This island is her destiny. A moving tale of a woman’s fate in a picturesque setting.
DIE INSEL DER WÜNSCHE: STÜRME DES LEBENS
(The Island of Dreams: The Storms of Life)
by Anna Jessen
Goldmann/PRH Germany, March 2021
Hamburg, 1887. The young flower girl Tine Tiedkens is destitute. To escape her misery, she decides to try her luck on the island of Heligoland. But the crossing to the fashionable island turns into a nightmare, and when she arrives everything seems set against her. But then she unexpectedly runs into the young hotelier Henry Heesters, who once bought flowers from her in Hamburg, and lands a position in his elegant hotel. With diligence and enthusiasm, Tine works her way up from waitress to housekeeper – and falls in love with Henry. He, too, loves her – but just as happiness seems to be within reach, fate intervenes once again…
Anna Jessen has loved the North Sea since she was a child. To her, rocky Heligoland is the ‘Island of Dreams’, fascinating for its unique nature, loveable people and not least its unique history. Aside from travelling, Anna Jessen’s great passions are writing, music and working in the book trade.