Bridget Jones' Diary meets Chalet Girl is the easiest way to describe War and Piste, but that synopsis really doesn't do the story justice!
Blurb: 'When Poppy Connors
swaps a life of suits and cappuccinos for a job as a ski rep, she soon
finds that resort life on the side of an Austrian alp is more than she
bargained for. Adapting to her new diet of Jagermeister, adrenaline and
europop, Poppy throws herself into this strange new world - a world in
which 200 foot cliffs, midnight shootings and the intrigues of the
megalomaniac resort manager soon start to feel normal.'
The idyllic backdrop of the Austrian
Alps instantly draws you into the novel, and, despite the fact that it
does not shy away from the less glamorous side of chalet hosting, it
manages to make the lifestyle seem incredibly appealing. Alex Thomas
knows her stuff about skiing and it shows; her descriptions are a little
technical at times but it only serves to demonstrate her expertise and
make the story seem all the more authentic. The diary form works well
with the plot and the characters are all well defined; I defy anyone not
to be in love with Jon by the end, he's an absolute sweetheart! I raced
through this book in a matter of days and didn't want it to end. As
others have said, I would love to read a sequel telling us what happened
to the characters once the season ended!
5/5 stars: I absolutely adored this book, and genuinely had withdrawal symptoms from it for a few days after finishing.