Bo’s not really into her marketing job at an IT company but the last thing the twenty-six-year-old needs is being made redundant. With her secret relationship with colleague Ben up in the air, she takes off to her friend’s family holiday home in Denmark to regroup. It’s the middle of winter and there she meets artist Florence, writer Simon and chef Emil, who teaches them all about the cosy art of hygge.
True to its hygge roots, this book has a rather simple storyline. Disillusioned with her life, Bo finds herself falling for the Danish way of life and forges a new outlook for her future. It’s an easy read, perfect if you’re looking to take some time out, curled up under a blanket with a mug of hot cocoa.
Hygge and Kisses, the debut novel by Clara Christensen, is about a girl who needs a bit of hygge in her life. The synopsis says: "Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she's just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirsten persuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten's mother's house in Aslbrog, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.
'What's the weather going to be like?' she asks Kirsten hopefully, scrolling her cursor over the budget airlines webpage. 'Terrible,' Kirsten replies, 'London is positively Mediterranean by comparison, and of course it's November so it'll be dark seventeen hours a day. But no one goes to Denmark to get a tan. You need a change of scene and to blow away the cobwebs, and trust me, Skagen will do that. Besides, the summerhouse is cosy whatever the weather, and you never know who else will be around.'
A few clicks later and there is no going back. And Bo's life plan is about to be entirely rewritten." Hygge and Kisses is out in September 2017.