A moving novel of newfound love and old passions rekindled.
Three women, three love affairs at the crossroads:
One is betrayed, again.
One falls for the wrong guy.
One for the right one, but 40 years too late.
After taking over her late stepfather’s farm, Alicia finds shocking evidence of a crime. After she confides in her lover, the Swedish journalist Patrick, he realises what a scoop she’s given him. Will he sacrifice her happiness for his personal ambition?
Frida could not have found love with anyone more unsuitable than Andrei. He’s come to the islands to find out the truth about the demise of his younger brother Daniel. And he’s likely to find out the truth about what happened between Frida and Daniel.
As the summer on the islands heats up, Alicia’s ex-husband, Liam makes an appearance. Alicia's mother, Hilda, also finds romance, but can she trust a man she vowed never to see again some forty years earlier?
Set on the Åland Islands which lie between Finland and Sweden, An Island Summer has true intrigue, grown-up love stories, and stunning Scandinavian scenery.
An unmissable holiday read for 2021!
"""You'll be glad you read this!"" 5* Goodreads
""Wow! The story will pull you in from the first pages"" 5* Goodreads
""This book with 3 women finding men in the summer while on the island is a story you won't want to put down"" 5* Goodreads
""The way Halme writes also made me feel like I was right there on the island, seeing the beautiful scenery, smelling the salt air. Pick yourself up a copy and enjoy!"" 5* Amazon"
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An interesting story revolving around 3 women in the islands up in northern Sweden and Finland. Hard to put this one down, although at times I had to struggle to keep track of who was who. Minor overall though, and highly recommend this book and author. Russian mafia, human trafficking and romance. What's not to love?
Will definitely be looking our for more of this author's books. Set on the Åland Islands between Finland and Sweden. Andrei goes there to try and find out what really happened to his brother Daniel as he doesn't believe his death was an accident. It opens up a lot of questions people don't want answered.
I was drawn in in the first chapter. I haven’t read the other 3 books in this series but I don’t feel you need to (even though I will be). My only problem was some of the language that I don’t know, but I kind of skipped over and went on with the story. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It was a great couple of hours of escape
Loved this book! The characters and the story kept me reading until the end! I enjoyed the storyline and the characters throughout the book. Such a great read to get lost in. I highly recommend this book! Thank you for letting me review this book!
I absolutely love this series of stories from Aland by Helena Halme. This one although part of the series, seems to be a standalone and attempts to explain why things are happening and tract back to the original story to wrap up the series which basically focuses on the lives of three women, Single mom Frida, whose baby's daddy, Daniel has died; farmworker Alicia and her ongoing involvement in a love triangle with Liam and Patrick, and Romanian farmer Andrei, who wants to know how his younger brother Daniel, died. There is much drama, conflict, and suspense to have the reader invested from the very first word right through to the end.
An Island Summer was a delight to get to read! Thank you NetGalley, BooksGoSocial and Helena for.the chance to read this beautiful book!. I wished I could have read the first three books. Because its honestly a peeve of mine! I've got to read books in order if they are a set. But I.didn't get the chance to do that. And I feel like you don't have to read them in order. Or at least I feel like I didn't miss anything. But this was such an outstanding book! I was drawn in immediately and hooked. The Characters were just amazing, realistic and flawed! When I say I read this in one sitting I literally read it in one sitting! Halme's writing is spectacular, and this Lamont of the reasons I enjoyed the book so much! Now I've gotta get on the ball.and read the ones before this one. Thank you again for the amazing opportunity to read this amazing book!
This story will hook you from the get go. Such intriguing characters that make you want to know more.. The characters intertwined with each other and told one heck of a tale. you can read it as a stand alone, but reading the other books helps you to know all of what is going on. Worth the read!
An engaging book! I truly enjoyed the depth of the character development and the ease and believability of the dialogue.
