Villa Sea Breeze (Villa Havsbris)
Norway: Strawberry Publishing
Looking for three people to help with the restoration of a health resort with a distinguished past. Payment: Accomodations and food. Demands: you should be handy but come with light baggage only.
Sophie reluctantly returns to her childhood home, to the famed Villa Sea Breeze health resort, which she inherited after her mother passed away. She has no wish to remain there longer than necessary and her plan is to return to her career and life in Berlin as quickly as possible.
Villa Sea Breeze has been passed down for generations. During its glory days it housed several poets and authors but it is currently rundown. Selling the hotel turns out to be more troublesome than expected and she gets the advice to renovate it first. She puts up ad for help and shortly three people, very different from each other but hungry to pitch in, move into the house. Each longs for a break from their old lives. It will come to pass that their baggage isn’t as light as they first say, but slowly as the house begins to change, so will the people inside it.
In the house next door lives Ella, an old lady who’s been the gardener at Villa Sea Breeze for years. She is deaf, which allowed Sophie’s mother Mona to be able to relieve herself of her troubles without the risk of them being revealed. But what Mona didn’t realize was that Ella is a lip reader. And just before her death, Mona revealed a secret that she should have brought with her to the grave. Now Ella faces a dilemma. Should she tell Sophie about the secret her mother kept from her?
Villa Sea Breeze - the Health Resort by the Ocean
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