An Unexpected Visit (Ett oväntat besök)
Nikki is loving life at the horsefarm in Gyllentofta and wouldn’t change it for the world. She has her big house, the forrest, the lakes, the open fields and her beloved horses. In the neighbour village lives her best friend Annie, a priest, who at some occasions now and then will leave her congregation and come visit Nikki on the farm with her dog Winston. Nikki doesn’t need more than that to feel at ease.
She had her bit of fun when she was young and did all the stuff that young women are suppose to do. Now she just wishes to manage the family’s property. She appreciates the hard work at the stables and the long gallops along the river. The fact that she usually eats all her meals alone doesn’t bother her. She is usually so tired anyways after all the work that the only thing she wishes to do is sleep.
But then her old father dies, he who left her with the farm to live in the warmer climate of Mallorca and everything gets flipped upside down for Nikki. What should have been an uncomplicated inheritance between a father and his only child suddenly becomes a nasty dispute with family she didn't know she had. The usually lonesome Gyllentofta becomes full with people who wants a slice of the cake. The horsefarm, the house on Mallorca and the summer cottage on the west coast.
In the middle of it all Nikki manages to fall madly in love. It’s an impossible and complicated relationship and in the end she has to choose. The Love or the Farm. She can’t have both.
Reviews on Åsa Hellberg's previous books:
"A lively relationship novel with middle age women and plenty of pictures of Stockholm and our time.
Dagens Nyheter/Lotta Olsson
”Love and passion that sparkles!”
”Eventful, speedy, exciting, fun, romantic and filled with sex”
Btj, Library Service
5 stars out of 5
Gloria takes place mostly in the opera world, and I do not know anything at all about Opera so it was very interesting to take part of the Opera world . I definitely recommend this book!
What a deliciously luxurious praline this book has proved to be ! Absolutely lovely , like a praline filled with one's favorite filling, and utterly brilliant. If you like opera, love, romance, and drama then every literary taste bud is in seventh heaven .
Gloria is a warm, charming book with humor and sympathy depicting life at 50+ and shows that it still can hold both love, passion and great drama . The book is written with much warmth and sympathy and an unerring intuition . Nothing slips. Not anywhere.
Not from the man playing the first notes of the overture to the very last curtain call . For Carmen permeates the book, on more than one level, and we are treated liberally to step into the world of opera and see and take part of life behind the curtain .
/ Romance Portal
An extremely humorous book. This novel is not just for women over 50, but certainly for this age group a must... A novel that plays in the middle of life but leaves enough room for your own fantasies and daydreams. 5 out of 5
@calendula, Vorab lesen, Germany
"The book has touched me very much... it has a nice dialogue and great characters that I can relate to" 5 out of 5
@s40034 Vorab lesen, Germany
"In her latest novel "Mittenommerleuchten", the author Asa Hellberg takes us to the dream city of Stockholm. Not only do we get to know wonderful protagonists, but we also get an interesting insight into the rise of a performance at the opera... it's a shame my trip to the city was to fast - I want to experience more of the lively city that Hellberg depicts... An great read, which gave me extremely entertaining and exciting reading hours. I enjoyed the book from the first to the last page. The cover is a real eye-catcher and I give the book five stars and look forward to the next book of the author."
@zauberblume Vorab lesen, Germany