Polar Night (Polarnatt)
Sweden: Historiska Media (Forum - hardcover edition)
Polar Night is the much longed for second novel in a series of historical romances. Three sisters, Cecilia, Amelie and Elisabeth all share the same upbringing. Cecilia is the head-strong older sister, Amelie, the flagrant youngster and Elisabeth is the caring and compassionate middle-sister. Their lives drastically take different turns when they reach marriable age. We will follow the sisters of the noble family Stiernfors on Rosenlund’s manor in the southest part of Sweden -Skåne. Like a modern Jane Austen Frida Skybäck portrays the three sisters and their loves, joys and problems during the mid-1800s.
It is now time for the sister, Elisabeth Stiernfors, to get married. Her parents has introduced the rather awkward and purely unpleasant lord von Strauss. When the poor language teacher Mathias Storm falls in love with her she is facing a choice the rest of the family know nothing of. The only person she dares to open her heart for is her maid Vera. Their friendship will lead to something stronger then any of them had expected, it gets complicated and the choice of partner has become even harder to make. What happens if she merries Vera?
The sister Cecilia has a hard time with her husband Jacques Rousseau, she is using everything she can to make it work, but he has become a stranger to her. Their home is in bad shape, and Cecilia will learn it has a horrible story to tell about the former owners. When a small child is abandoned outside their home Cecilia takes the girl under her protection. A decision which will awake her husband’s most evil forces.
"... a novel filled with intrigue, stories, drama and a complex web of relationships ... Polar Night is well written and intense and I read with enchantment and pleasure ..."
"Reading Polar Night is like stepping into another world ... Skybäck’s knowledge of history creates a credible story and behind rustling skirts and tea parties there is also a tied fist in the name of women’s emancipation. 5 out of 5."
-Therese order, blog
"A piece of women’s history shaped into a novel."
"Besides the fact that the books is incredibly well written, it’s also interesting to read about 19th century Sweden ... The historical settings are exceptional ... I cannot recommend this book highly enough. 5 out of 5."
"Everything you wish for is here; steaming emotions, forbidden relationships, hatred, drama and mysteries from the past ... The books is well written and enchanting, actually a real page-turner. I would highly recommend Polar Nights to anyone who wants a really good historical love story."
-Johannas deckarhörna, blog
"I give it the highest grade 5 out of 5 or even more a 5+."
-Mias bokhörna, bokblogg
"A novel filled with plots, stories, drama, wurthering skeins of relationships. It is well written with a high tempo, I read with pleasure and engagement."
"Several times I find myself cheering at the characters, I want to tell them – keep struggle! Their action will have a big meaning if not to them selves to women of today."
-Thérese order, bokblogg