I discovered Veronica Henry in the early millennium years, right back to the Honeycote books. She has written numerous novels and The Beach Hut series has been a firm favourite of mine, each scoring an easy 10/10.
In this author spotlight on Veronica Henry, I’ve included her bibliography and reviews of some of her books including the latest release A Wedding at the Beach Hut.
Her books are easy reading probably more suited to an older reader than younger chick lit style fiction. She tackles some real topics but all handled in a sensitive way. The thing that stands out in all Veronica Henry novels is her wonderful use of descriptive language, many are set at the seaside and you can almost smell the sea air as you read.
Veronica Henry Book Reviews
A Wedding at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry
This is a beautiful moving story that had me crying with sadness and joy. It is a book about the lives, businesses, and relationships of some of the inhabitants of Everdene, a small seaside town in Devon.
Although the story is leading up to the wedding of Jake and Robyn, it is more focused on Robyn’s adoption and all the people involved in the back story. The subject of adoption is dealt with sympathetically and shows just how complex the matter is, and how many lives can be affected.
There are a lot of characters involved in this story which I usually find overwhelming, but every one of them was introduced at the right moment and all had such individual traits, there was no confusion. They were all extremely likable too.
I’ve read two of the earlier Beach Hut stories, but they all have different characters so can be read in any order. I highly recommend that you read them all.
High Tide (2015) 7/10
High Tide is a gentle read set in Pennfleet Cornwall. There is no explosive plot in this book, it is more about new beginnings after two funerals. Veronica Henry has a lovely style of writing with vivid descriptions. High Tide includes memories of growing up in the 70s and 80s that will resonate with women in their 40s and 50s.
In this story, Kate returns home from New York for her mother’s funeral. She remembers how things were from her childhood as she notices all the changes to the fishing village since the rich have moved in. She reconnects with old friends and starts to sort out her mother’s affairs.
There is another storyline running at the same time with Vanessa, a young widow who runs an art/gift shop in the village. She was married to a rich businessman and has his family to deal with in the aftermath of his death. Thankfully she has an ally in her husband’s assistant.
As is often the case Veronica Henry introduces lots of other characters but her books are so easy to read you don’t lose track of who’s who. I enjoyed all the characters and wanted to know what happened to them all.
It was a pleasant story, perfect for a beach read or lazy Sunday afternoon. I felt that this could have been the start of a series as it felt more like an introduction to the characters of Pennfleet who all might have their own story to tell.
How To Find Love in a Bookshop (7/10)
How to Find Love in a Bookshop is set near Oxford so this is certainly one for literary lovers.
The prologue dates back to the 1980s describing how Julius started his book shop, then the story reverts to the present day where Julius is dying. Unfortunately, although Julius was a wonderful man who created a welcoming shop for people to come in and chat, he wasn’t such a great businessman. The books and people were more important to him than profit. Daughter Emilia has quite a task on her hands trying to take it over and run a bookshop that makes a profit.
The first part was rather sad and left me with so many questions: how old was Julius? and where was Emilia’s mother for starters?. I was glad when it went back to the 80s as I hoped it was going to fill in the gaps especially with more about Julius’s bohemium mother Debra.
Like High Tide, the book covers lots of mini-stories of other people associated with the bookshop in one way or another. I’m not normally a fan of books with too many characters but this was easy to follow. The descriptions make it so easy to picture the setting and characters.
A wedding, cooking, and Christmas all feature in this story so there’s something for everyone. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is very different to the Beach Hut series but still enjoyable and extremely well written.
Veronica Henry Bibliography
A Beach Hut Life (coming 2021)
A Wedding at the Beach Hut (2020)
A Home From Home (2019)
Christmas at the Beach Hut (2018)
A Family Recipe (2018)
The Forever House (2017)
How to Find Love in a Bookshop (2016)
High Tide (2015)
The Beach Hut Next Door (2014)
A Night on the Orient Express (2013)
A Sea Change (2013)
The Long Weekend (2012)
The Birthday Party (2011)
The Beach Hut (2010)
Christmas at the Crescent (2010)
Marriage and Other Games (2009)
Just a Family Affair/A Country Wedding (2008)
Love on the Rocks (2006)
An Eligible Batchelor (2005)
Wild Oats (2004)
Making Hay/A Country Life (2003)
Honeycote/A Country Christmas (2002)
Have you read any books by Veronica Henry?
Which ones have been your favourites?
I will come back to add more reviews to this post with each new release, and I may well reread some of the old ones too.
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