#Review – The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake (@RosieBBooks) @LittleBrownUK #ARC

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The perfect recipe for hygge this autumn: make a hot chocolate, draw the curtains, snuggle under a blanket and read your way to happiness!

It’s autumn in Yulethorpe and everyone is gloomy. It’s cold, drizzly and the skies are permagrey. The last shop on the high street – an adorable little toy shop – has just shut its doors. Everything is going wrong for Yulethorpe this autumn. Until Clara Kristensen arrives.

Clara is on holiday but she can see the potential in the pretty town, so she rolls up her sleeves and sets to work. Things are looking up until Joe comes to Yulethorpe to find out exactly what is going on with his mother’s shop. Joe is Very Busy and Important in the City and very sure that Clara is up to no good. Surely no one would work this hard just for the fun of it?

Can a man who answers emails at 3 a. m. learn to appreciate the slower, happier, hygge things in life – naps, candles, good friends and maybe even falling in love?

What does TWG think?

Having LOVED Rosie Blake’s previous novel; ‘How to Find Your (First) Husband’, I think I may have peed a little when she announced the release of her brand new book; ‘The Hygge Holiday’. Excited much? Errrrrr YAH! So excited in fact, I couldn’t wait until the 21st September to read it! #sorrynotsorry.

I’m sure a lot of you will recognise the term ‘hygge’. If you don’t, where on EARTH have you been hiding? I’ll be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what the definition of ‘hygge’ was, but now I feel ready to hygge everything!

Clara has a different outlook to life than most people. Gone are the days where her mobile phone is glued to her body like a third arm, her priorities involve work, work and more work, and her own personal life is completely non-existent. Clara didn’t want to live like that anymore. She didn’t want to be stressed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Something had to give before she lost her mind, so she got rid of her job, her mobile phone, as well as 99.9% of the stresses in her life. How? You’ll have to read the book to find out, won’t you!

Almost straight away, I found myself snlaughing. You know when you want to say something but are unsure whether you should incase it raises a few eyebrows? Well put it this way, Rosie Blake couldn’t give a monkeys about whether her humour raised a few eyebrows! There was no holding back, no ‘ahhh I probably shouldn’t say that’. Instead, the author seemed to write lines which the readers would probably relate to, or laugh out loud at. Trust me, I did both.

As the storyline unfolded, Clara seemed to make herself more comfortable in the village with the changes that she made. Oh my goodness, what changes they were! If you ever need an excuse to say ‘hi’ to your inner child, this storyline is it. Clearly I don’t want to give anything away, but wow – there were moments where the storyline became magical and even made me more excited to turn the page (well, if that was possible!). Of course Clara’s involvement in the village wasn’t going to be all plain sailing, someone’s nose just HAD to be pushed out of joint. However, there was a moment imprinted in my mind which meant I could no longer make Joe seriously, or even be THAT annoyed with him. One word; BATH. I was genuinely surprised my neighbour didn’t knock on my door asking me to turn the volume down as I was laughing so loudly. I mean, how could you NOT laugh loudly?

For me, the part of the storyline which stood out most was the involvement of hygge, and how important it is to breath, be in the moment, ensuring that you take that all important time out of your schedule for yourself, whether it’s lounging in a bubble bath, or laying on the sofa reading. Rosie Blake and her wonderful characters made it sound SO simple and, to be honest, it probably is that simple. But, when you’re in the middle of a constantly busy lifestyle, the last thing you’re going to think of doing is watching a Nicholas Sparks dvd whilst wearing a face mask, and pj’s with holes in.

‘The Hygge Holiday’ is exactly what the book world has been needing, what with its unique vibe and hilarious anecdotes. Rosie Blake’s new novel is EXACTLY what you need to forget the horrific new reports, people’s political posts on social media, and the new eye-brow raising craze of sticking pom poms to your face. Yes, really. ‘The Hygge Holiday’ is hilarious, cosy, heart-warming, fulfilling; pretty much everything you would want from a book.

Personally, ‘The Hygge Holiday’ has got to be my most favourite book of Rosie Blake’s, as well as being her best book yet. I have never read a book like this before, and to be honest, I don’t want to because I don’t think any similar books would match up to the authors unbelievably story telling and her magical way with words.

An absolutely phenomenal tale from the incredibly talented, Rosie Blake. If I could read ‘The Hygge Holiday’ for the first time every time, I would welcome it with open arms. Be prepared to be moved in a way you never thought possible. Be prepared to have your mind opened further than you ever dreamed of. Be prepared to find your inner child and the magic that it brings. Be prepared to laugh out loud and fall in love with every single character in this book (well, except Roz but shhhhh). Be prepared to devour ‘The Hygge Holiday’ in one sitting. Be prepared to love this book, because yes, it truly is THAT fabulous. Five stars for sure.

Thanks so much Little Brown Books.

The Hygee Holiday by Rosie Blake, will be available to buy in e-book and paperback formats on the 21st September. You can however,  pre-order it now from Amazon UK.

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