This story gives you arranged marriages for family business and dynastic importance… where love is not important just prestige and money … so the brides runs away from her over-bearing grandmother and rather weak willed father who arranged the wedding. And her fiancee who doesn’t love her, but thought that they could come to an ‘arrangement’ that suited the families and left him free as long as the heir and the spare were produced.
She runs (by chance) to Norway and finds some surprises.
I thought this a rather hackneyed storyline and found the idea of her settling down in Norway unlikely; the author didn’t convince me that she could forgive her mother so easily.
I also thought the issues of post-partum depression could have been better discussed and been made more central to the story – this would permit the forgiveness of the daughter better.
I was also not convinced about her being able to set up a fashion house with all the necessary manufacturing and shipping etc so easily even if her designs were interesting. She had been sewing each item herself for instance. I think again, the author, could have made more of this.
Am I getting too cynical?