The first three books in the best-selling tumultuous love story between beautiful Finnish student and handsome British Navy Officer are now compiled into one beautiful boxed set.
A long-distance military romance set in 1980s Finland and Britain, The Englishman series is ‘unputdownable’ and a ‘must read’! Based on a true story, these books will make you laugh, cry and lose your sleep while you race to read to the end.
This box set contains The Finnish Girl, a prequel novella to the series, and the first two novels, The Englishman, and The Navy Wife.
Here are what readers have said about The Englishman series:
“The Finnish Girl is wonderfully intimate and honest, the characters feel real and you can almost smell the sea air of Helsinki.” – Pauliina Ståhlberg, Director of the Finnish Institute in London
“I had difficulty in stopping myself from devouring The Englishman in one go.” – Tania Hershman, award-winning author and poet, and editor of The Short Review
“The Englishman is a love story: the account of the long-distance romance between English Naval officer Peter and Finnish student Kaisa, as this star-crossed couple discovers that Shakespeare’s words are still true, even in the 1980s, and the course of true love never runs smooth. Together, they contend with a broken engagement, long separations, the Falklands War, inevitable cultural differences, and the small matter of a member of the British armed forces wanting to marry a citizen of a country bordering the Soviet Union.” – Kate Allison, founder of The Displaced Nation website
“I automatically give five stars to any book that has me staying up way past my bedtime to read it and abandoning anything else that I’m meant to be doing in order to get to the end, and The Englishman was one of those books.
“No plot spoilers here, but I will say that in The Navy Wife Helena Halme keeps us on tenterhooks right to the last minute, as Kaisa encounters numerous obstacles, including controversial friendships and temptations.” – Debbie Young, author and book blogger
“Helena Halme, a Finn who grew up in Sweden, now writes in English. Her fictionalised memoirs give an insight into displacement, long-distance love, dysfunctional families, cultural differences between neighbouring countries, and the emotional journey of readjustment. The light tones of romance and adventure are deceptive. Halme tackles awkward issues such as family problems, practical bureaucracy and the reality of prejudice. Dealing with identity, conscience, duty, relatives, friends, and the inescapable ties of love, whether benign or otherwise, her books have serious ballast. Yet the stories draw you in and only when you’ve finished a satisfying journey do you realise you’ve learned something.
” – JJ Marsh, journalists, teacher, actor, and author of the Beatrice Stubbs detective series
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