Gloucester County Council
Flora Mackie was twelve when she first crossed the Arctic Circle on her father's whaling ship. Now she is returning to the frozen seas as the head of her own exploration expedition. Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan, but his yearning for new horizons leads him to the Arctic as part of a rival expedition. When he and Flora meet, all thoughts of science and exploration give way before a sudden, all-consuming love. The affair survives the growing tensions between the two groups, but then, after one more glorious summer on the Greenland coast, Jakob joins his leader on an extended trip into the interior, with devastating results
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Penney works hard to fill her canvas with colour and conviction
Sunday Times||A terrific and beautifully written yarn that will make readers yearn to travel and fall in love in a cold climate
The Times||It is a tribute to Penney's superlative descriptive skills that the book's erotic charge is so startlingly effective, and that her icy landscapes cast such a lasting, almost hallucinatory spell. This combination is the true rocket fuel of Under a Pole Star, and what makes it resonate long after the Snow Queen has divulged her long-held secret
Guardian||Curl up with this stunningly evocative tale about an intrepid young female explorer. As immersive as it is mesmerising, this is a novel that you won't ever forget
Heat||This . . . powerful drama is played out against a landscape that dominates [Penney's] imagination
Daily Mail||A beautifully written tale, elegant and well-observed, full of powerful descriptions of a dazzling landscape
Sunday Express||This is an epic love story set against the forbidding beauty of snow meadows. A perfect winter read
Red Magazine||What has marked Penney out from the start is her ability to make her extensive historical research come alive