In this Bed of Snowflakes we Lie Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07ZS1MDNS
- Publication date : November 14, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2135 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 204 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #596,145 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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At its core, the story does not bring up the fact that both the deeply reclusive and unconfident Oskar and the falsely straight and everyone's dreamboat Erik may both be slightly OCD oriented. But it doesn't matter because one's OCD ying is so beautifully counterbalanced by the other's OCD yang throughout the story from the moment Erik winds up heaped in a bundle, drunk as a skunk and totally passed out, in Oskar's bed.
This is a slow buildup without hookup romance. It is manipulated almost seat-of-the-pants by Erik who forces Oskar to join him at his family's Christmas holiday--and this is a family that is whacked off the wall in all the best senses. That they are in on Erik's "secret" without Oskar realizing it until midway through their visit is just one of the more poignant delights of this tale.
The other great delight, other than what turns into a seriously steamy bunch of episodes late in the book, is the way the Norwegian lifestyle and culture unfolds before those of us who are neither Scandinavian or all that familiar with the ways of the northern peoples. This author Soames hands us on a beautifully arranged platter that is filled with delicious tidbits and sweet remembrances, so much so that I went out and put her other works on my Want-To-Read list.
I love this story so much. I know how to fully express it. I just connected and became so immersed in the characters and their relationship. Even their connects with the secondary characters are well displayed and heartwarming.
I'm in love with these guys and I need a physical copy of this book.
Rating: 5 stars plus out of 5
Oskar Høiland hides from life. It just makes things easier that way, not having to face all the fears and drama of living. He especially hides from other people, because Oskar has grown up fearing the snide remarks and the quick glances that strip him of the tiny scraps of confidence he still has left. He is just going to keep existing. Work hard to complete his medical degree and perhaps watch a few more series on Netflix in peace and quiet over Christmas.
Erik Nøst Hansen should be an almost fully-fledged adult. He should be able to sort out the mess that festers in his head and stop lying. It’s just hard. And it’s bloody terrifying to even acknowledge the thoughts that swirl around in his head at night when he can’t sleep. He also needs to figure out how to talk to the boy downstairs. The one with the golden curls and the crooked smile. The boy who is completely monopolising Erik’s messed-up heart.
A story of falling in love and being brave. A Christmas tale with a difference, set in the university dorms of central Oslo, where lies are uncovered, snowflakes are falling all over the place, and beds are made to lie in. There is a slightly unconventional family. A mess of animal onesies. Too much food and a very Merry Christmas.
Sophia Soames became one of my favorite authors based on one book alone. That would be 717 Miles, a touching, amazing, utterly human journey of love and recovery by two young men in London. Trust me, i wanted more, so much more.
Here is the story (along with the 717 Christmas short) that I have been waiting on. Sophia Soames manages to write these microcosm of humanity, in this case, two flights of dorms on a campus in Norway. Then ushers up such incredible portraits of human fragility, unknowing strength, unbelievable kindness, bravery, and , yes, the sheer being of youth...in Norway and all that entails. And she does so with characters and a narrative that takes your breath away.
In This Bed of Snowflakes We Lie by Sophia Soames is full of Norwegian Christmas customs and all things bakery and sweetness. I had no idea and I absolutely wallowed in it all the while looking up those names and goodness. She folds them into a story where two young men are finding out who they are, how they can be their best selves (whatever they are), all the while helping several or one traumatized friend in their dorms manage the holiday.
Oskar Høiland and Erik Nøst Hansen are two such endearing young men, confused at times about themselves and how they appear to others. Also about their sexual appeal, and who they appeal to. It's a lovely, natural, sexual journey for them both, without major outside angst, as this is a very accepting society, at least within this circle of people. And what a circle of people it is. From the warm, quirky, and oh please, please adopt me too family of Erik's (yes, I wanted to be there, that's how all embracing and incredible those scenes are), to the dormates on floors one and two, these are all characters that will sing to your heart. You, the reader, will want to know them, want to be their friends, hug on them, and follow each and every one of their paths through life, to make sure its a safe and happy one. That's how deeply you will connect to each and everyone.
In the end, what you will also remember is the analogy that brings you back to the title. In This Bed of Snowflakes and the imagery it brings up. Of the two in love young men, lying on their backs, as the snowflakes swirl down around them, and Erik, talking about how individually snowflakes are so delicate but together, formed into a whole, they are so strong. And now I'm sniffling again.
Read this book, discover this author. Both are amazing and unforgettable. And yes, I highly recommend them both.
Cover Artist: Miriam Latu. I love this artist and this cover. Perfection and so different than the usual covers. Draws you in just as it should. Yes, that's Oskar
the story itself is about two young guys at the university. They are a bit afraid of what the others expect off of them, and how the life is living as a growing up to be adult.
They are also inexxperienced when it comes to love and throughout their journey we gets to know them better.
Of course there are some trad Norwegian Christmas stuff here, and I won't comment on that at all.
I liked both the characters and I liked the plotline for this story. The author has done a good work on research as well and of course she has a vivid descriptions too.
One book I will reread later.
ARC provided by LesCourt Arc Team
Top reviews from other countries
Despite not having huge yearnings to travel, Norway is one of the few places on my bucket list to visit; I love it despite never having been and enjoyed this being set there.
I love the way Sophia writes, every time I get hit with emotions, everything from tears to love.
Thank you Sophia for another amazing book