Are you a member of a book club or do you run your local group?
Would you like to read one of my novels with your book club? Or delve deeper into the novels? If so, you might wish to take advantage of the book club reading notes for my books.
Below you can download reading notes with a set of discussion points, on The Navy Wife, book three in The Englishman series, as well as on my Nordic family drama, Coffee and Vodka.
In the next few weeks, I will be posting notes on the other novels in The Englishman series. If you’ve already read either of the books above, go and have a look at the notes and tell me what you think! You can get in touch by emailing me or contacting me on Twitter or Facebook.
She has betrayed him.
He is facing a Court Martial.
Can they love each other again?
Kaisa knows she’s to blame. It’s her fault the relationship with the handsome Englishman, Navy Officer Peter, has ended. What can she do but move back to her native Finland? But sleeping on her sister’s sofa bed thousands of miles away from her beloved Peter won’t bring him back, so when Kaisa is offered a job in London she jumps at the chance.
Peter is not sorry. He is angry. Angry at everything and everybody. He’s about to lose the one thing that means most to him: his Navy career. All because he was stupid enough to fall in love.
A chance meeting at a rooftop party in London sees the two ex-lovers steal a passionate kiss. But Peter has a new girlfriend and Kaisa’s career in journalism is finally taking off. Is it too late, or can Peter and Kaisa love each other again?
If you like Nordic fiction, or a page-turning military love story, then you’ll adore this gem of a novel by the Finnish author Helena Halme.
You can find more about the latest installment in The Englishman series here.
Would you like to know how Kaisa’s story began?
The Finnish Girl is a prequel novella to The Englishman series of books and has been described as ‘Lolita meets Nordic Noir’.
Pauliina Ståhlberg, Director of The Finnish Institute in London gave it a 5* review: ‘The Finnish Girl is wonderfully intimate and honest; the characters feel real and you can almost smell the sea air of Helsinki.’
She’s just fourteen. He’s 21 and a grown man. Is she too young to fall in love?
Kaisa is the new girl in town – again. When a messy divorce forces Kaisa’s mother to move to a small flat in an island suburb of Helsinki, Kaisa isn’t looking forward to another new school. But in Lauttasaari she meets Vappu Noren, and begins to spend all her days in Vappu’s large, chaotic house, filled with her three unruly siblings and their friends.
Kaisa doesn’t notice that she is being quietly observed by the friend of Vappu’s brother, a much older, serious boy, called Matti.
Matti loves Kaisa at first sight. She is just the kind of innocent girl he’s been looking for. Matti makes careful plans to seduce Kaisa on Midsummer’s Eve. But is Kaisa too young to fall in love
If you like an honest and intimate true love story, you will love this ‘Finnish Lolita’ by Helena Halme.