Title: The Seventh Flower
Author: Ingela Bohm
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 8th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Holiday
Page Count: 76
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5
Christer is too old to believe in fairy tales. He’s not the kind of guy to pick the proverbial seven flowers on Midsummer’s Eve so he can dream of who he will marry, and he certainly isn’t the type to fall for someone he’s just met. Especially not a womanizing blogger named Henrik.
Besides, Christer’s previous marriage didn’t end with a happily ever after. Therefore, he has no interest in gifting his heart to someone who lives five hundred miles away and probably isn’t even gay. His family is right: it’s time he grew up and stopped dreaming.
But Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden is a magical night, and Henrik won’t stop flirting. As the midnight sun shines down on the misty woods, maybe there’s room for one last dream.
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This was a little sad to read. By the description of the book, I was expecting a magical story and I was underwhelmed by the sad one it turn out to be.
I liked the description of Midsummer’s Eve, something I’ve never heard of, but I was very intrigued by it and went searching for some information about it. Also the picking of the proverbial seven flowers was one of the things I enjoyed the most about the book.
I was confused at the beginning, I didn’t quite understand what was going on, and sometimes I was wondering if my translation was the problem, which doesn’t happen often, or if the writing was confusing. That was better as I kept reading and it was easier to understand. But I still had a hard time trying to keep my attention through the whole story.
I think the biggest issue I had with the book were the main characters, especially Christer. He seemed too immature for his age, but it still that wasn’t the greatest problem I had with him. The issue was that the self-pity, it was so overwhelming that I just couldn’t see beyond that. I understand where It came from, but it just made the story so melancholic that it was very difficult to feel sympathy for him. It was nice to see flaw characters, but I felt the book center mostly on those flaws and little on trying to create a believable romance.
I have little to say about Henrik, only the fact that I don’t think I got to know him much. I don’t think it was particularly romantic and I didn’t felt he was flirting at all. The ending was nice even though it felt a little rushed.