A Massive Thank You to the Author, the Publisher and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review this book prior to its release date.
I have just discovered this author and this was my second of her books and certainly didn’t disappoint. I love how she writes about relatable characters and issues in her stories and about women reaching crossroads and turning points in their lives due to lots of reasons.
This was so much more than just a romantic read and was a journey of self discovery for Martha and of her finding her self again after everything life had thrown at her. I loved the descriptive writing and the imagery and found myself wanting to be curled up in the cottage in Scandinavia reading a book or riding through the streets on a bicycle just like Martha did.
This was a beautiful escapism read
Yes - read it. Great summer read - especially if you need to get further away than your chaise lounge. I liked the setting but it wasn't Scandinavian enough for me. Characters that I liked and wondered how the story would play out for all of them.
I received an ARC from NetGalley to help prepare my honest review.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book. I have chosen to write this honest review voluntarily and it reflects my personal opinion.
Martha is a great character, she's been through a terrible event and it's lovely to read how she overcomes her panic attacks and enjoys her holiday. Her colleagues and people she meets in the library are interesting and likeable, Her daughter comes across as a typical teenager, changing her mind every five minutes. Poor Martha's trials continue through the book and I really enjoyed this lovely, uplifting read set in a place where the scenery and way of life sounds wonderful. This is a brilliant summer read.
Thanks to Hera books for giving me the oportunity to read and review this book!
Martha is in her late forties and is struggling to overcome the grief and loss she feels after the sudden death of her husband two years previously.
Her daughter Rosie has recently left home (who seems like a challenging child!), Realising her life needs to change, she pushes herself out of her comfort-zone and heads to Denmark for a holiday and experiences some new adventures!
A relaxing, warm and funny summer read which took me away to another place!
A warm, funny, wonderful book! Martha is a fantastic character, I loved following her journey and watching her character develop. I'm a big Scandi-noir fan too so I was right there with Martha, it's made me want to visit Denmark even more! Mrs Morris was a joy, we need a story about her!
A fabulous, summer read, I can't recommend it enough!
The book was very well written and flowed well. The plot was great. Everything I thought it would be from the description. Lovely idyllic location. Lots of twists and turns to keep you entertained
This one looked like a cute summer romance and I wanted to read a summery book in the summer. The main character is a widow who kept living in the past, with a bratty adult daughter who always complained about the choices her mother made, so they were both on my nerves for most of the story. I liked the male love interest character. I did skim over some areas as I thought the story was moving too slow. The ending was good, so I gave this one three stars.
This is a fun, quirky little book! Introverted, widowed librarian, Martha, is paralysed by grief and prone to panic attacks. Two years after her husband's death, she is still struggling to make sense of it all and is stuck a spin cycle of regret and self-denial. A trip to a small Danish island may just be the place to a second act in life, which may or may not include a hunky Dane, a cozy cottage, and a community of friends. And it all starts with an omelette!
I liked reading about Denmark and meeting Martha and seeing her cope with life issues. A good read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for letting me review this book.
A lovely book heightened by having a Danish friend. So much that she has told me was described in the book - a trip to Denmark definitely on my bucket list.
A nice story that tackled issues of bereavement, guilt, children leaving home and indecision.
I enjoyed it from start to finish
The story of Martha and Lars, who she meets when she is on a trip to Scandinavia, inspired by the dramas she loves so much. A great read, and a great setting - makes me want to book my own holiday!
Martha is in her late forties and is still grieving the sudden death of her husband two years previously. Her daughter Rosie has recently left home, things are changing at work, and Martha finds herself kissing her favourite scandi-noir actor on the tv screen! Realizing her life needs to change, she heads to Denmark for a holiday. It was nice to see the main character is in her forties.
What a wonderful book this is. Helga writes from the heart and it is set in a Welsh village as well as Denmark.
A charming, funny story of a mid-life empty-nester, learning to regain her life and follow her heart, which Jensen creates with flourish and aplomb. Throw in a beautiful island and a Scandi love-interest and you’ve got a properly heart-warming summer read. Ideal sunshine reading.
Thank you to Helga Jensen, Hers Books and NetGalley for a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review!!!
I actually really enjoyed this story. Witnessing all of the change Martha experiences is both sad and inspiring. She is a character who is very set in her ways and being of middle age she doesn’t really feel she can make changes and do some of the things she always wanted to do. I love her quirky and embarrassing side and feel we have all done things that would be laughed at and questioned (she just got caught haha.)
I LOVE the setting of Denmark and the descriptions of the places Martha travels to drew me right in and gave me an urge to travel there myself!
The author brought real heart to this story and treated the characters emotions and turmoils with respect and gave a very clear picture of what was going on with them.
While it was not the light and fluffy read I thought I was getting into, nor was it dark and super emotional. I think it is a thoughtful story that will make the reader sit back and assess their own life, especially in light of all we have been through over the last couple of years.
If this sounds interesting to you I encourage you to pick it up and see what you think for yourself!!!
What could be better than spending the summer in Scandinavia, beautiful story and a wonderful read, well worth 5 stars and I recommend this great summer read.
Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for this ARC
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy.
Martha, has lost her husband, and now her daughter is about to leave for Africa, to work with orangutans.
Watching television, she sees a contest, to win a prize, going to Denmark, her favourite show is filmed in that country. Martha would like to travel.
She is still plagued by her husbands memory and is finding it difficult to try new things, as well as a new relationship.
She travels to the island of Fano, which totally changes her life, she also starts a blog, in doing so, she’s able to overcome her inner conflicts.
Oh my goodness - how much do I miss Martha already?!
She's one of those adorable main characters you just want to bundle up and keep as your very best friend.
You'll be laughing out loud at some of her early mishaps (honestly - soooo funny!), rooting for her through the journey and cheering when she gets some of the happiness she deserves. (At last!)
Be prepared to feel outraged about how poor Martha has been treated, shocked by a twist or two, and to fall in love with strong, dependable Lars and his family.
This tale is quirky, delightful and will whisk you away to a beautiful island in Denmark. The only problem is you'll never want to leave!
What an enjoyable read.
Martha is approaching 50 and recently widowed. She works in a library and her main pleasure is reading and watching Scandi crime fiction. I could relate to Martha!
Martha enters a competition to win a trip to Copenhagen, then on an impulse decides to book a flight anyway. We then follow nervous Martha on her travels.
Martha's a quirky character, a little irritating at times, which is why I gave 4* and not 5.
In many ways a light and easy read, the author also tackles subjects such as bereavement, empty nest syndrome and turning 50.
I read this in a couple of days which is always a good sign!