Maj Carrén finds herself sitting at her kitchen table one bleak October morning. She has taken a few knock-backs recently. Self-pity, lethargy and the end of the world as we know it is occupying most of her mind. Her body has swelled over the last few years, her knees suffer when they have to climb the stairs up and down to her flat every day and her desire to do things is simply not there anymore. Not even a spot of gardening can tempt her out of her hole.
Iréne is Maj's neighbour and utterly determined to not let her perish with grief. Her plan is to get Maj out of the house and give the fifty-something lass a bit of a makeover. They have known each other all their lives and have always lived next door to one another, but it will soon become apparent that Maj does not know all there is to know about Iréne.
The autumn proves to be intensely hectic. Maj gets to grip with the magical world of online technology and starts internet dating. Maj begins to blossom, but secrets are piling up and before she knows it, Maj is tangled up in a bunch of revelations that bring things to a head.
Champagne, exclusive wines and delicious food enjoyed in the company of one's nearest and dearest, what more can a woman ask for?
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CT Karlsson was born in Stockholm in 1965.
She grew up in both Stockholm and Mexico, but nowadays she lives with her husband and their pets and horses in the picturesque village of Glommen, on the west coast of Sweden.
Prior to her writing career, C T Karlsson worked with business development, coaching, diving and geology.