Swedish Feelgood When You Need it the Most
Glasveranda med sjöutsikt (Glass Veranda by the Lake) by Hanna Blixt is a gripping, heartwarming, romantic, and humorous story about two lives that are surprisingly intertwined with each other, set in an atmosphere of cinnamon, cloves and mulled wine around Christmas time in the picturesque heartland of Sweden. Think Love Actually with a Scandinavian twist. This is the first book in a trilogy.
Nora flees head over heels from her apartment in Stockholm when it turns out that her controlling boyfriend Jonas has been unfaithful. To get some distance to everything, she takes the train to idyllic Leksand and her friend Vega who offers comfort. Nora rents a small log cabin with a glass veranda and lake view, and she promises herself never to fall for a man again, but then she meets Viktor – the charming neighbor who seems to be hiding a secret.
Meanwhile, the obsolete author Claes is trying to take advantage of an old man called Torsten, who has a failing memory but a fantastic ability to tell stories and captivate an audience, something Claes is lacking. Claes bribes the old man with coffee and cookies to get him start talking, and Torsten begins to reveal the story of his life.