I'm new to this author and series. While I understand that this book can be read as a standalone, it did take some time to understand who was whom and how they were related or knew each other. The story switches perspectives often so it took more focus to figure the relationships out. That didn't matter though as the book is very interesting and pulls you in. The drama of the mystery and romance, along with the trafficking/slavery, keeps the reader turning the page to discover what happens next. I look forward to reading more from this author! A big thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.
I requested this book without realizing it was part of a series. I was reading along and started to feel like there was a way bigger backstory that I wasn’t privy too. I went to Goodreads to look, thinking maybe this was book two in a series and I might be able to get myself on track with what happened before. But this is the fourth book in a series. I really am not someone who can just jump into a series. I feel like I’m missing something. I read the first six chapters, about 10 percent into this book and I’ve spent way too much time trying to figure out what happened before. It’s not fair for me to stick with this one. The fact that I can’t get into a series without starting at book one would keep me confused and unfairly affect my rating. That’s not fair to the author. This book does sound quite intriguing. I loved the setting and was already a fan of the characters. There’s drama about a mysterious death, potential love triangles, and a heartbroken girl starting to feel something again but possibly for the most surprising man.
This is the first book I have read by Helena Halme. There are a lot of plots and twists going on in this book. I loved all the romance and stories within the 3 sets of man characters. Andrei and single mom Frida, Hilda and Leo and the love triangle between Alicia and Patrick and Liam. The farm manager seems to always find low cost help for the potatoes farm. Now that Alicia's step father past away she is left to run the farm. The story is pretty much about human trafficking and labor trafficking that was going on , on the potato farm . How it started and how it was found out about. There are times while reading this story your heart melts, hurts and anger rises. This is book 4 in there series and while it is considered a stand alone, I would have loved to have read the other 3 books first so I would have had a better understanding of what was going on. There is 73 short chapters in this book which bounced back and forth between the stories characters that it was really confusing for me in the beginning and took me awhile to get into the story. To be honest I almost didn't finish reading An Island Summer as it was just a bit aggravating with all the short chapters. I would just be understanding what was going on and on to next chapter which would bounce back to a storyline from before. I did keep pushing myself to continue and I am glad I did , as I did enjoy this book once I could keep track of the characters. I do plan on reading the first 3 books of the series to help understand the story a bit better.
This book is the most perfect holiday read. I have read other books by this author and this one touches on a serious issue of human trafficking. It is a well plotted book and still has the beauty of the Aland Islands, despite the dark thread running through it. It is a gripping read and I found myself just lost in the drama. I read it in one sitting and have recommended this book to my book club. I do think you need to read the first books of the series just to get a feel for the characters and their lives. An intriguing delightful read.
This is my first experience reading something by Ms. Halme, so I was not sure what to expect. This is the fourth book in the series and although from my experience it can be read as a standalone, after reading this I would love to go back and read the previous books I've missed. This book had a good storyline and kept my interest all the way through. It's a story about three women from different generations and how they deal with and overcome the various challenges that life sends their way. They deal with change, loss, and love, and become stronger for having gone through it all. The intrigue, suspense and drama all kept me engaged and turing the pages till the end. The characters were realistic and endearing and I enjoyed getting to know them. A very enjoyable story, and I look forward to reading more by this author. I received a complimentary advanced reader's copy from Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.
this was such a fun little read! i liked to learn about these characters . and the town! omg. so cute! i'm super pumped to read more in the future for sure!!!!!
An island summer is the perfect summer read. Helena Halme is an excellent writer and I loved reading this book because it gave me all the beachy, summer feels. We are in the middle of a pandemic so this book provided the perfect escapism for those, who like me, can't go to the beach or on holidays. Something that i really loved about this book is the mix of romance and mystery. I think it was pretty balanced and I loved both elements because they created an unique story. Alicia's character is really complex and well written and the relationship with her ex husband, Liam and her family is really good. There are some heavy topics in this book but i think the author handled those really well and the execution was perfect. The plotlines were easy to follow and the mystery was solved in a satisfactory way. I can't recommend this book enough because it was a solid installment!