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I am happy to be a part of Rachel’s Random Resources’ 1 Day blog blitz for A Scandinavian Summer by Helga Jensen.
Title: A Scandinavian Summer
Author: Helga Jensen
Published on: 30 June 2022
Genre: Women’s Fiction | Romantic Comedy
Martha’s husband Anthony walks out of the house in anger when she tells him about their daughter’s school trip. His only complain was, they have no extra money to spare. Martha knows he will return in a while… A few hours later, the police are at the door with a shocking news.
Two years later, Martha is still coping the loss of her husband. Her daughter Rosie has now moved out of the house and stays with her friend in a share flat. Martha works at the local library and one morning, she and colleagues receive some news – due to budget cuts, one of them has to leave or randomly a person would be chosen and fired.
Martha is smitten by an actor from a Scandi-noir drama and on a whim, she books a trip to Denmark. Her trip to the tiny island of Fano becomes something special when she meets a handsome man named Lars. Is Martha ready to move on and give love a second chance? Only time will tell…
Absolutely beautiful, charming, heart-warming story with a dash of romance and humor! I enjoyed reading every bit of this story. I have to say, I couldn’t stop laughing at Martha’s antics – they were laugh-till-your-tummy-hurts type.
A Scandinavian Summer is the perfect escapist read. Get ready to book your tickets and hop on to the flight to Denmark – virtually, of course. Helga Jensen takes you to the beautiful Scandinavian island of Fano where Martha spends a month. A deer in the backyard, rabbit on the front lawn, a murderer in the cupboard… wait, what? Every morning Martha hears a tap, tap, tap in her cupboard. She later learns that there is no murderer or ghost hiding in the cupboard.
When Martha first meets Lars, she convinces herself he’s too good looking for her. Almost all the women on the island make goo-goo eyes at him so Martha doesn’t stand a chance. Uh-huh. But Martha was in Denmark for Kristian – the handsome Scandi-noir actor. She almost meets him at the supermarket – well, there was a man at the frozen meat section who looked just like him (from the back) Oopsie!
We also see the other side of Martha – her self-esteem has taken a hit since Anthony’s death. She’s afraid to get out of her comfort zone and when she tries something new, she admonishes herself by saying ‘What would Anthony say?” As Martha’s stay at Fano comes to an end, her friendship with Lars has turned out to be something special… but Martha’s original plan to visit Denmark was to see the shooting of The Killing of Sheep and probably meet Kristian. She never thought she would meet someone special…
I loved the mother-daughter dynamics. Martha and Rosie are close and whenever Rosie is stuck, she calls her mam for help. We all know no mother-daughter relationship is all sweet and no spice 😉 so yes, do expect a bit of “I don’t want to talk to you right now, mum” scenes. 😉
There’s a shocking revelation in the second half of the book. This totally changed Martha’s take on life – empty nest, marriage, love and everything else. I did not see this twist coming but I was happy to see Martha not only handle it well but also make a firm decision on what she wants in life.
If you are looking for an escapist, heart-warming, delightful and completely charming romantic comedy, I highly recommend you to give A Scandinavian Summer by Helga Jensen a try.
Many thanks to Rachel for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.