration for the Christmas article she has been assigned, Juni takes her dog Leo to the family cabin and begins to immerse herself in memories. Still struggling, the invitation to visit Moose Lodge may provide just what she needs. And perhaps the deliverer of that invitation, handsome Henry Norheim, will provide some additional Christmas cheer.

Set in Norway in 1972, Fair Mountain Christmas is a story that may help the reader get into the holiday spirit, as Juni rediscovers the joy in a real family Christmas. The year and the differences in technology, with a lack of instant communication by cell phone and laptop, lends a nostalgic feel to what could have otherwise been mistaken for a contemporary story.

Heidi Eljarbo is fast becoming an author I look forward to reading, and this gem of a heartwarming novella is one I can imagine rereading each December.


This review refers to a purchased e-book. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book

Nostalgia and Christmas miracles burn bright in this uplifting and heartwarming story about new beginnings and falling in love under a blanket of stars.

Fair Mountain, December 1972.

A few days before Christmas, Juni’s editor gives her a writing assignment that throws her far outside her comfort zone. She and her terrier, Leo, retreat to her grandparents’ old cabin in the Norwegian mountains in hopes of inspiration. But the trip turns into a heart-wrenching and emotionally challenging encounter.

Memories of Juni’s childhood seep in as soon as she enters the cabin, and as for the writing assignment…what does she know about what children need for Christmas?

Juni’s focus changes when handsome Henry Norheim from Moose Lodge down the hill unexpectedly shows up outside her cottage door. His dedication to family, traditions, and Christmas celebration is contagious, but for Juni, coming out of her lonely shell is easier said than done.

As Juni’s deadline draws closer, and the snowflakes softly swirl down on Fair Mountain, she has to face up to her past, open her heart, and dare to take a step forward. Will the miracle of Christmas live up to its promise of hope, goodwill, and love this year?

Fair Mountain Christmas by Heidi Eljarbo (Heartwarming Christmas, #1) | October 2021 | ebook, 86 pages

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