A Stella Review: In This Bed of Snowflakes We Lie by Sophia Soames

RATING 3 out of 5 stars

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.

In This Bed of Snowflakes We Lie is the first book I read by Sophia Soames, I was very enthusiastic about it, the blurb sounded fabolous and for once I was happy to read a book set in a country different from USA or UK. The plot is simple but the story is well built with interesting characters, young but mature at the same time. I obviously fell in love with Oskar from the beginning, how could I resist his sweet and brave soul? Truly without realizing it he found in Erik not just a boyfriend, but a beautiful person, head over heels in love with Oskar and finally ready to approach him and literally take him home for Christmas.

That said I have to admit although I very much enjoyed the novel, perhaps during the second part of the story I started to realize something in the writing wasn’t working well with me. I want to premise I’m not usually so strict with the writing style, since English is not my first language, I tend to ignore the writing and just focus on the emotions I get from the book. Still here I noticed how the author used  too many short sentences, there were plenty of them, so many that I became annoyed and found hard to go on with the reading in a lovely way. I’m not saying the book isn’t well written, absolutely not, just that this particular trait of the author’s writing style bothered me a little. Otherwise this new release would have been a winner to me.

The cover art by Miriam Latu is lovely and sweet, I like it.

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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 217 pages

Published November 14th 2019


Edition Language English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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