Hygge and Kisses- Clara Christensen

Hygge is defined as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)”. Clara Christensen’s novel captures this perfectly and has the reader yearning for a slice of hygge for themselves.

Bo is at a crisis point in her life. Disillusioned with both her job and her relationship, when both go wrong, she decides to take the advice of her close friend Kirsten who thinks that a stay at her mother’s summer house in Aalborg in Denmark will be just the tonic she needs.

The descriptions of Aalborg transport the reader to Denmark and give a true sense of hygge, from the scenery to the food and how, eventually, it allows Bo to see what she really wants and needs.

A great, feel-good read!

You Had Me At Hello – Mhairi McFarlane

For a debut novel, and one that was snapped up for just 99p on my Kindle, this is a gem!

The chapters flit between the past and the present, weaving the story of the two main characters Rachel and Ben and drawing the reader into a compelling tale of love and the twists of fate in life.

Don’t be fooled though, this is no run-of-the-mill ‘chick-lit’. Poignant in places, exasperating in others, and with a constant humour throughout that never fails to make you smile, this was impossible to put down.