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Because of You Paperback – 15 Aug 2016

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Fridhem Publishing (15 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0995490708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0995490703
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 5.1 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Because of You is about love, coming of age, friendship, bereavement, stillbirth and rape. Its themes include redemption, acceptance, fidelity and family. Because of You is a story that every woman can relate to. Scandinavian noir has firmly established itself as a bestselling genre in the UK. Because of You takes the elements that make this style of writing so compelling - the realism and dark, morally complex mood - and combines it with women's fiction.This is a dark, morally complex and cross-generational story of enduring love, fate and destiny and will appeal to readers who appreciate an emotive, uncompromising and fulfilling read driven by character and circumstance. --https://www.lovereading.co.uk/book/16488/Because-of-You-by-Helene-Fermont.html

About the Author

Born into a bilingual family (Swedish/English), Hélene Fermont enjoyed an idyllic childhood on the outskirts of Malmö, Sweden's third largest city and a major cultural hub. Growing up in the early 1970s, she enjoyed a brief musical career on Swedish TV and radio before pursuing a rewarding career as a therapist specialising in children with learning difficulties. Hélene has lived in London for over 20 years but still regularly returns to her native Sweden, where the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity help aid the creative process. Through Hélene s work and travels what has struck her most is that, irrelevant of culture and religion, most people s lives are defined by past experiences and self-worth. This curiosity into what drives people is reflected in her writing, which has a distinct focus on characterisation and realism, reminiscent in some ways of the popular 'Scandinavian Noir' genre. Her unique style of storytelling is best described as contemporary women's fiction with a psychological twist. Hélene s sensational debut novel, Because of You, features a Scandinavian-British narrative, in-depth psychological characterisations and a morally-complex plot spanning three turbulent decades in the life of its protagonists. Aiming to eventually turn her writing into a full-time career, Hélene is currently hard at work on her second novel. Visit www.HeleneFermont.com Follow Helene on Twitter: https://twitter.com/helenefermont (@HeleneFermont) Join her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/helenefermont Because of You has attracted media attention - here are just a few examples: Female First: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/relationships/partner-of-your-dreams-980369.html UK Mums TV Frost Magazine: http://www.frostmagazine.com/2016/07/exclusive-because-of-you-by-helene-fermont-book-extract/ Love Reading: https://www.lovereading.co.uk/book/16488/Because-of-You-by-Helene-Fermont.html

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This book was absolutely incredible from start to finish. i could not put it down after i picked it up. The story line was beautiful, following Hannah and others though her life journey between Sweden and London, through countless twists and turns, ups and downs. It may have become deep and dark at times, but for Hannah there were always uplifting moments waiting for her. This is a terrific story of life and love but most importantly truth. I would highly recommend this thrilling novel.
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This book has proved to be an absorbing read set over a span of 36 years in both London and Sweden. It's the story of Hannah Stein - her highs, her lows, her happiness, her despair and all that happens in between!
Hannah moves to London when she's 18 and this book allows you into her head for every new experience, whether good or bad, as she discovers the power of a first love, and how life experiences can change you and those around you, and teaches her to enjoy the little moments and listen to those giving her advice
There are a few characters that appear in her life who are pretty ghastly but this is only reflective of real life - not everybody is nice and has your best intentions at heart, and it is fascinating to see how Hannah deals with those around her and shows that the author is not afraid to sugar coat the realities of life. We also get to see that with some of the topics featured throughout - death of loved ones, rape, dementia and the loss of a baby - it isn't an easy read at time but all these topics are dealt with in a very sympathetic way.
I did find my interest did dip at a couple of points through the book, but think this was to be expected in a 500 plus page novel! But there was always something just around the corner to raise emotions again and regain your interest and concern.
This was a really detailed insight into Hannah as she progresses from an 18 year old teenager into a woman and all those experiences that those years bring your way. Was also fun to have to the little glimpses of the fashion and music around at the time of her stay in London and really helped give you a flavour of the time.
A fascinating debut and I can't wait to see what else Helene Fermont has in store for us with her next novel!
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I haven’t read a good, epic story of a life in way too long and I hadn’t realized how much I’ve missed them until I started reading Because of You. It was so completely different from the books I’ve been drawn to as of late. It was an emotional, yet sometimes dark journey alongside Hannah Stein. The novel follows her during the majority of her adult life, and the reader experiences all the highs and lows of her life right beside her.

It begins when Hannah is just a teenager getting ready to move from her home to London for a gap year. It seems from the start that she’s led a charmed life, she has doting and kind parents and a good relationship with her brother, Peter. Hannah comes across a bit sheltered and pampered in the beginning, and I found myself wondering just how much I would be able to relate to her. I shouldn’t have worried because as the story progresses and Hannah matures, she becomes a woman that practically anyone could relate to.

I’m reticent to reveal too much about the plot as I really enjoyed going along with Hannah on her journey. She experiences so much throughout her life, and Fermont is not afraid to discuss difficult subject matter. There is divorce, death, grief, loss, epic love, pain, heartbreak, rape, abuse, illness, honestly anything you can imagine that a person may experience in their lifetime. This book had such a genuine and authentic feeling to it and I think it’s partly because all the situations Hannah has to endure are ones that many people have gone through themselves.

Besides Hannah, there is a wide variety of characters, some you will fall in love with and adore, and others that you will hate. Again, this is no different than the types of people we all encounter in our lives, making it all the more relatable.
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Because of You is an epic saga spanning the 1970's to the present day and crossing the continent from England to Sweden. Hannah is such a lovely caring character that you feel yourself looking out for her as the story progresses. I've never seen such an extent of growth in a character as I saw in Hannah; she evolved from a quiet young lady to a strong beautiful woman, in spite of all the bumps in the road on her journey.

Hannah comes to London in 1978 to study and lodges with her grandmother's friend, Ella. It was hard for her to leave her family and Sweden behind, but she quickly makes friends with another Swedish girl, Sanna, and gains entry into her circle of friends. As Hannah is introduced to the sparkly discos of the 1970's she catches the eye of reputed bad boy Mark. Mark pursues Hannah and she agrees to give him a chance to prove he's not the bad boy that everyone thinks he is. I was with Hannah's friends on this one and knew he wasn't good enough for her, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

While Hannah is still in a relationship with Mark, she meets Ben at a friend's party. It is clear that Ben is the man for her but Hannah has such strong values that she won't consider taking anything further with Ben whilst she is seeing Mark. Ben cannot forget Hannah and knows that they are destined to be together, and he doesn't care how long he has to wait.

As the years go by, Hannah splits up with Mark (hurrah), starts a relationship with Ben (hurrah) and goes back to Sweden to work as a teacher. She is loved by the children and her colleagues, in fact loved a little bit too much by one of them. Linus is a creepy colleague who is completely infatuated with Hannah.
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