I love a Rosie Blake book and have previously reviewed How to Stuff Up Christmas here, How to Find Your (First) Husband here and How to Get a (Love) Life here so that when I heard her latest The Hygge Holiday was available to request on Netgalley I broke my own rule of never going on there and requested it! Luckily I was approved.
The Hygge Holiday is published today, 21st September 2017, by Sphere, an imprint of Little Brown Books and is available for purchase here.
The Hygge Holiday
The perfect recipe for hygge this autumn: make a hot chocolate, draw the curtains, snuggle under a blanket and read your way to happiness!
It’s autumn in Yulethorpe and everyone is gloomy. It’s cold, drizzly and the skies are permagrey. The last shop on the high street – an adorable little toy shop – has just shut its doors. Everything is going wrong for Yulethorpe this autumn. Until Clara Kristensen arrives.
Clara is on holiday but she can see the potential in the pretty town, so she rolls up her sleeves and sets to work. Things are looking up until Joe comes to Yulethorpe to find out exactly what is going on with his mother’s shop. Joe is Very Busy and Important in the City and very sure that Clara is up to no good. Surely no one would work this hard just for the fun of it?
Can a man who answers emails at 3 a. m. learn to appreciate the slower, happier, hygge things in life – naps, candles, good friends and maybe even falling in love?
My Review of The Hygge Holiday
Clara is on the move again, and when she witnesses a slanging match in Yulethorpe pub it will be the turning point of her life.
As The Hygge Holiday features small children from the very beginning I ought not to like it as everyone who knows me also knows I don’t ‘do’ children and they would be right. I didn’t like it. I loved it!
Reading The Hygge Holiday was akin to meeting up with an old friend or slipping into one of Clara’s scented candle lit baths. The Hygge Holiday felt familiar and new at the same time. I even think I may have an idea which book about 1950’s Devon Clara was reading even though the title isn’t given*.
The Hygge Holiday had all the warmth, humour and easy reading style I expect from Rosie Blake accompanied by real emotion too.
The characters are brilliant, from the parrot Lady CaCa who provides so many laughs through the taciturn, overworked and ambitious Joe to the wonderful Clara herself so that when I’d finished reading I didn’t want the book to end. I’d love to meet all the characters again to find out more about them and their lives beyond the story because they felt so real.
But for me, it was the themes that underpin Rosie Blake’s smooth and entertaining writing that make The Hygge Holiday such a satisfying read. We live in a world where, for so many Joes, money rules, we work too hard and a we don’t spend enough time watching a sunrise or sunset or doing small acts of kindness for others. I thought the little things Clara does would be so easy to emulate and would make the world a much better place. The search for ourselves that both Clara and Louisa display is something many readers will relate to and I found it very emotional to read about.
The quality of Rosie Blake’s writing, the wonderful characters and settings and the warmth and relevance of her themes make The Hygge Holiday a wonderful book this autumn. I thought it was wonderful.
I loved The Hygge Holiday as the perfect antidote to a frenetic, greedy world. I’m off to rearrange cushions, lamps and throws for a total house hygge makeover!
*Oh and if you would like to see which book I think it is that Clara is reading, look here!
About Rosie Blake
Rosie is an author of comic commercial fiction. She spent her university years writing pantomimes based on old classics (highlight: ‘Harry Potter: The Musical’) and went on to write short stories and features for a range of publications including Cosmopolitan,The Lady, Sunday People, Best and Reveal magazines. She worked in television as a presenter on both live and pre-recorded shows in Bristol and London.
Rosie likes baked items, taking long walks by the river and speaking about herself in the third person. Her greatest ambition in life is to become Julia Roberts’s best friend.