In Stockholm everything is bigger and better.’ When Pappa announces the family is to leave their small Finnish town for a new life in Sweden, 11-year-old Eeva is elated. But in Stockholm Mamma finds feminism, Eeva’s sister, Anja, pretends to be Swedish and Pappa struggles to adapt. And one night, Eeva’s world falls apart. Fast forward 30 years. Now teaching Swedish to foreigners, Eeva travels back to Finland when her beloved grandmother becomes ill. On the overnight ferry, a chance meeting with her married ex-lover, Yri, prompts family secrets to unravel and buried memories to come flooding back. It’s time for Eeva to find out what really happened all those years ago…
Nordic Noir meets Scandinavian family drama in this ‘rich story that stays with us.’
Coffee and Vodka is a remarkable read and once I started I couldn’t put it down. The book focuses on families, relationships and cultural changes. I look forward to reading some more of Helena’s books. 5 ***** on Amazon review
I loved reading this. After picking it up (or opening it on my Kindle I should say) it was hard to put it down; I even missed my stop on the bus to carry on reading. You’re drawn into Eeva’s world and you can relate with her as she tells the reader about the struggles of her turbluent home life and being a Finnish kid trying to fit in with her Swedish peers. The storyline doesn’t lull at any point and it is paced well. After finishing this I immediately had to download Helena Halme’s other book ‘The Red King of Helsinki’, which I now have VERY high hopes for. If you want a quality story that tugs on your heartstrings then choose this book. 5***** on Goodreads
A beautiful, gently captivating novel about family and forgiveness. 5 ***** Amazon
Helena Halme’s books make easy reading, but underlying are disturbing conflicts. The main ones in Coffee and Vodka are integration into a foreign country and family secrets. Eva Robards, Co-Scan Magazine
Coffee and Vodka is available in book shops and in various e-stores.