Ruth is a 19 year old woman sent to Stockholm, Sweden, by the State Department in 1939 as a lowly translator and typist. Being short, dark and disfigured by acne, she is placed at the bottom of the pecking order in the embassy office with four, clear-skinned beauties. Ruth takes partial revenge by snagging the most eligible bachelor in Stockholm, a handsome and brilliant student, using a combination of whit, charm and her deft dancing abilities. While the dark clouds of World War build around them the young couple spend evenings on his featherbed overlooking the Stockholm inner harbor and weekends on his sailboat cruising the archipelago. When war breaks out around Sweden her lover is drafted and sent to the northern border, along with thousands of other men, to deter the Russians from invading the little country. Meanwhile, Ruth is pulled into the devious scheme of the feckless American ambassador who is being manipulated by a beautiful, charming and promiscuous British agent. The ambassador and resident consul hatch a plot to halt shipments of valuable metals from northern Sweden to a warring Germany despite the declared neutrality of the United States and they drag Ruth into their scheme. Ruth can only save herself and her newly discovered Swedish relations from ruin by her considerable and quick verbal talents and her hands-on knowledge of dynamite.
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About the Author
Mikael Helmetsmith is an American who moved to Sweden three decades ago and now divides his time between Sweden and the United States. He has written more than 35 journal articles and book chapters. Wallflower Swede is the first novel of a planned foursome about an unattractive yet bright woman and her daughters in Sweden and the US.