Der Duft der weiten Welt
 - Fenja Lüders - PB

Bastei Lübbe
Saga
Hardcover
319 pages
Ages 16+
ISBN: 978-3-431-04125-5
Release Date: 31.10.2019

THE SCENT OF THE WIDE WORLD

Europe‘s gate to the world, the alluring smell of coffee and a merchant’s daughter with big plans

This is the first part of the SPEICHERSTADT SAGA (the Speicherstadt is the warehouse district in Hamburg) set between 1910 and 1950. The story is based around the Deharde family, the owners of an old-established coffee import company in Hamburg.

Hamburg, 1912: Karl Deharde is the owner of the old-established coffee import company ‘Kopmann & Deharde’ based in the warehouse district of Hamburg. Following the early death of their mother, Karl’s daughters Wilhelmine (known as Mina) and Agnes grown up in their grandparent’s villa. Mina tries to escape her grandmother’s strict rule as often as possible. She visits her father in his office almost every day after school. She spends hours sitting next to him at his desk, listening quietly while Karl negotiates with agents and brokers or tastes coffee samples. Mina knows everyone who works in the office and she moves around this male world with confidence. She strikes up a particular friendship with the young office clerk Edo Blumenthal.

Grandmother Hiltrud wants to send Mina to a finishing school in southern Germany so that she will become a proper young lady. Mina manages to get her father to agree to let her accompany him and Edo on a business trip to New York before she goes. There they meet Frederik Lohmeyer. Frederik’s father is an old school friend of Karl’s, and the two of them would like to get their two children to marry each other. Frederik accompanies Mina and her father back to Hamburg, while Edo wants to stay in New York for a few months. When Mina finds out about her father’s plans to marry her off, she wants to flee to New York to Edo. However, she learns that Edo has met a young woman in New York and is shortly to be married because she has fallen pregnant. Mina has two options: either she goes to the finishing school as her grandmother wishes, or she marries Frederik, which would please her father. She decides on Frederik, who soon gets sent to war. Mina takes over his role in the company.