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2016 was all about cosiness and the Danish concept of hygge. 2017 and we are introduced to the Swedish concept of Lagom which translates as "in modera2016 was all about cosiness and the Danish concept of hygge. 2017 and we are introduced to the Swedish concept of Lagom which translates as "in moderation" or "not too much, not too little".
This is a lifestyle book; an introduction to a way of living that is sustainable for us in the home, work, environmentally and health. Descriptions of the concept were interspersed with practical application such as recipes or ideas to try at home.
I love the Swedish fika (coffee break with pastry) and the seemingly relaxed working environments. I applaud the spending the time outdoors and quality time with those that matter. I'm sad I don't have a log cabin in the forest though :/
Beautiful photography throughout and in a readable style made this book interesting but it's the kind of book I'd borrow from a library rather than buy and read again and again....more
This was a perfect holiday read, probably best classed as women's fiction. There wasn't a romance read so much, rather it was an exploration of relatiThis was a perfect holiday read, probably best classed as women's fiction. There wasn't a romance read so much, rather it was an exploration of relationships and truths.
Neither of the main characters were particularly likable, and both were flawed. The story was told by their alternatively viewpoints - one character in the present, the other in the past. The basic plot was that a couple with not a lot of cash get lucky and buy an amazing house on an amazing street for a knockdown price. Of course they begin to question why. It becomes clear that the other people on the street are a little guarded and are not quite telling the truth about some mystery that has happened recently. The Frasers of the title were a rich couple who had renovated the house and then disappeared in mysterious circumstances. This is not a whodunnit though, there's no blood on the carpet or murders to solve. This is a story of manipulation, lies, half-truths, and betrayal.
I would read other books by the author and thank the publisher and Netgalley for this review copy. ...more
Doctor, liar, con-artist, fraudster and murderer - over a period of 18 years one French man managed to trick his wife, family and friends into believiDoctor, liar, con-artist, fraudster and murderer - over a period of 18 years one French man managed to trick his wife, family and friends into believing he was a Doctor at a prestigious medical organisation and defrauded family and friends out of a considerable sum in order to fund his seemingly ordinary life and his more extravagant life with his mistress. He murdered his wife, children and parents when it all started unraveling for him. I'm not generally a reader of true crime but have to say this was a quite fascinating account of this man's life and an interesting character analysis.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC....more