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The Englishman: Can love go the distance? (The Englishman series Book 1) by [Halme, Helena]
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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: 3004 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Newhurst Press (17 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008SBBSPO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #382,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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The Englishman is subtitled "Can love go the distance" and it is quite the page-turner, I had difficulty stopping myself from devouring it in one go. It is the story of Kaisa, a young Finnish girl who meets and falls in love with Peter, an English naval officer. The author, who is a friend of mine, lives in England and is married to an Englishman, and she has made no secret of the fact that this novel has its roots in autobiography - in fact, it started life as a series of blog posts called How I Came to Be In England. But what she has done here so well is to completely fictionalize the story and provide all the required tension that keeps you reading and reading. All the small details about Finland and Sweden give the book such colour, and I love seeing England through Kaisa's eyes! Highly recommended!
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By KarenD VINE VOICE on 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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By Welsh Annie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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