Historical fiction

The Helsingør Sewing Club by Ella Gyland

The audiobook narrator here did a tremendous job in setting the mood. When the book first begins, we have a bereft woman at the loss of two things in life, and she is at a crossroads. Since she is the only one in her family without familial obligations, she is chosen to empty out her grandmother’s things. It is during this time that she stumbles upon an odd item. When she pursues that line, she finds out things about her grandmother’s part in the resistance movement during WWII in Denmark.
I am pretty sad to say that I did not know that Denmark was an occupied territory during this period, and the unique situation that it was in was completely new. This is probably why I am rating the book the way I did. If I had already known the facts, I might be approaching the narrative differently.
Life in an average Danish household is described during troubled times. That and the youth’s energy to do something did not always result in prudent reactions. We have multiple characters introduced to us, fleshed out gradually, till it made sense for things to happen the way they did.
I enjoyed the older timeline a lot more than the present one, even though there was lesser in the current timeline. I may not be as big a fan of this mode of narration as I once was. I now feel like this particular story could have been told with just the older information, probably leaving those final revelations to an epilogue and still being a good book to listen to.
I have been slower in listening to audiobooks than I once was, but I made good progress with this one.
People who are interested in reading/listening to a book set in Denmark during the occupation should definitely give it a shot.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

4 thoughts on “The Helsingør Sewing Club by Ella Gyland”

  1. That sounds very interesting. I read a book set in occupied Denmark as a teenager, about a boy and his friend, and I’ve never been able to remember any more than that or re-find it!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 It wasn’t as bad this time around, but I did not feel the impact except for introducing new people into the present protagonist’s life


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