Maija Kajanto
Publication date
March 2024
Format info
256 pages

Citrus Spring


The fourth book in the bestselling Nordic feelgood series—over 100,000 copies sold

Spring is in the air but life seems to be giving Kristiina Kivimaa only lemons in this fourth book in the highly popular ‘Birch Tree Cafe’ series.

Kristiina ‘Krisse’ Kivimaa and Tommi have spent a year living by the sunny Adriatic Sea. As spring approaches, the couple return to Finland and Pyhävirta, Krisse experiences a shocking loss that makes it hard for them to settle back into their old life.
But things in Pyhävirta have changed, the café is in new ownership, old friends are absent, and Krisse’s energy is at a low ebb. A strange inheritance prompts Krisse to roll up her sleeves and keep on going. Tommi and Krisse’s shared home begins to take shape on the shores of the lake and in addition to furniture, they begin to furnish it with their shared hopes and dreams for the future.
As the spring sunshine melts away the snow and the first wood anemones bloom on the verges, the scent of freshly baked cinnamon buns wafts temptingly from the bakery.

Perfect for readers looking for a distinctively Nordic answer to Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond, and Kajsa Ingemarsson.

The book debuted on the Finnish bestseller list at #6 across all formats, and #1 in audio and ebook.


Finnish Edition


‘Maija Kajanto has succeeded in creating a shared granny’s house feeling for all of Finland. Many of us have enjoyed the care of a grandmother – you are accepted, there is a warm hug, a meal, a made bed and, above all, that loving look. That’s what life looks like in [the Birch Tree Café series].’ — Kirsin kirjanurkka blog

Praise for the series

‘Entertaining and warm-hearted.’ — blog, Finland

‘I devoured the book in an instant. There was something comforting and a feeling of a bygone time. I was even moved at one point.’
— Ilta-Sanomat newspaper

‘Causes chronic drooling.’ — Kirsin kirjanurkka blog