Launch of The Englishman Boxed Set
The first three books in Helena Halme’s best-selling tumultuous love story between beautiful Finnish student and handsome British Navy Officer are now compiled into one beautiful boxed set.
The Englishman series, a long-distance military romance set in 1980s Finland and Britain is ‘unputdownable’ and a ‘must read’! Based on a true story, these books will make you laugh, cry and lose your sleep while you race to read to the end.
The Finnish Girl: Kaisa is the new girl in town again. At fourteen, she’s changed schools no fewer than four times. Her parents’ bitter divorce has taken Kaisa and her sister Sirkka from Finland to Sweden and back again. Enter Matti, a 21-old friend of a friend. While Kaisa’s isolation becomes more acute following a breakdown of her relationship with her father, Matti makes careful plans to seduce Kaisa on Midsummer’s Eve. But is Kaisa too young to fall in love?
The Englishman: When at 20, Kaisa is invited to the British Embassy cocktail party in Helsinki to celebrate a Royal Navy visit to Finland, she’s not looking for romance. Enter dashing Navy Officer Peter. Kaisa falls head over heels in love and the two embark on a long-distance relationship. But at the height of the Cold War, while the Englishman chases Russian submarines, Kaisa is stuck in Finland, a country friendly with the Soviet Union.
The Navy Wife: When Kaisa moves to Britain as a young Navy Wife she finds herself jobless, lonely and shunned by the other Navy wives. Her ambitions to pursue her own career are repeatedly crushed by her foreignness and her marriage to the Navy. Enter rich, charming and clever Duncan, who seems to have all the answers to Kaisa’s problems.
THE ENGLISHMAN SERIES:
- The Finnish Girl: Can you be too young for love?
- The Englishman: Can their love go the distance?
- The Navy Wife: Can love stay on course?
- The Good Officer: Can they love again?
“The Finnish Girl is wonderfully intimate and honest, the characters feel real and you can almost smell the sea air of Helsinki.” – Pauliina Ståhlberg, Director of the Finnish Institute in London
“I had difficulty in stopping myself from devouring The Englishman in one go.” – Tania Hershman, award-winning author and poet, and editor of The Short Review.
“The Englishman is a love story: the account of the long-distance romance between English Naval officer Peter and Finnish student Kaisa, as this star-crossed couple discovers that Shakespeare’s words are still true, even in the 1980s, and the course of true love never runs smooth. Together, they contend with a broken engagement, long separations, the Falklands War, inevitable cultural differences, and the small matter of a member of the British armed forces wanting to marry a citizen of a country bordering the Soviet Union.” – Kate Allison, founder of The Displaced Nation website.
“I automatically give five stars to any book that has me staying up way past my bedtime to read it and abandoning anything else that I’m meant to be doing in order to get to the end, and The Englishman was one of those books.
“No plot spoilers here, but I will say that in The Navy Wife Helena Halme keeps us on tenterhooks right to the last minute, as Kaisa encounters numerous obstacles, including controversial friendships and temptations.” – Debbie Young, author and book blogger.
“Helena Halme, a Finn who grew up in Sweden, now writes in English. Her fictionalised memoirs give an insight into displacement, long-distance love, dysfunctional families, cultural differences between neighbouring countries, and the emotional journey of readjustment. The light tones of romance and adventure are deceptive. Halme tackles awkward issues such as family problems, practical bureaucracy and the reality of prejudice. Dealing with identity, conscience, duty, relatives, friends, and the inescapable ties of love, whether benign or otherwise, her books have serious ballast. Yet the stories draw you in and only when you’ve finished a satisfying journey do you realise you’ve learned something.
” – JJ Marsh, journalists, teacher, actor, and author of the Beatrice Stubbs detective series.