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The Englishman: Can Love Go The Distance? [Kindle Edition]

Helena Halme
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Book Description

A stylish 1980s Nordic love story – based on true events.

When a young Finnish student Kaisa is invited to the British Embassy cocktail party in Helsinki to celebrate a Royal Navy visit to Finland, she’s not looking for romance. After all, her future has been carefully planned: she’s to complete her degree, marry her respectable, well-to-do Finnish fiancé Matti, and live happily ever after.

Enter the dashing Peter, a newly qualified naval officer. Like a moth to a flame, Kaisa falls head over heels in love with the handsome Englishman. The young lovers steal passionate kisses in the chilly Esplanade Park and promise to meet again.

Kaisa and Peter embark on a long-distance relationship, but at the height of the Cold War, while the Englishman chases Russian submarines, Kaisa is stuck in Finland, a country friendly with the Soviet Union.

Kaisa lives for the Englishman’s passionate letters and infrequent long-distance phone calls, but her jealous ex-fiancé doesn’t want to let go, and her old-fashioned father hates foreigners. Can Kaisa trust the gregarious Englishman? Wouldn’t she be better off going back to her faithful fiancé?

While Kaisa struggles to keep up faith in the relationship, a war breaks out in the faraway Falkland Islands…

Can the love between Kaisa and the Englishman last and go the distance?

This ‘Will they, won’t they?’ -tale of long-distance love is based on true events and attracted thousands of readers when first published as a series of blog posts on Helena’s London Life.

The Englishman will be one of the best true stories you’ll read this year!

‘The Englishman is quite the page-turner, I had difficulty stopping myself from devouring it in one go. All the small details about Finland and Sweden give the book such colour, and I love seeing England through Kaisa's eyes! Highly recommended!’ – Tania Hershman, author of My Mother Was an Upright Piano.

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About the Author

Helena Halme grew up in Tampere, central Finland, and moved to Britain at the age of 22 via Stockholm and Helsinki. She spent her first years in Britain working as journalist and translator for the BBC. In 2004 Helena took a MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University having at last realised that she needs to take writing seriously. Helena has written three full length novels, The Englishman, Coffee and Vodka, and The Red King of Helsinki. Helena lives in North London and can often be seen out and about in town, walking her Border Terrier.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2669 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Newhurst Press (17 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Helena Halme grew up in Tampere, central Finland, and moved to the UK at the age of 22 via Stockholm and Helsinki. She spent the first ten years in Britain working as journalist and translator for the BBC, where she was first to report on the Chernobyl disaster and on Swedish Premier Palme's murder.

Helena now lives in North London and runs the Finnish-British charity, Finn-Guild. She loves Nordic Noir and thinks in another life she might have been a blonde Birgitte Nyborg from Borgen.

Helena has published three novels, The Englishman, Coffee and Vodka, and The Red King of Helsinki.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Safe harbour in the end 3 Nov. 2012
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As Shakespeare expressed it in the first scene of A Midsummer's Night Dream, 'the course of true love never did run smooth.' It certainly didn't for Kaisa, the young Finnish heroine of the story. From the moment she meets and falls for the Englishman of the novel's title, at a British Embassy reception in Helsinki at the very start of the tale, we suspect two things. One is that by the final page, location 4271 on the Kindle, she will have got him to the altar. The second is that Peter, the handsome naval officer whose hand during their first dance slips without hesitation from her waist to her butt, does not think in terms of marriage. The reader guesses that, in Peter's eyes, Kaisa is simply an easy lay in a Finnish port. The pages between start and finish are filled with misunderstandings, protestations of love, trysts, absences and reunions over the space of four years. An emotive strand running throughout is Kaisa's relationship with her divorced parents, particularly with her wildly unstable father. We can understand how this unsteady background intensifies the uncertainty of her relationship with Peter. She's at sea metaphorically, as much as he is literally. Does she truly love him? Does he truly love her?

'The Englishman' by Helena Halme is a love story, simply told. The style of writing appears to be without artifice. It is easy to believe that Kaisa's story closely reflects the author's own experience of long-distance love and cross-cultural courtship, despite the usual caveat added at the end asserting that the all the characters are fictitious. If it really is fiction, then the writer has been skilful in creating a story which reads as though it's written by the alter ego of the naïve heroine herself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance at its best 6 Aug. 2012
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If you love romance, this is the book for you. From page one you will be gripped, sharing all the emotions and anguish that this young woman is experiencing, also giving an insight into the different culture of a Nordic country. I particularly loved this book as I could totally identify with the characters involved and knowing that it is a true story, anything could happen.
I would highly recommend it, Helena Halme is a very talented writer who bares her soul, allowing you more than just a glimpse into one of the most romantic stories that I know.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: The Englishman - Helena Halme 12 Feb. 2014
The reader could not help being swept along by this wonderful story. Based on a true story, fact has been woven into fiction to make a delightful tale. I loved the description of Finland and the life Kaisa led there and her on/off relationship with her difficult father. We also got a sneek peek at Sweden when Kaisa visited her mother and sister.

This is a tale of true love and it is believable because it can and does happen like that, and there is not a lot one can do except go with it unless you want a life of regret and what if's. We got to see Britain from a Scandinavian's (or any visitor to our country) point of view. Green countryside, lots of tea, sandwiches and I loved that Kaisa liked our thick slices of ham comparing it with the thin slices Scandinavia is famously known to offer at breakfast.

Yes, it is a tale of romance but it is not all plain sailing (pardon the pun), as Kaisa and Peter struggle with a long distance relationship, trust and ultimately faith in knowing that both share the same feelings for each other. This is not your usual standard chick lit, this is so much more. A great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging love story 21 Jan. 2014
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Set in the early 1980's, this is the story, simply told, of a love affair conducted without the advantage of internet, email or mobile phones - all the things that we now take for granted and reminds us of the difficulties of conducting a long distance romance when all you have to rely on are letters and the occasional phone call.

Our young heroine, Kaisa, a Finnish student is superbly brought to life with great detail, and the cultural differences between the Baltic country of Finland and Britain are interesting to note. I visited Finland during a Baltic cruise a couple of years ago and until then I hadn't realised how close in proximity the Nordic countries were to Russia. The joy and anguish that Kais suffers as she waits for a letter or a phone call from Peter, her Englishman, together with her fears and confusion are vividly portrayed and the tense situation she faces with her fiancé Matti ,who doesn't want to let her go, and that of his overbearing mother are all too believable. We are privy to every detail of Kaisa's daily life during her love affair with Peter and the problems that her difficult relationship with her father brings.

This was a very engaging and charming romantic story and you could well believe that it is based on true events. It felt extremely personal to read - almost as if I were reading Kaisa's diary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read 16 Nov. 2013
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Having visited the Baltic this year for the first time, this was a perfect read for me. As well as being fascinated and intrigued by the central love story, I loved the detail about Finnish daily life, and it had never really struck me how - as recently as the 80s - Finland was seen as inextricably linked with the Soviet Union. The author is excellent at the detail of daily life, and we see everything vividly through the simple retelling by the naive heroine, filled with the minutiae of food and clothing, but imbued with all the emotion of a young girl in the middle of a love affair that she must fight to sustain. Although the author maintains that the characters and story are fictitious, it has the style of a personal memoir and seems firmly grounded in some of her own experiences. The novel started life as a series of blog posts called How I Came to Be In England, but the author has unquestionably produced a piece of fiction that wholly engages as a novel. Quite fascinating, and I look forward to reading more by Helena - in fact, Coffee and Vodka is already waiting on my Kindle.
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