The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake – Book Review

The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake – Book Review

The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake

The Hygge Holiday

Author – Rosie Blake
Publisher – Sphere
Pages – 336
Released – 21st September 2017
ISBN-13 – 978-0751569742
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
I received a free copy of this book
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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 3am learn to appreciate the slower, happier, hygge things in life – naps, candles, good friends and maybe even falling in love?


When Danish Clara arrived in the little village of Yulethorpe she never expected to be staying, nor running a toy shop, but that’s exactly what she ends up doing after the toy shop owner, Louise, ups and leaves for Spain and Clara offers to house/shop and animal sit for her.

The village has seen a decline in visitors and a lot of the shops are now empty, but Clara has a vision to make the toy shop wonderful again, and to bring in more customers and tourists to the area using the Danish way of life – Hygge.

When stressed out Joe, Louise’s son, finds out that his mum has left and there is a stranger looking after the shop, he believes that Clara is only after his mother’s money and takes time away from his busy London office (not his job though as he’s glued to his phone), to see what is going on.

The two don’t exactly see eye to eye, but Clara decides to take on another mission, help Joe learn to relax the hygge way. Will she be successful on both accounts?

First off, I must say that I love the cover. Not very often that I mention the cover in my reviews, but it is so inviting I couldn’t resist reading ‘The Hygge Holiday’.

Clara is a sweet young woman who is carrying a lot of guilt with her, thus making her want to help others out, and always see’s the best in people. Joe is a workaholic. He lives, breathes and sleeps (or not), his city job, dealing with billions of pounds contracts. He does have a soft, but he is forever pushing it deep inside, him not wanting to show it.

The story has a lovely array of secondary characters too, including, Gavin and Craig from the village pub, Clara’s new tired friend, mum Lauren, and even battle-axe Roz – the character you’ll love to hate.

However, there was one character that had me laughing though out, Lady CaCa, Louise’s parrot. Imagine a parrot that comes out with movie quotes all the time, especially ones at inappropriate moments.

This is a warm, inviting book that I was so hooked to I ended up finishing it in the early hours of the morning, not realising how long I had been reading for. It will make you feel all warm and cosy. It is a book that from the beginning you have an idea where the author is going to take you, but the journey to get there is just wonderful.

Reviewed by Stacey

Pink five stars

About the Author

Rosie Blake Photo Editor

Rosie is a writer, vlogger and amateur Mum. She loves to chat and write about love, sex, dating and relationships. She has written features for Cosmopolitan, The Lady, The Sunday People, Reveal and Best Magazine. She has appeared on ITV, Sky and Channel 4.

Her first romantic comedy HOW TO GET A (LOVE) LIFE was published in 2014. Atlantic Books published HOW TO STUFF UP CHRISTMAS in 2015 and HOW TO FIND YOUR (FIRST) HUSBAND in 2016. Her latest book THE HYGGE HOLIDAY was published in September 2017 by Sphere, an imprint of Little Brown. Rosie is represented by Clare Wallace at the Darley Anderson Agency.

Rosie wishes to continue writing romantic comedies, persuade Julia Roberts to be her best friend and discover the world’s greatest Black Forest Gateaux recipe.

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18 Responses

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    I think I’d read this without the parrot, but the temptation of a talking parrot is too much, it is now on my tbr list.

  2. Morgan Smith says:

    Ooooh, this has been on my TBR for a while!

  3. Terri A. Wilson says:

    What a fun sounding book. Would be a good read for a cold day stuck inside.

  4. Amazing post! Gonna get me this book!

  5. DJ Sakata says:

    this one sounds cute

  6. Jenn says:

    This seems like a very relevant read to everyday life. There is always so much stress that people need to get away and just relax. Great review!

  7. Isatta says:

    This looks like loads of fun! I want to read it just for LadyCaCa

  8. Kathy says:

    Sounds like a cute book

  9. Katie @ Book Ink Reviews says:

    This looks like an awesome, warm book to pick up. On my TBR now.

  10. I know, most stories have cats or dogs in them, but a parrot is amazing.

  11. I hope you got to read it as it is fabulous.

  12. Thank you Terri, it really is a great fun book.

  13. Thank you, I am so happy to hear you liked it.

  14. It most certainly is. Thank you Katie

  15. Thanks Kathy. It is a fabulous book I can assure you.

  16. Thank you DJ, It really is super cute.

  17. Thank you Jenn, Life is most certainly stressful and a more hygge lifestyle sounds like a great idea.

  18. Thank you Isatta, it really is an amazing fun book.