About the book
Midsummer’s Eve 1938. Steamboat Örnen II docks at Borgholm. The sleepy idyllic town is struggling to keep its aristocratic clientele and entices new visitors with a brand-new bathhouse, imported brandy, the intense scent of jasmine and royal splendour. Onboard the ship is Ingrid from Stockholm, writing in her diary about the boring summer ahead of her. She includes everything except her engagement.
On the other side of Öland, Måna boards a train from Mörbylånga, leaving her work at the sugar mill behind her, along with the memory of her late father, a notorious drunkard and gambler. Her pockets are full of dirty money and she has her sights set on Borgholm.
During a euphoric night Ingrid and Måna’s paths cross to the sound of jazz and the scent of dewy honeysuckle. Their lives intertwine with a fervour so intense that it opens doors that can never be closed, not entirely.
In their first mutual novel, Tove and Hanna Folkesson pays an elegant homage to the Swedish spa resort era and portrays it from a fresh perspective: through the love affair between two young women in a place where old traditions meet the new. In a time marked by turbulence and fear, the biggest challenge comes from within.