Monday, 18 June 2018

Book Review - Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christensen - Bookish World Cup - Denmark

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Title:  Hygge and Kisses
Author: Clara Christensen
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Goodie Bag
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 21st September 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she's just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirsten persuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten's mother's house in Aalborg, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.

'What's the weather going to be like?' she asks Kirsten hopefully, scrolling her cursor over the budget airlines webpage. 'Terrible,' Kirsten replies, 'London is positively Mediterranean by comparison, and of course it's November so it'll be dark seventeen hours a day. But no one goes to Denmark to get a tan. You need a change of scene and to blow away the cobwebs, and trust me, Skagen will do that. Besides, the summerhouse is cosy whatever the weather, and you never know who else will be around.'

I've read a few fiction books in the last couple of years that feature Hygge and what I am coming to appreciate is just what a fabulous concept it is, and the section of this book set in Denmark really brought home that feeling to me. 

Bo reckons she is heading for a quarter life crisis, she is working in a job she no longer enjoys and has a secret relationship with Ben. When she loses the job her flatmate and friend Kirsten convinces Bo, to go to Denmark and stay in her mothers summerhouse in Aalborg, Denmark. 

Bo had never been to Denmark before, nor travelled alone,  and is apprehensive at sharing the summerhouse  with complete strangers, but what I loved is how her life changed for the better since she landed in Denmark. 

I loved the descriptions of AAlborg and the summerhouse and found the book really picked up interest in part 2.  The Danish food sounding delicious and the new friendships being formed were good to see too.  

I found this to be a surprisingly easy book to read, in fact after an hour or so in the garden, I was well over half way through.  The pages appeared to turn and although it was moderately paced I found the book fit in well with the concept of Hygge, it was compact and cosy, and there were plenty of small pleasures to be gained from the reading of the story. 

1 comment:

  1. Will have to read this book. TgaTha for sharing Rachel.


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