Natalie Normann comes to the blog with her English-Language debut story with
I have to be honest: most of the Scandi fiction that I’ve read tends toward the darker and angsty, with detectives, murder, oppressive endless greyness and a general celebration of stoicism. So it was a HUGE surprise in tone and tenor, not to mention the sweetness of the here: with family, place and heart running in equal measure to the finish line.
Ninni is a translator of legal documents, living in Bergen with her dog Frikk, and just ending her relationship of two years with an unreliable pilot partner. Nearly being run off the road on her bike by an Englishman who doesn’t understand the road system, she’s furious, a bit banged up, and more than ready to head to the family’s summer place on an island just a ferry-ride away from town.
Community, friendship, trust and history: both personal and of the island, all play into this story as Jack learns of his heretofore undiscovered ‘place’ in the world, as Ninni learns just what is most important to her and her sense of the world. Giving a wholly different sense of the area and the people, Normann’s storytelling allows us an entrée into a small island, some customs and the beautiful scenery as a backdrop to the story that dances along the waves of emotion and discovery for the characters.
Title: Summer Island
Author: Natalie Normann
Genre: Contemporary Fiction - Adult, Family Saga, Friendship, Romantic Elements, Setting: Norway, Setting: Scotland, Small Town, Woman's Fiction
Published by: One More Chapter
Published on: 24 June, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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He never meant to stay.
He certainly never meant to fall in love…
Summer Island off the coast of Norway was the place London chef Jack Greene should have been from. He’s an outsider in the community that should have been his family, and now he’s setting foot on the strange land he has inherited for the first time.
The welcome is a mix of distrust and strange gifts of food, especially from enigmatic Ninni Toft, his nearest neighbour, who has arrived for the season to get over a broken heart. Her wild spirit and irrepressible enthusiasm for the quirky locals are a heady brew for city-boy Jack, who is discovering the simple pleasures of island life – and what it means to belong. To a place. To a people. To one person in particular…
Home is where the heart is, but is Jack’s heart with the career he left behind in London, or on the wind-swept shores of Summer Island, with Ninni?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.