Sofie loves her life as a bookseller and café owner on the waterfront in Sandøsund, where her friend Linn helps her, when she’s not translating books.
When Aunt Agathe move to Spain to join a collective of cutural ladies, she gives her creaky old villa to Sofie as a gift. Sofie throws herself whole-heartedly into Christmas decorations, preserves, fried crullers, and Christmas yucca plants, aided and abetted by her father and Marcel, who runs the most charming hotel in the world.
But the hotel’s new chef, Francois, sets Sofie’s heart beating in time with Linn’s chopping of almonds. It’s just a shame that Sofie’s glamorous sister, Tilde, also has her eye on him. Francois has a past, but the most thrilling past – and future – may lie in the boards of Sofie’s new house.
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