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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
The Nobels, written by Lars W. Ehrlander, is a historical romance which started during World War II, and continued after the war ended. It is centered on three young Swedish women, Annika Bengtson and her two friends, Lisa and Camilla, who become attracted to sailors they had recently met. War is declared and the men leave for active duty, and communication is eventually lost. Free-spirited Annika marries womanizing Kurt Nobel instead, while her two friends eventually reunite with the sailors. Each month Annika receives flowers and a cheque from a secret admirer, unknown to Kurt, who constantly cheats on her. The women lead complex lives as they cope with romance, friendships, and raising families.
The Nobels is a well-documented story, which is based on the author's past experiences living in Sweden. His descriptive writing style captures the pain and joy of people who are in love, and how they deal with relationships and life in general. This story takes one on an interesting journey that starts with Annika, Lisa, and Camilla, and continues into the lives of their children, who later become adults. The Nobels is more suited for a mature reader, who will easily understand and identify with the historical events of war, and how it can change the lives of people. It also gave an insight into the culture of Sweden, as it appears that nudity and couples exchanging partners seemed to the norm for some adventurous persons.