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Ett otänkbart öde An Unthinkable Fate

Wadenstierna #4

In the spring of 1884 the young society woman Alexandra Rosenkvist is living in the north of Sweden, exiled having caused a scandal that shocked the high society. Now she’s finally allowed to return to Stockholm, where modern inventions such as the telephone and electricity are seeing the day of light, and where intelligence and money are beginning to be considered more important than fine ancestry. The women’s fight is in its early stages and within Alexandra a longing is growing for independence and the prospect of devoting herself to her passion: art.

The one coming to collect Alexandra is Atle Falk, a man with a dark past. Together with Atle, her cheery maid Minna and the pious handmaiden Emmy, Alexandra will traverse through a Sweden that is rapidly changing. On the surface the young dreamy socialite Alexandra and the scarred and cynical Atle have nothing in common, but during the course of their journey they grow closer to one another and unthinkable feelings blossom. Alexandra’s dreams of an independent and free life begin to flourish. But at home in Stockholm her rich and conservative family await. And they have very different plans for her.



  • An Unthinkable Fate is full of warmth, humour and love, but also sorrow and hardship. The novel has a clear social commitment, where first and foremost the strive for equality stands in focus but also the class conflict and a wish for a more just world. It’s well-written, romantic and highly engaging.”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “I read [An Unthinkable Fate] in one go and there were so many unexpected twists and turns!”

    P4 Radio, Sweden

  • “It’s breathlessly suspenseful towards the end, when everything appears to be slipping through our heroine’s hands. It doesn’t matter whatsoever that the genre dictates how it will end, because the important thing here is to see just how skillfully the author manages to ultimately make all pieces fit into place. /…/ Way to go Simona Ahrnstedt! /…/ Simona Ahrnstedt uses her romantic intrigue to also outline the origins of the women’s rights movement,  the importance of equality laws and the right to vote as well as live a self-determined life.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “The uncrowned queen of historical romance returns.”

    Svensk Damtidning, Sweden

  • “Simona Ahrnstedt returns with an epic love story in a dramatic historical period of transitions. ”

    Premium Magazine, Sweden

Photo: Kate Gabor Simona Ahrnstedt
  • Fiction
  • Historical
  • Women’s fiction
Reading material

Swedish edition

English sample translation

Rights sold

Denmark, Gutkind

Finland, WSOY

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Sweden, Forum

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