Marion Ueckermann has skilfully combined the ingredients in her debut novella, Helsinki Sunrise, to create a light-hearted, yet deeply satisfying, inspirational romance.
Eveliina needs a break from her demanding job and boss/boyfriend, so she withdraws to her grandparents' secluded island cottage to enjoy nature and a time of solitude. She is cheesed off when she finds a man in her sauna. The man in question is Adam, a missionary from Africa, who is staying at the cottage for several weeks at the request of Eveliina's brother. He's there to fast and pray before starting a new mission in Finland. Both are determined to stay on the island, and Adam finds himself in a real pickle as Eveliina uses her culinary skills and feminine wiles to tempt him to break his fast and leave the cottage.
Eveliina is a spunky heroine who wants nothing to do with God, while Adam is a devout man of God. This combination of characters makes for some interesting situations as the plot thickens. I read quickly and with great enjoyment to see who would be the victor and remain on the island.
Finland, the land of the midnight sun and summer blueberries, makes an unusual setting. Ms Ueckermann uses her experience of staying in a Finnish holiday cottage to bring the landscape to life. She certainly whet my appetite to visit Finland if I ever get the opportunity.
I recommend this book highly and look forward to reading Ms Ueckermann's next book which is set in Oslo, Norway.
Thank you to the author for providing a digital copy of Helsinki Sunrise. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed above are my own.